Far beyond the ancient priesthood and the census, this not-to-be-missed episode highlights the power of habit, the Year of Jubilee, the literal scapegoat, and the original talking donkey (with apologies to Eddie Murphy). Come. It’s uncommonly good.
From the fertile soil and quiet streets of Goshen (upper Nile Delta, Egypt), the Hebrews abandoned their homes and began their trek through the Sinai Peninsula – the desert. Going through a wilderness experience? Come learn of God’s provision.
Genesis, Part 2 is uniquely designed to illuminate Israel’s backstory, helping us discover anew the dangers of prejudice and hyper-nationalism in the region.
Beyond the obvious questions (Was there really an Eden or worldwide flood? How do we reconcile evil with a loving God?), Genesis Part 1 invites us to examine cause and effect: “reaping and sowing” as they inform our everyday lives.