The book of Genesis from the Bible
The book of Genesis has many escapades that one can relate to, and in this respect, I am interested in exploring its different segments while relating them to my experience as an immigrant in the United States of America. Essentially, interpreting this book require the hermeneutical skills to locate every information contextually.
To begin with, the book of Genesis gives the readers different accounts of the relationship between God and His creations, and most importantly, human beings. It is important to point out that the book is segmented into two parts, which include primeval history contained in chapters 1-11 and the other known as ancestral history contained in chapters 12-50 (Bible, 1974). The primeval history shows the relationship between human beings and deity. This part shows that God created everything, which is good for human beings, but becomes annoyed when man corrupts the good relationship with sin. God then went ahead to destroy the world, and only saved one man and his family to begin another generation. On the other hand, the prehistory tells the readers about what happened before his chosen people, the Israelites. From Noah, God makes another covenant with Abraham, who is then considered the father of the nation.
From the background above, the book introduces the readers to the development of nations and the way different people spread all over the world. It tells the audiences about the people of Israel and other nations and the way they relate (Bible, 1974). One fundamental thing is that people from different nations maintain different cultures, which might be challenging to a foreigner. It might not imply that those people are bad, but the worldview of independence and human nature of protecting what they have, sometimes make it unbearable for an outsider. The way the people in Egypt were harsh to the Israelites, people who live in foreign land experience some challenges, which are emotional, social or economic. As an immigrant in the United States of America, I must appreciate the effort of the government to maintain sanity by treating people with decorum and dignity, but I still face some unmeasured challenges.
Just as the way the book of Genesis gives a chronology of origins, the same way our society is organized. Movement from one nation to another is something that God ordained at the prehistoric time when he told Abraham that his descendants would be foreigners in a land that do not belong to them. God wanted people to spread across nations to intermingle with different cultures (Bible, 1974). Some of the things that make people different are the way of life and language. In the United States of America, I had to learn the new language and lifestyle in order to cope. As much as this would be challenging, it makes life more meaningful and worth it. Reading the book of Genesis does not only inform, but it inspires and motivates people to interact with other nations for the societal growth and development.
In conclusion, I love the book of Genesis as it gives different escapades that locate the origin of humankind, their relationship with the maker and the way that relationship should be maintained. It is ostensibly from this presentation that sin separates human beings from God. Similarly, God ordains the interaction of people from different backgrounds and culture, therefore, no one should discriminate another just because he or she is a foreigner, but they should live together since all people share a common origin.
- Bible, H. (1974). The Holy Bible: King James Version. Christian Cassette Library.