5 Introduction. Genesis is 1 of 5 books which form a larger unit called …. Torah … “ instruction ” … or …. Pentateuch … “five books”
6 Introduction How should Genesis be read? a in light of the other 4 books, which describe the origin of Israel a gives the pre-history of the nation of Israel & of the universe
7 Introduction Common Genealogical Records (ANE): Account of … c the heavens and the earth (1:1--2:4) c human origins (2:5--5:2) c Adam’s family (5:3--6:9a) c Noah’s family (6:9b--10:1) c the Nations (10:2--11:10a) c Terah’s family (11:10b-27a)
10 Creation First Account (1:1--2:4) Universe, the free creation of God by his sovereign word (1:3, 6, 14, 20, 24) Origin of the universe was a process...
11 Creation Process... X creation of basic matter (1:1-2) X fashioning/shaping matter into the universe & earth as it is (1:3-25)
Movement... formlessness... and emptiness (1:2)
13 Creation Order & Habitation For this is what the LORD says — he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited — he says: I am the LORD, and there is no other. — Isa. 45:18
16 Creation C God is a someone, not merely something. C God’s capacity for creativity was passed to humans. C God is shown to be sovereign over all the universe.
17 Creation Second Account (2:5--2:25): Adam/Eve R Shaped from dirt R Placed in a tropical garden R Instructed re responsibilities R Not good to be alone! 1. Named the animals 2. Formed a woman
18 The Fall (3-5) Rebellion out of Freedom S God had given them limited freedom (2:16-17) S Their rebellion:
19 The Snake & the Woman & the Man K Confronted, created doubt re God’s instructions K Snake : “God is with- holding something good” she ate... gave to the man... he ate K Realized the significance of their rebellion... ashamed… vulnerable...
20 The Fall God Confronts L The man blamed the woman and L The woman blamed the snake. L Both were equally guilty as evidenced by the punishment given...
21 The Fall Judgments Snake: offspring of the woman would crush his head Woman: increased difficulty in childbirth; exploitation by men Man: work would be frustrated with alien elements
22 The Fall Judgments -- the BIG ONE... DEATH... entered the human family.
23 The Fall Depravity spreads C Fratricide C Polygamy C Uncontrolled revenge
24 The Fall Good Spreads/Develops X Skills in farming, music, & metallurgy X Some began to seek after God. X Enoch X Noah, “comfort” Shows that … l humans sought relief from the difficulty of surviving in a world cursed due to their sin (Gen. 5:29)
25 The Flood God Determines to Destroy Humankind X Few tried to seek God X Human wickedness rampant X extended 120 years of grace to give time to avert judgment
26 God Commissions Noah Eight humans, and selections of animals, survived a 371-day flood. Emerged, offered sacrifices in worship. God’s Promise...
27 God promised never again to destroy the human race in this fashion.
28 Dispersion (10-11) The First Account a Family branches spread out a Japheth, Shem, and Ham.
30 Dispersion x Nimrod (“we shall rebel”) l founder of Babylon & other cities l singled out for special attention as a champion hunter l Reason in the 2nd account
31 Dispersion Second Account [ Babel & descendents of Noah [ Displacement of God [ Confusion of Language [ The Family Line of Shem
32 Lessons from the Old Testament F God was the Creator of the whole universe; the sovereign Lord over all mankind. F Depravity of the human race & its deserved judgment became repeating patterns in the fall of Adam & Eve (3), the curse of Cain (4), the flood of Noah (6-9) and the confusion at Babel (11).
33 Lessons from the Old Testament God himself must take the initiative to set it right. Although there were few who sought after God, the overwhelming trend was rebellion and violence.