The bible is an organized book with several themes that are significant in the Christian life. There are myths and legends in this beautiful book and the book of Genesis chapters 12 to chapter 20, there are several stories which revolves around the titles, and these are the identifiable ancestors for the Israelites. The reasons for the existence of the inscriptions is to educate those who read about them and at the same time give the good examples of the traditions, the values and the ideals why the Israelites were held as very sacred people by God.
In Genesis 12 – 20, there are exciting stories of the ancestry of the Israelites who in all manners are portrayed as legends and their stories are continued in the book of Exodus. In Genesis, we find characters like Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob, and his wives. Jacob becomes the father of the twelve tribes of Israel who is taken to Egypt in a divine arrangement and later come out by the mighty hands of Yahweh. Abraham is brought to the picture to be from a community which does not know God. However, God calls him out of his country to go to a promised land. The story of Abraham covers a series of topics which are crucial and very crucial. Abraham’s encounter with God is an exciting bit if the whole scenario.
The ritual of circumcision is initiated by God to act as a perpetual covenant between him and the Israelites forever. Abraham and his descendants are therefore supposed to perform this ritual. Genesis 24 – 50 gives a descriptive narrative of Jacob and his twelve sons. Who later in the story find themselves in Egypt as a result of famine which lasted seven years. Moses is born in the book of Exodus when slavery is the practice in Egypt. After the death of Joseph, the Israelites began to suffer severely in the hands of another pharaoh. God through Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt and renewed his covenant with them at Mount Sinai.
In the dealings of Yahweh with his people, there are several lessons that one can pick. I can trace a line of the faithfulness of God to His people. The promise which he made to Abraham several years before the Israelites were in existence he was so much willing to bring them to fulfillment. Patience, however, is key while waiting for these promises to come to the realization. In the case of Abraham for example, he had to wait for a long time so that he gets the promised son who was Isaac. When he decided to go in his way to get a son, he realized that he made a grave mistake and he finally rejoiced when Isaac came to be. The Israelites equally had to be patient for long in their sufferings in Egypt before God could take them out of slavery.
In conclusion, the Bible is consistent in some ways. The narrators have carefully formulated the narratives so that they maintain some given order and arrangement. The Bible illustrates how God handles his people with a lot of care and with a lot of patience. From how God called Abraham to the renewal of the covenant with the Israelites at Mount Sinai, there is an element of consistency. The Decalogue is an indication of the will of Yahweh and the way he wants his people to carry out themselves.