Monday, April 30, 2012

Genesis Covers Some 3,500 Years After Creation, A Postlude


The story that began with Adam, Eve, Noah, Abraham, and Isaac, continued with Jacob and Esau, and then Jacob’s sons, most prominently Joseph.  But Genesis is not the end of the story, as long as it was, covering some 3500 years.  It continues to this very day with you and me, and those that may well come after us.  We are just as much a part of this story as the characters we read about and studied.  The exact role we are to play is a function of our faith in, and relationship with, the God who created Adam and was a Friend of Abraham’s.

Matthew Henry, also writing on Genesis, says this: “Thus the book of Genesis, which began with the origin of light and life, ends with nothing but death and darkness; so sad a change has sin made.”  Yes, sin has made a difference but perhaps all is not “woe is me”.

Living in the 21st however, we have the benefit of being involved with more of the triune God than Adam or Abraham were.  We have been ransomed by the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, and being guided every day of our lives by the Holy Spirit of the Almighty.  Genesis may have ended with the Jews facing some 400 years of slavery, but we can be partakers of an everlasting life that can begin now for each of us who believe in and personally know Jesus Christ, the Deliverer Son of God.

As we close this volume, I hope the two things that were my objectives blessed you.  First, to show the incredible “gems” that are found throughout Scripture and the fact that one does not need to be a professional theologian to find them.  And second, that there is application in almost every single verse of Scripture that can be made and found relevant to each of us as we live in the twenty-first century.

It has been my honor to have you join me in this journey through Genesis.  May you have been challenged to continue your own study of Scripture commencing with Exodus in a similar way and sharing with others what God has shown you.

As always, I would welcome your correspondence.

Ken B. Godevenos
Toronto, Ontario, April 30, 2012. 

You can read all of the posts on Genesis elsewhere in this blog or feel free to contact the author at kgod@accordconsulting.com .

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2 comments:

  1. Ken, thank you for the Genesis commentary. I truly enjoyed reading along with you as you journeyed through it. Our church recently finished the book of Genesis study over a year and half long. I often took your nuggets to our weekly bible study to impart additional knowledge and thoughts to my fellow believers. Unfortunately we are not continuing with Exodus but I hope to continue with it in the future along with your commentary. Thanks again. -JK

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  2. Dear JK: Thank you so much for taking the time to write. You have been a big encouragement to me as I continue to move Exodus. I am glad that you were able to make both personal and practical use of the commentary. It is joy to know that I do for my own study purposes, I also helpful to others. May God bless you and yours. The journey of life continues. If I can help in any way, do let me know. Ken Godevenos, Toronto.

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