© Carlos Padilla, October 2013


Genesis is the book of the beginnings, of which, its first eleven chapters form an amazing introduction to the Scriptures. Without these first chapters, many of the fundamental theological problems would remain without a satisfactory answer.

The doctrines of creation, the fall of man, election, and providence, appear in a clear way. If the interpreter could understand the theology of Genesis it would bring to light the majority of the great doctrines of the Bible. It is also interesting to realize that only this book covers a larger period than the rest of the Bible, all together.

The Jews divided their sacred books in three sections: the Law, the Prophets and the Scriptures. The Law belongs to what we call "Pentateuch", the first five books of the Bible. The rabbi used to call the first of these books "Bereshith" (In the beginning), which is the first Hebrew word in the book. Our term comes from the Greek through Latin, and implicates the idea of "origin" or "beginnings".



Moses acted as a compilator, as interpreter guided by the Holy Spirit of all the pre-existent material that came to his hands, and from before his time, including oral and written form.

Genesis is the first of the books of the Pentateuch, and of the entire Bible. The name of the book comes from the Greek version "Septuagint" and it means "origins, or generations". In Hebrew, the name is "toledot" which means "origins" as it is one of the subjects of the book.

As well as the meaning "origin" the name is ideal to refer to the origins of many sciences, which see, in it, their beginning: Theology or science of God; Cosmology or science of the universe; Anthropology or science of man; Sociology or science of society; Hamartiology or science of sin; Ethnology or science of ethnics or razes; Soteriology or science of salvation. All of them start at the beginning, at the origin of the Creation of God, of the history of humanity. But the most relevant of those sciences, and what they cover, is the foundation that they reinforce with regards to fundamental doctrines of the Bible; doctrines that find their culmination and understanding in Jesus Christ, in the New Testament.



Theology is completed when we know Jesus Christ, who is the Way to the Father. Cosmology is understood better when we know that there will be new heavens and new earth, where justice dwells, when Jesus Christ returns at the end of times. Anthropology and Sociology are understood well when Jesus Christ reveals to us how the first Adam, the firs man is, and how the second Adam -Christ- the second man to which we aspire to become through the power of the Holy Spirit. Hamartiology is understood through the message of the "metanoia", the repentance or change of mind, and way of life, that only in Christ is possible; which is found in the Church in a new Ethnology based in the fact that salvation does not depend of lineage but on faith. And Soteriology is received in the person of the Son of God, through faith in His work, without our merits, through the grace of God.

Genesis presents man made to the image of God, an image that refers to our spiritual capacity for love, justice and holiness. We rule the world, over animals and over creation, we represent God on earth. Redemption provides that our image will be again like God's through Christ, as we read in Romans 8:29, Colossians 3:10 and 1John 3:2.

Without doubt, Genesis includes a vast list of jewels of faith, and of history, that we only find in this book, the first in the encyclopaedia that the Bible is; the first of them. But last and prophetically, we find the foundation of the introduction of the Messiah Jesus Christ, Yahshua, and a complete battery of verses that include the doctrine of salvation in the person of the true "Liberator", a type of Moses, but this time, not only to Israel, but to everyone that, in the faith of Christ, from any nation, longs to be free of the slavery of sin and of death.

From Gn. 3:15 where we find the announcement that the Messiah would be the seed of a woman, to the coming of "Shiloh" the Prince of Peace in Gn. 49:10. Or His linage: Seth, Shem, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Judah in Gn. 4:25, 9;26, 12:3, 25:23 and 49:10 respectively. Or in different kinds of people and stories like: Noah's arch (Gn. 7:13-23 and 1Peter 3:20-21); Isaac and the ram, figure of Christ in our place (Gn. 22:13-14); Adam in 1Corinthians 15:45; Melchizedek "without father, without mother..." in Gn. 14:18-20 in Hebrews 6:20; and the figure of Joseph, who; was loved by the Father, rejected by his brothers; under plot to kill him; in the pit; sent to the gentiles and received there and blessed; received a gentile wife; forgave his brothers reconciling with them and providing them their needs. All of it in Gn. 37:3-4-20-27-28, 39:1-6, 41:45 y 45.



About the period of time that the book of Genesis covers, we find that the data in it provide us a date of beginning of 4004 B.C. until 2360 B.C. divided in: 4004 for the date of Adam until the call of Abraham, in 2000 B.C. and 360 years more until Joseph, in 1860 B.C. in the times of the slavery of Israel. A relevant detail is that Genesis covers approximately the same amount of time than the rest of the books in the Bible; 2360 years until Exodus, and 2360 years from Exodus until Revelation.

The structure of the book is understood better in two parts. The first comprising chapters 1-11, and the second comprising from the 12th to the 50th. In the first part we find the period from Adam to Abraham, and in the second, from Abraham until his chosen descendants, Isaac and Jacob, and takes us to Joseph in Egypt. There, Joseph would be a kind of saviour, because being prime minister after he has been sold to Potiphar, captain of Pharaoh's guard, and going through struggle he would get to rule and control the food and the land, while hunger was hitting the rest of the inhabited areas.

The subject, then, of the book is God's election. God is sobering and therefore elects a lineage, a man called Abraham, to whom He promises to be father of nations, when he was an elder, and so was his wife, the sterile. From them Isaac and Jacob "Israel" would be born, the linage of the Messiah Jesus Christ. God's election is also found in Creation, where God chooses to create, and in the flood, where God chooses to judge the lack of mercy of the human raze.

The historical purpose of the book of Genesis is to prove God's mercy to Israel in the midst of slavery, showing them whom they were, and God's plan for their liberation. In the doctrinal purpose we find, first of all, that God is the only God, the Creator; omnipotent, omniscient, just, and merciful. Secondly, Genesis includes the doctrine of God's fidelity to His promises, which become fulfilled in His chosen, who are the chosen by His grace, not by their own merit.



Genesis introduces us in a subject of great relevance today, about the scientific models of the origins, as it presents "Creationism" which works well with "Intelligent Design", and which opposes frontally to "Evolutionism". 

Scientific discoveries have put down the postulation of the Darwinian theory that the origin of species was through natural selection of the more apt, through mutations. Neither embryology, nor genetics are based in this concept, and in addition, no fossils have been found, nor transitional species. These discoveries have concluded with many scientists abandoning the theory.

There are four areas in which the theory of Darwinian evolutionism does not seam to match with scientific evidence:

The fist area is genetics (inheritance), where "natural selection" presupposes that mutations can be useful for "macro evolution" (the change from one species to another), an impossibility proven by Mendel's experiment with peas, because they where still peas, not another species. With animals the case is the same. Also Lamarck's experiments about inheritance characteristics, have proven that Darwin was wrong.

The second area is embryology, where Darwin would say with fallacy, that the foetus of many species where the same, and during their development the species would become evolved species, where each of them would take parts from the previous, for its composition. The surviving of the more apt has never been proven.

The third area is "natural selection" which has not been proven as the cause of adaptation, because there are not seasons of transition. There are no findings of transitional fossils of one species to another, and many centuries of archaeology have past.

The forth area is the present rejection of the Darwinian theory, and the adopting of a new theory called "quantum of emergent evolution", something like saying that species appear magically, which leaves evolution as a philosophical theory more than a scientific theory, through the lack of evidence.

To go deeper on this subject you may read Evolutionism-Creationism and Science and Intelligent Design at http://creation.com



Genesis includes: The story of the beginning of creation, the creation of man to the image of God, and the election of a people of God, they that would fulfil His divine plan, and Who's descendant, Yahshua, the Son of God, would bring the redemption of man of any origin and nation, through faith, the gift of grace from God. These characteristics make it unique. Includes the seed of the great doctrines of the Bible; subjects that will not be dealt with until the New Testament.

Also, another evident detail of great relevance is the relation between Genesis and Revelation –first and last books of the Bible– with regards to prophecies and symbolic figures that appear, it is providential, especially taking into account the distance in time between one book and the other.

Genesis presents man in Paradise, with access to the Tree of Life. The fall of man in sin –specifically because he preferred his own source of knowledge, before the Tree– which ended in a bad fruit, the loss of the personal relationship with God, and the construction of Babel. Revelation presents the history in reverse. The fall of Babylon –Babel, the world made by man. Man salvation to return to Paradise, and access to the Tree of Life; symbol of the living Christ.

I conclude with the Biblical Text of the apostle Peter, in his second letter, regarding heaven and earth, and the new heavens and earth:

...But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 11Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 12Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 13Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. 14Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. 2Peter 3:10. Amen.




  • For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Prophecy of Isaiah 9:6.

  • I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6. Words of Yahshua - Jesus Christ.
  • You want to know God, but you know the way is not through organized religion, nor by sects, nor by society. The world has failed. ...I pray for them;  I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours... John 17:9. Prayer of Yahshua - Jesus Christ.

  • If you really seek God, begin today the new life though the true hand of God. The Gospel is the message for all nations, no matter their race, their origins or culture. God is the saviour of those from humanity who open their hearts to Him.

  • ...Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.  1Corinthians 15:58.

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