Genesis means “origin.” The book records the origin of many things including the universe, man, sin, and redemption. It is a most fitting book to start the Bible.
Genesis 1—Creation. Most appropriately creation is the subject for the first chapter of the Bible. Three important things about God are seen in this creation record. •Presence of God: evolution excludes God from creation, but the Bible emphasizes God, for 25 times “God” is mentioned in this first chapter. •Power of God: the power of God is certainly demonstrated in creation. The power of God’s Word is especially demonstrated in creation by the fact that God simply spoke the universe into being. “God said” is found 10 times in this chapter regarding creation. •Plan of God: God’s wisdom is seen in God’s plan of creation. On the first day came light; the second day the firmament; the third day water, land, and vegetation; the fourth day lights (sun, moon, and stars); the fifth day fish and fowl; and on the sixth day beast and man. Any other order of creation would have been a disaster.
Genesis 2—Care. God’s care for men is demonstrated in this chapter in four beneficial provisions from God for man. •First, the sabbath: the seventh day of the week was provided for the rest and comfort of man. •Second, the spouse: Eve, the first woman, was provided for the romance and companionship of man. •Third, the site: the Garden of Eden was provided for the residence and community of man. •Fourth, the statutes: the laws for the Garden of Eden were provided for the ruling and conduct of man.
Genesis 3—Corruption. Here is recorded the fall of man when sin entered the human race. •Steps in the fall: it began by an attack upon the Word of God then by appeals to the appetite (“good for food”), advancement (“be as gods”), appearance (“pleasant to the eyes”), and acumen (“make one wise”). •Seeking after the fall: God in love and grace sought the fallen sinners. •Sentence for the fall: sorrow (mentioned three times), pain, hard life, and death—sin is full of appealing promises but only brings agonizing punishment. •Saving after the fall: seen in God clothing Adam and Eve with animal skins. •Settlement after the fall: man was removed from the Garden of Eden to a location east of Eden.
Butler, J. G. (2003). Daily Bible Reading: Synopsis (Vol. 1, p. 1). Clinton, IA: LBC Publications.