With the study of Joseph, (who was the last prominent character mentioned in Genesis), we are done with the “Genesis Portion of The Venom Removal Series”. This is the concluding article on the book of Genesis. To unlearn the venomous teachings of TPM (ingrained in our minds), we will recollect and revise what the book of Genesis was and what it was not.
What wasn’t the book of Genesis?
We learnt that the book of Genesis wasn’t merely a historical story of the origins of the world. It wasn’t designed for people to debate “how the origin of human life began“ or “whether it took six days or billions of years for life forms.” It was not the intention of the writer of the Genesis, to provide scientific, historic evidence. We also saw that Genesis wasn’t even designed to tell humans about godly devout Old Testament saints. The primary intention of the writer of Genesis was not to make readers draw moral conclusions from its stories.
What Was the book of Genesis? – Announcement of the Messiah
We learnt that the saviour of the world was at the core of the book of Genesis. Our exploring of the book of Genesis made us realize as if we were travelling along a highway which had milestones erected on its sides. Something was written on each milestone. When we stopped and read the letters on each milestone, we found that it was stories of bible character which was engraved upon the milestones.
The first milestone we encountered had the name Adam written on it. Adam told us, “The last Adam, is some 4000 years, down this line. He will be beginning of a new race in image and likeness of God.(Heb 1:3)” Then as we moved ahead, we found Abel written on next milestone. It spoke to us saying, “My brother killed me for my faith in sacrificed lamb. My blood demands justice. But down this line, you will meet the Messiah. His blood will speak better things than mine.” The next milestone had Noah imprinted on it. It said to us, “I was able to save 7 other lives from perishing in the flood. But someone greater than me will come and save the world from flood of the wrath of God. You will meet him 3000 years away from here.” And thus spoke milestones of which had Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph engraved upon them. Thus Genesis was a prophecy about Messiah – a herald of the plan of God to rescue humanity through Jesus.
What Was the book of Genesis? – New Testament Packaged into a Small book
Another thing we learnt was that the book of Genesis was revealing of the entire contents of the New Testament in a brief concise manner. In the first story itself, we saw that God’s desire is to clothe humanity by the skin of the righteousness of the sacrificed lamb (to hide our nakedness). We saw the tendency of sinful flesh (sons of Adam) was to cover their sins (of disobeying God), by their good works (sewing fig leaves). Not only the central tenant of Gospel but we also saw the two covenants of Old and New Testament, allegorically told to us through the story of Hagar and Sarah. Then we saw persecution and martyrdom of Christians through the life of Abel. We also saw last days prophesied through Noah’s flood. We saw antichrist through Nimord and Esau. We saw antichrist revealed through Pharaoh and Abimelech (who set their eyes on brides of Abraham and Isaac). We saw the tower of Babel as the prophecy of false churches (who try to convince people to reach the top of heaven by works of their hands). We saw the apostate church through Lot’s daughters. We saw the heavenly gathering of the church through the story of the translation of Enoch. Genesis was thus complete New Testament packaged into the very first book of the bible.
- Gospel: Hiding nakedness of Adam by the skin of lamb, the barrenness of matriarchs, the election of the younger over the elder
- False Gospel: Adam hiding his nakedness by fig leaves.
- Story of Jesus: Through the prototype of Adam, Abel, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph
- Baptism and Resurrection: Noah’s flood (1 Pet 3:20-21)
- Persecution and Martyrdom of Church: Abel’s murder by Cain, Isaac’s persecution by Ishmael
- Two Covenants: Hagar and Sarah (Gal 4:24)
- Anti Christ: Nimrod, Pharaoh, Abimelech, Esau
- False Church: Tower of Babel, Daughters of Lot
- Last Days: Noah’s flood (Matt 24:37)
- Heavenly Gathering of the church in mid-air: Enoch’s translation
The book of Genesis thus reminded us of of the words by prophet Isaiah.
“Remember the former things of old: for I am God, ….there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done ”Isaiah 46:9-10
Indeed the end of the world and the things that were to happen in the New Testament was foretold to us from the beginning days.
May God give us the grace to learn more about our saviour ensuing books of the Old Testament! May this “Christ—centred—lens” strengthen our faith in Jesus further, as we progress through the testimonies of Old Testament saints, which surround us like a great cloud of witness (Heb 12:1), witnessing the good reports they obtained from God, not by their works, but by faith (Heb 11:2).