The tone for the rest of the Bible is clear after spending 49 weeks studying Genesis: the book of beginnings.
Genesis begins with God’s perfect creation, and ends with a promise of moving a dead man.
In the beginning God made promises of salvation, resurrection, land, and blessings to men who were sinners. How could he rightly deliver on his promises when all sinners die?
In the end of the beginning one of the very best men in history is dead in a coffin hundreds of miles away from the promised land (Gen 50:26).
Every man in the book dies, but there were men who died in faith with a hope of good things to come from God (see Hebrews 11).
What’s the lesson? With God there is hope. Without God there is none. Man brought sin and death into the world. God intervened to provide a solution.
“ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good” – Gen 50:20
If this is not foreshadowing, then I don’t know what is.
Can God move dead men? Will God fulfill his promise? How will the hope of Israel be fulfilled? (See Acts 26:8)
How God would fulfill his promises was still a mystery for the twenty-five hundred years covered in Genesis. Study all 49 weeks of Genesis to learn about the foundation of prophecy spoken since the world began (Acts 3:19-21).
If you’re one of those people who skip to the end of a book to find out “whodunnit”, then you can listen to the book of Romans to learn about the revelation of the mystery (Rom 16:25-26).
For His glory,
Justin “to be continued” Johnson