Cool Themes in Genesis

God hears and cares for the downtrodden, the least of these:

  • “You shall name him Ishmael, for the LORD has heard of your misery.”  Gen 16:11 (Speaking to Hagar)
  • God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there.” Gen 21:17
  • “When the LORD saw that Leah was unloved, he enabled her to have children” Gen 29:11

God can do anything:

  • “Is anything too hard for the LORD?”  Gen 18:14 

God desires a people who will walk before Him, honor Him, love Him above all else:

  • “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.  Gen 17:1
  • For I have chosen (Abraham), so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”  Gen 18:19
  • “Now I know that you (Abraham) fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” Gen 22:12
  • “through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.” Gen 22:18
  • “The LORD, before whom I have walked faithfully” (Abraham speaking) Gen 24:40
  • “through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because Abraham obeyed me and did everything I required of him, keeping my commands, my decrees and my instructions.” Gen 26:4-5 (Speaking to Isaac)
  • “She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, ‘This time I will praise the LORD.’ So she named him Judah.”  Gen 29:35  (The line of Jesus is through Judah, the child named to praise God.)

God provides: 

  • Then God opened her (Hagar’s) eyes and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink.”  Gen 21:19
  • “Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide.”  Gen 22:13-14
  • “He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehoboth, saying, ‘Now the LORD has given us room and we will flourish in the land.'” Gen 26:22 (Isaac speaking)

God wants to bless man with abundance: 

  • “I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore.”  Gen 22:17
  • “Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the LORD blessed him.”  Gen 26:12
  • “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you…And now you are blessed by the LORD.”  Gen 26:28-29 (Locals talking with Isaac)
  • I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying…Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.”  Gen 28:14-15 (Speaking to Jacob)

God goes before us and is with us: 

  • ‘The LORD, before whom I have walked faithfully, will send his angel with you and make your journey a success,”  Gen 24:40
  • “Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you.”  Gen 26:3
  • “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” (Speaking to Jacob)  Gen 28:15

God’s character is one of love and faithfulness:

  • “Praise the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not withheld His kindness and faithfulness from my master.”  Gen 24:27

God is working His will, and does not favor those who do not honor His will:

  • So Esau despised his birthright Gen 25:34
  • “whenever he slept with his brother’s wife, he spilled his semen on the ground to keep from providing offspring for his brother. What he did was wicked in the Lord’s sight; so the Lord put him to death also.”  (Judah’s son Onan did not seek to carry on the line of Judah by giving his brother’s wife a child after his brother’s death.)

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