The Book of Genesis is designated in Hebrew by the first word in the book — בראשית (bereshit), which means “upon beginning” or “in the beginning”. The book is not just a record of the origin of the universe — the Heaven and the Earth, and all the living things upon the Earth; most importantly it is a record of the origin of Man (mankind), the origin of his Fall and the origin of corruption (pollution) that came to exist in mankind today. How apt then that the word GENESIS is applied to it — ‘genes is’; it certainly is! In all these we see the handiwork of Yahweh setting forth His blueprint of the history of redemption.
[Note: Scripture does not record every detail of creation. It does not even have a detailed record of Jesus’ life and death. They are not included in Scripture because they are not necessary for us to know. The account that is recorded is of great significance; otherwise it would not be recorded. Nothing recorded is ever minor or insignificant. Hence, the things that are included are there because they are necessary. That is the doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture. It means that everything necessary for our knowledge and salvation is recorded in Scripture, and by the same token, that which is recorded, is necessary.]
Isa 46:9: Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
10: Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
Isa 48:3: I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass.
This series on the Book of Genesis will end with the Call of Abraham — in whom Yahweh brought about the beginning of a special and peculiar people, in the Covenant He made regarding the Promised Seed.