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LESSON 1 GENESIS BIBLE STUDY

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THE START OF THE RACE - STUDIES IN GENESIS

LESSON 1: GOD MADE EVERYTHING

Genesis is the ground and starting point of the whole Word of God. You must know Genesis to understand the rest of the Bible. These are the things you will learn in this Course of twelve lessons

 

GENESIS

 

1. GOD MADE EVERYTHING

2. ADAM AND EVE Adam and Eve fell into sin Cain and Abel

3. FROM NOAH TO ABRAM Noah's Ancestors The Flood Noah to Abraham

4. ABRAM. The call of Abram, Abram and Lot, Abram and Melchizedek, Abram and Ishmael

5. MORE ABOUT  ABRAHAM. The friend of God, God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah Abraham and Abimelech, Isaac was born.

6. MORE ABOUT ABRAHAM. Abraham's sacrifice, The death of Sarah, A bride for the son

7. ISAAC. Later life and death of Abraham. The sons of Ishmael. The sons of Isaac. Isaac and Abimelech. Isaac blessed his two sons.

8. JACOB 'S FAMILY Jacob left home Jacob's dream Jacob and his wives. Jacob's other sons. Jacob started back home. Jacob prepared to meet Esau. Jacob met Esau.

9. JACOB IN THE LAND OF CANAAN. Dinah and Shechem. Jacob at Bethel. Benjamin was born. The sons of Esau. Joseph was loved and hated. Judah and his family.

10. JOSEPH'S TROUBLE AND GLORY Joseph's trouble in Egypt. Pharaoh's two servants and their dreams. Joseph's glory in Egypt

Joseph Was Exalted Among His Brothers, The first visit to Egypt, Second visit to Egypt, The brothers confessed their sins and Joseph revealed himself to his brothers

11. JOSEPH AND HIS FAMILY. Jacob came to Egypt. Jacob blessed the sons of Joseph. Jacob blessed his twelve sons. The last years of Joseph' s life

12. THE TEACHING OF GENESIS

 

LESSON 1: GOD MADE EVERYTHING, Genesis Chapters 1 and 2

`Chapter 1:1 - Men have always wondered where they came from. This is because they did not know or did not believe what God says in Genesis 1. The first chapter of the Bible tells that God created the world, animals and man. It is not possible to understand the world around us unless we know where it came from. It is very wrong to turn away from what God has said. God said that we should read His Word and obey what He says, Revelation 1:3 and Revelation 22:19. Some people try to add to God's Word and others take away parts of the Scripture. God will judge them, but He will bless those who obey His Word. Writers of the Bible do not try to prove that there is a God. The first verse simply states that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. This verse teaches us that God existed before the heaven and the earth. Some people say that God is everything and everything is God. But God is separate from the world which He has made and He is greater than the world. We can be sure that whatever God does He does perfectly, Deuteronomy 32:4. In Genesis 1:2, however, we see that the earth was without form and darkness was over the deep sea. The earth was covered with deep water and thick clouds so that light could not get through to it. We learn from Isaiah 45:18 that God did not create the earth this way. Isaiah also tells us in chapter 14:12-15 that Satan, also called Day Star, fell into sin. Satan is the ruler of this world, John 12:31, and God's judgment on him may have left the earth as it is seen in Genesis 1:2. From these and other verses we understand that God created the earth perfect and some time later judgment fell on it. This same verse tells us that God began to restore things and bring order again into the world. The word wind means spirit. The Spirit of God was moving on the surface of the water. Then God said, "Let there be light,” and there was light on the earth in the daytime. God saw that the light was good. He divided between light and darkness and called them day and night. This was the first day. God took six days to restore order to the earth and create animals and man. No doubt God could have done it in one minute, but instead of that He did a little bit each day. Some people think the word day in Genesis 1 may mean a long time and not just a day of 24 hours. It is true that in the Bible day is used of a long time, 2 Peter 3:8, but God could create these things quickly or in a minute if He chose to do so. The word create means to make something out of nothing. The Holy Spirit used this word only three times in Genesis 1: God created the heavens and earth, verse 1; sea animals and birds, verse 21 and man, verse 27. On the second day, God divided the water of the clouds from the water of the sea by putting the clear air in between. This air was called the firmament, or vault, or atmosphere, and it prepared the way for the birds of heaven, which God was going to create. (The word heaven is used in three ways in the Bible: the air (the clouds of heaven) Daniel 7.13; outer space (the stars of heaven) 1 Chronicles 27.23; where God lives (the God of heaven) Genesis 24.7). On the third day, God raised the mountains and lands above the water. The dry land appeared and the rest of the water was gathered together in the seas. God also saw that this was good and commanded that grass should spring up, also plants bearing seeds, and fruit trees. So God prepared food for the animals and for the man that He would seer create. Chapter 1:3 - On the fourth day the thick clouds broke up and the stars sun and moon could be seen on earth. No doubt God had created these long before, the word made in verse 1 does not mean to create but to establish. The regular movement of the sun, moon and stars in the sky helps men to know the seasons of the year. God also saw that this was good. Chapter 1:4 -  Now on the fifth day the earth was ready for birds and fish. God commanded these to multiply each according to its own nature. On the sixth day God created the animals that walk on the land. Chapter 1:5 - Everything was now ready for the greatest of God's earthly creatures. God decided to make man in His own image and likeness, Genesis 1:26. God blessed the man and the woman and commanded them to multiply according to their nature. He gave them control over the animal world. Genesis 1:28. Man is like God in that he knows the difference between right and wrong. Man also has a three-part nature: body, soul and spirit, 1 Thessalonians 5:23. In this way he is like the one God, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Only the Lord Jesus is the perfect image of God, Colossians 1:15. As we grow more like Christ we will be more like God. God considered His work of creation each day and saw that it was good. He finished creating man and everything else and saw that it was very good. He had completed His work of creating heaven and earth, so He rested from His work on the seventh day. He blessed the seventh day and called it holy, Genesis 2:3. By resting on the Sabbath day, God established the rule of one day of rest out of seven. In the Old Testament the Law demanded that the people of Israel should observe the Sabbath day and keep it holy, Exodus 20.8. In the New Testament believers are not under law, but we set aside the first day of the week to remember the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus, to worship Him and to serve Him. However, it is wrong to observe special days as a way to be saved, Galatians 4:10-11. In Genesis 2 we have another account of the creation of man but here God is also called Jehovah, or the LORD. The name Jehovah is used of God very often in the Old Testament, especially when God in His great love makes a covenant to bless His people. After God had made the plants and animals He made man. Man was made of the dust of the ground and God breathed into him the breath of life, Genesis 2:7. The body of man is made up of the same common things which are found throughout the world. In this way he is like an animal, but the Lord God breathed into him the breath of life. Man's spirit came from God, but animals do not have spirits. Man is greater than any animal and we should never bow down to an animal or worship the image of an animal. God planted a garden for man to live in. Beside many fruit trees God planted two special trees called the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Genesis 2:9. Chapter 1:7 - A river flowed out of Eden and divided into four, Genesis 2:10-14. From the Bible we learn that a river will flow from the new temple in a future day and the water of life will flow from the throne of God, Ezekiel 47:1 and Revelation 22:1. The Lord God put Adam in the garden to take care of it. He told him he could eat the fruit of any tree in the garden, but he must not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God warned Adam quite plainly: if he ate of this tree he would surely die, Genesis 2:15-17. Chapter 1:8 - You would think that Adam would be very happy in the garden of Eden. However, God knew that it was not good for him to be alone, so He decided to make a partner for him. First God brought all the birds and animals before Adam and let him give each one a name. Then the Lord God caused Adam to fall asleep and out of one of his bones he built a woman to be his wife. Adam knew that the woman was part of his body. In the garden of Eden the man and the woman did not wear clothes but felt no shame about this, Genesis 2:18-25. In chapter 1 we have the story of God creating the world and all things. In chapter 2 the Lord God created man and supplied him with a wife and a home. In John 1:3 and Colossians 1:16 we see that all things were created by the Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ. So when we worship Jesus Christ and call Him Lord, we are worshipping the great God, the Creator of all things. The Spirit of God also is seen restoring order to the earth after it became without form, Genesis 1:2. Teaching about the Church is found in the New Testament, but in the Old Testament we find pictures of this truth. For example, in Genesis 2 we have a picture of the Church. Adam was not complete without his wife, and so the Son of God will never be fully satisfied until His Bride, the Church, is with Him in heaven forever. The Church is like the Bride of Christ, Ephesians 5:25, and we read of the wedding feast of the Lamb in Revelation 19:7-9. Man was created for the glory and pleasure of the Son of God and the Lord has commanded us to tell other people about His love. If they are saved they will be added to the Church, the Bride of Christ. When the number is complete the Lord will come back to take us home to be with Himself. From Genesis chapters 1 and 2 we learn that God is different from, and greater than, the world which He has created. God existed before anything else came into being, and He created everything according to His own will and in His own time. God the Creator has a right to tell us what to do and what not to do. He told Adam not to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. In the next lesson we shall see what Adam did about this commandment from God.


MICROSOFT WORD FORMAT OF LESSON AND TEST FOR - LESSON 1 (Click on the "Microsoft Word" word in blue to choose this option)


TEST LESSON 1: GOD MADE EVERYTHING - Genesis 1: 1-2

Read each question carefully; then, select the correct answer and mark it with a X.

1. Men have always wondered where they came from because:
a) they do not understand modern science. ........................
b) they do not know and believe God's Word. ........................
c) they are not religious enough. ........................

2. Which of the following is correct?
a) God did not exist before creation. ........................
b) God is greater than the world He made. ........................
c) The world is still perfect. ........................

3. God's judgment may have come on the world because:
a) Satan fell (Isaiah 14.12-15). ........................
b) God was tired of the world. ........................
c) The world was not good enough. ........................

4. After this judgment or destruction of the world:
a) God took six days to restore order to the earth. ........................
b) God created animals only. ........................
c) Man evolved from water. ........................

TRUE AND FALSE

5. God made man in His own image. TRUE ................ FALSE ........................

6. Man knew that he should obey God. TRUE ................ FALSE ........................

7. Man has two parts: body and soul. TRUE ................ FALSE ........................

8. The Jews keep the seventh day or Saturday, but the Christians keep the first day, or Sunday, because Christ rose from the dead on the first day. TRUE ................ FALSE ........................

9. God told Adam he could eat all the fruit of the garden. TRUE ................ FALSE ........................

10. According to John 1.3 and Colossians 1.16, Jesus Christ created all things. TRUE ................ FALSE .......................


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