March 19, 2019

Topic Day|Genesis Recap

Sin Enters the World in Genesis, But the Story Isn't Over Yet!

Genesis 12:1–3

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The Call of Abram

Now the LORD said1 to Abram, “Go from your country2 and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”3


[1] 12:1 Or had said
[2] 12:1 Or land
[3] 12:3 Or by you all the families of the earth shall bless themselves

Sin Enters the World in Genesis, But the Story Isn't Over Yet!

Key Verse | Genesis 15:6

And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.

Bio | Elizabeth Tamlyn

My college sweetheart and I have been married 35 years, and we have three adult kids! My sanguine personality loves great conversation, lots of fun, and a good story! I always loved reading books to my kids when they were young!  And now in my current season of life, I get to read to my precious grandson! Over the years, as I have studied the Bible, I have learned, by His grace, that His story is the best! God's Word has come alive to me as I've learned that it is ONE GRAND STORY. I love God's Word—what a story!

Central Truth

Genesis starts off in paradise. When Adam and Eve sin, everything changes. But God, in His love, pursues fallen people through a plan of redemption. Through faith in Jesus Christ, we can now have a relationship with God even though we have all sinned and fallen short of His glory.

Devotional | Genesis Recap

I love snuggling up with my grandson reading books like I did with my kids! Many stories have a pattern—begin happy, then trouble, and end happy again. The Bible is no exception.

The book of...

I love snuggling up with my grandson reading books like I did with my kids! Many stories have a pattern—begin happy, then trouble, and end happy again. The Bible is no exception.

The book of Genesis begins with perfection and ends in a wreck. But God's story isn't over in Genesis. Genesis closes with God's people not being in the land promised to them, and trouble continues on until Jesus returns in Revelation! Starts with glory, ends with glory. But the in-between trouble is where we are currently in God's story and timeline!

In Genesis 1-2, God created heaven and earth, and it was good. He created man in His image, and it was VERY good. He placed Adam and Eve in paradise with only one stipulation: to not eat from a certain tree. But Adam and Eve ate and brought sin into the world for all of humankind. 

In Genesis 3-11, we see increasing sinfulness. In Genesis 12-50, God responds to sin by making a covenant with Abraham. He provides, in His grace, a plan to restore mankind to Himself through an unconditional promise: Abraham believed the Lord, and the Lord credited it to Abraham as righteousness. We, like Abraham, are credited with righteousness if we believe in the Lord's provision for us, Jesus.

The devastation from the sin of Adam and Eve continues throughout the rest of the Bible until Jesus returns in the book of Revelation. The story WILL end in victory! But right now we are living in the middle of the story. It's not over yet. God has provided a way to have a right relationship with Him through the provision of his sinless son, Jesus.

This whole narrative has a happy ending if we accept Jesus as Savior. Jesus is our provision for the brokenness and sin we find in Genesis and in the world today. The book starts with perfection, is followed by trouble (that's our world right now), but WILL end in victory! So take heart. The story isn't over. Genesis isn't the end. The Redeemer is coming back. Trust Him today!

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Discussion Questions

1. Have you trusted in the provision of Jesus Christ, who is God's plan to redeem mankind from the sin that began in Genesis?

2. Did you know that the story of the Bible is one long narrative? How can this encourage you when we see sin and destruction in our world today?

3. What are the sin habits we see in the book of Genesis, and how are they the same ones we struggle with today? Do you believe that Jesus Christ can help you overcome your sin patterns?

12 Comments available

Don Freeman about 1 year ago


Jay Caruso about 1 year ago

Thank you Elizabeth the very good recap of our Lord and our belief in our garden I continue to trust as much as I can in the provisions he’s provides me and I am very grateful I do have petitions that I request each morning with patience and love

greg jones about 1 year ago

If I don’t experience a ride like Abraham’s I’ll never understand that map he drew.

Nicole Sims about 1 year ago

Good morning, Elizabeth! I love picturing you snuggling your grand-son and sharing the BEST story! Thank you for your faithful example of believing God as you invest in other women at Watermark!

Michael Scaman about 1 year ago

“Genesis starts with creation and ends with a coffin Genesis starts with a garden and ends with a groan” Paul Murray of Puritan Reformed University

It’s amazing how God, even in the midst of various judgements and evil in the book, gives blessing and hope.

carol larson about 1 year ago

Wonderful recap on our “JOURNEY” through Genesis

-got some good “pictures” these past few months to put in my “journey scrapbook!”

Thank you to all you “tour guides” !!!

“Your love has impacted me and brings me great joy and encouragement, for the hearts of the believers have been greatly refreshed through you, dear brother. (s) (and sisters) Philemon 1:7 -

Don Freeman about 1 year ago

Amen Thank you for the word

Michael Scaman about 1 year ago

The story of Abraham is a turning point of blessing in the book of Genesis. Five curses of the fall and a legacy of death and suffering is now met with five blessings in Abraham. There will be eighty one more blessings shown to Abraham’s descendants in the book.

There are also blessing for those who walk in the footsteps of Abraham by faith.

Hope Harris about 1 year ago

In thinking about the overall picture of God and sin I have recently learnt a phrase that I have found helpful. “Freedom with limits.” This has helped me in a conversation I am having with a young lesbian who has recently come to the faith.

Her biggest question is “Why did God create me this way?” I understand her mind set. It is a process to understand God’s nature and character. The impact of the fall and our sin nature. FInally the role our own humanity and life experiences play in answering her question.

God is good and trustworthy. I am grateful to understand that I have freedom with limits and know a good God that wants what is best for me. May I choose wisely today.

Sue Bohlin about 1 year ago

HI Elizabeth! Great job choosing the big elements from a long and hugely important book!

As I think about various pastoral care conversations I’m having, from walking through rhe re:generation inventory process with several friends to an ongoing Twitter conversation with a stranger who thinks I’ve “got something against gays,” the unfolding of sin’s devastation on the world explains so very much. It’s not that God is a monster who makes bad things happen --it’s that sin and rebellion iare the monster, and it breaks God’s heart. But He is the God of happy endings, and that’s where we’re headed!

Lindsey Driscoll about 1 year ago

I’m encouraged by Abrams obedience today, reading 12:1-3. Leave your home and family, go to a place I will show you, and I will beyond bless you. I think about how I would respond to God’s direction like that. How is my heart with being willing to listen to God’s direction?

Hugh Stephenson about 1 year ago

Today I am reflecting on Spirit “rûaḥ” in Genesis 1:2 and “nâp̱aḥ” in Genesis 2:7. Both can be understood as “breath” or “breathed”. “The Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters” and “…breathed into his nostrils the breath of life”. The same breath that created heaven and earth created my ancestor and did so in His image. Boice notes (paraphrasing) - Saying Yahweh almost causes us to blow outwards.

After the fall I read how the four patriarchs sought to trust and obey; often failing but eventually surrendering and experiencing the transforming heart change.

Constable notes that at the beginning of Genesis two people want to be like God - but at the end of Genesis Joseph says, ““Do not fear, for am I in the place of God?”

What is most encouraging to me is that God never relents in His pursuit of me.

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