OT Week 1

Suggested Reading: Genesis 1-11:9

Major Events:

Creation (Genesis 1-2)

Fall of Man (Genesis 3)

Flood (Genesis 5-9)

Nations (Genesis 10-11:9)

Creation: Genesis 1-2

Here we are introduced to God as Creator!  We watch in awe as He speaks the world and all that is in it into existence.  We meet Adam and his wife Eve and we witness the first marriage.  Adam and Eve live in Eden, and have perfect fellowship with the Lord.  We see that Adam is given a job before He is given a wife, and we see that he loves his wife!!!  As you read the close of chapter 2 you may see a familiar passage, a passage often read at weddings.  Genesis 2:24-25.  Read Genesis 1-2 and answer the following questions. 

Write down the order of creation.

What part of the creation story amazes you the most?

What did God do on the seventh day?

How do you celebrate the Sabbath? 

Fall of Man: Genesis 3

Satan is introduced as the tempter in Genesis 3.  We see the fall of all men, but we also see the first mention of the Messiah in Genesis 3:15.  God had a plan to reconcile mankind to himself.  The fall of man did not catch God off guard.  Read chapter 3 and answer the following questions.

Thought provoking questions on Genesis 3:

-What kind of fruit did Adam and Eve eat?  

-Was Satan a snake at the beginning of the chapter?  How do you know?

-Read Genesis 3:15, what hope do you have from reading this verse, now that you know it is talking about Jesus crushing Satan?

Flood: Genesis 5-9

“Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God.” (Genesis 6:9, NIV)

I’ve always imagined that it was easy for Noah to be blameless…I mean he lived in Bible times, right?  But this time as I read thru the passage I realized that the world was so full of sin, that God wanted to (and DID, I might add) destroy the entire Earth!  Noah didn’t live in a bubble with all of this Bible study buddies.  The Bible wasn’t even written then.  But I see one key phrase that leads me to believe that this attribute contributed heavily to Noah being a righteous and blameless man.  What is that key element?  Genesis 6:9 says, “he walked with God.”  He walked with God. He had a personal relationship with God.  He didn’t just follow the rules and regulations set forth in religion, but he personally spent time with the God Most High.  I would suggest that this personal time with the Lord is what gave Noah the strength and courage to live out a blameless and righteous life.  Just a few verses earlier in Genesis 5:24 we meet another man who walked with God: Enoch.  Genesis 5:24 says, “Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.” Enoch was the great-grandfather of Noah.  Both of these men spent time with the Lord, and although we don’t have it written down than Enoch was blameless and righteous, we do see that when he walked with God, God just took him home!  Isn’t that the way to go!  He left for a walk, and walked straight into heaven.  How amazing.  

When I read this I can’t help but ask myself how I am doing in my walk with Lord.  Am I walking with Jesus, or am I simply following the rules set forth by religion.  Am I trying to be a good person?  Or am I personally walking with the Lord?  Am I having daily conversations with Him?  Or am I just reading about Him in another good book?  Do I know who He is?  What do I know about Him and how can I learn more? 

These and more are the questions I wrestle with as I read about two men who lived distinctively different lives than the men around them…one walked into heaven and the other walked onto the first boat ever made!

Read the full account of Noah in Genesis 5-9 and see what questions you come up with.  Just for fun…as you read see if you can figure out how long Noah and his family were actually living on the ark 🙂  Have fun…post an answer when you have one!

The Rainbow!  In Genesis 9 God introduces the rainbow as a reminder of the covenant God establishes with Noah that He will never again destroy the earth with a flood.  Because the rainbow comes after the rain, we are reminded of God’s faithfulness to that promise when the rain ends.  

Nations: Genesis 10-11:10

After the flood, Noah, Mrs. Noah, Noah’s three sons and their wives all exit the ark.  The three sons Shem, Ham & Japheth each became the father of a nation or people group…the Semites, the Hamites and Japhethites.  In chapter 9 when God is establishing His covenant with Noah, He commands Noah and his descendants to “be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.” (Genesis 9:7) Then in chapter 10 we are told who comes from whom in the lineage of Noah, and then in chapter 11, we again see the rebellion of man.  Rather than inhabit the earth and continue to discover new borders, the descendants began to settle in one particular spot.  Not only did they rebel by settling there, they began to build a tower to reach the heavens.   They wanted to make a name for themselves and settle down.  They did not want to scatter the earth.  So they began building and God’s response to the project was a very creative one.  He says,  “If as one people speaking the same language the have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.  Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” (Genesis 11:6-7)  So He confused their languages and they began to scatter the earth with those who spoke the same language.  And that is why the tower is known as the tower of Babel.  And that is how the different languages came into place.  

Read the entire passage and then answer the following questions:

How do you relate to this story?  

Have you ever tried to forgo God’s plan in order to make a name for yourself?  What was the outcome?

What can you learn from this passage?

Are there any areas of disobedience in your life currently that you need to confess and repent of?

What other thoughts or questions come to mind as you read this story?

Thanks for your hard work this week.  God will richly reward you for the time you spend with Him.  My prayer is that you will not only gain knowledge, but that through this study you will stand in awe of the God we serve and that you will daily grow deeper in your love for HIM!

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