James Thomas Murph, Box 790
The Holy Bible is not just a mere book written and printed by man but worth all the other books ever published. Undoubtedly this relates to the fact that it was spiritually guided promising gods favor on mankind. The first beginning books of the bible share detailed information about God and His creation. In the very beginning, the book of Genesis is divided into the primeval (chapters 1–11) and the ancestral history (12–50). The primeval chapter highlights mans relation to God explicitly. Genesis tells of the relationship mankind will have with God and forms the foundation of the rest of the books of the Bible. Additionally, the primeval history prepares the way for God’s redemption plan, for mankind, in the New Testament.
According to Genesis 1:1, God is flawless, loving, patient, kind, gracious, merciful, creative, and generous god. Above all these characteristics, creativity is very pronounced in Genesis 1:31 while the gods of the ancients were deceptive and destructive. Mankind was deceived by the serpent and falls into sin. It is obvious the character of Yahweh is the opposite the early gods. The devil deceived the earliest of mankind by having Adam and Eve fall into sin. Notably they failed to follow the instructions that God had given them and instead fell for the serpents trap. Genesis 3 depicts the Garden of Eden as a beautiful place graced by everything that mankind needs for survival. Failure to follow the instructions given by God resulted in the fall of humankind. Being a righteous God, He administered punishment in the form of hardships of suffering against humanity. Adam and Eve parents had two sons, one of which rebelled against God’s instructions. The first son Cain was a farmer; Abel, his brother, worked as a shepherd. Cain later killed Abel out of jealousy. The bible portrays him as a murderer and a jealous person. Following this Cain and his entire generation, and humanity, were condemned to suffering. People need to find grace and deliverance from sin. Individuals in modern society are judged based on past generations of sinful humankind. However God’s power and unfailing love can defeat this generational curse and restore the parental relationship between man and God.
The first 11 chapters of the Bible designate everyone born of man to be sinners. Therefore, mankind lives in agony due to the sins of their early humans ancestors, unless God delivers them from their sin. The primeval history section depicts humans as struggling beings. However happy and content, human sin will always bring suffering upon themselves. On a positive note, this part of history teaches mankind to improve their lives by seeking redemption from God; it also explains the pain in the world experiences and defines the course to take to find comfort. On the contrary, primeval history informs people that they are bound to bear the curse ensured by the early humans, such as Adam and Eve. Ill-advisedly, there are individuals who are hardwired to think they must suffer by default.
Primeval history serves as a foundation for other events in the bible. First of all, it outlines the family history of humanity. For example, the story about how Adam and Eve gave birth to Cain and Abel highlights the family line of Cain. Secondly, primeval history sets the stage for mankind to understand the origin of sin and the consequence of sin. It also portrays God as ever loving and just father. In Genesis 12, God shows great concern in saving humanity from suffering. In genesis 12:4, He instructs Abraham to go to the land of Canaan a land full of comfort and wealth. Abraham communicates frequently with God and remains faithful; he even builds an altar for Him in this land. The primeval history also brings out the mission of mankind in the world today—most notably warfare with sin. Early humans failed to deal with the deceptive nature of Satan hence the suffering in modern society. People in the contemporary world with a vast knowledge of God need to reaffirm the correct relationship with God and enjoy His mercy and grace. In the first book of the Bible, Genesis depicts God as an omnipotent being who created humankind and the universe. After that, people rebelled against his instructions and henceforward started living in sin. The primeval history period shows the dire need for man to seek and find redemption from sin and the generational curse that bounds humankind. It also sets the stage for mankind to gain salvation from sin and live free and holy lives. All the accounts in the succeeding books of the bible are related to the designation of sin in the book of Genesis.