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Lesson No. 2—Take Your Bible to Bible Class for Reading the Scripture Text.

LESSON THEME:—GENESIS

Genesis 1:1-5 and Genesis 1:26-31.

  • KEY WORD:—”BEGINNINGS.”

  • KEY VERSEGenesis 1:1.

  • KEY PHRASE:—MAN IS BORN AGAIN.

Home Readings.

Read the whole book of Genesis this week if possible. Hundreds are reading a book a week, if not, then the following selections:

NAME means BEGINNINGS, because it recounts the beginnings of the world and mankind. We can trace in it the beginnings of everything—except God—who had no beginning.

The book of Genesis has an importance and interest that no other document of antiquity possesses. It embraces the world.

The marvellous structure of the Bible is built upon this great majestic book of Genesis!

AUTHOR was Moses. Time of writing 1500 B. C. The first five books of the Bible were commenced by Moses when, for 40 days, he was on the heights of Sinai alone with God. There he was instructed and inspired to begin the Bible. There is no record, no reference, and no remains of any inspired writings prior to the days of Moses.

PURPOSE OF THE BOOK—To show how God began to give a Divine Religion to mankind. In doing this it was necessary to describe man’s primeval condition, and his fall into sin which rendered salvation necessary.

GREAT FACTS:—

  1. Creation.

  2. Fall.

  3. Covenant.

  4. Flood.

  5. Nations.

  6. Patriarchs.

STORY OF THE BOOK—God created the world and man. Man fell into sin, but God made a covenant of salvation with him. In the course of 1600 years wickedness so increased that God sent the judgement of the Flood. The different nations sprang from the three sons of Noah—Shem, Ham and Japheth. At the Tower of Babel God confused the tongues of men as a result of their pride, and because they failed to spread out. Thus we have the origin of nations and languages. God called Abraham to found the Israelitish nation and renews the covenant to his son, Isaac, and his grandson, Jacob. The book ends with God’s chosen people down in Egypt, and with the death of Joseph, the great-grandson of Abraham.

Genesis covers the period 4004 B. C. to 1635 B. C. or 2,369 years.

Great Fact I. Creation.

Genesis 1; Genesis 2.

God created the heavens and the earth, and created man in His own image and likeness. The name of God is mentioned 32 times in 31 verses. The creative act of God is given as the only sufficient cause of creation. Science has no word beyond this. Man is the chief work of creation for which all else is brought into being.

Genesis tells us there is ONLY ONE God, and opposes the doctrine of the many gods of the heathen.

Genesis announces the EXISTENCE of God, and opposes the doctrine of Atheism. There is no definition of created things. Everything in the universe was created by God and is subject to Him.

Genesis declares that God EXISTED BEFORE ALL THINGS and apart from all things, showing that He is independent of matter.

Genesis asserts that MAN WAS CREATED, not evolved, thus accounting for the moral and spiritual nature in man.

LESSON. Just as the world was in a state of chaos before God’s creation—so was man’s heart and soul in a state of darkness and chaos before the new creation and the new birth.

Great Fact II. The Fall, Genesis 3.

The author of sin was Satan, acting through a serpent. The nature of sin, was getting man to doubt God’s word, His authority and His goodness. When tempted to see if man would freely serve God, he failed in the test and wanted to be as God himself.

The results of the Fall were shame and separation from God. The penalty of sin was sorrow in the heart, and a curse upon the ground and upon nature.

LESSON—Satan is the cause of all evil now. He still influences man to doubt and disobey God. Punishment always has and always will follow sin.

Great Fact III. The Covenant.

Genesis 3:15.

Although man fell, a Deliverer is promised, who shall bruise the tempter’s head. This was fulfilled in John 3:16.

God also made coats of skins for Adam and Eve, a type of the robe of Christ’s righteousness provided for sinners.

Great Fact IV. The Flood.

Genesis 6; Genesis 7; Genesis 8; Genesis 9.

Because of man’s exceeding wickedness, God sent a Flood that covered all the high hills under the whole Heaven. The waters were on the earth for 375 days. Noah and his wife, and his three sons and their wives and ceremonically unclean animals by twos and clean animals by sevens, by God’s direction, entered the Ark and were saved.

LESSON—God always makes an escape from every judgement, if men have faith like Noah, to be saved God’s way. There was only ONE Ark, and ONE DOOR to the Ark. There is ONLY ONE SAVIOUR, and ONLY ONE WAY TO SALVATION—Faith in the Lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world!

Great Fact V. The Beginning of Nations.

Genesis 11.

The new race instead of spreading out as God commanded, built a city and a Tower, at the top of which they placed an idol that they wanted the heavens and earth to worship. In judgement for this God confused their tongues and scattered them abroad.

  • The race was then divided into nations according to the sons of Noah.

  • The sons of Japheth, (the White Gentile race) settled Europe.

  • The sons of Ham, (the Black race) settled Africa.

  • The sons of Shem (the Israelitish and yellow races) settled China and the East.

LESSON—Whenever man shuts God out, and places himself or anything else on a pedestal, there is confusion. Prophecy tells us that just before the end of the age, anti-Christ will set himself up against God, but he will likewise be overwhelmed with judgement.

Great Fact VI. The Patriarchs.

Genesis 12; Genesis 13; Genesis 14; Genesis 15; Genesis 16; Genesis 17; Genesis 18; Genesis 19; Genesis 20; Genesis 21; Genesis 22; Genesis 23; Genesis 24; Genesis 25; Genesis 26; Genesis 27; Genesis 28; Genesis 29; Genesis 30; Genesis 31; Genesis 32; Genesis 33; Genesis 34; Genesis 35; Genesis 36; Genesis 37; Genesis 38; Genesis 39; Genesis 40; Genesis 41; Genesis 42; Genesis 43; Genesis 44; Genesis 45; Genesis 46; Genesis 47; Genesis 48; Genesis 49; Genesis 50.

Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph-

Out of the mass of idolaters, God selects a man named Abraham, to begin the history of his chosen people Israel. God sets the race, in general, aside for a time, and the blessings He had for it are held over, while He chooses a special people, who are to be a channel of blessing to the race.

First, Abraham was chosen in order that God might have a prepared people to whom to entrust the Scriptures.

Second, in order that God might have a channel through whom the promised Delivery might come.

Third, in order that his chosen people might be a witness on earth to the other nations

God made a sevenfold covenant with Abraham that he should be the father of a great nation and a company of nations and be a blessing to all the world. Genesis 12:1-4; 48:19.

By faith Abraham was about to offer up Isaac as sacrifice but God miraculously delivered Isaac.

Isaac’s son Jacob succeeded his father in the Covenant relationship with God. His name was changed to Israel because of his faith and power in prayer. Thus we get the name by which God’s chosen people were called viz., Israelites.

God permitted Jacob’s son Joseph to be sold into Egypt, and Jacob’s family to later follow him there in order that when a great famine prevailed, the Israelites might find food, and at the same time, keep themselves as a separate people for God to use later.

LESSON. God is choosing some and setting aside others.

Idolaters are put behind God’s back but believers are trained in His hand for nobler service.

Questions on the Lesson (Genesis)

  1. What does the name Genesis mean?

  2. Why was it given this name?

  3. Were there any inspired written prior to Moses?

  4. By whom, when, where was Genesis written?

  5. Give the key Word and Key Verse.

  6. Name the Great Facts.

  7. Tell in your own words the story of the book.

  8. How long a period does the book cover?

  9. What does creation teach about God and man?

  10. Who was the author of sin and what was its nature?

  11. What scripture tells us that God sent a Deliverer according to the covenant He made with man?

  12. How were Noah and his family saved from the flood?

  13. What lesson does the Ark teach?

  14. How do you account for the origin of different nations and languages?

  15. Give the names of Noah’s sons and the races of which they were the ancestors.

  16. Who were the four patriarchs?

  17. Why did God choose a special people?

  18. After whom were the Israelites named?

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