Synopsis: The major themes of the History of Redemption are the creation, the fall of man and the restoration. These themes are clearly depicted through each person’s name and ages recorded in the genealogies. In this study, Moses expressed his concern for the Israelites by giving them 3 specific commands prior to their entry into the land of Canaan; a command in Deut. 32:7 to “Remember the days of old.” The fundamental message was a reminder for the Israelites to walk their faith and obey the Word of God like their forefathers did. This command is explained further what it meant for them, and what it means for us Christians journeying towards the Kingdom of Heaven, our spiritual Canaan today.
Synopsis: The book of Genesis is the first of the 66 books of the Bible which reveals the origin of mankind and God’s sovereign work over each godly offspring. The 50 chapters of Genesis cover a time of 2300 years of history, from creation of Adam to the death of Joseph. Because it would be impossible to record detailed accounts of God’s providence over the lineage in just 50 chapters, God compressed 2300 years of history into the genealogies. The principle message of the genealogical account in Genesis is that God will accomplish His administration to save mankind through the godly offspring and that He will surely fulfill His promise to bring forth the Messiah as the Seed of the Woman.
Synopsis: The genealogy in Genesis chapter 5 introduces the genealogy of faith that begins with Seth. The genealogy of Seth introduces Noah, the central figure in God’s administration over the redemption of mankind. Noah stands as a foreshadow of the coming Messiah. As the 2nd coming Christ will save God’s chosen at the last judgment, so Noah saved his family through the first judgment. At the time of the flood judgment, Noah’s faith was acknowledged by God. So God establishes His Covenant with him; promising to save Noah and his family from the judgment and providing him the instruction on how to avoid the judgment. Noah was born 126 years after Adam died. How did Noah have the faith to do what God asked?
Synopsis: Most genealogies of the Bible list the important figure at the end so that the new era begins with that person. Genesis 11 is recorded with Abraham in mind, the chief figure to pass on the work of redemption. In Matthew 1 Jesus Christ was introduced as the son of Abraham, confirming the fulfillment of God’s promise given to Abraham that through him, all the nations of the earth will be blessed. Abraham was born living in the Ur of the Chaldeans, an area full of Polytheism (the worship of more than one god). And his father Terah was an idol worshipper, how was Abraham able to make the determination to obey only God Himself in the midst of such influences?