Genesis means “origin.” Indeed Genesis is a book about beginnings. The beginning of creation, sin, family life, civilization, and the nations are all captured in the opening pages of the Word of God. In addition and most importantly, the beginning of the story of God’s plan to redeem the world is also present. That’s what makes this so fascinating to me and at the same time so fundamental that we understand. The Bible is not some loosely connected series of random stories about God and those who followed after Him, but instead there is incredible purpose behind the particular series of stories that are revealed. The story of God begins with creation.