I just got done reading Genesis, and I plan to make my way into Exodus next. So far I have gathered, God is a prick by my standards. The amount of lying, stealing, brother aganist brother, one using their servent as a baby making machine when the wife cannot have children,and even alittle bit of incest was thrown into the mix. This has only provoked more questions as I was assuming it would.
One of the questions being, why did God create humans in the first place?
According to the Bible it would be “sons of God”
Luke:3:38: Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.
Rom:8:19: For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
Rev:21:2: And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3: And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4: And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5: And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
6: And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
7: He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
Though these quotes are NT but since the statement in
Gen:3:15: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
The OT is all about the Lord God fulfilling the promise in (Gen:3:15) which has to be in the world in the flesh of the son of man. Hence the Son of God (the only begotten of God) in the flesh (son of man)
As far as your references to cruelty and the like, note that it is man who did these things not God. Many mistaken God’s Judgements as if it were of man, rather then His Judgements are for man. You must remember that man agreed and trusted the lie of the serpent, and not the Judgement for them to remain in the Garden. So we being born in to the world via the flesh receive the life Adam and Eve had, but the Lord God overcame the problem by coming into the flesh and giving the Life He has that we may receive the same by being born of His Spirit. Hence the restoration unto the original plan.