As the stately oak with all its majestic glory is not admired because of its humble beginnings, we know, in all its might, it came from a small, tiny acorn seed. As the golden corn stalk with all its abundant fruitfulness stands against the winds and the rains of summer until the harvest to feed man, one must know it came from a small grain. So, the divine purpose for the redemption of mankind is germinally embedded in the account of Genesis even though it is by many unknown.
Genesis, is the germ of all the doctrine of God, of Christ, of man, of sin, and of salvation. The gleaming light shown before they were reality in the New Testament illuminates all who understand her message. Great facts, the gospel proclaimed beforehand, later revealed in the New Testament shows the completeness of the “faith once delivered to the saints.” Jude vs 3 “And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, ‘In thee shall all nations be blessed.’ Galatians 3:8 The light shadowed in Genesis shines brightly when surveyed in the illumination given it by the writers of inspiration as the Holy Spirit explains the completion of His work as the deliverer of the ‘Mind of God’!! As the lights from the small seed of information blossom into the ‘glorious liberty of the sons of God’ of the New Law, our nature will cause us to look with great anticipation of revelation when we study her Words in this first book.
In Genesis 2 we have an account of the Trinity. “Let Us make man in Our own image” reveals what became understandable when Christ turned on the light of truth in His New Testament. Genesis 3:15 tells of the ‘seed of woman’, something impossible in nature, foretelling the divine intervention of Deity in the affairs of man so salvation might be possible. Genesis 12:1-3 introduces us to the gospel (good news) that a ‘way of holiness’ has been measured by God and that man can enter one day on that pathway which will end in Eternal Life. Genesis 29 tells of the marriages of Jacob without ever revealing just WHY this account is given until we see the first wife, physical Israel being divorced and replaced by the second wife, spiritual Israel (the Church of Christ) whom God really loved! Genesis 49:10 shows through whose lineage we are to expect the Messiah, here called Shiloh, later known as Christ as Jacob blesses his sons at his death. All these things are not just stories to be read, they are pictures to be viewed and understood so when the New Testament is read we will not be looking into the covers of a new message and have no way to comprehend what it is we are reading!!
The purpose of Genesis has never been Historical although Historical integrity could very possibly be one of its strong suits. Critics claim the art of writing was non-existent before the 8th century BC claiming the writing of the Genesis account impossible. Cuneiform tablets of modern discovery have refuted this claim. Discovery of the Tel-el-Amarna tablets in 1887 and the finding of the Code of Hammurabi in 1900 by archeologists have unearthed evidence that silences them. Hammurabi was a monarch of Babylonia who was a contemporary of Abraham and corresponds to Genesis 14 or a date of about 2000 BC. Monuments found have established that the art of writing was evidenced earlier as found on the monuments in the ancient Ur of Chaldees around 4,000 BC. This removes the impossibility of Moses writing his works around 1500 BC.. The Genesis account then has not its primary concern with History, although accurate, but with the plan of God. Generation-degeneration-regeneration is the process seen in God’s dealings with mankind and shown in this, the first book of Inspiration.