All people who have ever lived, regardless of time, place, or culture, have looked for a larger story by which they can make sense of their lives. The search for this metanarrative takes many shapes and forms, with some turning to religion, others to politics, romance, achievement, and many other places. We all may turn different places in our efforts to find a larger story, but the search is a consistent and constant part of our humanity.
The argument of the book of Genesis, and of the Bible as a whole, is that God is writing a larger narrative that will lead to the ongoing glory of his Son Jesus Christ, and in his grace, he has chosen to unite that glory to the good of his people so the story has room for us in it. Genesis is the beginning of this metanarrative of the Bible, and as such, its goal is to challenge the opposing stories we are prone to believe.
The call to us is to join with Seth in "calling on the name of the Lord" (Genesis 4:26)-not just on the name of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, but also on the name of the one that God prophesied would come to put the world back together (Genesis 3:16)-Jesus. Every event in Genesis derives its meaning from this goal and thus every event derives its meaning from him. Genesis is a challenge to us to find true meaning and purpose in losing our individual stories in the greater whole of the story of Jesus.
In this way, the challenge of Genesis to us today is not unlike its original challenge to its original audience. As Moses led God's people into a promised land, they would find themselves surrounded by many competing narratives that would serve as arguments to them to find their identity in something other than God. Genesis served as the opening salvo of God to remind them that he and he alone was writing the story of the universe. Genesis begins a "better story" that will lead you to find the meaning and purpose that you are looking for in your life. This book is an effort to show that truth by using each story to get a greater glimpse into the story of God in Jesus and its implications for our lives.