Day 1

Genesis

from the This Is the Old Testament reading plan


Genesis 1:1-31, Genesis 2:15-17, Genesis 3:1-7, Isaiah 40:12-14, Isaiah 40:28, John 1:1-3, Colossians 1:15-17

BY She Reads Truth

This Is the Old Testament is part of a twelve-week thematic overview of the entire Bible. As we read, we’ll gain a broader understanding of the redemptive story of Scripture. Each day we’ll read a thematic selection from a different book of the Bible, along with supplemental passages that show how the theme of each day’s reading is found throughout Scripture. We’ll also read a brief summary of each book and a reflection on how the book fits into the larger story of Scripture each day. 

What Is Genesis? The book of Genesis records the creation of the world, humanity, the Sabbath, the origin of sin and sacrifice, and the covenant promises God made with the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph.

How Genesis Fits Into the Story: Genesis is a book of new beginnings. It reveals the beginning of the heavens and the earth, of humanity, marriage, and work, of sin and nations and languages, and the beginning of our need for a Savior. In Genesis we see that all God’s creation was, in the beginning, thoroughly good; and in Genesis we see humanity’s first sin and the consequences of that sin. Our story of brokenness begins here in the first book of the Bible, as does our purpose and God’s covenant to redeem His people. 

Reflection Questions: 
1. What does Genesis 1:26–31 say about how and why God created humans? 
2. How does today’s reading shape your understanding of the story of redemption?

Take time to reflect on your responses and share what you are learning with others in the community in the comments.

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305 thoughts on "Genesis"

  1. Taylor Oliver says:

    God first showed his love to us by creating us in his image. Then he blesses man the same way a father would bless his son. When man falls short of his glory he disciplines man like a father would a son. Then as a father would save his son, so does God redeem his children. Praise be to God!

  2. Nicole Kankaanpää says:

    Interesting that the comments made here are what hit me too. We were created in God’s likeness. So how does that pan out after sin? We were created in His image. To reflect him on earth. We can still be that. That’s what we are created for. But sin gets in the way. So pray to be more like God. To live out what I was created for.

  3. Claire Weber says:

    We are created in God’s likeness

  4. Ashley Koch says:

    We were created to be in God’s likeness, a reflection of Him, and to be set apart from the rest of the Earth’s creatures in which we were meant to care for & use as helpers. These passages show how we are truly cared for and wanted by God.

  5. shayna martens says:

    So sweet to see how intricately He designed us for His glory, and also how quick He was to put together a plan for redemption

  6. Becca Middlekamp says:

    We were made to be stewards of the earth and God wanted us to serve him on the earth. It shows he wanted us.

  7. Sheona Daniel says:

    I love how it says that God doesn’t come and go. He stays and in Him all things hold together. Even though He is up in Heaven, He has not forsaken us. He has given us Jesus and the Spirit to take heart in, which beautifully ties everything together of how it all points towards Him in all entirety.

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