Table of Contents
Lesson 1 Creation Part 1 ............................................................................................................ 3 Lesson 2 Creation Part 2 ...................................................................................................... (5) 8 Lesson 3 The Fall of Man .................................................................................................... (8) 12 Lesson 4 Cain, Abel & Enoch ............................................................................................ (11)18 Overlapping of the Patriarchs' Lives Chart …………………………………………...………… (14) 22 Lesson 5 The Flood Part 1 ............................................................................................... (15) 23 Lesson 6 The Flood Part 2 ............................................................................................... (18) 28 Lesson 7 The Tower of Babel ........................................................................................... (21) 32 Lesson 8 Abraham Part 1 ................................................................................................. (25) 37 Lesson 9 Abraham Part 2 ................................................................................................. (28) 41 Lesson 10 Isaac ................................................................................................................. (31) 45 Lesson 11 Jacob ................................................................................................................ (34) 48 Lesson 12 Joseph Part 1 ................................................................................................... (37) 52 Lesson 13 Joseph Part 2 .................................................................................................... (42) 60 Memory Verses ............................................................................................................... (45) 64 Additional Resources ....................................................................................................... (46) 65

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3 Lesson 1 – Creation part 1 Genesis 1 – 2:3 1. How did the earth come into existence? God created it. Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. When we take a literal approach to Genesis, this answer is simple, even in-your-face. However it is not one that is taken for granted in today’s culture. Our schools are teaching that matter evolved over billions of years. Teachers scoff at those who would make this simple claim that when Genesis says that “God created” that indeed God created. So the question here becomes one of worldview, or of faith. EVERYONE must place their faith somewhere. I would contend that it takes just as much faith to believe that there was an eternally existent matter that one day exploded and ended up with what we see on earth, as it takes to believe that the Bible is true and that when it says that God created the earth that it is reasonable to believe that God created the earth. So the question here is where is your faith? Are you choosing to place your faith in science, which by the way changes every once in a while and comes up with yet another new explanation? Or are you choosing to place your faith in the unchanging, eternal God presented in the Bible? The answer to that question will lay the foundation for how you understand everything in life. 2. How did God create the earth? He spoke it into existence. Gen 1: 3 Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. Gen 1:6 Then God said, “Let there be a firmament…” Thus God made the firmament Gen 1:9 Then God said “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place…” and it was so Gen 1:11 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass …” and it was so. Gen 1:14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament …” and it was so. Gen 1:20 Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth…” So God created … Gen 1:24 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind …”and it was so. Gen 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make man in Our image…” So God created man in His own image [though this one is expanded later and action is added to the words spoken to form man out of the dust of the earth, and to form woman from the rib of a man, as we’ll see in chapter 2. There is also a possibility that an action was added for the animals too and that they too were formed out of the ground.] I think that it is fascinating that God recorded the detail that the creation was made by a simple word of his mouth. He didn’t need to take matter and create out of that matter. He spoke and

and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. . coming from the worldview that the Bible is God’s Word I’m going to take the Genesis account literally (and if you have questions about that. and should not be taken literally. I find it far more reasonable to choose the all-powerful God who is presented in the pages of the Bible. To that I would claim that the first 11 chapters of Genesis are of the same writing style as the rest of Genesis. Okay. One more thing to note here. your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. which is all written in the same style. and James McDonald wrote a very readable book called God Wrote a Book that deals well with the issue of whether the Bible is in fact the Word of God). many people laugh at how the entire earth could be created in only six days. It seems strange to me to take two parts of the same book. and Exodus for that matter. However I think that the opposite question is more appropriate. There are many great debates on this issue. How long did it take God to create the earth? Six days. Certainly there are other places in the Bible that were intended to be interpreted as poetry – still completely true. There are those who come from a worldview of placing their faith in the theory of evolution and try to fit the Bible into the confines of that theory. On whom are you placing your faith? This cannot be an issue separated from faith. Once again where you stand on this topic comes from where you start. and claim that one part is poetry while the other is literal history. it would scare me to have to trust my eternal destiny to fallible men. and God spells it out very clearly just one book later: (Exo 20:9-11 NASB) "Six days you shall labor and do all your work. Gen 2:2 And by the seventh day God completed His work which He had done. You either place your faith in the evolutionary scientists or you place your faith in God as presented in the Bible. in it you shall not do any work. and just as powerful to accomplish His will in and through me as He did during the process of creation. What amazing power that can cause the entire earth to form with a word! Yet how comforting to know that the God I serve is the same today. but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God. Even those who claim otherwise would generally concede that the later chapters of Genesis and the book of Exodus were written as books of history. you or your son or your daughter. we’ll see some of that beautiful poetry later. back to how long it took to create the earth. then he rested on the seventh day. Because of the prevalence of the theory of evolution. Many of those people would claim that the first 11 chapters of Genesis are merely a poetic rendition of the beginning of the world. So.4 the earth came into being. but written in a different style. In fact. So we look elsewhere for explanation of why six days. I can certainly recommend other resources – my dear husband teaches a great class on that at church. I find it far more logical to conclude that the entire book of Genesis was written as literal history. 3. and to take it as such. But only if you are starting out looking to discredit the beginning of Genesis can you claim that it was intended to be interpreted in a poetic sense. why didn’t he just get it all over with in a single world and create the whole thing in a nanosecond? One of the important principles of Bible study is that we need to interpret the Bible by the Bible. Personally. Why so long? If God is allpowerful and can do anything.

The moon doesn’t have a 7-day cycle. Take a look at the creation account at what is repeated for each day of creation.” and “it was so. 24-hour days. Whenever the word yom is used with a number. If my work is to be patterned after creation.” We can also see that day after day God takes a look at what He has created and declares it to be “good. Yom is the word used for each of the 6 days of creation in Genesis chapter 1. then I have a really hard time getting all excited about spending the next six-million years working so that I can finally have a million years of rest. plants Day 4 – sun. sky Day 3 – separation of water and dry land.5 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth. Now. In what order did God create everything on the earth? Day 1 – earth. is a question that relates back to the passage in Exodus above. 4. light and darkness. No. therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and made it holy. The sun doesn’t affect us on a 7-day cycle. There is one more issue about how long it took to create the earth that I want to address here.” Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis gives a good explanation of the word translated day. there is no naturally occurring reason why we have a seven-day week apart from the week of creation. We have already taken note of a couple: “Then God said. that is not a satisfactory explanation when seen through that context. or as an age (as in “back in my day”). what do we notice in Genesis 1? For each of the six days of creation the word yom is qualified with a number AND the word evening AND the word morning. moon and stars Day 5 – sea creatures and birds Day 6 – land animals and man . it always means an ordinary day. orderly manner that provided a pattern that could be clearly seen and followed.org/media/audio/answers-daily/volume-066/word-yom-mean to hear Ken Ham explain it himself).answersingenesis. No. What we have to figure out is which of the definitions of the word yom is being used in Genesis. or the word night. When God created the earth He chose to do it in a deliberate. we have seven days in a week because that was the pattern that God established in the very beginning.” I want to take special note of the phrases “evening and morning were the [first/second/…] day. the daylight portion of the day. The rules of Hebrew grammar make it very easy for us to determine which it is. In other words yom as used here must mean an ordinary 24-hour day. and rested on the seventh day.” God tells us that He planned for the structure of creation to govern how we plan our week. He explains that the word yom can be translated as a regular day. day and night Day 2 – separation of waters. Another issue relating to those who would claim that each of the days was actually an age that took millions of years. Patterning my work after creation only makes sense if the days of creation were literal. the sea and all that is in them. or “yom. or the words evening or morning. We have several statements that were repeated.” which I’ll summarize (go to http://www. Think about it.

Taking the Bible literally we can be sure that many people saw and interacted with dinosaurs. He created all the plant life on the earth. Some were on earth one day before man. light. Land dinosaurs were created on day 6 when the other land animals were created. Some came hours before man. dry land. That is all the plants had to have to thrive. A literal reading of Genesis can lead only to the conclusion that God created the earth out of nothing. . water. and THEN he created the sun. and plants. Swimming and flying dinosaurs were created on day 5 with the birds and sea creatures. Certainly we see even today that plants do just fine indoors when there is sufficient light from other sources. Think through what it means that God said he created the sun. day and night. dark. So did dinosaurs inhabit the earth before man? Yes. In fact God didn’t even need the sun before He created plants. There is no reasonable way to reconcile the big bang theory with the clear statements of the creation timeline given in the Bible. The Bible says very clearly that the earth came before the sun. 6.6 5. According to the order of creation. God created the light. moon and stars AFTER the earth. How does this directly contradict the big bang theory of evolution? The big bang theory of evolution requires that the sun come before the earth. moon and stars. There was already light. and the time line given in the Bible. did men ever see dinosaurs? (dinosaurs were reptiles and of course would have been created on the same day as all other reptiles) Yes. without the use of evolution or any other method to bring the earth and everything on the earth into being.

. "My servant Job shall pray for you. He commanded. lest I deal with you according to your folly. Let all the earth fear the LORD. 33:6-9 NKJV By the word of the LORD the heavens were made. But now my eye sees you. To Him who made great lights. Ps. for He said of him to his accusers. 148:1 & 5 NKJV Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens. Below are a few of the verses from Psalms that tell of God’s creative acts." (Job 42:5 & 6 NKJV) We know that God honors this type of humble repentance. For His mercy endures forever. For His mercy endures forever. What is man that You are mindful of him. And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. and it stood fast. a very righteous man.19:1 NKJV The heavens declare the glory of God. Ps. And the firmament shows His handiwork. Ps. should be the same with us. Who have set Your glory above the heavens! . For His mercy endures forever. "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me. 121:2-3 NKJV My help comes from the LORD. Read through the verses paying special attention to the psalmists' response to the fact that God created the earth. Let them praise the name of the LORD. Praise Him in the heights! .7 God's Word in my life There are many other places in the Bible that speak of God creating the earth. give thanks to the Lord of lords! For His mercy endures forever: To Him who alone does great wonders." (42:8b NKJV). How excellent is Your name in all the earth. The effect of creation seen in this light by Job. When I consider Your heavens.. Who made heaven and earth. The power and majesty of God as he created the earth shouts out of His words. For He spoke. The moon and the stars. He lays up the deep in storehouses.. and it was done. He who keeps you will not slumber. He will not allow your foot to be moved. In Job God Himself uses creation to rebuke Job. our Lord. 136:3-9 Oh.4 NKJV O LORD. Ps. because you have not spoken of Me what is right.. For His mercy . He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap. We must understand how powerful and mighty God is and see ourselves as the sinners we are and humbly repent. which You have ordained. To Him who laid out the earth above the waters. To Him who by wisdom made the heavens. For I will accept him. 8:1. And the son of man that You visit him? Ps. For He commanded and they were created. Ps. and God blessed Job greatly after this. Therefore I abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes.3. the work of Your fingers. Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. "I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear." (38:4 NJKV) God goes on to describe in vivid pictures the setting of His mighty acts in creation. If you have understanding. as My servant Job has.

The moon and stars to rule by night. He was powerful enough to accomplish his will in creation. what should our response be? We should praise and worship God.God was patient as he ordered the world so that it could be used as a pattern for us .God is very creative – it is incredible the amount of diversity that God placed within His creation .God is powerful enough to create everything that is with a simple command . We should give thanks to God. What do we learn about the character or attributes of God as we study creation? .God is in charge of everything by virtue of having created it all . and therefore I know that He is powerful to accomplish His will in and through me. we understand more clearly how great His mercy is that He would love a sinful man and go so far as to provide a way of salvation for Him. .God is worthy of awe and fear .God’s glory is higher than the heavens .He will also RECREATE the Heavens/Earth -.8 endures forever. “I can trust the God who made everything. What difference does it make in your life today that God created the earth and all that is in it? Many answers would work here. We should be in awe of God We should come to Him with humility. We should repent of our sin.The God who is powerful enough to create heaven and earth is certainly powerful enough to help His children when they go through times of trouble.When we understand the amazing power of God. We should be good stewards of the creation that God entrusted to us We should SERVE our Creator and fulfill the purpose for which He created us: To bring glory to Him (i. The sun to rule by day.” . 3. to give the right opinion of our God) and obey Him fully. . For example. For His mercy endures forever. We should respond with great joy We should give God credit for the beauty and wonders that we see in creation.2 Peter 3 When we understand how God created the earth. realizing that we are nothing compared to Him. 1. 2.e. For His mercy endures forever.

in the image of God He created him. and subdue it. All of this was in the context of a perfect world. and over every living thing that moves on the earth.i. and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth. for in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die. What commands did God give just after creating man? 1 – be fruitful and multiply 2 – fill the earth 3 – subdue the earth 4 – rule over fish." 3. and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky.e. God evidently wanted to tell us more about the creation of man. and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. We know therefore that work itself is good. Man has a soul that will live forever -.9 Lesson 2 – Creation part 2 Genesis 1:26-30 & Genesis 2:4-25 (Genesis 1 tells the whole account of creation as a straight time line. so in chapter 2 He went back to that event to give more details) 1." Gen 2:16-17 And the LORD God commanded the man. saying. Gen 1:28 "Be fruitful and multiply. He also placed man from the beginning in a position of ruling over all types of animals. male and female He created them. "Let Us make man in Our image. and fill the earth. and even of naming every animal that was created (Gen 2:19-20). How was Eve created? . Christ died to set men free from the law. Man was given the job of tending the garden (Gen 2:14).man is 'redeemable' -. "From any tree of the garden you may eat freely but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat. birds and all other land animals 5 – eat from any tree (note that God did NOT give permission to eat meat yet) 6 – DON’T eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil Notice that God gave man five positive commands and only one negative command. 4.instinctively knows right from wrong (Romans 2) 2. Man has a moral conscience -. Did God give man work to do before or after sin? Before." And God created man in His own image. How was man created differently than animals? God created man in His own image. Gen 1:26-27 Then God said. ruling over the animals (Gen 1:28). according to Our likeness.

10 God took a rib from Adam and formed Eve from that rib. . Gen 2:21-22 So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man. and he slept. and brought her to the man. and closed up the flesh at that place. then He took one of his ribs. And the LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man.

except for immorality. God created Eve from the rib of Adam. but from the beginning it has not been this way." Marriage was instituted by God here at the very beginning of Genesis. God talked about a man leaving his father and mother. and marries another woman commits adultery. and He healed them there. whoever divorces his wife. Now. What therefore God has joined together. In a very literal way Adam and Eve were one flesh. that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE. Jesus was clearly not speaking only of Adam and Eve when he said that they are no longer two. What was the conclusion that God makes in verse 24 of the fact that woman was taken out of man? 24 For this cause a man shall leave his father and his mother. "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause at all?" And He answered and said. So we know that God said this not as a reference to the literal one-flesh relationship between Adam and Eve. That means that marriage is not merely a social institution. 'FOR THIS CAUSE A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER. testing Him. AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH'? Consequently they are no longer two. One thing to note here." They said to Him. And some Pharisees came to Him. and they shall become one flesh. but one flesh. but for all married couples to follow who DO need to leave their father and mother and cleave to each other as they become one flesh. and shall cleave to his wife. let no man separate. "Why then did Moses command to GIVE HER A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE AND SEND her AWAY?" He said to them. and great multitudes followed Him. The importance of this idea of a husband and wife being one flesh. but one flesh. and saying. and came into the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. and said. God planned for a man and a woman to leave family and all the controlling influences of family and become one flesh for life with their spouse. and its origin in Genesis at the very creation of man is underscored in 1 Corinthians and Ephesians. It was not only these first two people however that are made one flesh in marriage. . Moses permitted you to divorce your wives. He departed from Galilee. AND SHALL CLEAVE TO HIS WIFE. God's Word in My Life Jesus gives further interpretation of this passage: Matthew 19:1-9 And it came about that when Jesus had finished these words. There is no other earthly relationship that compares to that experienced in marriage. Adam and Eve didn’t have a father and mother to leave.11 5. "Because of your hardness of heart. "Have you not read. "From the beginning" Jesus said. And I say to you.

" But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him. but some possibilities are: ] • Pray for my husband daily • Ask my husband what priorities he has for my time today • Speak highly of my husband to others – compliment him to others • Be part of his life . But as the church is subject to Christ. just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her. If you are married. that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory. AND SHALL CLEAVE TO HIS WIFE. is your marriage a picture to the world around you of the intimate relationship between Christ and the church as described in this Ephesians passage? Write 5 specific steps can you take this week to grow in your marriage so that your marriage and the one-flesh unity in your marriage is a compelling picture of Christ to the unsaved world around you. but that she should be holy and blameless.talk about things that he finds interesting.12 1 Cor 6:15-17 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? May it never be! Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a harlot is one body with her? For He says. He Himself being the Savior of the body. AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH. "THE TWO WILL BECOME ONE FLESH. that He might sanctify her. Husbands. [answers will vary. as to the Lord. so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything. He who loves his own wife loves himself. For the husband is the head of the wife. FOR THIS CAUSE A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER. just as Christ also does the church. So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. Eph 5:22-31 Wives.. as Christ also is the head of the church. but some possibilities are: ] • Protect the marriage of others . do things he likes to do. be subject to your own husbands. but nourishes and cherishes it. how does understanding the one flesh principle of marriage help you to effectively serve with and minister to others who are married? [answers will vary. because we are members of His body. having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word. 1. If you are not married. love your wives. for no one ever hated his own flesh. get involved as much as he would like in his work and ministry • Don’t complain about my husband • Say encouraging words to my husband • Put off my selfish thoughts about him • Make time for him in my schedule – PLAN him into my schedule • Initiate sex and participate wholeheartedly • Show him that I take his requests seriously 2. having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing.

and that plans and schedules need to be run by their husbands before anything is finalized.13 • • Help other women speak well of their husband Understand that marriage takes time and work. how should this affect the way you view your daily work? I should take joy in my work. • Sing praises as I work • Choose joy and thankfullness . and the curse is bad. knowing that it is God’s best for me today. as for the Lord rather than for men. • Continue to talk to God through the day as I work. • • • • 3. do your work heartily. Work is not something to be escaped. But the work itself is good. Christian radio. I also know that if God gave work in a perfect world. Thank God for the many blessings He has given me that result in this work • Fill my mind with good things as I work: Christian music." Having already seen from Genesis that God gave work as part of a perfect world. "Whatever you do. that if my friend has a question or problem that she will and should discuss it first with her husband even if the issue involves helping me with my problem. Keep myself pure and holy for my future spouse Don’t make myself available to husbands of other women – be above reproach in protecting and honoring the marriages of others Understand that when I speak with married women that I am with only ½ of a unit. and purposefully thank Him for the work that He gives and the help he gives in my work. but a means for personal growth and a way for me to bring glory to God. but some possibilities are: ] • Pray about my work first. good preaching. work is now cursed. without making them feel guilty or giving in to my own self-pity because I feel they are “neglecting” me. and allow my married friends to spend less time with me in order to put the necessary time into their marriage. that it is okay for her to also share it with her husband because of their oneflesh relationship. and that because my friend’s husband is her priest of the home and #1 counselor. then He will do so again in the new earth. Colossians 3:23 tells us. Understand that when I share things with my married friend that unless there is a very good reason not to. silence that allows me to communicate with God. Yes. 4. What are three things you can do today (or tomorrow if you are reading this in the evening) to have a mindset to do your work for the Lord? [answers will vary. Ask God to help and guide and bless my work.

and you will be like God. become corrupted by the evil. "is it true that He has knows that " restricted you from the delights of this place? This is not like one who is truly good and kind. and then went right along with the sin and ate after she did. Which parts of what the Serpent (the devil in disguise) said was true? Which parts of what the Serpent said was a lie? True Lie "You surely shall not die! (Gen 3:5 NASB) "For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened. they "you don't need to obey God. What did Eve do? Where was Adam when she did this? What did he do? Eve . desirable to make one wise) more than she trusted God's word. "Did God really say." He insinuated doubt as to her understanding of God's will." about the truth contained in the statement: That knowing good and evil. pleasant to the eyes . what does that say about how seriously God takes half-truths told in order to deceive another? A half-truth is just a wrong as and usually more deceitful and thus often more severely treated than an outright lie." Evidently Adam was standing right there but he did nothing to stop her.." "God In effect Satan said. 11:14) to lead her to the supposed true interpretation. but as some credible messenger from heaven with the true understanding."she gave also to her husband with her. John MacArthur "She received him without fear or surprise.. . 2. appearing as an angel of light (2 Cor. If some of what he said was true. motives and the interpretation of God's words..Eve gave in to temptation.. they would be enslaved to evil and their Satan's temptation did not come in the knowledge of good would over time form of an open assault. just do what would be closed to see God in the ways you want. Adam . and he ate. because of his cunning.14 Lesson 3 – the Fall of Man Genesis 3 1.” Eve trusted her own senses (saw that it was good . Satan also left out some important details knowing good and evil. This is pride.. Though their eyes would be opened to see evil." Rather. He did not say. he questioned God's they had seen Him up to that point. 3. There must be some mistake. and some was a lie..

19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground. And he shall rule over you. And you shall eat the herb of the field.” Of course God knew everything. For dust you are. and His question of where they were was not because He didn’t see them. He would now also return to dust as one day he would die completely. You are cursed more than all cattle. and I ate. It was outright defiance on his part. You are the one to blame. .15 The Bible says that Eve was deceived. What judgment did God give man? (actually this question should come after question #7) 17 Then to Adam He said. And you shall bruise His heel. 15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman. Eve also passed the blame. 7." 5. I wonder if he saw that she didn’t keel over and die immediately and so chose to deliberately disobey God’s command. Adam was watching Eve. He shall bruise your head. For out of it you were taken. you gave me this woman that made me sin. and thistles and other difficulties brought on by the curse. God. 'You shall not eat of it': "Cursed is the ground for your sake. On your belly you shall go. And more than every beast of the field." The pain during childbirth is a constant reminder that a woman gave birth to sin in the human race and passes it on to all her children (Rom 3:23). and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you. What judgment did God give the Serpent? 14 So the LORD God said to the serpent: "Because you have done this. 18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you. but it says nothing about Adam being deceived. And to dust you shall return. And you shall eat dust All the days of your life. In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life." Adam was given work to do before the fall. Rather it was a question to reveal the deceit in their own hearts that drove them to hide from God. What judgment did God give woman? (should come before #6) To the woman He said: "I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception. 4. In pain you shall bring forth children. When God asked Adam a straightforward question. "Because you have heeded the voice of your wife. what kind of answer did Adam give? And Eve? He blamed "the woman You gave me" -." 6. Then both Adam and Eve “hid. By God's silence it is reasonable to assume that Adam sinned with full knowledge of what he was doing.i.e. "the serpent deceived me. but that work became more unpleasant afterwards because of the thorns. Your desire shall be for your husband. saying. And between your seed and her Seed.

" 8. talks behind his back. Their bodies which before had been perfect and would have remained perfect for all time. If Adam received the blame. even in the curse God reminds Eve that though her desires will change. Adam got the blame? It was Eve who first took the fruit. connives. and consequently to all living on the earth for all time. However. (MacArthur) Thus the curse for the rest of time is that women will struggle with God's ordained roles of husband and wife. They began dying physically from the moment of the curse. his roles in marriage are the same. In both cases. 3. was that because of their sin they would die. This is reiterated in Ephesians 5:22-24 "Wives.16 The second part of the curse also goes back to the sin itself. Paul tells us in Romans and Corinthians that it was Adam's sin that brought the judgment of death. then he must have been responsible. For the husband is head of the wife. so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. and protection. Why was it that even though it was Eve who first took the fruit. but God's Word makes it clear that Adam was blamed for what happened. disdaining his leadership. The husband is still given by God the authority as head of the house. God's intended roles were reversed. and does whatever seems most effective for her to gain control of the marriage relationship. as also Christ is head of the church. manipulates. Therefore. submit to your own husbands. "And dying they died and continued dying until they were dead. We generally talk about the aging process. Why? . now began the process of dying where gradually body systems develop more and more difficulties. Submission. just as the church is subject to Christ. and He is the Savior of the body. Now think about this." 11. becomes a place of struggle where the wife's pride and selfishness move her to try to control her husband. Did they die? In what way did they die immediately? In what way did they begin dying. The man sinned because he abandoned his leadership and followed the wishes of his wife. For example. Their dying was complete more than 900 years later when their physical bodies were finally completely dead. The major judgment on both Adam and Eve. 2. Ken Ham often rephrases it something like. They died immediately as they were put out of God's presence. Eve sinned because she acted independently of her husband. comfort and joy. She resists his leadership. as to the Lord. counsel. but it is really a dying process and the longer we live the more our bodies begin to die. but that would not finish up with actual death for more than 900 years? 1. rather than being a place of protection. Spiritually they were dead even though their bodies lived.

What promise was given immediately after the first sin that told of God’s plan to save mankind from sin? 15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman. This passage teaches that Satan will "bruise (Christ's) heel. but it is easily overcome. but rose again from the dead and lives even today. living a sinless life. he had the ultimate victory over Satan. which means “life” or “living”. and thus are all under the curse of threefold death. thus he "bruised (Satan's) head. fully God yet fully man who as man was from the line of Eve. God's desire is to have fellowship with man. dying to take the punishment for our sin and rising again from the dead to prove that his payment was accepted. of course. that Adam and Eve name their son Seth. Why was Adam blamed for sin? He was created to have a headship role. He shall bruise your head." "Your seed" refers to Satan and his followers. Adam was created first. So we see that from the moment of sin. We look at the promise of the “seed” that would crush Satan’s head. And between your seed and her Seed. It is likely that Adam gave Eve her name. Adam shouldn't have joined her. or “Appointed. He should have gone directly to God and asked Him for a solution. Adam. 12. Instead he joined his wife and brought sin and death into the world. in the person of Jesus Christ. God's love and plan for the salvation of mankind was in place." which he did when Christ was put to death on the cross. They would have been looking for the seed to come at any time. and thus he was responsible for the rules God had given him. when Eve took the fruit. And you shall bruise His heel. because he was expecting that one of the children she would bear would be the seed God promised which would bring the restoration of the broken spiritual relationship between them and God." Hurting the heel may be painful. This is the reason for Christ's coming to earth. This was the reason for which man was created. 3:23). As we look ahead we see after Abel is murdered and Cain banished.17 When one reads Genesis--it was Adam who was given the specific instruction not to eat the fruit of the tree. But because Jesus didn't stay dead.” Were they thinking that Seth was the seed that . we are all without any hope apart from God's own intervention. but we need not be dead spiritually (or separated from God eternally). We must undergo the second and third types of death regardless. would have told Eve because she was really under his headship. Adam and Eve certainly didn’t know this. and God had ordained that he was to be head of his family. One other interesting thing to note – we need to understand this promise of the seed from the perspective of those living at the time in order to better understand the rest of the events related in Genesis. He then told Adam what was expected of him. and we know that the seed is the incarnate God Himself. Her seed looks forward to the coming of Jesus Christ. Since we are all sinners (Rom. Hurting the head can be (and in this case was indeed) fatal. Therefore. who are called "children of the Devil" in John 8:44.

Paul himself tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:21 to "Test all things. Over time the effect of the curse on the mind becomes greater as the gene pool continues to lose information. Notice just how important the promise of a seed is to Abraham. and mankind drifts continually further from the perfect mind and body God created in Adam. Our minds are cursed. the only reliable test of truth is for one that is outside the curse to tell us what is true. she believed she was smart enough and had the authority to determine whether God's commands were true or whether Satan's words were true. My mind is cursed too. sin and how we can once again return to a place of right relationship with God. If there is a God who created the world (and I believe there is). hold fast what is good. God's Word in My Life We often have the same temptation presented to Eve. those hearing His promises would have remembered the earlier promise of 3:15 of the seed that would crush Satan’s head. Anything that goes against the Bible must be discarded. As Christians we must use God's holy Word as a test of every claim. and the seed of Satan – the people who choose to reject God and His commands -. instead of realizing that anything contrary to God's command was wrong. I'm not talking about being a mindless robot. Anything that agrees with a correct interpretation of the Bible can be accepted. and that God revealed Himself and the truth about the world (which I believe He did in the Bible)." We also see the Bereans being commended in Acts 17:10-11 because they "received the word with all readiness.18 God had appointed to redeem this evil they had just experienced? This dichotomy between the seed of God that is expected. but we must use that mind in ways consistent with the perfect. She knew what she should and what she shouldn't do. It is only as we apply this perfect truth as a test to all other claims of truth that we can rightly use the mind we have and determine whether our opinions or actions are right. has told us the true account of man. and would have certainly been wondering. She chose wrongly. the perfect Creator of this world. Many at this point would loudly protest that I'm being narrowminded." We are to use the minds God has given us. “Is this the one?”. and those who choose God and are in some way part of the line of that seed. absolutely true . I would submit that I am only as narrow as the Bible itself.is evident all through Genesis. Eve was created perfect. She tells Satan as much. She knew what God expected of her. No. We are tempted to believe that we are smart enough and have the authority to determine truth. but praise God! We do not need to stay in a fog where truth is relative and absolutes are obscured. Keep this perspective in mind as you continue reading the rest of the history in Genesis. That is exactly what God has done with His Word. then I can rely on what He said. Any time God spoke of a seed. Think about this: our minds themselves are sin cursed as a result of the fall. and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. God. Yet when Satan proposed a different truth. “When will the seed come?”. When we see ourselves as we should it becomes almost laughable for us to think that on our own we are capable of using logic with a cursed mind to end up with truth.

Eve sinned because she acted independently of her husband. comfort and joy. or someone who is a true student of the Bible when I don’t understand something Use the following truths as a filter for some of the things listed above: o God created the earth o Man is born in sin o We deserve hell and receive good only as a gift of God’s grace . If you are to live as God's child (if in fact you have accepted Christ's offer of forgiveness. Every other use of the mind falls short and leads only to deception and wrong living. connives.1 Thus the curse for the rest of time is that women will struggle with God's ordained roles of husband and wife. evolution. For the husband is head of the wife. and does whatever seems most effective for her to gain control of the marriage relationship.e. God's intended roles were reversed. She resists his leadership. as also Christ is head of the church. becomes a place of struggle where the wife's pride and selfishness move her to try to control her husband. submit to your own husbands. In both cases. The second part of the curse on Eve also goes back to the sin itself. so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. rather than being a place of protection. just as the church is subject to Christ. as to the Lord. disdaining his leadership.19 standard of God's revealed Word. and He is the Savior of the body. God’s intended roles in marriage are the same. man is basically good …) evolution man is basically good truth is relative there are no absolutes all roads lead to God we deserve material things financial success is all important good self esteem is paramount for our kids greater learning makes for greater good divorce is a valid option if we don’t “love” each other women need to be independent – feminism men are stupid and rude (just watch any sitcom) if God is loving then He wouldn’t … 2. even in the curse God reminds Eve that though her desires will change. talks behind his back. manipulates. then what are things you should do to apply the Bible as a filter to the items you listed in question 1? Pray about all of life. The husband is still given by God the authority as head of the house. and develop a truly close and personal relationship with God Study the Bible to understand the truth presented there Understand that the world is blind and will usually lead me in the wrong way Ask questions of a pastor. counsel. The man sinned because he abandoned his leadership and followed the wishes of his wife. This is reiterated in Ephesians 5:22-24 "Wives. on His terms). However. and protection. Submission. Therefore." 1. What are some generally accepted beliefs of the world around you that are contrary to what God has revealed in the Bible? (i.

20 o Knowledge puffs up. If you are married. o Wives be submissive to your own husbands as unto the Lord o Wives give honor to your husbands 3. Word Publishing. Some ideas would be: Ask for my husband’s input before just going and doing what I want. 1997. but from the beginning it was not so … what therefore God has joined together. and that God will reward my obedience to Him. but the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom o Divorce was granted in the case of adultery because of man’s hardness of heart. …] Study notes for Genesis 3:17 in the MacArthur Study Bible by John MacArthur. 1 . Don’t say I told you so after submitting to a decision with which I disagreed – trust that God is big enough to use even bad decisions for my good and His glory. what is an area for you as a wife to submit today to your husband as unto the Lord. or for you as a husband to love your wife as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her? [Answers will vary. let no man put asunder.

but you should rule over it." God was showing Cain great mercy even after he had murdered his brother. "Abel's offering was acceptable not just because it was an animal. “I don’t want to offer any sacrifices to You!”. will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well. and through it he being dead still speaks. that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.21 Lesson 4 – Cain. but because it was in every way obediently given according to what God must have revealed (though not recorded in Genesis). sin lies at the door. nor just because it was the very best of what he had. God wanted Cain to choose to do right and gave him another chance to change his attitude and obey: 6 So the LORD said to Cain. What did Cain do that did not please God? Why was this important? He offered grain rather than the best of the flock. But I think it is worth our time to consider just how much like Cain we can be when we serve God. We learn more about Able in Hebrews: (Heb 11:4 NKJV) "By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain. when they were in the field. "Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 7 "If you do well. something that certainly must have been a big blow to Cain since we know from 4:2 that Cain’s main occupation was as a farmer (“…Cain was a tiller of the ground”). just brought what he wanted to bring: some of his crop" (John MacArthur notes on Gen 4:4. nor even that it was the culmination of a zealous heart for God. He went through the motions. 8 “Now Cain talked with Abel his brother. and it came to pass. And its desire is for you.” 3.5) How many times am I like Cain? How often do I Offer sacrifices to God on my own terms instead of obeying fully out of a heart of faith? It’s not like Cain turned to God and said. But God doesn’t look on the outward appearances. Am I trying to serve just enough so that I look good to others. God testifying of his gifts. God knew that what Cain offered was not full obedience in faith. He sees the heart. Abel & Enoch Genesis 4 1. But Cain refused to accept God’s mercy and instead went out and killed Able.: . and so his outward acts of sacrifice were rejected. It was important because we see that God did not accept his offering. He did the deed outwardly. What was the punishment God gave Cain? God drove him away from his family to wander the earth as a fugitive and vagabond. disdaining the divine instruction. through which he obtained witness that he was righteous. Did God immediately punish Cain? How did God give Cain a second chance to make it right? Did Cain take this second chance to obey? No. without giving my heart to God? Would God accept my sacrifices any more than He accepted Cain’s? 2. he offered a sacrifice. We Christians can look down our noses at Cain and dismiss out of hand his sin. and cursed the earth even further." Cain. No.

A fugitive and a vagabond you shall be on the earth. than that “anyone” could only mean his mom and dad.") God chose to mention only three because of their significance in history. (Lev. Would Cain really have been so afraid that his own parents would kill him? No. it shall no longer yield its strength to you. etc. mutations. and he had sons and daughters. Naturally we don’t know how many girls would have been before him. We know that Adam and Eve had borne many children by the time that God cursed Cain because of what Cain responded to God at the end of verse 14: “…it will happen that anyone who finds me will kill me. He reached out to Cain. What important fact about the family of Seth is given in verse 26? . great-grandchildren. he was concerned about his other brothers and sisters." 5. 2 . 5:4 "After he begot Seth. than would come later as sin's effects multiplied. which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand. (Gen. How was God merciful to Cain? 1 – We already saw how God gave Cain a second chance right away. Based on Eve’s response to the birth of Seth. asking him to do what is right so that He could accept Cain. it would appear that Seth was the first male child born after Abel’s death. If we look down into chapter 5 we see that Adam was 130 years old by the time that Seth was born. the days of Adam were eight hundred years. grandchildren. Cain rejected this first offer of mercy. 18:6-17) Since people were still closer to creation. their minds and bodies were still less deteriorated and had less disease. but Adam could have easily been more than 100 years old at the time when Cain killed Able.God made sure that nobody else would seek to avenge Abel's death by killing Cain when God placed a mark on him and promised "whoever kills Cain. Adam and Eve had many children. etc.22 11 "So now you are cursed from the earth. if any. Where did Cain get his wife? (hint: see Genesis 5:4) She would have been one of his sisters (or possibly a niece if Cain waited to get married. Therefore there would not have been any physical or mental problems resulting from these close relatives intermarrying. could have been born in 100 years to people who had been commanded by God to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold." 4. 6. and Cain had just killed his only brother. Just think about how many children. though less likely). and possibly even their children and grandchildren who would be so mad that he had killed Abel that they would seek revenge and want to kill Cain. But they took God's command to be fruitful and multiply seriously we know by the population explosion that occurred between creation and the flood. There was no prohibition against marrying a close relative until later. 12 "When you till the ground.” If there were no other children.

saying. prophesied. (Jude 1:14-15 NASB) And about these also Enoch.” I understand that other versions would translate that verse with “offspring” instead of seed. 2. for God took him. to execute judgment upon all. But I prefer seed. Genesis 5 1. for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God. who is the next significant character in history. the righteous Abel was that seed. maybe HE is the seed that God has appointed to redeem us all. In what way (or ways) is his mention different? 22 After he begot Methuselah. 22-24 that is unlike any other. 1 . whom Cain killed. 2 – He didn’t die.Enoch was singled out as having walked with God. Remember what God promised just after the fall. “Behold. Notice what Eve says about naming Seth. 24 And Enoch walked with God. and he was not. they would have been right. We read more about Enoch in the New Testament: (Heb 11:5 NASB) By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death. 23 So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. Adam and Eve thought that their firstborn. in the seventh generation from Adam. the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones. and had sons and daughters. Enoch walked with God three hundred years. And in a way. but was taken directly to heaven 3.23 Then men began to call on the name of the LORD. It is through the line of Seth that God provided the seed through Christ. Ah. In the middle of names and ages. He said that He would provide for them a “seed” that would crush the head of Satan. Evidently he had a much closer relationship with God than the others of his line since the fall. You could even say that Seth took part in that seed promise as he led his family to call on the name of God. and eventually Jesus himself would come through Seth's line. AND HE WAS NOT FOUND BECAUSE GOD TOOK HIM UP. and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have . Obviously this genealogy does not give every member of every family (vs. So where’s the seed? Certainly that was in their thoughts as Eve gave birth to another boy. Why would God have singled out a specific line of the family of Seth to trace the genealogy? Because Seth was Noah's ancestor. But he’s dead now. 4). God makes reference to Enoch in vs. “For God has appointed another seed for me instead of Abel.

and its desire is for you. sin is crouching at the door. “And if you do not do well. I think that it will be much easier to do the right actions when I feel better. but you must master it. And the first part of the verse gives us insight into why Enoch was pleasing to God. He was out preaching and prophesying to the people of his day. Cain is angry and depressed (vs. God’s Word in My Life What a study in contrasts we have here. “If you do well.” We then would do the right actions prescribed by God in order to avoid being overtaken by that great danger. from Lamech’s proud boast of murder to the evil before the flood that brought on the great wrath of God to destroy the earth and every living creature except Noah and his family. will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well.” Oh if only I would always see the danger of the sin crouching at the door of my life. Then after he has done the right actions God tells him that he will be accepted and he will begin to have good feelings (“countenance be lifted up”). For when we ignore it we risk the same fate as Cain – falling into sin and then into God’s righteous judgment.” Noah was the only other man said to have enjoyed the intimacy of relationship of “walking with God” after the fall of man (of course Adam and Eve had this type of relationship. just as Cain was wrong to reject God’s solution to his problem. . When we see the reality of the danger and its imminent risk. Then we find Enoch. 6) and God’s remedy for his mental condition is simple – DO RIGHT. the prophet with such great faith that God took him straight to heaven without him suffering death.” God is giving one of the first counseling sessions here on earth. When I do that I am wrong. even when Cain deliberately rebelled against God’s counsel. I think about God’s mercy with Cain and marvel at his patience with the sinfulness of man. preached warnings to all who would listen of the judgment sure to come on sinners. Jude lets us know that this faith was not a silent faith. and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him. we take it seriously and take the steps to “master it. I am amazed at God’s gentleness with Cain as He gives him the truth and how to make right his earlier wrong choices. but even better. What is the result of wallowing in feelings instead of doing right despite whatever feelings may be going on? God tells Cain. sin is crouching at the door. In 4:7 God tells Cain. Evidently Enoch was a man of great faith.” What do we learn about Enoch from Hebrews and Jude? Enoch was said to be “pleasing to God. so Enoch warned people around him. So many times I am all worked up over some issue and instead of listening to God’s advice to Cain. It was “by faith” that he was “taken up” by God. then Lamech who boasted about killing two men. and its desire is for you. First we see Cain who murdered his brother. As his great-grandson. so right now I’ll have my own little pity party.24 done in an ungodly way. After Cain we see that sin then continue to spiral downward through succeeding generations. What wonderfully simple truth. but you must master it. before the fall). Noah.

As I ponder the lives of the men in these two chapters I am left with a probing question.25 Another interesting character in our passage is Methuselah. but it is possible that Methuselah perished in the flood along with all the others who would not heed God’s warnings through Noah. we do know that he was a wicked man. and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Lamech and Methuselah? 1.” In verse 8 only Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. but could include things like: ] • Deliberately seek God’s direction • Set priorities • Do those things that are highest priorities before doing other things . Why? Because we read in Genesis 6:5 “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth. I find it intriguing that the oldest man to have ever lived died the same year as the flood. Whether he perished in the flood or not. Am I living a life of faith with my eyes on eternity like Enoch or a selfish life. We know Methuselah was alive at the time. looking for what I can get out of it like Cain. Of course there is no way for us to know. So length of life does not mean a better life. Age alone does not bring wisdom. When are times that you are tempted to live by your feelings instead of obeying God? [answers will vary. Therefore he had to have been a wicked man. What are three specific steps you can take this week to move towards being a more faithful servant of God like Enoch? [answers will vary. but could include things like: ] • When I’m sick or in pain • When I’m busy • When I’m distracted • When I’m simply unfocused • When I’m tired • When I choose to dwell on negative thoughts • When I don’t spend time with God in prayer and Bible study • When others don’t do what I want or expect 2. That means that all others living at that time fit into the category of the wickedness that so grieved God.

e. 21:5. 35:28.26 The Overlapping of the Patriarchs’ Lives Taken from Genesis 5.1656 year of the flood (year) – year of birth and death dated from creation age – age at which son in genealogy was born age – age at death This chronology is taken from the Genesis texts as translated in the New King James version. 11:10-26. & 47:28 0 2253 Adam Seth Enosh Cainan Mahalalel Jared Enoch 300 600 900 1200 1500 1800 2100 130 930 |(930) (130)| 105 912 | (1042) (235)| 90 905 | (1145) (325)|70 910 |(1235) (395)|65 895 |(1290) (460)|162 962 |(1422) (622)|65 365 |*(987) *did not die. Terah)1. . taking literally the dates and ages given and assuming no gaps. It should be noted that there is dispute even among young earth creationists in the exact dates for some of the lesser known men in this genealogy (i. 25:7. Cainan. but was translated straight to heaven Methuselah (687)|187 969 |*(1656) Lamech (874)|182 777 |(1651) Noah (1056)|500 * 950 |(2006) Shem (1556)| *100 600 |(2156) Arphaxad (1656)|35 438 |(2094) Salah (1691)|30 433 |(2124) Eeber (1721)|34 464 |(2185) Peleg (1755)|30 239 |(1994) Reu (1785)|32 239 |(2024) Serug (1817)|30 230 |(2047) Nahor (1847)|29 148 |(1995) Terah (1876)|70 205 |(2081) Abram (1946)|100 175|(2121) Isaac (2046)|60 180|(2226) Jacob (2106)| 147 | (2253) * . 25:26.

" by Pete Williams. 1998 . However for our purposes those years would not affect the application or usefulness of the chart above.27 These differences could account for as much as 100 years time. First published in: Creation Ex Nihilo Technical Journal 12(1):98–106. 1" Some Remarks Preliminary to a Biblical Chronology.

5. Noah had never before seen anything that could have brought enough water to cause a flood. Noah walked with God.6:3 " Then the LORD said. Noah was a righteous man. 3. What had people become like by the time of Noah? vs. blameless in his time. for the LORD God had not sent rain upon the earth. because he also is flesh. This is important because when God told Noah that he would destroy the earth with a flood." sorry – saddened by man's sin – a time of mourning. God was saddened greatly by the choices that men were making. This statement does not mean that God was in any way surprised by man's sin. and there was no man to cultivate the ground. How long did it take Noah to finish building and equipping this ark? 120 years . These are the records of the generations of Noah. creeping thing and birds of the air. 7 – So the Lord said. Had Noah ever seen rain before God told him to build an ark? (2:5-6) Why is that important? No – vs. nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years. 2. Talk about being different from those around you! 4. and by the consequences that He knew would follow as a result of their sin.28 Lesson 5 – The Flood part 1 Genesis 6-7 1. As we saw previously with Enoch. But a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground. What did God decide to do in response? vs. In fact we see it only with Enoch and Noah." God gave mankind . 5-6 Now no shrub of the field was yet in the earth. or that he was up in heaven wringing his hands thinking that he had made a mistake in creating man. Yet Noah obeyed anyway. this term “walked with God” is one of great intimacy. "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever. both man and beast. and no plant of the field had yet sprouted. He chose to walk with God when everybody else was only evil continually. for I am sorry that I have made them. 5 – Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. That designation is even more amazing when you stop to consider what everybody else was like around Noah. Who was the exception? Why? (vs 9) Noah – vs. 8-9 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. "I will destroy man from the earth.

the bigger it was. 14-15) Yes. in holy fear built an ark to save his family. and then having to complete the task with no other instruction for 120 years. What would most people do in this situation? How does that set Noah apart? Most would laugh it off and go about their business. This is an instance where believing led to seeing. Once he obeyed God completely Noah then experienced the protection of the Lord through the devastation of the flood. Not only that but 2 Peter 2:5 tells us that Noah was a "preacher of righteousness. "every beast after its kind" The average size of a dinosaur was the size of a sheep. There are a couple other interesting things to note in this section about the animals coming to the ark. He certainly would not have wanted Noah to take the oldest (and thus biggest) dinosaurs. and was motivated to complete the task even though he had never before seen rain or floods. But God in his great mercy gave man another 120 years to change. . By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. No. Were dinosaurs on the ark? (vs. “By faith Noah. Since God's purpose in saving animals was that they would reproduce after the flood. That is certainly longsuffering. Therefore the younger dinosaurs who would have been the right age to have good health and reproduce well would NOT have been the enormous beasts that we generally think of when we picture dinosaurs. and even though it took over a century to complete." He did more than ignore the mocking of those around him. Hebrews 11:7 says. See paragraph #2 in the “God’s Word in My Life” section for more discussion about the enormous size of the ark. 7. Naturally that brings me to the question.29 120 years to repent before His full wrath would be poured out in judgment.” How does the story of Noah help us understand how God defines faith? We see here that Noah's faith was one of obedience in response to God's warning. Thus the older the dinosaur. He had a holy fear of God and God's judgment. he preached righteousness to them. dinosaurs were the type of animal that continued to grow as long as they lived. Think about being told by God to build something to save you from something you have never before seen. when warned about things not yet seen. It was God. Being reptiles. he went into the ark and God brought the animals to him. Or start strong but gradually give up as no other encouragement or instruction was given that we are told about – especially over 120 years! Noah's response was one of amazing faith. Noah didn’t spend his last day rounding up the animals. what does my faith look like? 8. 6. They would have been past their prime for reproduction. He had every right to immediately wipe out the entire population. He believed God so completely that he was willing to obey even when time dragged on and people around mocked his work. Notice who brought the animals to the ark.

died. entered as God had commanded him. 9. and in so doing God pronounced a fatal judgment upon every person and creature living at the time. and all mankind. we know that not one person responded outside of Noah’s immediate family. please repent and join me in the ark” – “The judgment will come tomorrow!” Of course we don’t really know what he said. 10. Though Noah probably wept as he heard the cries of desperation. God took away from him the one thing that could have caused him to feel guilty when God Himself shut that door. together with those that were with him in the ark. Who completed the last act of sealing up the ark? God did 16 And those that entered. “every” and “only” you find 7 in 2 sentences. If you count the words “all”. We know from Peter that Noah was a preacher of righteousness. He told Noah specifically that His judgment would start in 7 days. 23 Thus He blotted out every living thing that was upon the face of the land. could there have been any land anywhere on the earth that was above the water? . Noah didn’t have to take on the task of shutting out the rest of his family and friends. male and female of all flesh. As the floods rose up and people panicked I can imagine that there were many who would have been pounding on the door and screaming for Noah to let him in. birds and cattle and beasts and every swarming thing that swarms upon the earth. How high did the water get? At this height. Noah didn’t face the temptation to re-open the door to let some in once the floods began to rise. and only Noah was left. I think God wanted us to be very sure that there was not a person or land creature left alive other than those on the ark. except for those within the ark. from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky. and the LORD closed it behind him. 22 of all that was on the dry land. Once again we see the mercy of God in this act of Him shutting Noah and his family into the ark and sealing the door behind them. 11. Can you imagine the intensity of that preaching after this final warning from God – “You only have 7 days to repent” – “There’s only 6 days left. Did God keep his promise to destroy the entire earth with water? Yes 21 And all flesh that moved on the earth perished. No. Think about what it must have been like when the rain began to fall. Don’t you think that the people would have all of a sudden had a thought that maybe this ark thing was a good idea after all. and they were blotted out from the earth. but whatever the preaching was at that time. But God mercifully took that out of Noah’s hands. all in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life.30 I also find it interesting that God gave Noah a 7-day warning in 7:4.

entirely . God's Word in My Life Growing up in American churches today.. "This would leave room for five trains of 99 cars each for food. That is strong language. At that depth there is no doubt that the flood must have covered the entire earth as the Bible says. This in turn gives rise to all sorts of doubts relating to the reliability of the Bible. it is easy to understand how all the animals fit on the ark. God tells us that EVERY intent was ONLY evil CONTINUALLY.31 The waters covered all the "high hills" and the "mountains" to a point that the ark floated freely above them.the truth. surely... only. Finally. There is a simple way to answer those doubts -. I am awestruck at both God's loving patience and God's terrible wrath. If insects were in cages too they would take another 12 cars. Having those images imprinted in our minds at such an early age." When we understand the facts.4 railroad cars. "Every" means the whole. all.. this is the equivalent volume of 522 standard railroad stock cars. This passage is one that gives me cause for sober reflection. each of which can hold 240 sheep. Generally these pictures show Noah smiling as animals stick heads out of portholes and crowd the top decks of a rather small boat." In the Bible we often see that when God wants to make an emphatic point the . The highest peak in the area is Mt. we have often seen the cute pictures of Noah's ark. There is no way that water could reach that height and remain a local flood as so many try to claim these days." The average size of all animals. "continually" is the same word "kol" that is earlier translated as "every.000 animals which would have taken up space equivalent to 14. That is about 450 x 75 x 45 feet. The ark measured 300 x 50 x 30 cubits (Genesis 6:15). So I looked up those three words in my concordance. it is easy to understand why so many people have difficulty believing that all the necessary animals could have actually fit on the ark described in the Bible. Obviously the "thin" definition doesn't fit here. and air space. That would mean that the highest mountains would have been covered enough to allow the large hulk of the ark to easily go over it – probably over 22 feet (MacArthur). That peak is about 17. Noah's family. We are often cautioned about using 100% words.000 feet high. each one. Now what about "only"? It comes from the Hebrew word "raq" meaning thin. completely. man's "every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually" (6:5). "range" for the animals. Ararat where Noah landed as the waters subsided. but the rest clearly show exclusiveness in their meaning. We see a society where other than Noah. altogether. alone. Basically I did not see one definition to that Hebrew word "kol" that was anything less than every. He then explains that there would have been about 16. including dinosaurs is roughly the size of a sheep. Let's take a look at what the Bible actually says about the ark that Noah built. Ken Ham in his The Revised & Expanded Answers Book makes these comments about the capacity of the ark: "To put this in perspective.1 Here's what I found. continually.

since people in those days lived around 900 years and started having children at roughly 100 years of age. Am I living in a way that is humbly obedient to Christ as Noah did. God didn't expect people to be perfect or make all the changes immediately. and gave them two great preachers of righteousness to spur them on to choosing God. Again. What about you? Will you right now drive a stake in the ground and choose a God and his loving mercy? 1. Reacting in verbal anger to a small sin that I should be letting love cover. Etc. Etc. or am I more concerned about my own agendas and doing what is right in my own eyes? How am I training my children? Do I make it easy for them to follow Christ. God wanted us to know how utterly and completely wicked the people of Noah's day had become. and Seth only 14 years before Noah's birth.] . What are some ways that you have been doing what is right in your own eyes? [Spending time doing my pet hobbies when I know that I have not spent time studying God’s Word or praying today. I have chosen God. I will say with Joshua. I have the same choice today. But immediately I am comforted by remembering God's amazing patience and mercy. or do I permissively allow them to do what is right in their own eyes? When I look in my own life I see so many ways that I fall short. These people could have had opportunity to talk to the only man to have lived in a perfect world with perfect fellowship with God. but Enoch the great preacher of righteousness was taken to heaven only 69 years before Noah's birth. thinking through the wickedness of the people. Choosing to eat in a gluttonous way. They could have heard straight from his mouth the consequence of sin. Though I am nowhere near perfect. Eating in a way that honors God with my body.] 2. That means that most of the generation above Noah would have been alive at the same time as Adam. He died only 126 years before Noah's birth. Thinking through the wickedness of those people who had such incredible resources available to them makes me look at my own life and that of my children in a new light. If this were the only picture it would be a rather bleak one.32 original text will repeat the important word. take a moment to look back at the chronology chart. Now. He gave them 120 years to make their decision. Notice how long Adam lived. Yet those people were part of the group that God said had EVERY intent ONLY on evil CONTINUALLY. Not only that. So it is actually even stronger language in the original text than that which we see before us today. Noah's parents' generation would have had opportunity to hear Enoch proclaim the judgment of God on sin. as for me and my house we will serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15). What do you need to do to put off those ways and obey God? [Set up a plan for when and where I will study the Bible and have a time of systematic prayer. and keeping those times as if they were a set appointment on my calendar. Remembering how much God has forgiven me and let love cover the small stuff.

Will you do it? YES!!!!! 1 New American Standard Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. . 1981. Lockman Foundation.33 3.

All the heat produced under the water by the opening of the crust would have served to heat the oceans to a temperature that would then precipitate a full-scale ice age. In fact.answersingenesis.-Dec. The later periods of volcanic activity and ice would be a direct result of this explosive movement of the earth's crust during the flood. and the "windows of heaven" were also opened to pour water down as torrents of rain.000 years ago but continuing on in ever slowing degrees as the enormous momentum of the earth's crust continues in the directions God moved it for the flood.org/contents/379/pp_36-38. vol. 20-21) So that there would be enough of the clean animals for Noah to use as sacrifices after the flood without wiping out an entire species.pdf. go to the archives directory at: http://www. . Did all the animals survive the trip? (vs.answersingenesis. 3 no. the movements of the earth that we see today we would believe are these same movements started about 4.org/articles/am/v3/n4/ice-age. there was more than one source] It came both from the fountains of the deep (most likely the largest source of water).34 Lesson 6 – The Flood part 2 Genesis 8 – 9:17 1.org/articles/am/archive . 2008 has several great articles on this topic and others related to how the earth has changed from creation to now – you can read the part about the flood model online (at least at the time I’m writing this) at: http://www. we know that Noah and his family were in the ark 371 days. Interesting to think about: As God opened up the fountains of the deep the movements of the earth's crust began for the first time. This would have caused amazing shifts of land masses which unless covered by water to provide insulation would have probably scorched the earth with the heat it generated. Adding up all the time spans given in these chapters. There’s also an interesting video on how the Biblical flood would have caused the ice age. EVERYTHING that moves on the earth. EVERY creeping thing. and EVERY bird. To read other great articles from the Answers magazine. 3. Where did all the water come from? (vs. and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. went out by their families from the ark. To watch this video. 8:19 EVERY beast.answersingenesis. go to: http://www. 8:20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD. [The Answers magazine. 4. Oct. 19) Yes. Why had God commanded that 7 of some animals be brought on the ark when all the other animals came only in pairs? (vs. ] 2. 2) [hint.

It is possible that animals would have scavenged other dead animals. and (4) all flesh shall never again be cut off by the water of the flood. lions. and the LORD said to Himself. Seedtime and harvest.35 4. 13 I set My bow in the cloud. as I have done. 5. every time it rains there is a rainbow somewhere. "This is the sign of the covenant which I am making between Me and you and every living creature that is with you. do you think that any animals (including dinosaurs. What promises did God give Noah after the flood? 8:21 And the LORD smelled the soothing aroma. God gave a rainbow as a sign of what? Who does God say would always be reminded of the promise every time there is a rainbow? It is a sign of the covenant between God and Noah that He would never again destroy the entire earth with a flood. God said that HE would be reminded every time HE saw a rainbow. And cold and heat. animals would have been vegetarians just as God first created them to be and just as people were up to that point. and people were not afraid of animals before this time. etc) ever killed other animals or people before this time? How does that help explain how an arkful of animals could make it for 371 days without any of them being killed? That way there were no animals eaten on the ark. for the intent of man's heart is evil from his youth. No." 9:11 "And I establish My covenant with you. 22 (3) "While the earth remains. neither shall there again be a flood to destroy the earth. That could have certainly been a provision of God after the fall to help keep the earth clean once animals started dying. and people had not been given permission to kill animals in order to eat them prior to this time. Think about it. Why is it significant that only after the flood did God give humans permission to eat any animals? If animals were not afraid of people. From the vantage point of the earth we don't always see the rainbow. (1) "I will never again curse the ground on account of man. and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth. 6. but God does." 12 And God said. God's Word in My Life . And summer and winter. So every single rain that falls on the earth serves as a reminder to God Himself of this covenant He made with Noah just after the flood. for all successive generations. (2) and I will never again destroy every living thing. However there wouldn’t need to be fear of man put into the animals if all they were eating were those who were already dead. It would not have even been a temptation for one animal to kill another since it had not been done before. And day and night Shall not cease.

for Himself. He offered EVERY clean animal and bird to God. In fact months went by as the water slowly receded. Yet He is already making plans for what He will choose to do when men reject Him once again. And he trusted God to do what needed to be done to multiply the animals. We don't know. And then God put a rainbow in the sky so that HE would be reminded of His commitment. Noah recognized how merciful God had been to him and all those on the ark. "But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark" (8:1). as I have done. God has just accepted Noah's sacrifice. Nor was it for the future generations who would reject God. Wherever there is rain and sunshine. Genesis tells us that he removed the covering of the ark and saw that the land was dry. He sees what is going on in . although He of course had the power to do so. Think about it. That wasn't what God chose to do. But we do know that God considered his offerings a "soothing aroma" (vs. I would have pulled out my pencil and paper to start drawing up plans to set up life in a swamp. there is a rainbow. Every living thing on the earth that was not in the ark or able to swim in the water (and survive the underwater changes) was dead. It wasn't for Noah's righteousness that God made this commitment. for the intent of man's heart is evil from his youth. Now. Here is a newly cleansed world. He knows that man is bent towards sin. He didn't try to do things on his own time table. We might expect that since God "remembered" Noah and the animals on the ark that He would have immediately dried things up and let them get off the ark. Not until God told him to get out of the ark did he make any attempt to leave the place God had told him to be." That shows so clearly where Noah's heart was. He trusted God during the torrents of rain and water from the deep.36 We begin chapter 8 with the entire world under water. and I will never again destroy every living thing. God made a commitment to Himself. And day and night Shall not cease. He may have offered as many as 5 each of the clean animals. Noah and the succeeding generation really had no part in God's declaration here. "I will never again curse the ground on account of man. and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. Then we watch as God stops the waters and causes them to recede. 21). So He makes a choice not to destroy every living thing again as He did in the flood. Seedtime and harvest. He trusted God during the time of waiting while the land dried up. Still he waited. And summer and winter. Noah sent out a bird four different times before the last one found enough dry land and vegetation to stay away from the ark. but I would have been tempted to despair about the time the second bird came back with no sign of anything that would signal everybody getting out of the ark. One of the other parts that amazes me from this passage is in verses 21-22 "and the LORD said to Himself. What was the very first thing he did after finally getting off the ark? Verse 20 says "Then Noah built an altar to the LORD. I am so thankful that when life is at its worst God has not forgotten what He has set out to accomplish in the world and in the lives of His people. This was no small token offering. I don't know about you. from our perspective we may not always see the rainbow. He trusted God when the land was dry and was willing to wait for God to tell him to get off the boat. And cold and heat." Notice that the Lord said these things to Himself. It's a pretty bleak picture. Yet Noah did not despair. Noah had trusted God in the building of the boat and preaching to the wicked. While the earth remains. and sacrificed at least one of each kind of the extra clean animals (remember he took 7 of each of the clean animals and birds on the ark). But God is not just limited to what we see from the earth.

37 the middle of the clouds and above the clouds. Wow! I tell you what. or figure out your own plan to get things done apart from God? 2. 1. Then answer the questions to help you remember them. Divorce would become a thing of the past if we would make commitments the way God makes a commitment. Because of how light and water work together. give up. with every rain there should be a rainbow somewhere even if we can't see it from our perspective. I can only imagine the impact on marriages if we would each make this type of commitment to ourselves that no matter how good or evil our spouse is we will remember our promise to stay married. your marriage is absolutely one of them. Will you take a moment right now and pray through the commitments God has called you to make. here is an incredible example to follow. he reminds Himself of the commitment He made to Himself just after the flood.) 3. When are times you are tempted to despair. What is something you can do to remind yourself daily of those commitments? Will you do it? . (If you are married. How many places on the earth do you think would be getting rain in any particular day? Dozens? Hundreds? And with each rainbow God sees. and we will even do something to remind ourselves of that promise on a daily basis. What commitments has God called you to make to yourself. if you ever want to know how to keep a commitment.

important in tracing the line of Jesus back to Adam. let Us go down and there confuse their language. and then started over again with Noah’s family.38 Lesson 7 – The Tower of Babel Genesis 11:1-9 [Genesis 10 is a chapter of genealogy. are there really any race distinctions according to family lineage and God’s creation? Whenever a group is segregated from all other groups. the gene pool is diminished. and a tower whose top will reach into heaven. How was the desire NOT to be scattered all over the earth a direct violation of God’s command both to Adam in 1:28. that they may not understand one another's speech. Once again we see God’s mercy. "Come. and they stopped building the city. and to Noah in 9:1 to “be fruitful and multiply." 3. People before the language confusion would have had absolutely no . But their intent was the opposite: 2 And it came about as they journeyed east. and they used tar for mortar. 3 And they said to one another." 8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth. but we’ll skip it for now] 1. How many languages and races were on the earth after the flood? (vs. let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly. and then left the other families to live only with those they would understand. The offspring of this group could only have those characteristics of the parents who had come apart from the rest of the population." And they used brick for stone. yes. But he also helped them to obey and did it in a way that stopped their idolatrous building project. He gave the people a consequence for their sin. "Come. how could this explain the “races” we see today? If all people came from Adam. If a family all of a sudden could no longer communicate with other families. 7 "Come. 1) One! 11:1 Now the whole earth used the same language and the same words. and let us make for ourselves a name. 4. 4 And they said. that they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth. How did God force the people to obey Him? By confusing their languages. let us build for ourselves a city. 2. and fill the earth?” In order to fill the earth they would have to move away from the rest of the population as their numbers grew.

Donald Chittick writes. . Each group took with them certain genetic characteristics (e. and video at http://www. 800. and build upon his own learned knowledge. the possible combinations of genes would have continued to decrease. etc.answersingenesis. genes for the production of more or less melanin (skincoloring pigment)). Even if these people had the same mental capabilities that we do today (and I would believe they would have far more because they were closer to creation). Dr. i.e. As we look at length of life and some of the technologies developed in a relatively short amount of time we see that the curse of sin came gradually in the way it affected the human body.answersingenesis. Their minds were perfect. face shape. and all of the technology we have created in that amount of time.g. These people were not like what the secular society would have us believe early man to be. As their descendents continued to intermarry. body shape. The differences between the mean of any two ‘races’ is less than the differences within any one ‘race’!” See Answers article “Babel Explains Our Differences” at http://www. which eventually gave rise to the socalled ‘racial differences’ between various people groups (these ‘differences’ are actually very minor—the genetic difference between any two people is .org/articles/am/v3/n2/babel-explains-differences . while the differences attributable to what we think of as ‘racial’ variation are only 6% of that.012%. If Adam and Eve were perfect it is reasonable to assume that they used all one hundred percent of their brains. There are therefore NO race distinctions according to family lineage and God's creation. Generations closer to Adam and Eve had more perfect use of their bodies and minds than each successive generation. What if each person had that same amount of time to create. together because they spoke the same language. Those characteristics would include such things as skin color. And you multiply that by all the people living on the earth at the time. hair color. Adam and Eve were perfect as God created them. Really. We are told these days that people only use about ten percent of their brains. eye color.2%. even 900 years would argue for amazing abilities to create. the mere fact that they lived 700." I'm sure these early people would put to shame the great minds of our time. Far from being cavemen grunting "Ugh. the main differences between people are the cultures that have resulted from the separation from other people groups. Man in his sin nature has sinfully used these differing characteristics among his own race to promote himself and his own proud ways. “At Babel. the language barrier caused family groups to split from each other. However with the separation and the decreased gene pool came distinct pockets of people. Here with the tower of Babel we see several uses of technology in ways that directly violate God's commands to them to multiply and fill the earth. God's Word in My Life Man has misused technology from the very beginning.39 barriers in who they would marry and had they all stayed together there would have continued to be a good mix of offspring resulting from the free marriages between all the people of the land.org/media/video/am/v3-n2/rebellion-at-babel . Just think about what our world was like 900 years ago. The differing characteristics have served only as a way of identifying people of different cultures. Even without giving them the advantages of living . eye shape. Think about it. resulting in distinct characteristics in different people groups.

metallic iron must be smelted. she also gave birth to Tubal-cain. Of course that is really no surprise since Abel also was a "keeper of the sheep" and Cain was a "tiller of the ground" (4:2). Then we see Jubal and his instruments. If these early people could smelt iron from its ore. and a pipe. So why bring that up in a discussion of the tower of Babel? It is important simply because Noah. Donald Chittick gives some more perspective on the archeological findings that might give a picture of what the Bible talks about here. Of course all of the pre-flood technology was wiped out in the flood. Now put these records into the context of chapter 11. He was no slouch either. he was the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock." but are highly crafted. not re-invent or re-discover all of the technology. certainly nothing like the stereotypical "cave man. It is one thing to discover a new technology. the forger of all implements of bronze and iron. He set up quite a kingdom. the simple fact that they lived so long and could continue to learn from their own mistakes would argue for them being able to develop fairly sophisticated tools and methods." In this passage we see advances in three different areas. Some of these ancient instruments are not crude or "primitive. which indicates that he knew something about the keeping of and care for animals. The production and forging of iron requires fairly sophisticated technical skills. Even with our modern technology we do not know how these ancient instruments might be improved to make better music. And these weren't just simple beating together of sticks."1 Finally in Genesis 4:22 we find Tubal-Cain who forged both bronze and iron. "While metallic copper may sometimes be mined directly as from deposits of native copper. the memory of it was not. That means that even if the technology itself was wiped out. Calah and Resen. As for Zillah. Let's first go back before the flood. In Genesis 4:20-22 we read about some pretty sophisticated technological advances. his sons and their wives lived before the flood. a mighty hunter who set up a kingdom which began at Babel and Erech and Accad and Calneh. In Genesis 10:8 we read about Nimrod. Jabal had livestock. Again Dr. he was the father of all those who play the lyre and pipe. they most certainly could also smelt copper from its ore because it is easier to smelt copper than iron. Nimrod was therefore the first recorded ruler over other people." "And Adah gave birth to Jabal. Chittick gives some helpful insight. archaeologists have uncovered musical instruments from very ancient times. For iron the smelting process requires fairly complex chemical knowledge. Rehoboth-Ir. It is quite another to re-make what was already discovered and perfected. Dr. Look at how the Bible describes this man. It's time now to go back to a couple of the genealogies we skipped earlier to see from the Biblical record some of the technology that had already been created by this time. Instrument making and playing is considered today to be a mark of a more sophisticated society. After the flood they had only to apply the knowledge already gained. And his brother's name was Jubal. He was a mighty one. Let’s get back to the tower of Babel. We know that mighty Nimrod set up his kingdom in Babel (and the ."1 So certainly we see that before the flood the technology developed was fairly advanced.40 closer to creation. but a lyre with strings placed in order so as to make different notes and more subtle music. "Although we cannot be certain about exact dates. He then went from that land into Assyria and built Nineveh. First in husbandry. and the sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah.

" (verse 4) Nimrod was the ruler of Babel. The Illustrated Bible Dictionary. they said.41 other 3 cities). Dr. 9:1). D. were decorated with blue glazed tile. lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth. Venus. and let us make for ourselves a name. In the center of the room would be their “god” seated upon a throne! Nebuchadnezzar later rebuilt such a tower in Babylon. instead. which the Sumerians had called E-TEMEN-AN-KI (“the building of the foundation-platform of heaven and earth”). There is reasonable evidence from archeology to suggest that not only was the tower an enormous undertaking to keep people together. but that it also represented a way to worship false gods. Mars. NKJV)."2 We saw earlier how advanced the technology of the time truly was. lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth” (v. much later. And this is exactly what ancient Mesopotamian ziggurat temple-towers were for! The top compartment represented heaven. “Let us build for ourselves a city . . (The KJV italicizes may reach. "Come.e.. in all probability. and let us make for ourselves a name. IL: Tyndale House Pub. with the sun. The inner walls. ed. the great Mayan temples of Central America. 155. But to use them to rebel against God is wrong. a brilliant but blasphemous effort to dismiss forever the God who had commanded Noah and his three sons after the Flood to “be fruitful and multiply. Why would Nimrod leave a successful kingdom to begin again in a new place? The answer is obvious from the events of chapter 11. reflected the design and function of the original Tower of Babel. Therefore if “people” were saying that everyone needed to work together to build the city and tower...) The pyramids of Egypt and. We also know that at some point he left Babel and went into Assyria to set up a new kingdom with new great cities. .) But what happens when the Hebrew wording is translated literally? We then have “a tower whose top [is] into heaven. 1980. They clearly had the technology to build bricks and mortar. scientifically naive. primitive effort to reach the highest heavens! It was. and Saturn) lined up along the plane of the zodiac. Instead of honoring His name (i. Genesis records that the people of Babel said. p. It is always easier for a ruler to control people who are nearby than those who are scattered over the face of the earth. His character and attributes). Part 1. And why not? Nimrod stood to gain greatly if these people disobeyed God and stayed in one place. Wheaton. These were more than simpletons trying to stack up their building blocks. Jupiter. and a tower whose top will reach into heaven. which means that they are not in the original Hebrew text. They used their intelligence and their technology in ways that God never intended them to be used. So Nimrod set up an enormous public works project to keep all the people together. and the five known planets (Mercury. but were added in an effort to make sense out of the wording. and fill the earth” (Gen. Bricks and mortar are good in themselves. John Whitcomb explains: “Were these Mesopotamians who descended from Noah’s family actually attempting to build “a tower whose top [would] reach into heaven” (11:4)? The clear answer is “No!” The NASB puts the words will reach in italics. This was not an innocent. Nimrod and the people under him were deliberate in their rebellion. Douglas. let us build for ourselves a city. the moon.” (cf. 4). (See J. . it is a reasonable assumption that the ruler of those people is behind it all.

The technology is not the problem it is our sinful hearts. The internet has literally opened up the entire world at the click of a mouse. What are ways that you use technology that tempt you to sin or keep you from growing a closer relationship with God? 3. What do you need to change in your use of technology? 4. Yes. but we also have the opportunity to visit pornography. • Pornography • Gambling • Scams / schemes • Filling our mind with godless music 2. Will you change? ------------------------------------------- 1- The Puzzle of Ancient Man. we can go see some amazing sights because of this. What are some ways that people use technology today that directly contradicts God's Word? [many possible answers. Donald Chittick. 1. what about our own lives? We have amazing technology available to us. We have computers that can do things that were unthinkable just a generation ago. gambling and other awful sites with little to no accountability. By Dr. Creation Compass (1998) 2 – See also: http://www.org/articles/am/v3/n2/search-for-babel . Some would include:] • Time wasted on the computer / tv / video games / etc.42 Before we look down our noses at these men of Babel.answersingenesis.

When God appeared to him again in verse 7. Abraham’s response was to build an alter and worship God.make Abram a great nation 2 – bless Abram 3 – make Abram’s name great 4 – bless those who bless Abram and curse those who curse him 5 – bless all the families of the earth through Abram God would one day bless all the families of the earth through Abraham’s descendent. even though he had great possessions where he was. Sarai was taken into Pharaoh’s household. actually disobeyed in this one aspect. . What did God ask Abram to do? (12:1) What did God promise Abram if he obeyed? How would God someday fulfill the last part of the blessing to bless all the families of the earth through Abram? God asked Abram to leave his country and his family. Abram told Sarai to say that she was his sister.” Abram and Sarai were sent away by Pharaoh. and his family was all there. though he obeyed God in every other part of this command. Jesus Christ. (take time to go through the gospel briefly again if there is the possibility that any in the Bible study are not saved). Once on the way to Egypt. God promised to: 1 . 2. He obeyed in everything except that he took Lot along. What did Abram tell Sarai to do? Why? What was the result? First. Abram didn’t trust God as fully as he should have done. Abram took it upon himself to flee into Egypt. How did Abram respond to God’s command? He left for the land God had indicated. God then plagued Pharaoh and his house with “great plagues. and at the first sign of real trouble when a famine came into the land. And we’ll see that God waited until Abram separated from Lot later in chapter 13 before He gives Abram the full covenant promise). (Note that Lot was family – so Abram. Abram and Sarai went to Egypt because of a famine in the land. He was afraid that the Egyptians seeing Sarai’s beauty would kill Abram in order to have her.43 Lesson 8 – Abraham part 1 Genesis 11:27 – 17 1. 3.

after the widespread homosexual practices of the city) 5. Yet God still gave to him (through Abraham. Jesus did away with the old law by fulfilling it and providing the perfection which the law could never accomplish. and therefore all of the Old Testament laws pertaining to the priesthood would not have applied to him. During a time when elders were revered. Abraham showed that he recognized that Melchizedek was superior to him. By so doing. acting as God's representative on earth. Melchizedek becomes more significant as we read other passages in the Bible. the writer of Hebrews is saying that Christ's priesthood is superior to the Levitical priesthood of the Jews. the Old Testament laws concerning tithing were not given until several generations later)? How does that relate to the way Christians today give to God? Like Abram. is an . Therefore having Abram offering a tenth of all his spoils to Melchizedek. 6. What was significant about Abram and Lot parting ways? What actions indicate to us that Lot was not following God as Abram was? God had originally told Abram to leave his family. we today are not under the Old Testament laws. a Jew. a city known for its vile sins (homosexuality is now known as sodomy. and validated again in Hebrews) the title of priest. From both Genesis and Hebrews. Please read Hebrews 4:14-5:11 and 6:13-7:28. God was able to tell Abram His plan and bless him. Melchizedek was not a Jew. It emphasizes that the Old Testament laws were fulfilled in Christ. why is it important to note that Melchizedek was a priest of the one true God even though he was not from Abraham's line (i. When Lot left Abram. and yet because of Abram’s deceit why would the pharaoh or anyone from his house want to have anything to do with Abram or his God? 4. By saying that Christ's priesthood is in the order of Melchizedek. But he did not stay in that land but rather ended up living right in Sodom. but the one true God. and a new superior system is now in place. and specifically a descendent of Aaron)? Why is it important that Jesus is called a "priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek"? Abraham gave a tithe to and accepted a blessing from Melchizedek who by his words made clear that he did not worship the pagan Cananite gods. Lot chose land selfishly.44 Abram’s testimony was now marred in Egypt.e. even though it was to Abraham that God gave his covenant and through whom God was going to bless the entire world. By taking Lot along Abram was not completely obeying God's command. Here was the man through whom God said He would bless the entire earth. Instead he took it for himself. In what way is it significant that Abram gave to Melchizedek a tithe of the spoils of the battle (remember. Lot should have offered the better land to Abram.

How do we see God's mercy to Hagar and to Abram in Ishmael? How do we see God's judgment through natural consequences of sin in Ishmael? This was not the solution. Abram had earlier tried to manipulate the fulfillment of God's covenant to by trying to appoint his servant Eliezer as his heir (15:2). why does verse 6 say Abram was counted as righteous? How can we today be made righteous (see Romans 3:21-26 and Romans 4:1-5)? Is there anything that either Abram or Christians today can do to gain righteousness? Abram believed the Lord that God would give him descendents even though he did not yet have any children. WOW! This is such an amazing picture of the loving mercy and grace of God. This passage gives us a great starting point. as He promises blessing to those He knows will never be able to deserve the blessing. God kept Ishmael safe. continuing through present day there is great hatred and much suffering for the Jews at the hands of the descendents of Ishmael. which is also not under the law. In chapter 15 as God is making a covenant with Abram. Ishmael's descendents became what is now the Arab nations. Ishmael. . Was this the solution that God had spoken of in his covenant to Abram? The child. This is really where the modern-day church gets its position on tithing. So there is absolutely nothing we can do apart from God to become righteous.45 example that the church today. should follow. Abram does NOT walk through the animals. in essence saying “may it be done to me as it has been done to these animals if I break this covenant. 8. Many ask how much to give. In the very next chapter Abraham and Sarai again try to manipulate their situation by resorting to the custom of the day by which a barren wife could get a child through one of her own maidservants. God gives us Christ's righteousness when we place our faith in Him. But even our faith comes from God. God is making a commitment that He will keep His covenant even when Abram and his descendants break it. and He did make Ishmael's descendents a great nation. Then both parties walked between the two halves. Abram gave a tenth. It is our great blessing to give of our money to God. God passes through them alone. became the father of the Arab nations. Through history. but God told him that his heir would come from his own body (15:4). 7. One important aspect about this covenant is that it was the custom for two parties when ratifying a solemn covenant to cut animals in half and place them on either side of the path.” But note the difference in this passage. and it is right that we should do so.

there's nothing wrong with Egypt. once he gets to Egypt he gets his wife to lie for him to save his own skin (12:13). Think about it. but that's not where God had sent him. but at the first really big problem – a nation-wide famine – he takes off for Egypt (12:10). we know that in the time of the millennial kingdom of Christ that the Jews will possess ALL of the land promised to Abraham. God's Word in My Life As we read about Abraham we hear a lot about the covenant. We look up to him and give him honor. He is even willing to delay some of the fulfillment of His promises so that more people will come to repentance." God's desire is to have a close. We generally think of Abraham as the father of the Israelite nation. and used him in great ways. even though God has clearly directed in his Word that I need to be doing something else (perhaps silently submitting to my husband). But if we look at the Jews they do not occupy all of the land that God promised to Abraham. That is right. and even with his disbelief still established His covenant with Abraham through Isaac. that Ishmael might live before You!" God was patient with Abraham. but is patient toward you. He tries to manipulate the situation to make it work in a way that he can figure out (17:18). Here is a man who messed up big time on several occasions. We see in 2 Peter 3:9 one of the reasons that God does not immediately fulfill every promise: "The Lord is not slow about His promise. What is so comforting to me about Abraham's life is that God was still able to use him in mighty ways. forgave his sins based on his faith in God’s plans for the future Messiah. Now.46 9. 10. not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. intimate relationship with you. I look at my own life and see so many ways where I fall just like Abraham did. That makes it all the more wonderful that God took Abraham where he was. I come to a time of trial and try to manipulate the situation in ways I can understand. Did God fail to keep his promise? No! God always keeps his promise. What was Abraham's (formerly Abram) reaction to God's reiteration of the covenant that a son would come from Abraham and Sarah (formerly Sarai)? How do we again see God's mercy to Abraham in the face of his disbelief? Abraham said. Wow! What an amazing God! I think there is another aspect of Abraham's life that is incredibly encouraging to us in our relationship with God. He also listened to Abraham's plea for Ishmael and promised to make him a great nation also for Abraham's sake. What problems come from all that! What about Abraham’s reaction to God's promise of a son? He laughs at God (17:17). "Oh. as some count slowness. Certainly God cannot ignore sin for He is holy and no sin can be in His presence. I follow God and grow in my relationship with Him. this man of God followed God's leading away from Ur and into a new land. and then just as I'm finally . As we look through Scripture we find a staggering amount of promises fulfilled. and though parts of the promise have been accomplished through the ages. And to make matters worse. What is the meaning behind what has become the custom of circumcision? It is a sign of the covenant that God made with Abraham. This one is no exception. But we so often forget that he was a sinner like us. He even called Abraham a man of great faith. All I can say is.

But I will continue to sin until the day I die or Christ comes back to take me home. a God who can take my failures and turn them into something useful for Himself. 1. How wonderful to realize that God is merciful in the midst of my shortcomings and failures. let's come back to God. I don't want to keep doing those same things. ask your spouse. let's take a look at our own lives and ask God to show us how we can become more faithful. Then when we fail.47 getting to where I need to be a trial comes and I hightail it back into something that looks safe.desiringgod. ask His forgiveness and allow Him to rebuild our lives in ways that only He can. What a comfort to look into the life of Abraham and see a God who is merciful and gracious. No. As we think through Abraham's life. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------Additional Resources: The Covenant of Abraham – sermon by John Piper http://www. family member or a close friend)? What are two specific steps you can take this week to grow towards being more faithful in one of the areas above? 2. I need to be growing in Christ and putting off those sinful ways.org/ResourceLibrary/Sermons/ByDate/1981/316_The_Covena nt_of_Abraham/ . What are areas of your life where you know you need to grow in faithfulness (if you can’t think of any.

.48 Lesson 9 . surrounded the house. but also the sin and often that sin's consequences. Again. both old and young. and also from keeping them from taking and molesting Lot's daughters as Job himself offered in place of the visitors. all the people from every quarter. and the hands of his two daughters. his wife and 2 daughters and forcing them to leave the city so that they would not perish in the judgment He was about to bring upon Sodom (19:16 And while he lingered.) .God showed mercy by taking Lot. and they brought him out and set him outside the city.Abraham lied once again. Abraham also sinned.these were extremely perverse and wicked people and God certainly judged them for their sin. but also because he did this exact same thing earlier and suffered the consequences which followed. from the LORD out of the heavens. The sons born to Lot's daughters by incest became the fathers of two great peoples. all the plain.God's judgment was severe on not only the people of Sodom but even the ground itself. God also judged Lot's wife for disobeying the command not to look behind them (vs 17) 19:24-26 Then the LORD rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah. (chapter . What sins of Sodom do we read about in the text? How did God show mercy? How did God judge that sin? 19:4-5 Now before they lay down. "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally.God showed mercy by keeping the mob from molesting the visitors. . and what grew on the ground. all the inhabitants of the cities. and she became a pillar of salt. And they called to Lot and said to him.He should have known better not only because he was a follower of God. his wife's hand. What was his sin? Why should he have known better? How did God once again show mercy to Abraham in spite of his sin? . saying that Sarah was his sister. So He overthrew those cities. the men of Sodom. . We find later in Scripture that these people became long-time enemies of Israel. . the men took hold of his hand. the men of the city. the Moabites and the Ammonites.homosexuality – so depraved that people of all ages and locations came to demand sex with the visiting men -." .God showed mercy by allowing Lot and his family to escape to the city of Zoar as Lot begged rather than to the mountains where God had first directed. But his wife looked back behind him. we see God giving us not only the highlights of the history of His people.Abraham part 2 Genesis 18 – 23 1. 2. the LORD being merciful to him.

people no longer lived several hundred years. At this point in history. 4. How is Abraham's faith in God confirmed through his actions in chapter 22? See also Hebrews 11:17-19. from which he also received him in a figurative sense. Sarai was taken into Pharaoh's household. what did Abraham believe would happen if he killed Isaac in order that the covenant of God would be fulfilled? . The term refers to someone who is unique. So Abraham and Sarah would have been considered far beyond childbearing years. God Himself did what he did not require of Abraham (John 3:16). God did not require that Abraham sacrifice his only son but instead provided a ram as a substitute sacrifice. God then plagued Pharaoh and his house with "great plagues. 11:17 (MacArthur – Isaac was not the only son of Abraham – there was also Ishmael through Hagar. In what ways can we see a small foreshadowing picture of what Christ would later do. even from the dead. Why was the birth of Isaac so amazing? What happened to Ishmael? How does God show mercy once again? . Heb. . through this story of Abraham and Isaac in chapter 22? John 3:16 Heb. From that passage in Hebrews. Isaac was the only son born Only begotten son .49 12 when they went to Egypt. offered up Isaac.) We find that God had also closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech because of Sarah. 5. Abraham." God restored Sarah to Abraham.God had already told Abraham that He would give him a child within the next year. though on the surface it would seem that he would be killing the only possibility of God's continuing covenant. when he was tested. ." Abram and Sarai were sent away by Pharaoh. . "In Isaac your seed shall be called. 11:17-19 By faith Abraham.God once again showed mercy by protecting Sarah from Abimelech by telling him in a dream (20:3) "Indeed you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken." concluding that God was able to raise him up. and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son.God provided water when they were at a point of dying of thirst. He should have trusted God and therefore his deception was an evidence of pride 3. one of a kind. for she is a man's wife. God protected Ishmael and allowed him to grow up and become the promised father of many nations as Abraham had earlier requested. God healed Abimelech . with no apparent delay or questioning went to obey God.God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son.Sarah drove out Hagar and Ishmael.Abraham was 100 years old (21:5) and Sarah was 90 years old (17:17). of whom it was said.

God proved that He accepted this payment for sins when Christ was raised from the dead. He did this to pay for the sin of mankind. God did not stay His hand that time. one that God alone could provide. As I look at the severity of the judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah and realize the righteousness and justice of God. mentally and emotionally cries out “My God. lost in your sin. We must remember that there was another way that God deals with sins. Yes. Hebrews 7:26-27 says of Jesus. We saw back in Genesis 3 how Adam and Eve sinned. asking forgiveness and accepting the work Christ did on the cross. 1:26-27. and then take a look at the cross I can do nothing but cry. This is truth that demands a response. Christ’s sacrifice was final. because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself. We learned that the curse of sin was death. first for His own sins. This is not a simple history lesson. God is righteous and holy and no sin can be in His presence. We see in Abraham’s life that a sacrifice was required to cover sin. both physical death and a spiritual separation from God. He took upon Himself the full weight of His wrath so that each person who will call on His name. to offer up sacrifices. like those high priests. God's Word in My Heart We started this lesson at Sodom and Gomorrah. the body will one day die but that is neither all nor the worst news. gracious and merciful. What God would not do to Abraham’s son He did to His own. Hallelujah! What a savior! As was mentioned earlier in the questions. Rom.” Romans 6:23 tells. I want to take a minute to think a bit more about that. Other sacrifices would have to be offered throughout a person’s lifetime. was placed on Christ as He hung on the cross. 6:9. separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens. Why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46). in complete agony physically. God provided a substitutionary sacrifice – a ram instead of Isaac. Adam’s sin has passed down through the generations to you. and so death spread to all men. My God. God certainly judged Sodom and Gomorrah for their sins. undefiled. the story of Abraham offering Isaac as a sacrifice is a small picture of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for our sins. 1 Tim.50 according to God's promise and was the only heir of that promise. Romans 5:12 says. because all sinned. and then for the sins of the people. Jesus. 18:22. Far more terrible . Lev. my mind then goes to the scene on the cross. As I look at God’s mercy on Abraham as he stopped his hand and spared Isaac’s life. just as through one man sin entered into the world. holy. innocent. But the most severe judgment ever given for that sin. “For the wages of sin is death. can enter into His presence forgiven. who does not need daily. You were born separated from God. “For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest. But praise God! He is also loving. “Therefore. and specifically in this context the sin of homosexuality. It is true that God judges it severely and is very clear in many places in the Bible that He abhors the sin of homosexuality (cf.” The death here is like the death we studied in Genesis 3. and every sin. and death through sin.) They were both offered up willingly Substitutionary Atonement Christ was the final sacrifice for the sin of the world. 1 Cor.” I must pause here to ask if you have ever personally accepted Christ’s perfect sacrifice as payment for your sins. 1:10) . Then it was an imperfect sacrifice of a ram.

even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men.” (Eph. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. 2:8-9) How do you accept this gift of salvation? Romans 10:9-13 tells us. God gives only one way.” The sacrifice Jesus made on the cross was enough to pay for the sin of every person who will accept this gift and make it his or her own. “So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men. “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord. God has a wonderful plan for your life. You have the option to pay for your own sin through all of eternity. the way of faith. and that not of yourselves. I’m so thankful that the story doesn’t end there. The benefits of the gift do not stop at salvation. I am so glad! My question for you is what are you doing with the faith God has granted you? Are you telling others of the free gift of salvation? Are you living a life of faith as Abraham did? . Talk with your pastor or another godly Christian who can help you learn to serve this great and merciful God. For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners. but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. you shall be saved.51 than physical death is spiritual death where one spends all of eternity separated from God. If you have not accepted Christ’s sacrifice as payment for your sins. Romans 5:18-19 tells us.” 1. Just as sin resulted in Adam’s and Eve’s banishment from the perfect Garden of Eden. The big question is. Romans 6:23 continues. “For the wages of sin is death. resulting in salvation. so our sin will keep us out of God’s perfect kingdom of heaven. not as a result of works. have you taken the gift and made it your own. will you do so today? Then please tell others what you have done. it is the gift of God. There is nothing you can do to make yourself good enough for God. and with the mouth he confesses. living in the very real judgment of a terrible place called hell. and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead. 2. even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.” Christ paid for your sin. or is God still holding it out to you? God will not force you to accept his sacrifice on your behalf. that no one should boast. for with the heart man believes. resulting in righteousness. If you have already given your life to Christ. The gift is yours to take.

How did God provide a bride for Isaac when he was living in the middle of people who did not believe in God? Abraham told his servant (probably Eliezer mentioned earlier as the heir to Abraham's estate if he had not had any children) to go back to Abraham's family and choose a wife for Isaac from among them. 3. 5. What did God tell Rebekah about her sons? "Two nations are in your womb. How did the servant display faith in the God of his master. asking God to bring the woman to him in a very obvious way (24:12-14) When he heard that Rebekah was Isaac's cousin. Hebrews 12:16 calls Esau a "profane" person. Esau’s relatively quick dismissal of his birthright for a simple pot of stew showed how little he cared for God or the ways of his family. two peoples shall be separated from your body. a mild man. one people shall be stronger than the other. 3. or an irreligious person. the daughter of Abraham's brother. 2." "heel grabber"): grabbed Esau's heel at birth. How are Jacob and Esau described? [Note: A birthright was a double portion of the inheritance and the right to be the family chief and priest." (25:23) 4. and allowed her to willingly travel back to marry Isaac. Eliezer went in faith. When he arrived in the land the first thing he did was spend time praying. and the older shall serve the younger. Then armed with the knowledge that God would be the one preparing the way for him. but rather thoughtful questions of what he should do if the girl he finds wouldn’t come. God lead Eliezer to Rebekah.52 Lesson 10 – Isaac Genesis 24-26 1. He left and traveled all the way back to Abraham's home land to find this bride for Isaac. loved by Rebekah. Before leaving his questions were not ones of arguing with Abraham’s authority. It was normal and apparently even customary in those days to marry a cousin. . 4. Abraham? 1. 6. dwelling in tents.] Jacob ("Supplanter" or "Deceitful. the first thing he did was to bow his head and worship God (24:26-28) He was careful to give credit to God for the blessings Abraham enjoyed (24:35) and in the narration of the events bringing him there (24:40-48) When he was given permission to take Rebekah back to Isaac he bowed himself to the earth and worshipped God (24:52) Acknowledged that it was God who had given him success in his mission (24:56) 2.

"Go away from us. and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed. Now many decades later he is called upon to find a wife for that heir. 5.Promise of land. Same song. Most likely he was Eliezer who had stood to inherit all of Abraham’s wealth if there had been no heir (15:2). and continued prospering until he became very prosperous. for to you and your descendants I give all these lands. How do we know that God is continuing His covenant in Isaac." -. Abraham's lead in telling Abimelech that Rebekah was his sister. and I will be with you and bless you. This servant that was sent by Abraham to choose a bride for Isaac was obviously a very trusted servant in the household. "The man began to prosper. and a seed through which the whole earth will be blessed (Christ) God's Word in My Life For our application of this lesson I’d like to focus on the prayer and worship of Abraham’s servant in chapter 24. Isaac had to move twice before he could have an uncontested water source. We really know very little .) God was merciful to Isaac by allowing Abimelech to find out that Rebekah was Isaac's wife before any other sin was committed." The Philistines stopped up all the wells which had been dug in Abraham's time." God was merciful in that Isaac was allowed to stay in the land and reap 100 times what he sowed the first year (vs. And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven. a man of the field. 12). hairy. Eventually Abimelech told Isaac to. How was God merciful to Isaac even with this lie? What price did Isaac end up paying at the hands of the Philistines? (Note from MacArthur study notes: Abimelech was most probably a Philistine dynastic title. and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father. despised his birthright. because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge. just as He promised Abraham? God gave Isaac much the same promise that He had given to Abraham: 26:2-5 "Then the Lord appeared to him and said: "Do not go down to Egypt. great numbers of descendants. 6. third verse. Isaac followed his father. skillful hunter. God blessed him to such a degree that we read in verse 13. took 2 pagan wives at 40 yrs of age (26:34). Dwell in this land. My commandments." (vs 16). 20). This servant is of no great importance in the history of the Bible. and My laws. I will give to your descendants all these lands. He is certainly not listed in any of the many genealogies. loved by Isaac. God was merciful with Abimelech's order to his people (26:11) that "He who touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death. My statutes.53 Esau ("hairy"): red. with this being a different king from the one who had met Abraham (chap. for you are much mightier than we. live in the land of which I shall tell you.

He then worshiped God through his narration of the accounts to Rebecca’s family. Then the moment the prayer had begun to be answered he bowed down to worship God in prayer. If we ever expect to understand and apply it. I wish I could say that I was more like Eliezer. he would have already worshiped God twice. We should not expect to receive signs of that type in our lives. but in preparing myself before I even sit down to the computer. His faith was not some mindless servitude to his master Abraham though. This old servant of Abraham’s knew very well that it was God alone who could provide him with the right wife for Isaac. Notice the number of times through chapter 24 that Eliezer either prays to God. we must come to God humbly asking for help. Eliezer asks a thoughtful question. Again. Do I go first to God for direction or do I first ask a friend. Finally he worshiped God when he saw that God had granted him success. being careful to give God full credit for working out the circumstances. What did Eliezer do? He worshiped God at the first sign of an answer to prayer. All he could hope for from God was a sign to confirm his prayer. he is free to make his commitment. Our confirmation is more sure since we have the complete account of God’s revelation to man in the Bible. He humbly acknowledged his dependence on God. and asked for help. As I think through Eliezer’s pattern of prayer and worship in this short passage I must stop to consider my own prayer life. It is GOD’s Word we hold in our hands. asking God for wisdom and discernment in the study of each passage. Eliezer didn’t stop with asking for help.54 of his life. As soon as Rebecca fit his test he gave thanks to God. What if she will not come back? Should he then take Isaac there? Once Abraham answers his questions. And in between these times of prayer and worship we find him telling his story. just as Eliezer did so long ago. or gives God credit for his success. Yet I am struck by the way we see him humbly follow Abraham’s directions and trust God to lead him and make his way successful. Twice we see him worshiping God for answers to his earlier prayer. Finally when he knew that God had fully answered his prayer. he again bowed himself down to worship God. Obviously today we are in a different position than Eliezer. This is a rather short account but we find three different times where Eliezer stops to pray about the situation. My wise father once told me that one of the most important parts of Bible study is spending time in prayer before opening the Bible. worships God. Even as I write this lesson I must repeatedly remind myself that my mind too is fallen. Once more I ask. what about my worship? How many times do I praise God as soon as a . At every step of the process Eliezer worshiped God. First he asked God to help him find the right woman. and I cannot trust myself apart from God’s Word. However I must ask myself if my attitude of dependence on God for the tasks He has given me is similar to Eliezer’s. In 24:5 after Abraham had asked him to make this commitment to find a wife for Isaac from among Abraham’s relatives. But then I forget to acknowledge God when He answers my prayer. or read a popular magazine. The most difficult part of these lessons is not in the writing. But I can think of too many times when I have come to a decision or a task and have tried to do it without thought of God. or go to some other source? Do I humbly place my actions and my future in God’s hands or do I proudly think that I can figure it out better on my own. Once the commitment is made he sets off to do what Abraham had requested. what about me? Sometimes I find it can be easy to call on God for help with a problem arises. If something had gone wrong and Rebecca had not ended up going home with him.

But I am proud.55 possible answer to prayer is in view? Do I tell others about all that God has done in the situation. Take a moment and write down some ways that God has answered prayers recently. and have kept silent. and far too often withhold praise and worship from God. Have you spent time today praying? If not. please stop right now and spend some time with God. with me. even before I know the final outcome? I wish I could say that I did. commit to growing in your reliance on God in prayer and worship? 1. 2. . It breaks my heart when I see how many times I have had opportunity to draw attention to the Creator of the universe. Then spend time worshiping and praising God for what He is doing in your life. Will you. Praise God that He is willing to take us where we are today and move us to a better place.

. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed. And the one who curses you I will curse. Arise. because Abraham obeyed Me and kept My charge. after Lot had separated from him. and of God speaking to him. "So shall your descendants be." And He said to him. northward and southward and eastward and westward. "Now look toward the heavens. for to you and to your descendants I will give all these lands. And I will bless you." 15:5 And He took him outside and said. into giving him the blessing of the firstborn – Rebekah cooked a goat for Isaac. And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth.Born the youngest twin. ." . My commandments. Rebekah). 2. then your descendants can also be numbered. "Do not go down to Egypt. and I will establish the oath which I swore to your father Abraham. if you are able to count them. for all the land which you see. I will give it to you and to your descendants forever. stay in the land of which I shall tell you. He took the food into Isaac. Compare what God tells Jacob in this dream as well as later in 35:11-12 with what God had earlier told Abraham and Isaac. and will give your descendants all these lands.Tricked his father. On the way to Laban's house Jacob had an important dream of angels going to and from heaven. fled the country. "Now lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are.Jacob.Bought Esau's birthright for some stew. Rebekah prepared the way for him by convincing Isaac that Jacob should be sent back to her family to take a wife (unlike Esau who had married Cananite women . And so you shall be a blessing. afraid for his life at the hands of Esau. . Jacob wore Esau's clothes." 13:14-17 And the LORD said to Abram. Briefly give an outline of Jacob's life up to the point he left for Laban's house. . so that if anyone can number the dust of the earth. Sojourn in this land and I will be with you and bless you. and by your descendants all the nations of the earth shall be blessed. but with God's prophecy that one day the older would serve the younger.26:34). and I will bless those who bless you." Isaac 26: 2-5 And the LORD appeared to him and said. and lied saying that he was Esau. And I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven. Abraham 12:2-3 And I will make you a great nation. My statutes and My laws. and count the stars. And make your name great. Isaac (with the help of his mother.56 Lesson 11 – Jacob Genesis 27-36 1. and Rebekah put on his hands and neck the goat skin. for I will give it to you. walk about the land through its length and breadth.

57 1 – Promise of land to him and his descendents (28:13) 2 – Promise of innumerable descendants (28:14) 3 – Promise of a seed from which all families of the earth will be blessed (Jesus) (28:14) .

but there was Rebekah also. Yet. rise from the dead three days later. Judah (you'll read about his relations with Tamar next lesson). is there? May it never be! For He says to Moses. We cannot deserve grace. for though the twins were not yet born. freely give his life as a sacrifice on the cross. List 2 ways that Jacob is deceived by Laban. 9:10-16 And not only this.It is certainly a reminder that God's ways are not the same as ours. our father Isaac. and then offer to all who will come the gift of eternal life with Him. In the line of Christ we see several people like Rahab the prostitute. Jacob the trickster becomes the one who is tricked.Even those animals of the flock which were eaten by the beasts or stolen. in order that God's purpose according to His choice might stand. . when she had conceived twins by one man.58 3. and thankfully serve Him all of my days. We continue to see throughout Old Testament history that God chooses imperfect people to use to bring about His plan. There is nothing I can do to earn God's mercy and grace. Neither are your ways My ways. and David the adulterer and murderer. We can only humbly thank God for the boundless mercy that He pours out upon our lives daily. "I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY. and earnestly seek to share with others the greatest act of mercy and grace ever shown – the coming of Jesus Christ to earth to take the form of a man." So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs. and had not done anything good or bad. BUT ESAU I HATED. 4. Upon reaching Laban's house.") . it was said to her. So are My ways higher than your ways." What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God. "THE OLDER WILL SERVE THE YOUNGER.Jacob is given Leah in marriage when he was promised Rachel. (29:39) . And My thoughts than your thoughts. to live as a sinless servant.God's mercy and grace are given to men because he has chosen to give mercy and grace. as well as Jacob the deceiver. (29:23) . Rom. (Is. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth. Jacob was part of God's plan of redemption. but on God who has mercy. 9:10-16) We cannot earn mercy. Jacob bore the financial losses. but because of Him who calls.One clear lesson for my own life is that I must humbly submit myself to God who has shown such mercy to a sinner like me. it may not seem fair that God offers this devious trickster the same blessing given to Abraham." Just as it is written. . There is also nothing I have done that is so terrible that God's mercy and grace are insufficient to make me new when I have given Him my life. "JACOB I LOVED. AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION. In our sin-cursed minds." declares the LORD. What does this teach us about God's grace and mercy? How can this give us hope in our own lives? . (Rom. 55:8-9 "For My thoughts are not your thoughts. because Laban. the owner of the flocks who should have been financially responsible for such losses required it of Jacob. not because of works.

Yes. I think that many in the church wrongly believe that just because they are not involved in any obvious sin. Jacob did not have the peace in his life that God surely would have wanted him to enjoy. to one who knows the right thing to do.Through the time that Jacob worked for Laban after the first seven years. and then having to work an extra seven years to get the right one. God did bless Jacob.” Let’s take a look at Jacob’s life to examine what he sowed and reaped. For the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption. Jacob often stood back and did nothing when his family was sinning. Jacob lost the joy that should have come with his blessing. Jacob allowed his wives and family to continue worshiping idols they brought from Laban's house (35:4). Yet it is so sad to note that this man who was blessed by God allowed his family to be in such a state of sin that instead of joy and harmony he lived a life full of bickering and disrespect. His oldest son was defiled and Jacob was not able to pass on the blessing to Reuben. However we read in James 4:17 “Therefore. There was fighting and disharmony in his family his entire life. That passive choice then keeps me from enjoying the blessings I could have had if I had been actively . God graciously extended the Abrahamic covenant to Jacob and his descendents. Laban changed his wages 10 times. God is not mocked.59 . for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary. and then his sons. He did nothing about Reuben having sex with Jacob's concubine. to him it is sin. We saw several instances of deceit and trickery as Jacob took Esau’s birthright and blessing. We learn about this law of reaping what you sow in Galatians 6:7-9: “Do not be deceived. In showing favoritism and allowing his sons to fight. He was tricked into marrying the wrong daughter.” As I look at Jacob’s life I see several lessons for me about passivity. God gave him great wealth and multiplied his family. What did he reap? Deceit. Laban changed Jacob's wages 10 times (29:41) God's Word in My Life One of the most evident life principles in Jacob’s life is the law of the harvest. The world would look at that and say that Jacob got what was coming to him. and does not do it. Jacob ended up losing Joseph for many years. As a consequence of his passivity. He sowed deceit. Instead of being the godly leader that he should have been. He was passive in the rape of Dinah. First of all I see that doing nothing is a choice. just as he had not done earlier among his wives. I want to stop here in our discussion about reaping and sowing to talk briefly about passivity. that they are pleasing to God. Another area where we see the law of the harvest played out in Jacob’s life is in his passivity. but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life. then he did nothing about the murderous revenge taken by his sons (chapter 34). The Bible would say that Jacob reaped what he sowed. He did nothing about the hatred and fighting among his sons. Jacob was a very passive man in ways that were very wrong. for whatever a man sows. this he will also reap. He showed great favoritism among first his wives. He allowed his wives to scheme and bicker over whether or not they bore him sons – even to the point of taking two of their servants as his third and fourth wives. Bilhah until he was on his deathbed (49:3). First he did nothing about the rape. And let us not lose heart in doing good.

1. 12:5-11. What have you been sowing in your life? 2. Col. I also see that passivity has consequences. see also Deut. Heb. Prov. pain and heartache that comes with letting my children get what they want all the time. and I must actively guard against it. Prov. I don't avoid those by not choosing. 29:15. Those consequences in Jacob’s life affected his children greatly. 13:24. 3:21. 23:13-14. (For further study on God’s way to train children. As I train my children I must be actively engaged in nurturing and admonishing them in the ways of the Lord. Now think through to the end results of that sowing. and of a parent showing favoritism. Prov. Favoritism among my children is wrong. 29:17. I am reminded of all the sin. Are there ways you need to change? Will you do them? . Take a moment and think through the last few days. 22:15. What will you reap from that way of living? 3.60 pursuing God and obedience to His Word. Prov. Eph. 6:1-4. 6:4-7. Prov. 1 Sam 3:1-18).

we decide that because our circumstances are so difficult that we are justified in doing a mediocre job in our work (whether that work be at the office. Jacob.. etc..The 10 brothers respond with jealousy and hatred (37:8. showing him Joseph's coat which they had smeared with goat's blood in order to make it appear that Joseph had been eaten by a wild animal (37:31-32)." (39:2-4) Joseph's response was to serve God faithfully. I need another day to sleep in. Joseph finds himself in a very dysfunctional family where there are 4 wives. we make excuses – "I'm too tired to serve.Life is too hard.11).org] 1. . 2. sold to slave traders and then sold in Egypt to be a slave to Potiphar.. at church. and he was a successful man ." . When he reached Shechem and found that his brothers weren't where they were supposed to be (37:16). and give God the credit for any blessings he received. We also see a willingness to forgive and love these brothers who have treated him so spitefully. he could have returned to his father and given a report that he couldn't find his brothers.. ." Rather than faithfully serving at work and bringing God the glory. at home. He knew his brothers disliked him. shows great favoritism towards Joseph.. Rather than being faithful to serve God. the rest decide (upon Judah's suggestion) to sell him to slave traders (37:27-28).). serve his master faithfully. so let them do it instead of me. Joseph is thrown in a pit.. to the point that they plot to kill Joseph (37:18).fbclafayette. And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand. his mother is the favorite and therefore his father.Other people in the church have more time/don't have so many obstacles/can do the job better/etc. and continues to serve Him and obey Him regardless of the circumstances..Joseph continued to obey. Jacob. We see later in his responses to trials and the blessings of God in these trials that Joseph maintains an unshakable faith in God. How does Joseph respond to his difficult circumstances? How are we tempted to sinfully react when we have trials come into our lives? . and then take personal credit for the good that we see as simply "our due. Instead he went searching for his brothers until he found them..We read that "The Lord was with Joseph.. see Pastor Viars'Joseph series sermon notes on www.Our temptation is to do the opposite. So Joseph found favor in his sight and served him. with children. Though Reuben intercedes (37:21) to save his life. They then deceive their father. we complain or become bitter about the trials. How do his 10 brothers by the other three wives respond to these circumstances? How did Joseph respond to his circumstances? .61 Lesson 12 – Joseph part 1 Genesis 37 – 41 [for additional study on the life of Joseph.. Rather than giving God the credit for any blessings we receive..

we need to step back from the current story at look again at the big picture. and the lad . But in the end I need to understand that God chooses whom He chooses because He chooses. Judah is talking with his father about bringing Benjamin with them. from my hand you shall require him. Now we need to flip ahead in the story to the time when Joseph’s brothers need to return Egypt to buy grain. When that plan was thwarted by Reuben. Eve thought that Seth would be the seed. but he was not. Remember that Moses wrote the account of Genesis and related it to the Israelites after they had left Egypt. From that time on everyone was looking to find out. that we may live and not die. my heart begs. then let me bear the blame forever. the answer is no. To answer it. He was ready to murder Joseph. What did God promise Adam and Eve right after they first sinned? He promised to provide a “seed” that would crush Satan’s head. and we will arise and go. He’s God. JUDAH?!!!! WHAT?!!!! How could that be? What about Joseph? Wasn’t he the good guy that God kept using and blessing? Wasn’t Joseph the righteous one among his brothers? So why wasn’t Joseph in the line of this allimportant seed?????? Again. I myself will be surety for him. it was Judah who suggested and led the way for the brothers to sell Joseph into slavery. And it’s okay if I don’t understand it all. when I come to your servant my father. Now. but she was wrong. his favorite who served God and walked closely with Him? Maybe Jacob thought so. Again. that takes us back to the story of Judah and Tamar. WHAT?!!!! I’ve spent a lot of time pondering that question.” Again as they speak in desperation to Joseph we see Judah stepping forward to defend his little brother. Was Isaac the seed? It certainly could have seemed that way to Abraham and Sarah. I have come up with a couple of flimsy explanations. Was Enoch the seed? No. The people in Moses’ day understood that Judah was designated to be in the line of the coming “Seed. These people knew that the seed would come through the line of Judah. “who is the seed going to be?”. “… Send the lad with me. But again. God brought up the seed once again to Abraham.” So naturally their interest in Judah would have been great. both we and you and also our little ones. Think about what we have learned about Judah to this point. God promised Jacob that the seed would come through him. but the seed would come through him. If I do not bring him back to you and set him before you. In 43:8-9 Judah tells his father. But the answer was no.62 ** Teaching Interlude – So. Clearly at this point Judah was a very wicked man. But God again spoke. So was the seed Jacob? Rebecca probably thought so. this time promising Isaac that the seed would come through him. Was Noah the seed? No. “Then Judah came near to him and said: ‘O my lord …Now therefore. what’s the deal with Judah and Tamar? Why is this narrative that seems so unconnected with the rest of the story included in the middle of the teaching on Joseph? ** That actually is a very important question to ask at this point. and His ways are infinitely higher than my ways. Was the seed Joseph.

Ouch. WOW!!!!!!! Talk about hope! . He lost two. Years go by and after Judah’s wife dies he ends up committing adultery with Tamar. Judah already reaped what he sowed.63 is not with us. Through his own trials Judah was humbled. She then produces the pledge and he realizes his sin. Well.’ Now therefore. Ahhhhhhhhh. please let your servant remain instead of the lad as a slave to my lord. thinking she is a temple prostitute. God grabbed his heart in a big way. Then the second marries Tamar. By the end he was the real deal. God was so displeased with this second son that He killed this son as well. Judah has repented of his sin. If God could take wicked Judah. He has three sons by this woman. This passage isn’t in any way incidental to the story of Joseph. Now the change at the end of the book makes sense. It is this little narrative that shows us the why behind the drastic change in Judah’s heart. he committed adultery. what happens of significance in this story. ‘If I do not bring him back to you. hypocritical anger he plans to have her put to death. and when that fails he sells him and turns a cold heart to Joseph’s pleading. God can take me and all my faults. Judah now sees his own sin. Judah marries a Cannanite woman. bring him to genuine repentance. And then God chose for His “Seed” to come from the line of the adulterous and incestuous relationship between Judah and Tamar. For how shall I go up to my father if the lad is not with me. that he will die. then I shall bear the blame before my father forever. Benjamin. Then he is willing to give his own life in order to save Joseph’s only full brother. Judah now understands the pain of losing a son. and when I repent of my sin. and then choose him to be part of his royal line. since his life is bound up in the lad’s life. saying. and let the lad go up with his brothers. And it is a story that should bring us great hope. God did in Judah’s life what Judah would not do. and he was caught. In fact it is a pivotal story to understand correctly the salvation that God is going to bring through Christ. it will happen. Where did the change take place? This brings us to the story of Judah and Tamar. So. He repents at that point and then does what is right. Later he learns that Tamar is pregnant and in self-righteous. God can change the world through my broken life. Bad choice. He deceived his daughter-in-law. and gives her things as a pledge. So your servants will bring down the gray hair of your servant our father with sorrow to the grave. But it didn’t come without great cost. when he sees that the lad is not with us. lest perhaps I see the evil that would come upon my father?” Wow! What happened? First he wants to murder Joseph. then there is nobody who is too far gone for God to use in a big way. For your servant became surety for the lad to my father. The first marries Tamar but is so wicked that God strikes him dead. Now Judah is scared and puts off (rather indefinitely) Tamar’s marriage to his third son. because he’s scared of him being killed like his brothers. but is so selfish that he “emitted on the ground” in order to not give Tamar a child which would not be considered his. It also shows clearly that between the two scenes genuine repentance had taken place in Judah’s heart.

5."The Lord was with Joseph. What does the passage tell us about Joseph's testimony to Potiphar and his household? . When people face tough trials many will question "where is God. 4. but we know from this passage that everything he did was so excellent that Potiphar was convinced to give great power to Joseph. 3.39:8-9 But he refused and said to his master's wife.God blessed Joseph as he served God and his master well (39:2-6).64 And it is with that background of repentance. People who do not have a relationship with God themselves don't just automatically assume that God is the source of blessing. When Potiphar's wife tried to seduce him.. We know that Joseph was not grumbling. we find the abundant blessings of God. because you are his wife.. Because of his faithful service and the obvious blessing of God. and he was a successful man . What reasons did he give her for his refusal? . "Behold. and sin against God?" . As we do so. both at Potiphar's house and in the jail. God doesn't give us any details about Joseph's words or conduct in Potiphar's presence. Note that the freedom and increased position came AFTER the faithful service. being angry or bitter about his situation by both this blessing. Joseph received increasing freedom and responsibility. There is no one greater in this house than I. God blessed Joseph there in Egypt. How do we see God involved in Joseph's life even in the trials? What does this teach about God's mercy and grace? . . Joseph resisted the temptation. And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand. So Joseph found favor in his sight and served him. change and real hope that we then can understand the rest of the story of Joseph. complaining.. with me here. There had to be a time (or many times) when Joseph explained to Potiphar that everything good that came to Potiphar through him was from the Lord. but also is ready to pour out blessing on us. my master does not concern himself with anything in the house. and blessed Potiphar's household because of Joseph. We have great hope in every circumstance because we can rest in God and trust Him to work out the circumstances. How then could I do this great evil.Even in the middle of trials God is not only with us. God simply chooses to show mercy and grace because He chooses. It is not that we deserve blessing because of the hard times we've endured." (39:2-4) It was obvious to Potiphar that Joseph's success came from the Lord.. and he has put all that he owns in my charge. and by Potiphar’s promotion of him." Joseph did not. sustaining us. It is reasonable to assume that Joseph had given verbal testimony of his God to Potiphar. and he has withheld nothing from me except you. Potiphar also knew clearly that it was the Lord that made all that Joseph do to prosper.

But instead he trusted himself to God and presented himself to Pharaoh as a humble servant of the Lord. and clothed him in garments of fine linen. 7.39:22-23 "And the chief jailer committed to Joseph's charge all the prisoners who were in the jail.Joseph remembered God and that this was sin against God. and put the gold necklace around his neck. and he literally fled from the house. And he had him ride in his second chariot. He certainly would not have been put in charge of the entire prison when he was a prisoner himself unless he had over a long period of time proved himself to be honest.. . and put it on Joseph's hand.. "Bow the knee!" And he set him over all the land of Egypt. or rationalize anything away. and trustworthy. sin. so that whatever was done there.Once again we see Joseph serving faithfully. 6. and whatever he did. "It is not in me. the LORD made to prosper. Genesis 39:10 says that Potiphar's wife tried to seduce Joseph "day by day" and he "did not heed her. he was responsible for it. The chief jailer did not supervise anything under Joseph's charge because the LORD was with him." Again. We also know from 40:8 that Joseph was still committed to God even in the middle of this trial. He did not try to sugar coat it with pleasant euphemisms." . leaving his coat behind." . and they proclaimed before him. . He called sin. and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer. How did God bless Joseph after interpreting Pharaoh's dream? . When Joseph had opportunity to interpret dreams for the butler and baker and later for the Pharaoh.. it would have been a temptation for many to take credit themselves to win the favor of the one person who had the power to set him free from prison. . saying.To the butler and baker he said in 40:8 "Then Joseph said to them.Joseph remembered his responsibilities and charge given to him by Potiphar. hard working. how did he give testimony to God? . (41:42-45) "Then Pharaoh took off his signet ring from his hand. 8. "Do not interpretations belong to God?. God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.To Pharaoh: (41:16) Joseph then answered Pharaoh.Pharaoh not only released Joseph from prison. Finally the day came when she forced the issue." He was careful to give credit to God even though he was in a situation when it would have been very easy not to.65 . to lie with her or to be with her." Often the most difficult temptations are the ones that come day after day and gradually wear down our resistance. What does 39:21 tell us about where God was in this hard trial? What was Joseph's attitude in prison? -39: 21 "But the LORD was with Joseph and extended kindness to him. She then used that coat to lie about him to Potiphar and send Joseph to prison. but placed him in the second highest position of power in the land.

And Joseph went forth over the land of Egypt." Joseph received material blessings from God at the hand of Pharaoh unlike any that he could have dreamed of receiving while living with his father. the daughter of Potiphera priest of On." Then Pharaoh named Joseph Zaphenath-paneah. as his wife. [Go on to the next page for the chart] .66 Moreover. yet without your permission no one shall raise his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt. Pharaoh said to Joseph. "Though I am Pharaoh. and he gave him Asenath.

and the wisdom to know what should be done about them. Trial Sold into slavery by his own brothers Tempted day by day to commit adultery with Potiphar's wife Thrown in prison because of a lie . Joseph's response .waited patiently remember him to Pharaoh . .67 9. .Joseph was in a position to interpret the dreams of the butler and baker.God gave dreams to . God physically set them . This not only protected his “Seed.God brought Joseph’s entire family to Egypt. Complete the chart below.served the jailer promised to .God was with Joseph and gave him the strength to resist and eventually to flee from this great temptation. . paving the way for his later release. He was then remember Joseph.served God .Joseph was in the right Pharaoh that he allowed place when the time nobody but Joseph to be able finally came for him to to interpret. Joseph was put into a position of great responsibility.served God .God gave Joseph the incredible responsibility correct interpretation of the and power.God moved Joseph to Egypt where he would need to be in order to save the lives of all of God's chosen people.served the jailer .was not angry or bitter God's working .God protected His “Seed” as a direct result of the trials of Joseph . dreams.God was still with Joseph and blessed him even in jail.served Potiphar . .Joseph was thrown into jail unjustly.God blessed Joseph and Potiphar because of Joseph.gave God the credit . Outcome of trial . promoted to a position of .gave God the credit .fled from sin .” but it also kept them from continuing to intermarry with the Canaanites and placed them in a land where the Egyptians didn’t want anything to do with them.God caused the butler to dreams. Forgotten for two .God was with Joseph and blessed Joseph greatly. interpret Pharaoh's . .served God years when the butler .reminded himself and her of the true nature of the sin .

.68 apart in order to keep them spiritually set apart. This was of GREAT importance in the plan that God was unfolding in the nation of Israel.

my beloved brethren. Joseph at this point refused. and grew to the point of her grabbing him when they were alone. His only option at that point to successfully resist the temptation was to run out of there as fast as he could. even when we are God's Word in My Life In the questions above we have spent time thinking through how Joseph handled trials. "Behold.Serve faithfully in whatever work we have to do at the present .Trust God – even when the circumstances seem hopeless . Do not be deceived.69 10. and He Himself does not tempt anyone. it brings forth death. This was not the time that she grabbed his coat.Wait patiently . However this temptation came daily. and how we can handle trials in our own lives.” James 1:13-18 “Let no one say when he is tempted. Read through the following verses that give further instruction on how Christians should handle temptation.God blesses obedience . We saw that Joseph was tempted greatly by Potiphar’s wife as she daily tried to seduce him. . Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above. coming down from ." . worrying. and when sin is accomplished. and sin against God?"” I think many miss that Joseph said this at the beginning of the temptations. and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts. and he has put all that he owns in my charge. "I am being tempted by God".Resist and flee temptation . complaining. I want to take a moment now and change the focus to handling temptation. Romans 13:14 “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ. ." But he refused and said to his master's wife. with me here. my master does not concern himself with anything in the house.Openly share with others about how God has blessed us and the answers He has for their problems. There is no one greater in this house than I. and he has withheld nothing from me except you. How then could I do this great evil. List three ways the story of Joseph teaches us by example how we should handle trials when they enter our lives.God is never surprised by our circumstances. He gives us a wonderful example of how to handle temptation. for God cannot be tempted by evil. "Lie with me. First he resisted the temptation. Then when lust has conceived. We may not have someone trying to daily seduce us into adultery.Be ready to forgive others when they sin against us . or proudly trying to work around God to get things back to "my way.Be content in our present circumstances. Read again Genesis 39:7-9 “And it came about after these events that his master's wife looked with desire at Joseph. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. it gives birth to sin. We also face temptations of various types that we must resist. because you are his wife. whatever they may be – no moaning. and went on with his daily tasks.Continue serving God faithfully .Give God the credit for all good things that are in our lives . but we certainly all face daily temptations. and she said.

LEST YOU STRIKE YOUR FOOT AGAINST A STONE. What does the Romans passage tell us to do in order to prepare against temptation? . 'YOU SHALL NOT PUT THE LORD YOUR GOD TO THE TEST.” Matthew 4:1-11 “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. if You fall down and worship me. and their glory. or shifting shadow. 'MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE.Quoted scripture 4.But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. so that we might be. and 'ON their HANDS THEY WILL BEAR YOU UP. and he said to Him. "All these things will I give You. BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD. it is written." But He answered and said. 'HE WILL GIVE HIS ANGELS CHARGE CONCERNING YOU'.'" Then the devil took Him into the holy city.'" Again. "It is written. Satan! For it is written. "Begone.70 the Father of lights. "If You are the Son of God throw Yourself down. and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world. And the tempter came and said to Him. 2. command that these stones become bread. how are we tempted? .'" Then the devil left Him. the first fruits among His creatures. as it were. 'YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD." Then Jesus said to him. What can you do today to prepare yourself to successfully resist those temptations? .” . 3. angels came and began to minister to Him. and behold. What did Jesus do to resist temptation? . with whom there is no variation. In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth. and he had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple. and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts. And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights. 1. AND SERVE HIM ONLY. According to the passage in James. and said to Him.See also Ephesians 6:10-19 where Paul talks about putting on the armor of God in order to fight against the wiles of the devil. What temptations are you facing on a regular basis? 5. "On the other hand.'" Jesus said to him. He then became hungry. the devil took Him to a very high mountain. "If You are the Son of God.“But put on the Lord Jesus Christ. for it is written.

Though of course Joseph had remained true to God even in the midst of all of the Egyptian paganism. .We are told that the famine was severe in all the land. . and in charge of all the food storage and distribution. the brothers would certainly have had greater fear of the Egyptian ruler than of their little brother. Joseph could not be sure that he was safe unless they were afraid enough of the consequences to do exactly as Joseph told them. 2. 3. When Joseph's brothers came to Egypt Joseph did not reveal himself to them right away. We know from his statement in 50:20 that he was not bitter about what they had done or trying to get some type of revenge. and it was very important that they were in Egypt instead of Canaan at that time (see next question). When Jacob and all his family came to Egypt Joseph gave specific instructions of what to say to Pharaoh so that they would be allowed to live in the land of Goshen. see Pastor Viars'Joseph series sermon notes on www. How do we see God's mercy and grace towards Jacob and his family through Joseph? Why was it important for Joseph to be in Egypt in the position he held at that precise time? . God provided food for Jacob's entire family and kept them alive and safe through a devastating famine. since Reuben the eldest had tried to save him) would have been another level of assurance that they would indeed return. keep one brother in prison.God kept his “Seed” set apart. but also accuse them of being spies. Very likely he wanted to see if his brothers have treated Benjamin in the same fashion as they had treated him. The cup in Benjamin's sack would have then given an excuse to keep Benjamin with him where he could care for him if he decided that Benjamin was in danger living with the other brothers.God in His mercy and grace provided food and good land for Jacob and his family. this was not the best situation for the rest .fbclafayette. We know from his words that he is concerned about Benjamin.The Egyptians did not worship God.Joseph is obviously watching his brothers closely.71 Lesson 13 – Joseph part 2 Genesis 42 – 50 [for additional study on the life of Joseph. By God taking Joseph out of his father's house and moving him through all the trials to the point of being the second in command over Egypt. And keeping Simeon (the second eldest – or the oldest brother who conspired against Joseph. and later put a silver cup in Benjamin's sack? . Why then would he have not only kept his identity a secret.org] 1. Since Benjamin was not there. Why would it be important for Jacob's family to live apart from the Egyptians? . away from the main Egyptian population. Keeping his identity secret.

Once again we see that God chooses whom He chooses. as his own. He fathered a child with his daughter-inlaw. Whatever the case. and that God in His sovereign mercy chose whom He desired to choose. Once Jacob died Joseph's brothers were once again afraid that Joseph would make them pay for the evil they did to him. We know that Joseph was a great man of God. His forgiveness had been genuine. Which son does Jacob place as the next in line for the Abrahamic covenant (i. What was Joseph's response? .e.Joseph reassured his brothers. However there does seem to be indication that Judah repented of this sin when we read: "So Judah acknowledged them and said. Staying separate spiritually was aided by a physical separation. His faith in God was strong. God certainly could have chosen Joseph. As Jacob is dying he speaks about each of his children. 5. As we read Jacob's last words about his sons we understand that the oldest three were all disqualified because of the great sins which they committed. The Bible does not tell us why Judah was chosen instead of Joseph. God showed mercy on Judah by choosing him to be in the line of Christ.It certainly would not have been the custom of the day for the second to the youngest to receive the blessing and be the next in line for something as significant as the Abrahamic covenant. the Egyptians weren’t any godlier. No. not to intermarry with those who didn't believe in God.Judah is the recipient of the Abrahamic covenant.We saw that Judah had married a Canaanite woman. and charged with the murder of a man and hamstringing an ox. land and the Seed who would redeem man from sin)? (hint: it is the one from whom the scepter shall not depart) Does it surprise you that it is not Joseph? . 4. . and not to worship any of their gods. Jacob’s family were shepherds. Judah was the next in line. Later he speaks of each child.72 of the family to stay faithful to God. First he gives a double portion to Joseph by claiming Joseph's two sons. We see in his life that he certainly was far from perfect. Perhaps he was not disqualified as his older brothers had been because of his repentance and the change that took place in his heart. However neither would it have been the custom for him to be put in charge of his brothers as Jacob had done earlier. who at the time he believed was a prostitute (chapter 38). "She has been more righteous than I. Ephraim and Manasseh." And he never knew her again. the promises given by God to Abraham that included descendents." (38:26). but they detested shepherds. because I did not give her to Shelah my son. God physically moved His people away from the idolatrous Canaanites. and therefore the Egyptians left them alone. . Normally we would see the oldest son inherit the blessing. and his love for his family was real. Reuben had committed incest with his father's wife (not Reuben's mother). God had wanted them to be separate. . Simeon and Levi were called cruel and angry. But we know Judah was chosen. In order to keep the line of the promised Seed pure. and read about the sin issues that came as he intermingled with the Canaanites.

73 - This request after Jacob’s death was truly an affront to Joseph. Here Joseph had already told him that he believed that God had sent him ahead of them to provide for all of their families during this time of famine (45:4-11). Joseph had then spent 17 years (47:28) providing for the needs of his family. He had proved to them over and over that he loved them and had forgiven them. No wonder Joseph wept when messengers brought word from his brothers. Even if what they said had been true (and there is no record that it is), for them to question the motives behind the actions over the past 17 years was a true affront to the character of Joseph. Their question itself could have angered him. But he did not defend himself or all he had done for his brothers. He did not question the truth of their statement, though there was certainly reason to question. He did not demand that the brothers come talk to him face to face instead of cowering in the background while messengers made sure everything was alright. He simply answered them humbly. He showed compassion on them and loved them. "Joseph said to them, "Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones." And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them" (50:19-21)

74 6. What Joseph taught us about living for God as an imperfect man facing many trials, Jesus taught as a perfect man facing many trials. Look through the chart below taken from John MacArthur's study notes in the MacArthur study Bible. Then think through your own life. We are supposed to be conformed into the image of Christ. Where would people looking at your life see Christ in you? When trials come into your life, what do you need to change so that you reflect Christ and honor God the way Joseph chose to do? Joseph – A Type of Christ Joseph 37:2 37:3 37:4 37:13,14 37:20 37:23 37:26 37:28 39:7 39:16-18 40:2,3 41:41 41:46 42:24;45:2,14, 15;46:29 45:1-15 45:7 50:20 God's Word in My Life As we read about Joseph’s life we are struck by how well he handled trials and temptations. It is amazing to me that Joseph’s life shows so many characteristics similar to Christ. We also are supposed to become more and more like Christ. Romans 8:29 tells us, “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.” That is a big task, one that requires the rest of our lives. I am thankful that it is God who works in us to make us like Christ. I am painfully aware of how sinful my thinking and responses are so many times. Yet God is still willing to work in me to mold me into the image of His own Son. Oh, what great mercy from our amazing God! 1. Where would people looking at your life see Christ in you? Parallels A shepherd of his father's sheep His father loved him dearly Hated by his brothers Sent by father to brothers Others plotted to harm them Robes taken from them Taken to Egypt Sold for the price of a slave Tempted Falsely accused Placed with two other prisoners, one who was saved and the other lost Exalted after suffering Both 30 years old at the beginning of public recognition Both wept Forgave those who wronged them Saved their nation What men did to hurt them, God turned to good Jesus John 10:11,27-29 Matt. 3:17 John 7:4,5 Hebrews 2:11 John 11:53 John 19:23,24 Matt. 2:14,15 Matt. 26:15 Matt. 4:1 Matt. 26:59,60 Luke 23:32 Phil. 2:9-11 Luke 3:23 John 11:35 Luke 23:34 Matt. 1:21 1 Cor. 2:7,8


2. When trials come into your life, what do you need to change so that you reflect Christ and honor God the way Joseph chose to do?

We are now at the end of our study of Genesis. As we look back upon the lessons learned we see how truly foundational this book is to understanding all the rest of the Bible. In Genesis we learned how God created the earth and man. We saw where sin and evil came from and its resulting punishment. We came to understand at least in some measure how merciful and loving God is. We learned about sacrifice and the coming sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and why that was the only way to pay for sins completely. We learned about marriage and God’s best plan for that union. We saw God use sinful men who were willing to give their lives to Him. We read about handling trials and temptations in ways that make us more like Christ. Is it any wonder that the world would try to discredit and eliminate the power of this foundational book? As we understand Genesis properly we see our sin, and the response to God we must make. Man in his sin does not want to be faced with that responsibility. So he has come up with his own alternatives of evolution, divorce and self-seeking life styles. Should it come as a surprise that we hear the world debate Genesis so loudly and long? No, it is not surprising. It is however important that we as Christians stand firmly on the foundation God has given us in this book of Genesis. Let’s see sin as the awful thing it really is, so awful that it separated all of mankind from God. We must understand how much God wants that relationship with man to be restored. “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes on him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). This book demands a response. We dare not read it and continue life as we have always lived it. Please take a moment to end this study by prayerfully considering what response God would have you make as a result of what you have learned in the book of Genesis. 1. Because of what I have learned as I studied Genesis my response must be:

2. These are the steps I need to take to incorporate that response into my daily life:

I pray that the God of mercy who sent His only Son to save sinners like you and me will do His work in your life to mold and make you more into the image of Jesus Christ. Amen. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Additional Resources The Sale of Joseph and the Son of God – sermon by John Piper http://www.desiringgod.org/ResourceLibrary/Sermons/ByScripture/12/2387_The_Sale_of_Josep h_and_the_Son_of_God/

Lessons 5 & 6 . you meant evil against me. we are deceiving ourselves.(Rom 5:12 NASB) Therefore.(1 John 1:8-9 NASB) If we say that we have no sin. as though God were entreating through us. it is the gift of God. we beg you on behalf of Christ. and said. He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.(2 Cor 5:20-21 NASB) Therefore.(Mat 24:37-39 NASB) "For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah.(Rom 5:15 NASB) But the free gift is not like the transgression. and death through sin.(John 1:29 NASB) The next day he saw Jesus coming to him. and that not of yourselves. the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! Lesson 10 . we are ambassadors for Christ. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf. If we confess our sins.(1 John 4:9 NASB) By this the love of God was manifested in us. because all sinned-Lesson 3 .76 Memory Verses Lesson 1 .(Eph 2:8-9 NASB) For by grace you have been saved through faith. not as a result of works.(Isa 45:18 NASB) For thus says the LORD. just as through one man sin entered into the world. be reconciled to God. that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. Lesson 8 . until the day that Noah entered the ark. Lesson 11 . Lesson 4 . But formed it to be inhabited).(Luke 1:51 NASB) "He has done mighty deeds with His arm. to those who are called according to His purpose. and the truth is not in us. much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man. to preserve many people alive. and there is none else. who created the heavens (He is the God who formed the earth and made it. that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. that no one should boast.(Gen 50:20 NASB) "And as for you. Lesson 7 . Lesson 13 . "I am the LORD. Lesson 12 .(Rom 8:28 NASB) And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God. Lesson 9 . For as in those days which were before the flood they were eating and drinking. For if by the transgression of the one the many died. He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart. so shall the coming of the Son of Man be. and so death spread to all men. "Behold. He established it and did not create it a waste place. they were marrying and giving in marriage. abound to the many. Jesus Christ. but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result. and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away. . Lesson 2 .

Chittick The Genesis Record by Dr. Answers Media (2001) Specially filmed and formatted to run in 30 minute segments. Don Batten. Refuting Evolution by Dr. Donald E. Baker Book House (1972) The Puzzle of Ancient Man By Dr. Whitcomb. Henry Morris & Dr. P&R Publishing (1998) This is the classic that started the modern creationist movement over 30 years ago. particularly centered around the topic of the worldwide Flood of Noah. From ancient maps. The Answers Book – Revised & Expanded by Ken Ham. students. ziggurats. Morris. Jonathan Sarfati.77 Additional Resources Much of the material in the study is based on information learned from the following sources. to startling inventions. Science and Creation Seminar Series (tape) by Dr. the entire series is ideal for use in classroom or Bible study setting. Henry M. Jonathan Sarfati. Creation Compass (1998) A fascinating and intriguing book that shows that man has always been highly intelligent. Answers many questions about the Flood: Where did the water come from? Where did the water go? How could Noah fit the land animals in the Ark? The Early Earth by Dr. Master Books (2000) Refuting Evolution is a general critique of the most up-to-date arguments for evolution to challenge educators. Darwin's Black Box . Donald Chittick. and Carl Wieland. Contains various scientific and Biblical aspects of the creation/evolution issue. Ed. the evidence shows that the Bible explains the true history of man. not evolution. John Whitcomb. and parents. Master Books (1990) This updated book addresses the most common questions that Christians and non-Christians alike ask regarding creation/evolution and Genesis. Baker Book House (2000) A verse-by-verse scientific and devotional commentary on the book of Genesis The Genesis Flood by Dr. John C. and pyramids. Answers with Ken Ham Seminar Series (video) by Ken Ham.

Whitcomb September 2001 "Faith Pulpit".78 by Dr. Behe. First published in: Creation Ex Nihilo Technical Journal 12(1):98–106. Atlanta. 1998 “Babel Part 1” by Dr. GA Character Study on the Life of Joseph Audio Series by Pastor Steve Viars " Some Remarks Preliminary to a Biblical Chronology. a publication of Faith Baptist Theological Seminary . Michael J. John C. Simon & Schuster (1998) Walk Thru the Pentateuch Video Series Genesis video Produced by Walk Thru the Bible Ministries." by Pete Williams.

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