In the first book of the Torah, Genesis, we see God create a good and perfect world. God then creates humans, who are to be God's representatives on Earth. But humans tragically rebel against God and choose to define good and evil for themselves. From here, things spiral out of control, and God eventually chooses to wipe out human evil with a flood and start over.
This opening narrative is the beginning of God's mission to rescue and restore his world. God begins with making a covenant with a man named Abraham, promising him that through his descendants, all of the nations of the world receive God's blessing. Though Abraham’s family is far from perfect, God continues to work through them as his covenant partners.