The Books of the Bible Participant's Journal | Page 8

The Community Bible Experience | 19 Purpose of Genesis Introduces the presence of God The story of the Bible: God’s plan is to reestablish his presence. Covenant: the mechanism of establishing the presence of God Overview of Genesis Genesis 1–11: How God’s presence was lost and how people tried to regain it Genesis 12–50: God’s counterinitiative in the covenant with Abraham Themes of Genesis Creation: God brings order. Why? God orders creation to be a sacred space, so he can dwell among his people. Disorder: By eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, we want to make ourselves like God. God reestablishes order through the covenant.