Category Archives : Genesis (Rayburn)


In or Out Gen 16:1-16

Download audio Download sermon Genesis 16:1-16 We are in the middle of the narrative of the life of Abram, or Abraham, as he will soon be called. Twice now the Lord has promised this man a son, an heir, from whom a great nation would eventually arise, a nation that would inherit the land of […]


God Is Our Reward Gen 15:1-21

Download audio Download sermon Genesis 15:1-21 We have made the point in many ways in our examination of the first fourteen chapters of Genesis; the first book of the Bible, that these narratives are setting the table for all that is to come. The great trajectory of biblical history originates here in the account of […]


The Choices We Make Gen 13:1-18

Download audio Download sermon Genesis 13:1-18 We considered last time Abram’s failure of faith and of nerve, alas all too common failures in every believer’s life. The following chapter in a way continues that theme and shows us two believing men responding to temptation in radically different ways. In chapter 12 the failure of faith […]


The Bible in Sum Gen 12:1-9

Download audio Download sermon Genesis 12:1-9 It is important to set the following narrative in historical context. It has been impossible to fix the dates of any of the events related in chapters 1-11. That is one reason why there are such fierce arguments concerning those dates. But counting backward from information in the Bible, […]


The Flood Gen 7:1-24

Download audio Download sermon Genesis 7:1-24 The judgment of human wickedness by a flood and the sparing of Noah and his family had been promised in the previous chapter. Now the rains begin to fall. Text Comments v.1       The second “you” in v. 1 is singular. This doesn’t mean that the other members of Noah’s […]


The Antithesis Gen 6:9-22

Download audio Download sermon Genesis 6:9-22 We begin today the narrative of the flood, one of the most definitive events in the history of the world. “Whereas the narrator races through the millennia between Adam and Noah, and between Noah and Abraham, he slows the action to a standstill and devotes a full [chapter] to […]


The Heart of God Gen 6:1-7

Download audio Download sermon Genesis 6:1-7 We’re reading this morning the first seven verses of the sixth chapter of Genesis. We have read most recently the genealogy of Cain and the succeeding generations of unbelief and increasing wickedness descending from him and then in chapter five the long line of the descendants of Adam through […]


Like Father, Like Son Gen 5:1-32

Download audio Download sermon Genesis 5:1-32 The second chapter of Genesis begins with the first verse of our chapter 5, “These are the generations of…” being, as we said, the section divider in Genesis. Remember, the toledot or “generations” of Adam will be, as throughout Genesis, an account of the named individual’s descendants, not of […]


Original Sin Gen 4:1-26

Download audio Download sermon Genesis 4:1-26 There are sermons aplenty in Genesis 4, but there is also a great over-arching theme and it is that theme that I want to consider with you this morning. Genesis 4 belongs to the opening chapter of the book. Here too, then, the foundation for all subsequent human history […]


What Went Wrong? Gen 3:14-24

Download audio Download sermon Genesis 3:14-24 We have read of the disobedience of Adam and Eve and we have seen already some unhappy changes in them. Happy communion with God has become a guilty fear. Love between them has become selfish recrimination. But God has not yet spoken. We read earlier his warning that disobeying […]


The Creation Gen 1:1-2:3

Download audio Download sermon Genesis 1:1-2:3 We have before us this morning, as we said last time, one of the most important passages in the Bible, fundamental to the Christian’s entire worldview or philosophy of life. If God himself, the living God of Scripture, made the world by the word of his power, immensely important […]