Genesis

Questions and Observations

  • Genesis 2-4 Adam was cursed ‘because he had done this’ Eve was simply cursed. The curses happened in their physical bodies and in their relationship to the earth – these were the two things that had been violated.
  • Abel’s blood cried out and cain was cursed in relationship to the ground because he had spilled blood into it.
  • Cain went away from the presence of the Lord – which must have still been somewhere with Adam and Eve. As Lamech’s poem indicates, his offspring maintained a knowledge of God, but did not live in His presence.
  • Genesis 5- It was in the days of the third generation that people began to call on God. Enoch “Walked with God” God “walked in the garden.” A restoration of relationship.
  • Genesis 6:13 God was displeased with the violence on the earth. (violent – violate – abuse of purpose/relationship)
  • Genesis 8 The water came from the windows of heave, the fountains of the deep, and the rain from the heavens. These were closed and the water subsided when God caused a wind to blow. The sign that everything was new was a dove with a symbol of peace (Holy Spirit after baptism followed by worship and a promise).
  • Genesis 9 God’s warning was to avoid the sin of Cain: shedding blood. The rainbow is a covenant with man and all creatures on the earth.
  • Genesis 11 One people with one language will find that nothing is impossible for them.
  • Genesis 12 “I will bless you and make your name great so that you will be a blessing.” Then Abram went to Egypt and God caused plagues to fall on Pharaogh.
  • Genesis 13 What kind of wealth in livestock is so vast that two herds cannot be supported in the same tract of land? :15, the gift of land was given forever.
  • Genesis 14 Abram ‘employed’ 318 trained soldiers. Sodom and Gomorrah were conquered ‘punished’ by other kings in the time of their wickedness. Abram saved them. Why was it OK for Abram to take wealth from Egypt, but not from Sodom?
  • Genesis 16 Hagar was Abram’s second wife. Hagar’s son will be against everyone and everyone will be against him.
  • Genesis 17 God had already promised to multiply Abram’s descendents, but here in verse 2, he warns Abram to walk before Him and be ‘blameless’ so that God could keep His word. The promise went through a transition for children to nations and kings. The everlasting covenant of verse 7 was to be the God of Abraham and his children for ever. What does the promise meant that he will be their God. What does it mean for me today having joined this promise through Jesus?
    • The promise concerning Ishmael was people – one great nation with many princes. The promise concerning Isaac was nations and kings.
    • :19 Abram had believed God’s promise earlier, now he laughed at the idea.
    • Ishmael received the sign of God’s covenant as well as all of Abram’s servants. It wasn’t just Isaac’s bloodline that became people of the covenant.
  • Genesis 18 Imagine a ninety-year-old woman denying her laughter to God’s face and getting told.
    • All the nations will be blessed in him. As his children keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice. Walking in the way was essential to seeing God bring his promise to pass.
    • The Lord was going to see whether the cry against Sodom and Gomorrah was legitimate or not.
    • Abram’s last interaction with Sodom was rescuing lot, the treasures of the city and the people from captivity. God had saved the people and rewarded Abraham greatly for saving the wicked along with the righteous. Now, Abraham is wondering what God will do in this situation.