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This book was most likely written by Moses, guided by the Holy Spirit. (Luke 24:17; John 7:19)

Genesis means ‘origin

Genesis “exposes satan as the enemy of God and the deceiver of the human race; it foretells his destruction; it depicts his doom” (Genesis 3).

Genesis is the book of the beginning:

of the world 1:1-25

of the human race 1:26-2:25

of sin 3:1-7

of the promise of redemption 3:8-24

of family lie 4:1-15

of civilization 4:16-9:29

of the nations of the world 10,11

of the Hebrew people 12-50


“The period of the patriarchs is the groundwork and basis of all history. It covers the time from Adam to Moses… We enter into this period in Genesis 12. There are five patriarchal fathers: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Job.”

– Job lived before Moses.

– God’s covenant with Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3)(Genesis 26:1-5)(Genesis 28:13-15)

– Joseph (Genesis 37-48) is the link between the transition on the family, to the nation.

– In the Bible, Joseph is recorded without any sin, even though as a human he did sin; there are at least 130 parallels between the life of Joseph and Jesus; Joseph can be seen as the patriarch who reflected Christ Himself.

Creation (Genesis 1-2): (1:1-5,26-31; 2:7-22)

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)

– The answer to the beginning of life.

-Our God is a Trinity, the Father, Son (Jesus Christ), and Holy Spirit.

-Jesus is the God mentioned in the beginning of Genesis; He is the Creator of the Universe. (John 1:1; Hebrews 1:1)

“Know this, God created people in His own image to have fellowship with Himself. But we have cut ourselves off from God by sin. Only when sin is removed can we have fellowship again.”

– And sin is removed through Jesus Christ.

The Fall (Genesis 3-4): (3:1-24)

– A Savior, Jesus, is promised (Genesis 3:15)

– Cain’s offering was rejected because he most likely did not have the right motives, or did not follow God’s commands. (Genesis 4:5)

“The first writing began when God put a ‘mark’ or ‘sign’ on Cain.” (Genesis 4:15)

– People saw this mark and began to use these signs to “record ideas, words, or combination of words.”

“The civilization before the flood is called the ‘antediluvian civilization.’ It perished in the judgement of the flood. It was the civilization started by Cain. It ended in destruction.”

“The Bible teaches and the archaeologist confirms that the people of the world before the flood were not mere savages.” (Genesis 4:16-22)

– The civilization before the flood were just as great as Greece or Rome, but was destroyed because God’s judgement was upon it. (Genesis 6:5-7)

The Flood (Genesis 5-9): ( 6:1-7; 7:7-24; 8:6-11,18-22; 9:1-16)

“Noah had warned [the people] for 120 years while he was building the ark. Even after Noah and his wife and his three sons and their wives- taking with them two of every unclean and fourteen of every clean animal- had entered into the ark of safety, there was a respite of seven days before the flood came; but God’s mercies were refused and so people had to perish. (Genesis 6-7)”

– Christ is our Ark of safety.

“For the first time God gave people human government.”

“The most solemn responsibility God agve to humans is the taking of a life for a life. (Genesis 9:6)”

Babel (10-11): (11:1-9)

– Took place after the flood.

“The human race was then divided into nations speaking different languages, according to Noah’s three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth”

1. Shem’s songs settles in Arabia and to the east

2. Ham’s sons settled in Africa

3. Japheth’s sons settled in Europe.


“At the tower of Babel, people in their pride tried to glorify themselves, but it is God’s purpose that people shall only glorify Him”

– We were created for this very purpose; to glorify God, always.

The Call of Abraham (12-38):

God wanted a chosen people:

1. To whom He might entrust the Holy Scriptures.

2. To be His witness to the other nations.

3. Through whom the promised Messiah could come.


-God calls Abram to become the father of a mighty nation, the Jews. (Genesis 12:1-3)

-Jacob, the son of Isaac, Abraham’s son, has his name changed to Israel, which means a prince with God. (Genesis 32:28)

The chosen people were then called Israelites, and his twelve sons became the heads of the twelve tribes of Israel. (Genesis 49)

Descent into Egypt: (Genesis 39-50)

“Isaac and Rebecca made the mistake of playing favorites with their two sons. Isaac favored the hunter Esau. Rebecca favored the quiet Jacob. Jacob did the same thing in the treatment of Joseph, which aroused jealousy in the other sons.”

“It was through Joseph that Jacob’s family was transplanted into Egypt. Joseph’s life is one of the most perfect illustrations in the Bible of God’s overruling providence. He was sold as a slave at seventeen. At thirty he became ruler in Egypt; ten years later his father, Jacob, entered Egypt.”

“God knew it was necessary that the Israelites leave Canaan until they had developed national strength so they would take possession of the land of Canaan. God wanted to safeguard them against mingling and intermarrying with the idolatrous peoples then in the land.”

– Jesus comes from the tribe of Judah. (Genesis 49:10)

“The book of Genesis ends in failure. The last words are in a coffin in Egypt. Death only marks the pathway of sin; the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23) The people needed a Savior!”

Eight names to remember from Genesis in order: God, Adam, Satan, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph.

Six places of importance in Genesis: Eden, Ararat, Babel, Ur of the Chaldees, Canaan (Promised Land) and Egypt.


Ch 1

God created the world in six days:

Day 1- heavens and the earth.(v1), Light(v3)
Day 2- sky(v6-8)
Day 3- land and sea (v9-10),plants(v11)
Day 4- sun, moon, stars(v14-18)
Day 5- creatures of the sea and birds(v20-22)
Day 6- land animals(24-25),man (v26-27)

“Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.” (v 28)

“God saw all the He had made, and it was very good.” (v 30)

Ch 2

v 1 Does that mean the entire universe was completed in these six days, not just the earth?

v 2-3 God rested on the seventh day; we should set aside a day, if possible, for rest too. Rest as in spending time with God and the church.

v 7 The first human, Adam, was created from the dust of the ground.

v 8 Eden was in the east

v 9 In the garden of Eden there were all kind of trees pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the

middle were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. What was the tree of


v 10 A river flowing from Eden seperated into four headwaters:

1.Pishon v 11
2. Gihon v13
3. Tigris v 14
4. Euphrates v 14

v 15-17 Man was originally created to just enjoy the perfect world God had created; the only command

God gave was to not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

v 18 Most of us are called to be married, so that together the husband and wife would be able to

help each other in serving God.

v 19-20 Man names the animals

v 21-23 Eve( the first woman) was made from Adam’s ribs.

v 24 As Eve was created out of Adam’s rib, when a man and a woman are married, they are joined back


v 25 This was before sin, so there was no sexual immorality.

Ch 3

v 1 Satan tempts Eve as a serpent.

q’s: Why did the devil choose the form of a serpent? What does it mean to be “more crafty than any of the wild animals that the Lord God had made.”?

v 2-3 Even replies to the serpent, but changes some of God’s words.

q’s: Did Eve already sin before touching the fruit, in that she changed God’s original command?

v 4-6 The serpent tricks Eve into eating the forbidden fruit along with Adam.

– Adam was with her the whole time and could have stopped her, but he chose not to.

– Sin enters the world.

v 7-13 Adam and Eve became aware that they had sinned against God and tried to hide from God. God finds them, and both Adam and Eve begin to blame others for their sin.

– When I sin, I have no one to blame but myself.

– Sin keeps us away from God, so don’t dwell in it.

v 14-15 God curses the serpent, the devil.

q’s: Does that mean snakes did not slither on the ground before?

– Satan does his best to cause us to fall, but Jesus has already defeated satan.

(v 15) This is the promise of a Savior to come, which was later fulfilled when Jesus defeated satan by dying on the cross for our sins.

v 16 God curses Eve and woman.

q’s: What does it mean by your desire will be for your husband?

v 17-19 God curses Adam and man.

(v 19) Mankind will now die an earthly death.

v 20 Adam names Eve

v 21 Here the first death in the Bible is recorded, when God makes clothes for Adam and Eve.

v 22-24 God banishes Adam and Eve from the garden of Eden, then places cherubim and a flaming sword to guard the Garden.

q’s: Does the Garden of Eden still exist? What does this verse mean to us now?

Ch 4

v 1-2 Cain and Abel are born to Eve. First birth of mankind from woman. Abel tended sheep while Cain worked the soil.

v 8 First murder in history

Ch 11

The world only had one language and common speech; the people found a large plain in Shinar and settled there. The people got together to make a tower that would reach the heavens so they could make a name for themselves. (1-4) God sees this and scatters the language of the people so they would not be able to communicate. (5-9)

v 3-4 I will always fail on my own, in my pride when I try to accomplish things on my own strength. I don’t want to make a name for myself but give all glory to God, always.

v 6 q’s: Why does God always make these sarcastic remarks? Would man really be able to do anything if we all banded together under one language? That is impossible. God did this out of love for man.

Ch 12

God promisese to Abram to leave his country and go where He commands him to go. God promises Abram that he will make him into a great nation. ( 1-3) Abram obeys and reach the land of Canaan. As Abram travels throuhg the land, God appears to him in a dream and tells him that all this land will be given to his offspring, so Abram builds an altar for the Lord. (4-7) Abram continues traveling and builds another altar to the Lord and talking to Him. ( 8-9)

Negev– dry or parched regions.

v 1-3 God’s promise to Abraham.

– God keeps His promises; He will never forsake His people.

v 4-5 I need to also be as obedient as Abram was; as soon as God had commanded him, he obeyed.

v 7 God often speaks to us through dreams; I need to always thank Him and give Him praise. Thank You God.

Ch 13

The Lord promises to Abram that his offspring will be like the dust of the earth, and that they will inherit the whole earth. (14-18)

v 14-18 This is God’s promise to Abraham. We, the descendants of Abraham, are too numerous to count; God keeps His promises and will never go back on them. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, always.

Ch 15

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