Genesis to Exodus

Some critics suggest that Genesis and Exodus are separate stories from two different sources that got shoved together. Here is a quick overview and exploration of the transition between Genesis and Exodus, showing that there is a smooth transition between the two.

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The Story of Isaac (Genesis chapters 21-28)

This is an overview of the story of Isaac with some commentary.


Isaac’s story starts in Genesis 21 when Sarah is 90 and Abraham is 100. While all of Abraham’s children are entitled to the blessing, the everlasting covenant is made to Sarah’s only son Isaac. Ishmael, Abraham’s firstborn through Hagar (Sarah’s maidservant), is 14 when Isaac is born. When Isaac was weaned and Ishmael is bullying him, and Sarah has Hagar and Ishmael put out permanently. Abraham consults with God and God reminded Abraham that things would be good for them because he promised to bless Ishmael back in Genesis 17. Abraham sends Hagar and Ishmael away with food and water, and when they run out she sets him on his own and hides because she doesn’t want to watch him die of thirst and hunger. God appears and reminds her of his promise to her back in Genesis 16, and shows her an oasis where she and Ishmael are taken care of. There is a flash-forward of the future where Ismael becomes an archer and Hagar gets him a wife from Egypt where she is from and he has 12 sons and becomes the father of the Ishmaelites.

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Contraception in the Bible

Oftentimes, when a bible believer is against contraception they reference verses like 1 Tim 2:15, and Gen 38:9-10, but those verses are out of context. One is talking about wives in relation to their husbands, and the other is a story about a guy who hated his brother.

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The Story of Abraham Pt.1 (Genesis chapters 12-18)

This is part one of an overview of the story of Abraham. This is will look over Genesis 12-18.

After the creation, fall, flood, and scattering from Babel in Genesis chapters 1-11, we are introduced to Abram (later Abraham) when he is 75. We aren’t given much info about his history, just that he descends from Noah’s son Shem and his father is Terah. Abram has two (likely older) brothers Haran and Nahor, and a half-sister whom he marries named Sarai (later Sarah) who is 10 years younger than him, and they all live in Ur of the Chaldeans. His brother Haran dies and leaves behind two daughters Milcah and Iscah, and a son named Lot. Milcah marries Nahor who is her uncle, and Lot goes to live with Abram and his wife. Terah moves from Ur of the Chaldeans after Haran’s death along with Abram, Sarai, and Lot toward Canaan but settles in the region of Haran (Paddan-Aram). There Terah dies at 205 when Abram was 75 (Terah was 130 when Abram was born).

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Creation Week Symmetry

There is symmetry between days 1-3 and days 4-6 of creation week.

Genesis 1:1 is the initialization of space/time and matter. Genesis 1:2 describes the initial state of the cosmos as without form and void. In Hebrew this is tohu va-bohu (תֹ֙הוּ֙ וָבֹ֔הוּ). Tohu means “lacking form and purpose, unordered, desolate”, Bohu means “empty, uninhabited, wasteland”. The first 3 Days were the solution to tohu by bringing organization to the unorganized and the 2nd set of 3 days were solution to bohu filling the organized spaces with inhabitants.

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