Thursday, February 25, 2016

Starting in Genesis.

Good morning! If you read my post yesterday, than you know we are reading through the Bible starting in the first book, Genesis. Most of us have probably already read the book of Genesis, but I am OCD and want to start at the beginning. I will provide my notes for you along the way and hope you will join in!

I understand reading all 66 books of the Bible is a hard task to tackle, but if we do it together, make it fun, and hold each other accountable, it will bring so much joy to our lives. Not to mention, we will have a better understanding of God's word, and our walk with Him will be closer than ever!

Materials needed:
  • Bible - I use the KJV, I understand some prefer other versions as the KJV can be difficult to understand, however, I personally want my understanding to come from God, not man's interpretation. (This is just my personal opinion, I am not saying there is a right and a wrong here.)
  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Highlighters
Let's begin!

What does Genesis mean? It means "beginnings" of course!  (You probably could have guessed that, huh?!)

Genesis is the book of beginnings. We learn the beginning of creation, the fall of man, the first sin, murder, death, the first time fear was felt, establishing of the nations, and salvation...(to name a few).

First though, let's start in the first 4 chapters.

Yesterday, I read chapters 1-4. As I am reading, I like to take notes summarizing the scriptures, as well as record my understanding of them, but please study how you feel most comfortable.

Here's what I have:

Genesis 1:1-19
  • God created the earth
Genesis 1:20-22
  • God created the sea creatures, as well as the flying creatures
Genesis 1:24-25
  • God created the animals of the earth - living creatures: cattle, creeping thing, beast
Genesis 1:26-30
  • God created man - in his image
  • He gave them dominion over everything on earth
  • He commanded them to be fruitful and to multiply (have babies!)
Chapter 2

Genesis 2:2-3
  • God rested from his work on the 7th day and made this day holy
Genesis 2:4-25
  • These next scriptures are not chronological like the previous chapter but are more of an elaboration of creation
Genesis 2:7
  • This verse is an elaboration of 1:27 when God created man
  • God made man from the dust of the ground and breathed life into him - he became a living soul
Genesis 2:8-14
  • God created the Garden of Eden
Genesis 2:15-17
  • God placed the man he had created in the Garden of Eden, and forbid him to eat from the tree of knowledge
Genesis 2:18-20
  • God did not want Adam (man) to be alone
  • God gave Adam the living creatures and Adam named them - Adam was still alone however
Genesis 2:21-25
  • God created a women for Adam - formed from his rib
  • 24: the beginning of marriage
Chapter 3

In this chapter we see the first sin, as well as the fall, and curse, of man.

Genesis 3:1-6
  • Satan (the serpent) tempts Eve (women) to eat from the forbidden tree of knowledge
  • Eve eats from the tree and convinces Adam to eat as well
Genesis 3:7-13
  • Adam and Eve's eyes were open - they now saw good and evil
  • God confronts them - they hide in fear
  • Note: verse 10: this is the first time fear is mentioned in the Bible "and I was afraid"
  • 9-10: God questions them of their actions, expecting them to take personal responsibility, however, we see pride in their answers. Eve places the blame on the serpent - Adam says: "the women who thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree" - Adam is not only blaming Eve, but blaming God as well.
Genesis 3:15
  • This is a hard one! What is your interpretation of this verse?
  • The verse before this, God is cursing the serpent - and he is still speaking to the serpent here
  • What does enmity mean? Hatred.
Genesis 3:16-19
  • For what Eve has done, women will now experience suffering during childbirth
  • Husbands shall rule over their wives
  • The land Adam once had dominion over will now bring him suffering as he tries to control it
  • 19: We understand man must now die - just as man was made from dust, to the dust man will return
Genesis 3:22-24
  • We understand now that man is no longer in union with God - because of sin
Chapter 4

The first sons of Adam and Eve, as well as the first murder

Genesis 4:1-5
  • Eve bares two sons: Cain and Abel
  • Cain, the eldest son, was a "tiller" of the ground (farmer), who brought fruit offerings unto God, but did not find respect in God's eyes
  • Abel, the youngest, was a shepherd who also brought offerings to God, and God respected his offerings
  • Why does God respect Abel's offerings but not Cain's? Perhaps because Abel is offering something greater. He offers God the first born and fattest of his flock, this would cost him greatly, but he wants to give God his best. Cain, however, only offers God fruit, which isn't described as being the first or the best.
  • This angered Cain
Genesis 4:8
  • The first murder takes place in this scripture
  • Cain slew (murdered) his brother, Abel
Genesis 4:10-16
  • God curses Cain as a wonderer and fugitive of the earth
  • Another curse to a man because of sin
Genesis  4:17-22
  • These scriptures reveal Cain having a son, Enoch, and begin the history of Cain's descendants
Genesis 4:25-26
  • Adam and Eve bare another son, Seth
  • 25: Note: could this verse be referring to verse 15 of chapter 3? "For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew."   
Summary: We now have learned the beginning of the earth, fear, and pride, as well as the creation of man, the first sin, the fall of man, the curse of man, and the first murder. Side note: we also now understand why childbirth is so awful...thanks Eve!

We have learned of Adam and Eve, their two sons, Cain and Abel, Cain's wife, his son Enoch, as well as a long list of descendants of Cain. We also learned at the end of chapter 4 that Adam and Eve bore another son, Seth.

Yay! We have successfully made it through the first 4 chapters of the Bible! (Insert happy dance here!)

This is just the beginning...literally.

Tonight, let's try to tackle a few of the next chapters and meet here for another discussion tomorrow!

Remember, "The Bible is meant to be bread for daily use, not cake for special occasions."

I want to be a witness of God's love, but how can I do that if I do not know his word?

-M






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