The word “Genesis” means “origins” or “beginnings.” In many ways, it is a book about how the world came to be as it is: how we ended up with space and time, good and evil, sex and marriage, work and rest, covenant and blessing, families and nations. It is the most foundational book in the Bible, and the one that all of God’s people look back to. As we read it, we find our roots—not just as Brits or Indians or Africans or whatever, but as children of Abraham.
As we see the grace and mercy of God expressed to this family—which, of course, is ultimately our family—we learn not just about ourselves, but about the relentless goodness of the God who has promised to bless the whole world. And we see Jesus everywhere: in Eve’s seed, Abel’s blood, Noah’s ark, Abraham’s mysterious priest-king, Hagar’s angel, Isaac’s substitute, Leah’s praise, Jacob’s midnight wrestler, Joseph’s vindication and Judah’s lion.