Genesis Theme List

Have you ever stopped to think how many choices people have made throughout history? Here is a list that I compiled from the book of Genesis during a read through of the book. I’m sure there are more. It sure seems like a very significant theme in the book of Genesis. I have written my personal response to these findings and a bit of my testimony concerning decisions I have made in the past in a separate Blog post. Overall and even today at reflecting on this article I find that I still am solid on my decision to have Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior and so choose to follow Him all the days that He sees fit to give me. I have chosen to serve Him in a lifetime of ministry.

  • God to create (1:1)
  • Adam and Eve to sin (3:6-7)
  • Abel and Cain in sacrificial chices and first choice to murder (4:1-16)
  • Enoch chose to live and walk with God daily (5:22)
  • People chose to sin, but Noah chose to follow God (6)
  • God chose to save Noah and his family and the animals (6)
  • God chose to make a covenant with Noah (9:8)
  • Noah’s sons choices made (9:22)
  • Tower of Babel (11)
  • Abram to obey God (12)
  • God chose to make a covenant with Abram (15, 17)
  • Lot vs. people of Sodom and Gomorrah (19)
  • Lot’s wife longed for Gomorrah (19:26)
  • Lot’s daughters have incestuous relationship with him, Moabites and Ammonites result (19:30-38)
  • King Abimelech obeyed God (20)
  • Rebekah chose to go with Abraham’s servant (24:57)
  • Esau sold birthright to Jacob (25:33)
  • Lied about Rebekah being his wife (26:7)
  • Esau married two Canaanite/Hittite women who were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah (26:34-35).
  • Jacob lied to his father and got Esau’s blessing (27:24)
  • Esau planned to murder his brother (27:41)
  • Isaac chose to bless Jacob (28)
  • Esau married a woman from Abraham’s family to try to appease his parents (28:8-9)
  • Jacob chose to follow God (28:20-22)
  • Jacob went and found Rachel of Abraham’s family (29:1-14)
  • Laban tricked Jacob with Leah, then gave him Rachel (29:22-30)
  • Jacob took both his wife’s servants as wives (30)
  • Jacob breed good sheep and animals for himself and left sickly ones for Laban (30)
  • Jacob left Laban without telling him (31:21)
  • Rachel stole her father’s idols and hid them in deceptive manner (31:34)
  • Jacob sent peace offerings to his brother Esau (32:1-21)
  • Jacob wrestled with God for God’s blessing (32)
  • Esau forgave Jacob (33:10)
  • Shechem violated Dinah, Jacob’s daughter (34:2)
  • Jacob’s sons deceived Hamor, Shechem and the people and killed all the men (34)
  • Jacob buried all the idols (35:2)
  • Jacob/Israel favored Joseph over his other sons (37:3)
  • Joseph shared dreams and brothers hated him (37+)
  • Jacob/Israel kept in mind Joseph’s dreams (37:11)
  • Rueben tried to/did save Joseph (37:21)
  • Judah and brothers decided to sell Joseph (37:26)
  • Joseph refused the advances of Potiphar’s wife (39)
  • Joseph forgave his brothers and provided for them all (45)
  • Jacob had Joseph promise to bury him with his forefathers (47:30)
  • Joseph spoke kindly to his brothers and reassured them (50:21)
  • Joseph made his brothers promise to carry his bones out of Egypt (50:25)

Abram’s choices:

  • Took Lot (12:4)
  • Lied about wife Sarai (12:10-20)
  • Allowed Lot to choose where to go (13:9)
  • Interaction with King of Sodom, took no goods for himself from the king (14:21-24)
  • Believed God, righteous (15:6)
  • Hagar and Ishmael (16)
  • No leadership between Sarai and Hagar (16:6)
  • Did not believe God about son with Sarah (17:17-18)
  • Obedience to circumcision (17:26-27)
  • Interceded for righteous people of Sodom and Gamorrah (18:16-33
  • Lied about wife Sarah again (20)
  • Obeyed God by offering his son Isaac, stopped by God before killed (22:9-11)
  • Paid full price for field to bury Sarah (23:16)
  • Chose woman from his own people for his son’s wife (24)
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