BibleProject - Old Testament - Lesson 3

Genesis (Part 2) - BibleProject

In this lesson, you explore the second part of Genesis, which delves into the lives of the patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. You learn about their trials and triumphs, and how each narrative contributes to the overall theme of God's covenant with His people. Through their stories, you gain insights into the complex interplay between God's sovereignty and human responsibility, the importance of faith and obedience, and the significance of covenant and blessing in the lives of the patriarchs and their descendants.

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Genesis (Part 2) - BibleProject

BP100-03: Genesis Part 2

I. The Patriarchal Narratives

A. Abraham's Story

1. Call and Covenant

2. Trials and Tribulations

B. Isaac's Story

1. Birth and Blessing

2. Marriage and Legacy

C. Jacob's Story

1. Deception and Conflict

2. Transformation and Reconciliation

D. Joseph's Story

1. Dreams and Betrayal

2. Redemption and Forgiveness

II. Theological Themes in Genesis Part 2

A. Covenant and Blessing

B. God's Sovereignty and Human Responsibility

C. Faith and Obedience

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  • By studying Genesis, you will gain a deeper understanding of the Old Testament and its key themes and characters, as well as the literary features of the book, such as its structure, style, and genre. The creation story is a key part of the book, as are the stories of Abraham and the patriarchs, the fall and sin, the flood and Noah, and God's covenant with Israel. Additionally, Genesis introduces readers to the Old Testament and sets the stage for the Pentateuch and Books of Moses, while also introducing many themes and motifs that continue throughout the Bible.
  • Discover the captivating stories of the patriarchs in Genesis Part 2, exploring themes of covenant, God's sovereignty, human responsibility, faith, and obedience.
  • Explore the Bible's book of Exodus to gain insight into God's rescue of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, the significance of the covenant and law, and its connection to the New Testament.
  • Gain insight into the book of Exodus and its themes of salvation and redemption, revealing God's character through his interactions with Israel, with significant influence on Jewish and Christian traditions and connections to the New Testament through its foreshadowing of Jesus Christ.
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  • Discover how Isaiah's prophetic message of judgment and hope for Jerusalem evolves, as it predicts the fall of Israel's kingdom and envisions a new, purified Jerusalem where God's kingdom will be restored through a future messianic king, uniting all nations in peace.
  • Through this lesson, you will gain understanding of the book of Jeremiah, including its historical and cultural context, literary features, major themes and message, and significance in the Old Testament.
  • In this lesson, you learn about the Book of Lamentations, its structure, themes, and the role of God in the midst of suffering and divine judgment, while ultimately highlighting His faithfulness and mercy.
  • In the book of Ezekiel, you follow the story of a priest named Ezekiel who has a vision of God's glory riding on a royal throne chariot, and is commissioned by God to accuse Israel of rebellion and warn them of their impending destruction due to their covenant violations and rampant social injustice, while also providing a small glimmer of hope for the future.
  • By viewing this lesson on Daniel, you will gain understanding of its structure, themes, and significance in the Old Testament, gaining knowledge about living as faithful exiles in a hostile culture, God's sovereignty and faithfulness in times of trial, and remaining faithful to God even in difficult circumstances.
  • Through this lesson, you grasp the complexities of Hosea, discovering the book's themes, messages, and its role in the Old Testament, emphasizing the relationship between Israel's unfaithfulness and God's unwavering love.
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  • In the Amos lesson, you explore its historical context, literary features, and themes, enhancing your understanding of justice, the Day of the Lord, and God's sovereignty within the Old Testament.
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BP100-03 Genesis (Part 2)

The book of Genesis. In the first video we saw how chapters 1 through 11 set up the basic storyline of the Bible. God has created all things and he makes humans in His image to rule the world on his behalf. The humans choose sin and rebellion and so the world spins out of control into violence and death all leading up to the rebellion and scattering of the people in Babylon. And so the big question is what is God going to do to rescue and redeem his world? Well out of that scattering at Babylon, the author traces the genealogy of just one family that leads eventually to a man named Abram, later known as Abraham. And God's promise to Abraham at the beginning of chapter 12 opens up a whole new movement in the story. God calls Abraham to leave his home and go to the land of Canaan which God says will become his one day. And in that land, God promises to make Abraham into a great nation, to make his name great and bless him. Now these promises are connected back to earlier parts of the book. So Babylon had arrogantly tried to make a great name for itself and that didn't go very well. But God in his generosity is going to bestow a great name on this no-name guy, Abraham, and God's blessing of Abraham echoes all the way back to that original blessing God gave humanity in the beginning. So the question is: "Why is God going to blessed Abraham and his family?" And the last line of God's promise makes this clear: "So that all the families of the earth will find God's blessing in you." Now this is key for understanding the whole rest of the biblical story. God's plan is to rescue and bless his rebellious world through Abraham's family and this is why the whole rest of the Old Testament story is just going to focus on this one family, eventually called the people of Israel. This is also why Israel will later be called a kingdom of priests at Mount Sinai. God wants to use them to show all of the other nations what he's like and ultimately this is the promise that gets picked up by the later biblical prophets and poets who say that its fulfillment will come through Israel's messianic king, whose reign will bring justice and peace to all of the nations. Now at this point of the story, none of that is clear. You just have to keep reading and watch the promise develop. And so the rest of the book focuses on Abraham and his family. First Abraham himself, then his son Isaac and then his son Jacob and then Jacob's twelve sons. And the stories about each generation, they're united by two main themes. So first, each generation of Abraham's family is marked by repeated failure. They just keep making really bad decisions that mess up their lives and put God's promise in jeopardy. However God remains faithful to them. He keeps rescuing them from themselves and reaffirming his commitment to bless them and bless the nations through them despite their failings. So the Abraham stories - God had promised Abraham huge family - but on two different occasions he's afraid for his life because other men are attracted to his wife and so he denies that he's even married to her, which creates, of course, all of these problems. And not only that, Abraham and his wife Sarah they can't have children and so Sarah arranges for Abraham to sleep with one of their servant girls, which also creates all of these problems in the family. But each time God bales Abraham out and in chapters 15 and 17 God even formalizes his promise to Abraham with an official commitment called a covenant. This is a classic scene. God invites Abraham to look up at the night stars and to count them and he says that's how numerous your family's going to be. And despite all of the odds - having no kids and no way to have any at the moment, Abraham looks up in the sky and simply trusts God's promise. And God responds by entering into a covenant with Abraham, promising that he will become a father of many nations, that God's blessing may come to the whole world. And then God asked Abraham to mark his family with a sign of the covenant: circumcision of all the male boys in the family. This is a symbol to remind them that the fruitfulness of their family is a gift from God. And so Abraham has lots of kids eventually and he dies at a good old age. Now the Jacob stories play out these themes even more dramatically. From birth, Jacob lives up to the meaning of his name, which is "deceiver". He cheats his brother Esau out of his inheritance and blessing and he does it by deceiving his old blind father no less, and then he just takes off. He goes on to take four wives even though he really only loves one, Rachel and this creates all of these rivalries in the family. The only thing that humbles Jacob is being deceived by his uncle Laban, who cheats him out of years of his life. The tables have finally turned. And so it's a humbled Jacob that returns to his homeland. In a very strange story Jacob ends up wrestling with God as he demands that God bless him. Some things never really change, do they? However, God honors his determination and he passes Abraham's blessing on to him and he renamed Jacob as Israel, which means "wrestles with God." Now it's this last part of the book the story of Jacob sons where all the themes come to a head. Jacob loves his second to youngest son Joseph more than any of the others and he gives him a special jacket. And the 10 older sons come to hate Joseph and so they kidnap him and they plan to kill him, but instead they decide to just sell him into slavery in Egypt where he ends up in prison. Talk about family failure. But God is with Joseph and He orchestrates Joseph's release from prison and Pharaoh ends up elevating Joseph to second in command over all of Egypt. And so Joseph saves the nation of Egypt during a famine and he also ends up saving his brothers and his family from starving to death. And so once again we can see the folly and the sin of Abraham's family is met with God's faithfulness, who subverts even the evil of the brothers into an occasion to save life. And this is actually what Joseph says right near the end of the book. He says to his brother's, "You planned this for evil but God planned it for good, to save many lives." Now these words are strategically placed at the end of the book because they summarize not only the story of Joseph and his brothers, but the book as a whole. From Genesis 3 onward, humans keep acting selfishly and doing evil but this God does not going to leave his world to its own devices. He remains faithful and determined to bless people despite their failures. You can see this especially in how that mysterious promise about the descendant of the woman gets developed throughout the book. So remember Genesis 3? God promised that this wounded Victor would come and crush the snake and defeat evil at its source. And the author then connects this promise directly to the line of Abraham. This is a part of how God's gonna bring his blessing to the nations. Now from Abraham this promise gets connected to Judah, the fourth son of Jacob. And this is how. In an extremely important poem in chapter 49, an aging Jacob, he's on his deathbed, he wants to bless his twelve sons and when he comes to Judah, Jacob predicts that Judah will become the tribe of Israel's royal leaders and that one day a king will come who will command the obedience of all the nations and fulfill God's promise to restore the garden blessing to all of the world. And then after this Jacob dies and later Joseph dies too. So the growing family remains in Egypt and so the book of Genesis ends with all of these future hopes and promises left hanging and undeveloped. And it forces you to turn the page to see how it's all going to turn out. But for now that's the book of Genesis.