This is a study of Chapters 1 – 5 of the book of Genesis. Feel free to use this in your church Bible study or for sermon material
Chapters 1 - 5
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
God does not defend His existence to the satisfaction of the atheists. He merely states the fact that He exists. God denies atheism with this one statement. Later He calls them fools (psalm 14:1)
1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
God states that He is the creator. No evolution, no Darwin, Just God who created both the heavens and the earth. He made something out of nothing (created)
God existed before all created things. God was present when He
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
God Plural (el-o-heem') gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; 1st hint of the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
Without form and void… a starting place. God in Genesis mentions a thing and then later goes back and supplies more detail.
The whole creative process lasted 6 days with 1 day of rest. Here we see the very beginning of that 6 days of creation
Here we see the Spirit of God moving in creative power and water is the first thing we know of to be created
3. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
God created light before He created the sun and moon. Why did He do this? ANS: He knew men would be tempted to worship the sun or the moon. Here God shows that is a foolish thing to do. God is the object of worship – never His creation. The sun and moon are created later in verse 16.
Points are God hates false worship
God hates worship of His creation. Sun, moon, (today earth (Gaia) or mother earth)
4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
Before sin entered God’s creation – all of it was good and God pronounced a blessing upon it
Here before God created the sun, He is setting up day and night
There is an eternal separation between light and darkness where darkness cannot exist in the presence of light. True physically and spiritually
5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
Day and night – evening and morning were setup on the first day. All done before the sun was created.
Note Each creative day was a 24 hour period
Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,
To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
firmament: râqîya‛ raw-kee'-ah From H7554; properly an expanse, that is, the firmament or (apparently) visible arch of the sky: - firmament.
Divide the waters from the waters… Waters on the earth vs waters in the sky (clouds etc)
There was a massive water vapor canopy above the earth that protected from harmful rays from space and the sun
7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
God is bringing order to His creation
Notice God commands and it happens
Created the vast space between the earth and the heavens
8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
end of the second day
9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
- God separated the land from the waters.
This is the first step in preparing the earth to be habitable for mankind
God commands and it happens. It is a small glimpse of the Almighty power of God
10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
God named the land Earth and the waters, seas
God’s creation is good and at this point, free from sin. It is blessed
11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
Here God create all kinds of plant life upon the land.
He set the rules of nature where plants create fruit and seed after its kind. This means a flower cannot produce a cactus. The flower reproduces other flowers etc. God uses these same rules in the animal kingdom where one kind can only reproduce its own kind.
Like produces like and animal/plant can only reproduce after its own kind.
God mentions 3 types of plant life: grass, herb, and tree
12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
The land is bringing forth fertility and beauty
God repeats the rule that like can only reproduce like
Take note when God repeats something. The repetition is there for a purpose as God is making a point He wants us to see
Remember the Bible is God’s communication to US. It is written for us (Christians) to understand
Evolution attacks this rule that like can only reproduce like
This is also preparation for all the animals and mankind the Lord was planning to create.
The earth became beautiful with grasses and fruit bearing trees etc (pleasant for sight and good for food)
God blessed all this and said it was good
13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.
- End of the 3rd creative day
14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
God created the stars
God used great precision where years, seasons or days could be measured
At this point the sun and moon still were not created
A distinction between day and years
15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
purpose is to give light upon the earth.
Again they are not to be worshipped
one cannot determine their fate from them (astrology which is an abomination to God)
16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
Here finally God has created the sun
Purpose of the sun to rule the day… purpose of the moon to rule the night
17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
God set them…they were placed with amazing precision
Again the purpose to give light upon earth
18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
Purpose of the sun to rule the day… purpose of the moon to rule the night – not to be worshipped
Note the repetition
Again God bless His creation and called it good
19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
- Conclusion of the forth day
20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
creation of an abundance of sea life
creation of birds and things that fly
21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
all kinds of creatures were created
the after their own kind rule also applies
Again God bless His creation and called it good
22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
God blessed them
Told to be fruitful and multiply (same with humans later)
23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
- End of the fifth day
24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
repeat of the kind limitation
this means no cross species
25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
all kinds of creatures were created
the after their own kind rule also applies
good also means it brings God glory
God has prepared His creation before He created man (all kinds of animals, birds, fish etc)
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Man is made in the image of God (triune), reason, choice
Us, our – hints of the Trinity
Man was created, he did not evolve
God gave man dominion over His creation (not to worship it)
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
being created in the image of God put man’s glory above all the other created creatures and plants
Man was the last of the creation (after all the plants and other creatures)
This is an example of the Lord revealing something (creation of man and woman) yet coming back and giving further details of that creation in Chapter 2
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Mankind being created in God’s image had the ability to have communion with God
Be fruitful and multiply: God setup marriage for procreation and blessed. Today marriage is under attack.
The blessings before the fall included dominion over all the earth as well as communion with God
6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:
29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
Before the fall there was no death so man didn’t kill and eat meat
In this verse God is speaking to Adam, the first man
30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
God provided food for all His creation. Some ate leaves while others ate seeds or fruit from the trees/bushes
This shows God’s provision for all of His creation
He commands and it happens (it was so)
31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
End of the sixth day of creation
At the end of the creation God said it was ‘very good’
Genesis Chapter 2
1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
God declares the creation complete
The creation is complete and perfect. Nothing can be added or subtracted from it to make it any better
God could have created everything instantly. Instead, He chose to do it gradually over a period of 6 days with 1 day of rest. This is for our instruction and it reveals God’s almighty creative power.
If God created everything instantly we would miss out on seeing a glimpse of the greatness of God in the creation.
By detailing the creation God is able to teach us many lessons that refute many false teachings today.
Worship of the sun and moon (creation worship)
Evolution – God created the kind limitation for plants, animals, and mankind.
2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
The 7th day (Saturday) is an example that God setup.
God specifically uses the 7th day with the nation of Israel:
17 It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.
The 7th day shows us that we all need a time of rest
Christians are not keepers of the Sabbath but we do gather together on Sunday to worship. Church should not be missed or skipped as it is for our blessing and growth:
25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
This means some will skip attending church in the last days (as the manner of some is). It is a command from the Lord to seek out, find, and attend a good Bible church.
2 main signs of a good church are:
1) use of KJV Bible and not a perverted version based on corrupt manuscripts
2) no rock and roll or contemporary music (some fruit of rock music: rebellion, disinterest in the Bible, drugs, immorality, blasphemy, unbelief, terrible addiction)
3) Sound Biblical doctrine. Faithful to the main doctrines of the Christian faith
3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
Even in prophecy we see 6000 years plus 1000 years of a millennial reign. The millennial reign relates to the 7th created day when God rested.
Interesting how Christians do not worship on the 7th day (Saturday the Sabbath) but worship on the 1st day which is Sunday.
The Sabbath is still in place for the Jews today and will be so during the 70th week of Daniel’s prophecy. See…
15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,
Generations means: birth of, descent. It relates to the beginnings of God’s creation
It is God saying this is the account of the creation
It is a historical account given by God Himself. Note: man was not in existence to witness the creation
The word: LORD: means: (Jehovah) the "self-existent One."
The first appearance of the name Jehovah in Scripture follows the creation and is related to the creation
Remember God is separate from His creation and exists apart from it
Another repetitive lesson NOT to worship the creation but to worship the creator!
5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.
God’s creation did not require man to till the ground. The earth was self-sustaining.
God mentions rain but in the days before the flood there was no rain. We see in verse 6 how God caused the earth to be watered
Could the word ‘rain’ be a hint of the coming changes to the world after the fall at the flood of Noah? (foreknowledge)
God is also describing the world after the creation that until the flood, it was a different earthly environment
6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
There was a huge vapor canopy above the earth. The moisture came down as a mist and watered everything.
This vapor canopy protected the earth from the harmful rays from the sun and space. This is why people lived hundreds of days
After the flood that vapor canopy was broken up and came down to help flood the earth. After the flood there was rain, thundershowers, tornadoes, etc. Also since the harmful rays from the sun and space were no longer blocked, mankind’s lifespan shortened to under 100 years.
7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
This is an example of the Lord going back to give more details on the creation of man. In Genesis chapter 1 there was the quick version. Here we see more details of the creation of mankind that already happened in Genesis chapter 1
Body is from the dust of the earth
Our soul is separate from the body – from God
8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
God caused a garden to grow of all the nice and beautiful plants and trees. He named it Eden
There He placed man
9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
In Eden there were all kinds of trees pleasant to look at with good fruit
In the center was the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil – the testing tree
10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.
This describes the river that comes out of Eden.
The rivers are hard to identify because after the flood the world changed.
11 The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;
We see that God created mineral and metal deposits in the earth. The land of Havilah had gold.
12 And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.
mineral, metal, and products
Bdellium is an aromatic gum; the tree,
13 And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia.
14 And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.
15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
God’s goal was for the man to keep busy and this work contributed to his happiness
The garden was a place of peace and rest and have fellowship with God
16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
This is the one test, the one restriction God gave man
The restriction applies to Adam and Eve (once she is formed)
Of Every tree but one man could eat. This is a huge variety of food to choose from as God does great detail. Be sure there were many types of food to choose from.
17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Notice the restriction is NOT to eat it. If you eat you die… just that. Nothing said about looking or touching.
However we are warned to avoid the very scene of temptation. Don’t go near or play with that which tempts YOU.
18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
God knew man needed a wife for completion and his hapiness.
Also God knew man need a wife for pro-creation of the species
God made a help meet: Someone to help the man in his life
This is also a blessing for social capacity. Man could not have fellowship with animals
This is also the institution of marriage being created
19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
Adam was exceedingly smart. God brought every living creature to Adam who had the knowledge to name each one.
Over the years with the curse, mankind is not getting more brain power. Compared to Adam – we are getting dumber. He was much smarter than any of us
God’s power is shown by Him commanding every creature to report to Adam so he could name them.
This also shows God delegating dominion to mankind
20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
God let Adam see all the animals and see for himself that there was no help meet for him. God already knew this fact.
This way God would make Adam more grateful as he would see his need for a help meet
21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
Adam fell asleep. This was not a normal sleep but God literally put him to sleep
God literally opened Adam up, removed a rib, and then closed up Adam
22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
God created the woman from the rib of the man. This was a unique creation of God. He never created any other creature this way.
After making Adam’s wife, God brought her to him
23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
Adam saw his wife and knew God made her from one of his ribs
Adam also gave the name Woman and explained why he gave her that name
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
Here God is again validating Marriage
The Lord Jesus refers to this verse here:
5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
One flesh means that in marriage the couple is united and are 1 flesh before God
This is the roots of marriage and today it is under great attack by those who hate God.
Note: Those who hate God also attack by the false theory of Evolution as well as the attacks on marriage and morality
25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
At this point Adam and Eve had not sinned and were completely innocent
No need for clothes. The temperature was perfect – they were neither hot or cold
There was no sin or guilt or any evil thoughts on their conscience. They were not ashamed.
1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
The serpent was a good and perfect creature. For some reason Satan chose this creature
Satan chose to talk first to the woman not the man
The first thing he said recorded in the Bible was: “hath God said”. This deception is still in use today.
The evolutionist says: “hath God said” as they deny the God who created heavens and the earth
Finally the devil repeated the command Not to eat of every tree. He focused on the negative instead of saying you can eat of all these trees except...
2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
Eve focused on the positive – the fact that they could eat the fruit of all the trees
Here Eve seems unaware of the deception and coming attack of the serpent
If was aware of the attack/deception why did she stay? Why didn't she leave?
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
Assumption that the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil were near each other in the middle of the garden.
Next Eve repeats the command of God
Ye shall not eat of it --- correct
neither shall ye touch it --- this is not correct nor is it part of the restriction. Why did Eve misquote the command of God which she heard from Adam?? see v17 ch2
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Here the devil is speaking again and he is going back to the “hath God said” argument. His goal is to confuse and mislead
Satan is known as the father of lies – here he is lying to Eve. He is contradicting God directly saying – No God is wrong... you will not die.
Satan is calling God a liar – when the liar is him
5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Satan accuses God of bad motives by withholding something good from them.
Here Satan uses lie number 2 which is still used today: ye shall be as gods
lie 1) Hath God said, and (lie 2) ye shall be as gods got mankind kicked out of the garden of Eden. Today these two lies, when believed, keep lost men and woman from salvation and dooms them to hell.
6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
Eve listened to the devil. Rather than flee she listened. Rather than get Adam's assistance and advice, she listened.
She looked upon the forbidden tree and saw that the fruit looked good
She wanted to become wise like the devil had promised her
As she looked upon the forbidden fruit, Eve totally forgot/ignored God's command not to eat of it. Satan succeeded in leading her away from the commands of God
Eve took of the fruit. Before she ate, Eve handled the fruit. It was pleasant to view, probably had a good smell, and had a nice feel in her hands.
God tells us to avoid the very scene of temptation. This means run.
Another point is remember Eve wrongly told the devil that if you touch the fruit, you will die. This is not God's command but at this point from Eve's standpoint, she is touching the forbidden fruit.
After all this Eve Ate of the fruit.
Next Eve gave the fruit to her husband and he ate also. Through all this Eve was deceived, but Adam was not. Adam knew better and he directly disobeyed God.
Why did Adam do this? We don't know for sure. It could have been his great love for his wife?... or some other reason.
7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
After Adam and Eve sinned their eyes were opened. They were no longer innocent but had experienced sinning against the Lord.
Adam and Eve were no longer innocent and care-free. After sinning they had a troubled mind.
Before they had no concern but now they knew they were naked
To cover their nakedness they made themselves a covering of fig leaves. Fig leaves are very big so they were able to cover themselves. But a leaf does not have strength so later God will provide for them a covering.
8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
God was aware of everything. God knew what Adam and Eve had done.
On a regular basis Adam and Eve had fellowship with God. God appears as usual in the garden of Eden.
However, after sinning, being in the presence of God frightened Adam and Eve
Therefore Adam and Eve hid themselves from the presence of the Lord.
Why did they hide? With sin comes shame and guilt. This is part of their new experience of the knowledge of good and evil.
9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
God knew Adam and Eve had sinned.
God gently calls out to His sinning children
10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
Here Adam is speaking and admits he is fearful and naked and this is why he hid himself. He admits he ran and hid when he heard the Lord.
Notice at this point Adam did not admit eating of the forbidden fruit
11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
God speaks back to Adam and asks him how he knew he was naked
God goes on further and confronts Adam about eating the forbidden fruit.
God is trying to get Adam to confess the sin he had done. The root cause was eating of the forbidden fruit against the command of God. So far Adam has been avoiding the issue
God also repeats the command they Adam knew he was not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
Here Adam admits he ate of the forbidden fruit but he also blames his wife
Adam did tell the truth, as Eve did give him the fruit and he ate of it. However, Adam knew better and he did it anyway. He was not deceived, he just ate of the fruit.
13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
Since Adam mentioned Eve, God then asks Eve what happened and why she did it.
Here Eve said she was deceived and as a result she ate of the forbidden fruit.
Eve is shifting the blame from herself and onto the serpent.
14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
As a result of what Eve said (and God knew to be true), the Lord cursed the serpent.
At this point the serpent may have been an upright beast and even walked.
After the curse the serpent crawled on its belly and ate dust.
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
God knew Satan was behind the actions of the serpent.
This is the first promise that Satan would be destroyed
Here salvation is mentioned. Satan will bruise the Saviour's heel (crucification and death) BUT He (the Messiah) will bruise Satan's head. This means complete and utter defeat
between thy (serpents) seed and her seed (seed of the woman). There will be a battle between these two seeds. Can be seen in Israel and Satan's hatred and attempted destruction again and again. Even today Satan and his followers (children of disobedience) hates God's people.
This is a Messianic promise
16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
Part of the curse of sin is for women to have sorrow and pain in childbirth
God placed the husband in authority over the wife. In the transgression the woman was deceived, Adam was not. To this day women have to watch and be careful of deception as they can be more easily deceived than a man. (as a rule)
17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
Adam was not deceived. He just sinned by an act of his will.
Here God cursed the ground. Before the curse it was easy to cultivate the ground to grow food. After the curse it became hard and difficult.
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
Here God is further cursing the ground and weeds, thorns, and thistles will be a pest and in the way.
These thorns etc will be extra trouble with the land that would cause man to toil in sorrow.
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
hard labor to fight against the weeds and thorns to produce food to live on.
Here is mention of physical death. Dust back to dust.
The day Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit they died 1) spiritually first and 2) physically second. Here God is telling them of their impending physical death
This verse is often read at funerals
20 And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
Eve means the first woman
She was the mother of all living and the mother of the future Saviour
21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
God made clothes for Adam and Eve which properly covered them. Remember they were naked and ashamed
The fig leaves would not work.
God provided a covering
The animals killed were likely the first sin offering.
This established the way to atone for sin... the shedding of blood
22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
God is acknowledging that man now knows of sin and death. It wasn't God's will but man has now sinned.
Mankind listened to the 2 lies of the devil (hath God said, and ye shall be as gods) and is now a lost depraved sinner
Next God does not want man to eat of the tree of life in his sinful state. We read later in the book of Revelation that the tree of life is again available for the saved.
23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
Being a sinner, Adam was cast out of the garden of Eden.
Adam was sent away to till the ground in toil and sweat to earn his bread.
God again referencing the fact that Adam was created from the ground – another direct contradiction to the lies of evolution.
24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
Adam was forced to leave the garden of Eden. This shows God's displeasure with sin
He could not return as an angel was in place to prevent a return to the garden and to keep lost mankind away from the tree of life
1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.
Adam and Eve have their first baby and it is a boy.
Eve possibly thought Cain was the promised deliverer. However, he was a child of disobedience from the devil. See the following;
1 John 3
12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.
2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
A second son was born to Adam and Eve. It is possible Cain and Able were twins but nothing definite on that point. If not the next year Abel was born.
Cain like Adam was a farmer, Abel was a sheep herder.
3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
At some point Cain brought an offering to the Lord.
Done on a Sabbath (Saturday) as an act of worship to the Lord
4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
Abel also brought forth his offering from the Lord. It involved shedding the blood of his sheep. This was acceptable unto the Lord.
Also remember that at the time God provided clothing to Adam, He also would have taught them how to properly make an offering. The shedding of blood is required.
4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
Cain refused to obey God and did not offer a blood offering
Instead he offered an offering based on the works of his own hands
God refused the man-made offering and accepted the offering based on obedience based of the commands of God.
Rather than repent and obey God, Cain became very angry, depressed, and vengeful
6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
God spoke gently to Cain
It can be considered a warning and to reason with him to prevent the evil deed Cain was about to do.
7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
God reasons to Cain. If Cain obeyed then his sacrifice would have been accepted
Cain could have obeyed God or he could give himself over to sin.
As we will see Cain truly is of the wicked one and refuses to repent or obey
8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
Cain talked – possibly lured him away
Cain then did his pre-meditated crime and killed his brother
Cain's action was cruel, it was cold hearted.
Cain only did it because Abel obeyed God and Abel's sacrifice was accepted by God
Abel obeyed and was accepted. Cain refused to obey and his sacrifice was rejected resulting in anger and hatred toward Abel.
9 And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?
Here God confronts Cain and looks for Cain to confess what he did – God is always reaching out. He did it to Cain, He did it to Judas Iscariot
Cain responded with a bold-face lie to God. He said I do not know
Cain was then rude after lying and said it is not my job to watch my brother
This shows Cain was a liar and a murder, just like his father, Satan
Remember the previous verse which states Cain is a child of the wicked one
10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.
Now God directly confronts Cain since Cain just wants to lie
What hast thou done... this means what a terrible crime you have done! Cain killed innocent blood
from the ground.... perhaps Cain buried Abel in order to hide his crime. But there is no hiding from God.
11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand;
The discussion is over. God can't deal with a unrepentant liar. Therefore Cain is now cursed for his sin.
Cain is now cursed from enjoying the earth.
12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
Cain used to be a farmer and no doubt enjoyed growing things from the earth. As part of God's curse, Cain can no longer farm as the earth will no longer produce for him
Interesting how other man can farm and gain produce from the earth... but not Cain. God shut down Cains ability to farm from the earth.
Cain is doomed to be a wanderer on the earth. He was removed from his home, his family, and was doomed to wander from place to place
13 And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.
Cain never repented of his sin but he did suffer after being caught, exposed, and judged
There was no repentance just anguish at his punishment – like those in hell
This is like Judas who never repented of his sin... but instead suffered great sadness to the point of wanting to die
This is what Satan does to his servants. When he is through with them, he wants them dead. Satan hates all those who serve him.
14 Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.
this verse shows that the population of the earth was increased
Since all were related to one family – people would feel they have the right to kill Cain and this thought scares Cain
This verse also shows the fear of a guilty conscience
From thy face shall I be hid – this describes the broken fellowship with God and Cain is aware of it ( but he made the choice long ago that he didn't want a relationship with God)
15 And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.
God pronounced a curse upon anyone who dared to kill Cain
Another reference to the fact that the human race had grown at this point
Not sure what the mark was – probably not a physical mark. Could be a ferociousness or some kind of fearfulness associated with Cain which made people fearful and avoid him.
16 And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
Cain left the presence of the Lord – cut off his connections to his family – he cut off all forms of his relationship with God – he cast off all fear of God from himself and left
Nod means vagrancy – it is the land of flight, or exile, or wandering
17 And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.
Cain was married and they had a child
Enoch means “trained up” but not necessarily in the ways of God but in the ways of Cain (disobedience and rebellion)
Cain built a city but did not name it after his own (bad) name – but instead named after his son. This also may show his affection toward his son
18 And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech.
More children are born and they in turn have children
Note: At this point the human race is divided. Adam and those with the Lord vs Cain and those apart from the Lord.
Therefore the decedents of Cain are very busy at perfecting the life on earth – the temporal life
However, we cannot assume ALL the descendent's of Cain rejected the Lord. As today there are those of all races who turn their hearts to their creator. It also cannot be assumed that the descendent's of Seth (Adam) are all Godly. Some will choose to be godless – as today. All men must make their choice.
19 And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.
First mention of polygamy in the Bible
First to go against God's command 1 wife and today this is still practiced
God created one male and one female to set the pattern for marriage. Lamech, like his father Cain, and no interest in obeying or listening to God
20 And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle.
dwelt in tents and was able to move from place to place
21 And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.
Musician – harp and the organ
22 And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.
Brass and iron metal workers
23 And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt.
24 If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.
Lamech was a poet and the above is written in the form of poetry/song.
I see lots of pride in these verses. He was aware of God's curse upon Cain and he boasted instead of 7fold he would be avenged 70fold. Pride pride pride...
25 And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.
The history of the godless Cainite family is now developed. Now the attention turns back toward the origin of the Godly race
Another son was born to Adam and Eve. They named him Seth (means third son)
They believed or God revealed to them that this son would take the place of the godly son Abel who was killed.
Remember God is building a lineage that will go directly to the Lord Jesus
26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.
when Seth was 105 years old he had a son: Enos (weak frail) He could have been sickly or it could be a reference to man's weak, sinful position before God
Men began to call upon the Lord – People of God began to openly identify themselves with the Lord. This means the true followers of God began to distinguish themselves from the others on earth.
This continues to this day where there are saved vs lost people. Lost people do not want anything to do with the things of God. They are repulsed at the Bible and salvation only found in the Lord Jesus. They tend to love the things of Satan like: rock music, drinking, drugs, immoral sins, and witchcraft
A verse comes to mind:
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
how does a person become one of the “few”. Only through the Lord Jesus and trusting in Him alone for salvation. Many, like Cain, want to come to a god of their own making on their own terms. This is not the way of salvation! Just as Cain's false offering was rejected, all other paths to “salvation” apart from the Lord Jesus will lead the person to hell!
1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;
Reference to the first man, Adam
Reminder that god created man in the likeness of God and sinless
2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
God created both Adam and Eve and blessed them – but they sinned and fell
blessing in all areas including to be fruitful and multiply
One male and 1 female to show God's order in marriage
3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:
Seth was born after Adam lived 130 years
Remember from chapters 1 and 2 that like reproduces like
His son was born in the likeness of Adam with a sin nature
4 And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters:
Adam lived many years after Seth was born
Adam and Eve begat many more sons and daughters. They in turn had children and the population of earth increased.
5 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.
Adam lived 930 years and then he died (result of sin).
1st death was spiritual when Adam and Eve at of the forbidden fruit. This happened immediately. 2nd death is physical as Adam lived over 900 years.
Why did Adam live so long... remember the vapor canopy that covered the earth that protected people from harmful things from the sun and space. After the flood the live span of mankind dropped drastically once the vapor canopy was removed.
6 And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos:
Seth was 105 years old when Enos was born. Enos is part of the family line leading to Noah.
Seth may have had more children before or after Enos. But Enos is mentioned because he is in the family lineage of the Messiah.
7 And Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters:
Seth lived an additional 807 years after Enos.
During that time (or before) Seth had other children. We are not given the number
8 And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died.
- Seth lived to be 912 years old and the he died: Remember the wages of sin is death
9 And Enos lived ninety years, and begat Cainan:
- At age 90 Enos had a son, Cainan
10 And Enos lived after he begat Cainan eight hundred and fifteen years, and begat sons and daughters:
- Enos lived 815 years after he begat Cainan and had other sons and daughters. They are not mentioned as they are not in the Messianic line.
11 And all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years: and he died.
Enos lived a total of 950 years and then died
Note: during the 1000 year kingdom after the Lord Jesus returns, mortal men and women will live the entire time. The vapor canopy will be restored at that time allowing for greater life spans.
12 And Cainan lived seventy years, and begat Mahalaleel:
At age 70 Cainan had a son Mahalaleel
13 And Cainan lived after he begat Mahalaleel eight hundred and forty years, and begat sons and daughters:
- Cainan lived an additional 840 years after his son Mahalaleel and had other sons and daughters
14 And all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years: and he died.
- The total years of living for Cainan were 910.
15 And Mahalaleel lived sixty and five years, and begat Jared:
Mahalaleel had Jared at age 65
16 And Mahalaleel lived after he begat Jared eight hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters:
After Jared was born he lived an additional 830 years
17 And all the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred ninety and five years: and he died.
total years of life was 895 for Mahalaleel
18 And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch:
At age 162 Jared had a son, Enoch
19 And Jared lived after he begat Enoch eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
Jared lived an additional 800 years and had other sons and daughters
20 And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years: and he died.
Jared lived a total of 962 years and then died
21 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah:
At age 65 Enoch begat Methuselah
The name Methuselah means: He dieth and the sending forth. This means at the death of Methuselah God will send forth the flood upon the earth. His name is prophetic
Watch Enoch as he is interesting
22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
Enoch was a Godly man who desired and had fellowship with God.
Do we desire to have a close walk and fellowship with the Lord?
Enoch was instructed in the ways of God from an early age and he had an open and a teachable heart. Do we have an open and a teachable heart so we can learn and draw near to the Lord?
He lived 300 additional years after having his son Methuselah
23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:
- Enoch lived for a total of 365 years on the heart BUT... next verse
24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
Repeated from verse 22... Enoch walked with God. He had fellowship with God and was close to God. Enoch was a Godly man blessed and loved by God.
One day God took Enoch to a place of blessing in the paradise section of shoel hades which is later to be known as Abraham's bosom. The first example of the rapture!
Remember mankind is still a sinner and cannot go to heaven to be with God at this time. The Messiah, the Lord Jesus, had not yet paid the penalty for sins on the cross.
5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
25 And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech:
Methuselah had a son, Lamech, at age 187
26 And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters:
Methuselah lived 782 years after having Lamech and had other sons and daughters
27 And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.
the total years of Methuselah were 969 years and he died
He was the oldest man on earth – lived the longest
At his death was the year of the flood
28 And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son:
Lamech had a son at 182 years
29 And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed.
His son was Noah
His name means rest and comfort
This verse shows a reminder of the curse of God because of the sin of Adam and Eve.
Everyone was aware of what happened in the garden of Eden and the curse on God's creation.
30 And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters:
Lamech lived 595 years after Noah and had other sons and daughters
31 And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died.
Lamech lived a total of 777 years and then died
32 And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
At age 500 Noah had Shem, Ham, and Japheth
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