/ Andrew Kerr

Roots of Redemption - Genesis in a Nutshell

Introduction

How do you read, teach or preach through a book like the first volume of Moses? As a friend explained to me last night, preaching a large book of Scripture is like a King-Size mattress: it has got a few handles but finding those handles and lifting the full weight it is no easy task!

The Melodic Line that runs through Genesis...

It would be my humble, helpful, suggestion that if you are going to read, study, preach or teach a huge tome like Genesis, you need to get and keep the main storyline in mind. If you use and unpack the long, concentrated, detailed, sentence that follows, I believe it will help you take hold of the handless and grasp the weight of what the book which deals with the 'Roots of Redemption' is all about.

So Brace Yourself...

In a sin-broken world…

Gradually, progressively, historically, organically and worshipfully…

Yahweh, LORD-God, reveals that He is going to restore Human lordship…

In the promised-seed of Adam (Chapter 3:15)…

For the whole world of Noah (Chapter 6-9a)…

As flagged up to Shem & Japheth (Chapter 9b-11)…

Through the faith of Abraham (Chapter 12-22)…

Passed onto and received by Isaac (Chapter 23-24)...

By electing grace to Jacob (Chapter 25-36)…

In sovereignty with Joseph (Chapter 37-50)…

Which will issue in Judah (Chapter 38 & 49:8-12)…

To finally crush the Serpent.

I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel - Genesis 3:15

Connect Texts!

Always try to remember to connect your daily reading or chosen portion to the original promise of a snake-crushing Redeemer: everything in Genesis (and in the Bible for that matter, in one way or another, grows (or sometimes branches) - like a plant - out of the seed of Genesis 3:15: this is the text which gradually germinates, sprouts, grows and begins to bud and bear fruit in the world - though the full, glorious, colorful, flowering of the Seed-Promise will have to wait for the New Testament and Christ's Cross.

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons - Galatians 4:4-5

Conclusion

If you keep these things in mind you’ll enrich your heart & hearers. Blessings brothers, sisters, friends, pastors!

Andrew Kerr

Andrew Kerr

Pastor of Knockbracken in Belfast - Husband of Hazel, Dad to Rebekah, Paul and Andrew, Lover of Skiing, Walker of Lucy (our Bernese Mountain Dog), with a Passion for OT - in Deep Need of Grace

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