Roadmap Genesis is an amazing documentary that makes the case that the Book of Genesis is a roadmap containing guideposts on how to live a productive, fruitful, and fulfilling life – one that will help our society to lift itself up and out of its current decline and return it to prosperity, promise, and accomplishment. So says filmmaker Nolan Lebovitz, who one day found himself at a crossroads in his life. He knew he had to choose between continuing to make the Hollywood thrillers which were his livelihood or changing course and trying to make the world a better place for his new young family. After much struggle, he found his answer in the Book of Genesis. He chose to combine his love for the Book of Genesis with his passion for filmmaking. He set out to travel the United States, interview clergy and public figures so as to build an undeniable argument about the importance of the Book of Genesis as a guiding force in our once strong Judeo-Christian country.
Nolan Lebovitz interviewed a wide variety of people from Jewish Rabbis, to Catholics, Protestants, and that guy walking along down the street. He clearly showed the decline of society, how far we have moved from the Judeo-Christian founding of this country; certainly we are going in a very different and dangerous direction.
The Word Genesis is a transliteration of a Greek word meaning “origin,” “beginning” or “generation.” Thus in Genesis 2:4:“haute he biblos geneseos ouranou kai ges,” means “This is the book of the generations of heaven and earth.” The Hebrew Bible names the book after its first word, bere’shith, meaning “in the beginning.” Both the Hebrew and Greek titles are appropriate for Genesis, the record of historical origins.
Without the book of Genesis, the rest of the Bible would make very little sense to us. After all, Genesis lays the foundation that allows us to begin to answer those deeper questions of life and the meaning of it all: Why are we here? Where did we come from? Where are we going?
How blessed are we to have such a loving and kind God that He provides the answers to these questions within the pages of the Bible. Genesis tells us all we need to know about the beginning of the world, civilization, how we ought to keep our families and nations, even sin and salvation. To understand this one book within the Bible, is surely the key to all that follows.
It is no accident that God is the subject of the first sentence of the Bible, for this word dominates the whole chapter…it is used some thirty-five times in as many verses of the story. The passage, indeed the Book, is about Him first of all; to read it with any other primary interest…is to misread it. (Derek Kidner, Genesis, Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries, p. 43)