Teaching Notes for presenting:-
THE BOOK OF GENESIS - part one
For the teaching of this part of the Overview of the Bible, we could split it into three parts:
1. Old Testament
2. Gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John3. Acts and the rest of the New Testament.
Even though the book of Revelation is done as other module.
1. Beginning: - The beginning God created the earth - Undated Past - Genesis 1:1-2
In the beginning God said, "Let us make the heavens and the earth."
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In Hebrew Tanakh the word Heaven is in the plural Heavens.
In the begnning
2. 7 Days of creation: - or Seven Days of Creation - Undated Past - Genesis 1:1-3:24
The Book of Genesis, which is the first book of the Bible, starts with the creation of the world.
God is the creator of our world.
The Hebrew meaning of “Genesis” is the Book of Beginnings. This is because many new beginnings are recorded in Genesis.
Genesis is the first book of the Law of Moses or Torah which consists of the first five books of the Bible.
There are seven periods of creation recorded in the beginning of Genesis. Although each of these has been translated as a “day”, the Hebrew word is “yom” which simply means a period of time with a beginning and an ending. It is unlikely to be a solar day since the sun, moon and stars do not appear until the fourth “day”.
|Day One - Night & Day Day Four - Sun and Moon|
|Day Two - Sky and Sea Day Five - Fish and Birds|
|Day Three - Trees Day Six - Man and animals|
|Day Seven - Rest.|
In the Beginning
|God created the heavens and the earth.|
|For further info try Answers in Genesis.
By faith could also read: By trusting or By Trusting faithfulness or It was faith.
3. Adam: - was the first created man specifically named in Scripture - Genesis 1:26-2:25
4. Eve: - Adam's wife and the first woman specifically named in Scripture - Genesis 1:1-6
Eve was specially created to be the wife and partner of the man Adam, whose creation is described in the beginning of Genesis.
God had seen that the animals had their helpmates but the man he had made did not.
Adam called his wife Eve. Her name in Hebrew means: life, life-giving.
We are not told how old Eve was when she died nor is her death recorded in Scripture.
Eve is not mentioned again after the birth of Seth at the end of Genesis 4, other than in two quotations in the New Testament - 2 Corinthians 11:3 and 1 Timothy 2:12-14.
5. Cain: - First murderer and older brother of Abel - Genesis 4:1-18 UNDATED PAST
UNDATED PAST — Cain's story is told in Genesis 4:1-24.
He was the older brother (and possibly twin) of Abel. Cain worked the land and Abel looked after the animals.
Abel did what God asked him to do but Cain did what he thought he should do. When God was not pleased with Cain's offering, Cain became very angry.
He ignored God's advice as to how he could fix it and murdered his brother instead.
The murder of Abel was evil in God's eyes, and so Cain was banished from the presence of the Lord in that part of the earth.
Cain was the first murderer recorded in the Bible.
Cain did evil in God's sight.
In Hebrew Cain means: possession.
What is evil in God's sight? Read 1 John 3:4
4 Every person who commits (practices) sin is guilty of lawlessness: for [that is what] sin is, [the breaking, violating of God's law by transgression or neglect — being unrestrained and unregulated by His commands and His will]. (Amplified Bible)
Despite punishing Cain by sending him away, God still protected him by placing a mark on his head so that the people in the rest of the earth would not kill him.
Cain married and built a city in the land of Nod and named it after his son whom he called Enoch.
6. Abel: - a righteous man - Genesis 4:1-17 - UNDATED PAST
UNDATED PAST - The story of Abel is told in Genesis 4:2-12.
Abel, the younger and possibly twin brother of Cain, was called righteous as he did things God's way.
He was a shepherd and looked after animals.
Abel did well in God's sight but was murdered by his older brother because of envy and jealousy.
Abel (hebel in Hebrew) means: Transitoriness, grassy meadow, breath.
7. Enoch: - did not die - Genesis 5:21-24 - UNDATED PAST
Enoch is the man that God took to Heaven while he was alive.
Enoch in Hebrew means: dedicated.
He was the man who walked with God.
He lived 365 years on the earth before God took him.
[This Enoch not the same Enoch as Cain's Son Enoch]
8. 1100 years: - gap between Adam and Noah - Genesis 5:1-32
The gap between Adam and Noah is about 1100 years.
Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow (but) The blessed God shall come down teaching His death shall bring the despairing comfort or Rest - Sums up the Christian Gospel.
Noah was 600 years old when Methuselah died. Which was same year the Flood started.
9. Noah: - built an ark for God - Genesis 5:28-9:29 3103BC-2153BC
Noah was 500 years old when he started having children. He had three sons named Shem, Ham and Japheth. He died when he was 950 years old, which was 350 years after the flood.
Noah in Hebrew means rest.
It took Noah about 100 years to build an ark (boat) to God's specifications. The ark's size was about 154 meters (525 feet) long, 25.5 meters (87 feet) wide and 15 meters (52 feet) high.
The ark builder found favor and honor in God's eyes.
Noah was given the promise of the rainbow, made up of seven colors, to say the earth would not be totally flooded again.
Read the full events by reading in the Bible Genesis 6:1-9:28
10. Ark: - Noah builds an Ark for God - Genesis 6:9-9:28 - 2948BC-1998BC
Noah built a large boat or ark at God's instruction, because God had asked him to save people and animals from the Flood that was coming.
In Hebrew tebah means: boat or vessel.
The ark's size was about - 140 meters long, 23 meters wide and 13.5 meters high or 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, 45 feet high – larger than any seagoing vessel until the 20th century.
It was covered with resin on the inside and on the outside.
After the Flood, Noah was given a rainbow, made up of seven colors, as a sign that God would not totally flood the earth again.
11. The tower of The Tower Of Babel: - men wanting to be like God - Genesis 11:1-9
Men and women wanted to be like God.
Babel in Hebrew means: Gate of God.
The tower was about 90 meters or 300 feet high.
Babel was a city on the plain of Shinar between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.
12. 400 years gap: - between Noah and Abraham - Genesis 11:10-32
Approximately four hundred years elapsed from the death of Noah to the call of Abraham.
13. Abraham: - the father of nations - Genesis 12:1-25:11 2165BC-1990BC
Abram was called by God to live in a new land. Later God changed Abram's name to Abraham and he became the father of Israel.
Abraham lived for 175 years from 2165BC-1990BC.
His first wife was Sarah who lived 127 years and died in 2028BC.
They had a son in their old age and called him Isaac which means laughter.
Abraham was 100 and Sarah was 90 when Isaac was born.
This son was a fulfillment of God's promise to them.
Isaac may have been at least 15 years old when God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son.
Abram (a high father) had his name changed by God to Abraham, which in Hebrew means father of multitude. God said that he would be the father of many nations.
He lived in the Ur of the Chaldees before moving to Haran and then to the land of Canaan and the Negev.
The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah occurred about a year before the birth of Abraham's son Isaac.
14. Sarah: - was the wife of Abraham - Genesis 11:29-23:20 2155BC-2028BC
Sarah was the wife of Abraham. She was very beautiful even in her old age.
Her Hebrew name means Princess, the mother of the nations.
She was born in about 2155BC, had a son at 90 in 2065BC, and died at age 127.
She was one of the notable women of the Bible. Her former name was Sarai, which in Hebrew means Jah is prince in Hebrew.
She was also a half sister to Abraham as they had the same father, Terah, but not the same mother.
Most people know Sarah as the barren wife of Abraham. She was also his half-sister (same father—different mothers), which came from tribal marriage alliances in Hebrew times. This is how (in Genesis) Abraham could claim to the Egyptians that Sarah was his sister.
15. Lot: - is rescued by Abraham - Genesis 14:1-17 - 2085BC
Lot was the son of Haran, who was Abraham's younger brother. Abraham had to rescue Lot after he was taken prisoner.
Lot in Hebrew means: concealed, dark colored.
Lot made worldly choices that were not wise from God's viewpoint, and settled in a wicked city.
When God finally destroyed the city, He sent angels to save Lot and his family. As they fled from the city's destruction, the family was told by the angels not to look back in case they were consumed along with the city. However, Lot's wife did look back, and became a pillar of salt.
16. King Melchizedek of Salem: - was the King of Salem - Genesis 14:18-24
Melchizedek, whose name means my king is righteous, was the King of Salem and a priest of God.
Salem means peace. Jebusites named the city Jebus. The two names were later joined together to form Jerusalem, which means Habitation of peace.
Abraham presented Melchizedek with a tithe (a tenth) of all the booty he had gathered after a great battle. By this act Abraham indicated that he acknowledged God's hand in his victory over his enemies.
Melchizedek's existence shows that there were people other than Abraham and his family who served the true God.
17. Hagar: - an Egyptian slave given to Abraham by the Pharaoh of Egypt - Genesis 16:1-16 - 2079BC
An Egyptian slave given to Abraham by the Pharaoh of Egypt.
Hand maiden of Sarah given to Abraham, and they had a child whose name was Ishmael.
Her name in Hebrew means: wandering.
read Genesis 21:8-21
18. Ishmael: - the son of Hagar and Abraham - Genesis 16:1-17:27 - 2065BC
Ishmael was Abraham's son by Hagar, who bore him as a surrogate mother for Abraham's wife, Sarah. This was often the custom in the Mediterranean countries at that time.
However, Ishmael was not the child who had been promised by God. This child was to be born some years later, miraculously, by Sarah.
God promised Ishmael that, because his father was Abraham, his descendants would become a great nation.
Ishmael was 137 years old when he died.
19. Rebekah: - wife of Isaac - Genesis 24:1-66 - 2025BC-????BC
Rebekah was the daughter of Bethuel and became the wife of Isaac, who was the son of Abraham. She became the mother of twins, Esau and Jacob.
The name of Rebekah in Hebrew means flattering.
Laban was Rebekah's brother, and was also the father of Rachel and Leah.
20. Esau: - the son of Isaac - Genesis 25:19-34
The wayward older twin brother of Jacob.
Esau was a hunter who sold his birthright as the older son to his younger brother for food.
Esau was Isaac's favorite son.
Born 2005BC died after his twin brother Jacob who died in 1858BC
Esau did things his own way, unlike his younger brother who eventually learned to do things God's way.
Esau lost his inheritance because he was more interested in the present than the future.
Esau in Hebrew means: hairy.
Esau in Hebrew means Hairy The man who lost his inheritance.
Background reading Genesis 25:19-34, Genesis 27:30-40, 33:1-28, 36:1-40
21. Isaac: - Abraham's son - Genesis 21:1-7 - 2065BC-1990BC
Isaac lived 180 years from 2065BC-1885BC.
He went up Mt Moriah around 2050BC with his father Abraham, who had been commanded by God to sacrifice his son Isaac upon this mountain. However, God did not require this sacrifice in the end.
Isaac married Rebekah in 2025BC. They eventually had twin boys, Esau and Jacob.
Jacob orders Isaac to take a wife among the daughters of Laban, your mother's brother.
Isaac Abraham's son of promise.
He was named Isaac, which in Hebrew means laughter, because he was miraculously born to a joyful Abraham and Sarah when they were too old to have children.
Second of seven persons named before their birth.
22. King Abimelech: - a local king and Isaac - Genesis 26:1-35
Abimelech, the king of the Philistines, lived in the city of Gerar and he reigned as king for a long time.
Abimelech was a righteous king.
Abimelech in Hebrew means: Father of the King.
Also read Genesis 20:1-18 and 21:22-34
23. Click Here: - for Genesis part two - starting with Jacob gets Isaac's blessing - Genesis 27:1-29
Click Here: - for Genesis part two - starting with Jacob gets Isaac's blessing - Genesis 27:1-29