2: Section 1
of the Books of the Bible (part 1)
"Overview of the books of the Bible" sections will look
at the books of the Bible in chronological order, based
on the historical events outlined in the Bible, rather
than using the order they appear in the Bible. This "Overview
of the Bible" will be split up as follows:
to David - 2000 to 1000 B.C.
and the Exile of the Northern Kingdom - 1000 to 700
to Christ - 700 B.C. to CHRIST
is a very important book to understand!
solid grasp of it is important for understanding what
comes after. It is the beginning or foundation of the
Bible, on which everything is built. Everything revealed
in the other books of the Bible has its beginning in
the book of Genesis.
Book of Genesis can be summarised as follows:
World History up to the start of the Jewish nation,
1 & 2
Preparation of the earth for life, followed by the
creation of life, including the human race. Our
first parents were given the choice whether to obey
God or not.
rebellion of Adam and Eve
first parents decided not to obey God. Godís plan
started to remedy the results of the rebellion.
6 to 9
wickedness of the human race reached the point where
God decided to destroy most of the human race with
a flood. Noahís family were the sole survivors.
Introduction of different Languages
the flood, the family of Noah repopulated the
earth. A plan was devised to build an enormous
tower as a central focus to keep all the population
concentrated in one area. The Tower of Babel,
as it was later called, was a rebellion against
Godís command to populate the whole earth. God
intervened and stopped the plan by introducing
different languages, preventing further co-operation
on building the tower.
The early history of the Jewish nation, which concerns
four outstanding individuals:
12 to 24
was a man who had outstanding faith in God. So God
chose him to be the father of the nation at the
centre of Godís plan - the nation of Israel. God
made promises to Abraham that can have far - reaching
consequences for us all. We will start to look at
these promises at the end of this section.
25 to 27
was Abrahamís son, who also showed great faith.
27 to 35
son. Jacobís twelve sons formed the basis for the
nation of Israel. God gave Jacob a repeat of the
promises He had made to Abraham, and changed his
name to Israel. These promises started to be fulfilled
in Jacobís twelve sons.
37 to 50
of Jacobís twelve sons. Joseph was disliked by his
brothers, so they sold him as a slave.
ended up in Egypt where he eventually became the
kingís right - hand man. As a result of Josephís
influence, Egypt escaped the worst effects of a
seven - year famine. Jacob and his other eleven
sons went to Egypt to escape the famine.
to Consider from Genesis
Some scientists believe that the earth is far older
than the Bible would suggest.
at Genesis 1 v 1 and 2
1 need not necessarily be part of the rest of the
verse 2 , "was" could be translated "became". This may
imply that the world became a barren wasteland at the
end of a previous creation.
present creation could then have been built on this
and creation need not be at odds at all. The creation
record in the Bible may not include the creation of
the physical earth. The Bible makes no statement about
the age of the physical earth. It does not tell us how
God created the earth, it tells us why.
Genesis is relevant to everyone.
at Genesis 12 v 1 to 3,
22 v 17 and 18,
26 v 4,
28 v 13 and 14
verses are promises from God to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
They are promising that their descendants (in the Authorised
Version "seed") will become a nation and have a land.
Notice at the end of all these promises a blessing is
included for "all the families of the earth". So these
promises are not restricted to the descendants of Abraham,
Isaac and Jacob, but all of us can be included. The
rest of the Bible is all about the outworking of these
promises. This makes understanding all of the Bible
exciting and relevant to us all.
a start to understanding what these
promises are all about, make a list of all the
things that God promised to Abraham, Isaac
and Jacob in these verses :
Genesis 12 v 1 to 3, 13 v 14 to 17, 15 v 18,
17 v 2 to 8, 22 v 17 and 18, 26 v 2 to 4, 28
v 13 to 15
New Testament references
to the promises
1 v 46 to 55
speaks of the future work of the Lord Jesus and says
that this is connected with what God "spoke to our fathers"
1 v 67 to 79
speaking after the birth of John the Baptist, recognises
that God is working out this plan as promised to Abraham.
3 v 13, 14, 16 and 26 to 29
chapter tells how we can be involved in the "promises".
at these passages and write in your own words what
you think they are telling us about the promises to