Just Features Life Application Study Bible, Third Edition, Sampler - Page 5



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The Blueprint
A. THE STORY OF CREATION (1:1–2:4)
God created the sky, seas, and land. He created the plants, animals, fish, and birds.
But he created human beings in his own image. Because of this, we can all be certain
of our dignity and worth, regardless of how we are treated, and we should do our
best to treat everyone respectfully.
B. THE STORY OF ADAM (2:4–5:32)
1. Adam and Eve
2. Cain and Abel
3. Adam’s descendants
When Adam and Eve were created by God, they were without sin. But they became
sinful when they disobeyed God and ate some fruit from the tree. Through Adam
and Eve we learn about the destructive power of sin and its bitter consequences.
C. THE STORY OF NOAH (6:1–11:32)
1. The Flood
2. Repopulating the earth
3. The tower of Babel
Noah was spared from the destruction of the Flood because he obeyed God and
built a large boat. Just as God protected Noah and his family, he still protects those
who are faithful to him today.
D. THE STORY OF ABRAHAM (12:1–25:18)
1. God promises a nation to Abram
2. Abram and Lot
3. God promises a son to Abram
4. Sodom and Gomorrah
5. Birth and near sacrifice of Isaac
6. Isaac and Rebekah
7. Abraham dies
BLUEPRINT
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teaches us what it means to live
emo vitae
book’s stories with key lessons
taught in each section.
a life of faith.
E. THE STORY OF ISAAC (25:19–28:9)
1. Jacob and Esau
2. Isaac and Abimelech
3. Jacob gets Isaac’s blessing
Isaac did not demand his own way. He did not resist when he was about to be sacrificed, and he gladly accepted a wife chosen for him by others. Like Isaac, we must
learn to put God’s will ahead of our own.
F.
Jacob did not give up easily. He faithfully served Laban for over 14 years. Later, he
wrestled with God. Although Jacob made many mistakes, his hard work teaches us
about living a life of service for our Lord.
THE STORY OF JACOB (28:10–36:43)
1. Jacob starts a family
2. Jacob returns home
G. THE STORY OF JOSEPH (37:1–50:26)
1. Joseph is sold into slavery
2. Judah and Tamar
3. Joseph is thrown into prison
4. Joseph is placed in charge of Egypt
5. Joseph and his brothers meet in Egypt
6. Jacob’s family moves to Egypt
7. Jacob and Joseph die in Egypt
Joseph was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and unjustly thrown into prison
by his master. Through the life of Joseph, we learn that suffering, no matter how
unfair, can develop strong character in us.
MEGATHEMES —
Highlight the main themes
that run through the book,
giving their significance and
importance for us today.
Megathemes
THEME
E X P L A N AT I O N
Beginnings
Genesis explains the beginnings of many important realities: the universe, the earth, people, sin, and God’s plan
of salvation. Genesis teaches us that the earth is well made and good; people are special to God and unique; God
creates and sustains all life; and God responds to sin both by bringing just judgment and by mercifully providing a
way of salvation.
Disobedience
People are always facing choices. Disobedience occurs when they choose not to follow God’s plan of living. Genesis
explains that people have been choosing to do wrong ever since Adam and Eve. Even great Bible heroes failed God
and disobeyed.
Sin
When people choose to disobey God’s plan for living, they are choosing to sin. And sin ruins people’s lives. Genesis
shows that living God’s way makes life fulfilling.
Promises
God has promised to help and protect his people. This kind of promise is called a covenant. God kept his promises
then, and he keeps them now. He promises to love us, accept us, forgive us.
Obedience
The opposite of sin is obedience. God uses sinful people in his plan, but the only way to enjoy the full benefits of God’s
promises is to turn from sin and obey him.
Israel
God started the nation of Israel in order to have a dedicated people who would (1) keep his ways alive in the world,
(2) proclaim to the world what he is really like, and (3) prepare the world for the birth of his Son, Jesus. God is looking
for people today to follow him. We are to proclaim God’s truth and love to all nations, not just our own. We must be
faithful to carry out the mission God has given us.
Jacob
& Esau
born
2006
(1840)
Jacob
flees to
Haran
1929
(1764)
Joseph
born
1915
(1750)
Joseph
sold into
slavery
1898
(1733)
Joseph
rules
Egypt
1885
(1720)
Joseph
dies
1805
(1640)

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