Season Finale in the Book of Genesis

The book of Genesis ends abruptly in the middle of the story, and it leaves us wondering, “Where is this thing going?”

Screenshot from Video (YouTube)

D. Thomas Lancaster

Bible

Abraham Bible faith Genesis Isaac Jacob Joseph

Have you ever gotten hooked on a great show with a cliff-hanger at the end of the first season? That’s kind of like the book of Genesis.

The story of Genesis 12-50 tells the dramatic stories of Abraham’s family, right up to the point of Israel’s sojourn in Egypt. The thing is, that’s not at all a good ending for the story. Instead, it’s a sort of cliff-hanger ending that demands a sequel or, better yet, a second season.

If you’ve got eight minutes to spare, take this overview of the stories of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. Consider it as a season one recap. This short video illustrates the great narrative of Genesis, tracing the story from the call of Abraham all the way to the cliff-hanger season-finale story of Israel in Egypt that concludes the book of Genesis. The video points to the major themes at work behind the narrative, and it shows how the stories all work together to present a larger picture of God’s work of redemption. Plus it’s not a bad way to cram on B’reisheet if you’ve fallen behind on your weekly parashah readings.

The stories of Abraham’s family all point toward an unresolved tension between God’s promises and the experiences of the patriarchs. The writer of the book of Hebrews sums it up like this:

These all died in faith, not having received the things promised. (Hebrews 11:13)

Nevertheless, they conducted their lives with confidence that God would ultimately fufill his promises. The writer of the book of Hebrews calls that confidence “faith.” That’s what faith is all about:

Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)

The cliff-hanger at the end of Genesis leaves us with unfulfilled promises and an unfinished story—the perfect recipe for a great sequel.

About the Author

D. Thomas Lancaster is Director of Education at First Fruits of Zion, the author of the Torah Club programs and several books and study programs. He is also the pastor of Beth Immanuel Sabbath Fellowship in Hudson, WI.

Bible

Abraham Bible faith Genesis Isaac Jacob Joseph

Screenshot from Video (YouTube)

Share this Story

Events

Look out for what's happening. View events.

Camp Tzadi On Ice—Winter Camp 2021

Join Camp Tzadi for a special experience this winter! Reconnect with friends both old and new while welcoming the New Year 2022! Enjoy fun winter activities while learning about discipleship and what it means to be bearers of Light.

Most Recent

An Interview with Eden Mitchell

A young Messianic artist creates the cover art for her father’s latest album.

The Happiest Day of the Year

Why is Yom Kippur considered one of the happiest days of the year?

From Generation to Generation

Camp Tzadi is perhaps the most important thing we are doing at First Fruits of Zion.

Hard Hearts

When we harden our hearts against God, family, friends, or parents, we cannot expect anything but hardship.

Seven Things Every Disciple of Yeshua Should Do Every Month

We all want to be better disciples. Here’s how.

How Did We Forget?

If we don’t remember, who will?

Camp Tzadi 2019: Reversing the Natural Order

Catch the fire and get inspired.

Called Against

Are we called to take action against suffering?