Week 1

Chapter 1

About Genesis 1-11

Translated as ‘origin’ from the Greek word, the Book of Genesis tells us how everything began from humanity’s history to the world we know today. One could call this the ‘problem statement’ for humanity, one the rest of the Bible will be answering.

It reveals a dramatic prologue of God’s love for us, the tragedies of sin and the human race, and God initiating a brilliant plan to win us back from the clutches of darkness. He does this by passing down a covenant blessing through Abraham and his family, including Isaac, Jacob, and other individuals, in order to bless all the families of the earth.

These descendants will become the foundation for the Nation of Israel and Jesus the Messiah who will bring salvation for all of humanity.

Milestones

Creation

The Book of Genesis starts when God creates the heavens, earth, and all life. He creates humans in His own Image, then rests. Everything He made is good.

Garden of Eden

God puts Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, depicting a perfect environment and relationship with God, and blesses them to rule the earth and create like He does.

Sin Enters the World

This is a vital moment in human history. The Gospel begins with God creating a good and perfect world. It does not take humanity very long to desire to be their own god. This is where humanity’s need for a savior begins because of the separation sin brings from God. A serpent tempts Adam and Eve to disobey God and sin contaminates humanity and creation. God prophesies redemption for humans.

The Flood

Humans populate and become exceptionally corrupt. Heartbroken, God floods the whole earth. Noah builds an ark and is spared. God reinstates His covenant with Noah.

Scattering of Nations

People repopulate, create Babylon, and desire a great tower to make themselves famous. God scatters and confuses them with different languages before it is built.

Thoughts to Ponder

  • Take a look at God’s first commandments to Adam and compare them with his first commandments to Noah after the flood. What do you notice? Now look at Matthew 28:19-20. Do you notice any similarities here?

Helpful Hints

Note that the Bible is not necessarily set up in chronological order. In this set of chapters, an easy place of confusion may be chapters 10 and 11. These chapters seem to contradict themselves in saying that everyone spoke different languages (10:5) and then everyone spoke one language (11:1). This means that these chapters are either out of order chronologically or that the event of chapter 11 took place during the broad period covered by chapter 10.