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Book of Genesis for Beginners: Chapters 1-5

Updated on August 31, 2016

God Created the Earth

God Created the Earth
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Genesis Chapter 1

The Universe is Created

Gen 1:1-2

God created the heavens and the earth at the beginning of time. God used the Holy Spirit to create the earth.

Day One

Gen 1:3-5

God created light and separated it from darkness – Shekinah Glory (God’s special light). God made the light day and the darkness night. The day started with evening and ended with morning.

Day Two

Gen 1:6-8

God created water on the earth. God created water on the ground and up above. God made air in between the two waters.

Day Three

Gen 1:9-13

God raised part of the earth to make dry land. The waters that remained on earth were called seas. God created vegetation, plants, and fruit trees.

Day Four

Gen 1:14-19

God made the sun to rule the day. God made the moon to rule the night. God also made the stars to navigate.

Day Five

Gen 1:20-23

God created living creatures in the sea. God created birds to fly in the air.

Day Six

Gen 1:24-31

God created living creatures to live on land - livestock, creepy things, and beasts were included. God made man in His image. God gave man dominion over all of the earth and everything in it. God told everything that was alive on earth to be fruitful and multiply.

Adam & Eve in the Garden

Adam and Eve take the fruit.
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Genesis Chapter 2

God Rests on the Seventh Day

Gen 2:1-3

God finished creating all the Heavens, the earth, and even the angels on the sixth day of creation. On the seventh day God looked at all He created and was pleased. God, then rested on the seventh day.

Man and Woman are Created

Gen 2:4-25

God created man out of the dust of the earth and breathed life into him by way of his nostrils. God then made the Garden of Eden for man to dwell in. In the garden, the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge were made. God put man in charge of maintaining and caring for the Garden of Eden. God commanded man not to eat from the Tree of Knowledge.

God did not want man to be alone, so He put animals in the garden to keep man company. However, man was not content with the company of animals. So God put man to sleep and removed a rib from him. God made a woman from the rib of man to keep him company.

Genesis Chapter 3

Man Falls

Gen 3:1-24

The serpent was roaming in the Garden of Eden and then came up to the woman, Eve. The serpent questioned God’s commands to Eve. The serpent, Satan, asked Eve if God said that man, Adam, and Eve couldn’t eat from any tree in the Garden of Eden. Eve told the serpent that they could eat from any tree except from the Tree of Knowledge or they would die.

The serpent told Eve that she would not die, but if she ate the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge her eyes would be opened and she would be like God - she would know good and evil. Eve decided to eat the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge and her eyes were opened to good and evil. Eve gave the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge to Adam and he decided to eat it also – his eyes were opened as well.

Adam and Eve now noticed they were naked and sewed together fig leaves to cover themselves. God came down to the Garden of Eden to visit Adam and Eve, but they hid from God because they were ashamed of their nakedness. God asked them why they were hiding from Him. Adam and Eve told God that they were naked and afraid what God would think of their nakedness.

Adam and Eve admitted to God that they ate from the Tree of Knowledge, but that the serpent deceived Eve into eating the fruit. God cursed the serpent for deceiving Eve. God, then cursed the ground that Adam and Eve stood on. Then God introduced pain, suffering, and eventually death into Adam and Eve's lives. God also kicked Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden and cut them off from entering the garden by placing Cherubim to guard the Gate entrance.

Cain Stones Abel to Death

Cain stones Abel to death
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Genesis Chapter 4

Cain Murders Abel

Gen 4:1-16

Adam and Eve conceived and Eve bore two children. The first child to be born was Cain and the second child was Abel. Cain grew to be a worker of the ground and Abel grew to tend sheep.

To show honor to God, Cain brought God some of his fruit that he had harvested. Abel brought the firstborn of his flock to honor God. Cain and Abel burned their offerings to God to show their thankfulness to Him. God was pleased with Abel’s offering because it was a great sacrifice for Abel. But God was not pleased with Cain’s offering because it was not much of a sacrifice for Cain.

Cain became bitter about the rejected offering and wanted to kill Abel out of jealousy. Cain took Able into the fields and stoned Abel to death. After Cain killed Abel, God asked Cain where Abel was and Cain said he did not know.

God asked Cain what he had done with Abel. Then God told Cain that Abel’s blood is crying out from the ground and cursed Cain for killing Abel. God told Cain that the ground will be cursed wherever Cain goes, but no one was to harm him or they will be harmed. God also turned His back away from Cain.

Cain settled in the land of Nod and had a child with his wife. The child’s name was Enoch. Enoch grew up and had off-spring that developed great talent such as making musical instruments and forging metal into instruments. These are the descendants of Cain:

Descendants of Cain

Gen 4:17-22

Cain

>Enoch

>>Irad

>>>Mehujael

>>>>Methushael

>>>>>Lamech

>>>>>>Jabal

>>>>>>Jubal

>>>>>>Tubal-Cain

>>>>>>Naamah (daughter)

(> = one descendant down the blood line)

Notable Names

Jubal

Jubal invented musical instrument such as the lyre and pipe.

Tubal-Cain

Tubal-Cain invented instruments of war made out of bronze and iron.

Adam’s Third Child

Gen 4:25-26

Adam and Eve conceived again and Eve bore another child to make up for the loss of their second child, Able. Adam and Eve named the child Seth. Seth grew up and had a son named Enosh.

Audio Bible - The Book Of Genesis Chapters 1-3

Genesis Chapter 5

Adam Dies

Gen 5:1-5

Adam and Eve had Seth and other sons and daughters before they died. Adam died at the age of 930. Seth had offspring of worthy mention:

Descendants of Seth to Noah

Gen 5:6-32

Seth

>Enosh & other sons and daughters

>>Kenan & other sons and daughters

>>>Mahalalel & other sons and daughters

>>>>Jared & other sons and daughters

>>>>>Enoch & other sons and daughters

>>>>>>Methuselah & other sons and daughters

>>>>>>>Lamech & other sons and daughters

>>>>>>>>Noah

>>>>>>>>>Shem

>>>>>>>>>Ham

>>>>>>>>>Japheth

(> = one descendant down the blood line)

Notable Names

Enoch

Enoch never died. Enoch was 365 years old when God took him to Heaven.

Noah

Lamech gave Noah his name because it stands for relief from the pain and toil from the work and hands of people.

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      CH Elijah Sadaphal 13 months ago from New York, NY

      @Blessed Hill. These are the three points upon which we conclusively agree:

      (1) "the Holy Spirit [helps] us in our inadequacies and helps get the message across"

      (2) Revelation knowledge from God is ... very deep and multi faceted. Just when you think you have got all you can get out of it, it just explodes again and manna comes pouring out.

      (3) One Word from God can feed you spiritually for a lifetime if you will continue to feed on it.

      We shall disagree on what the primary aim of the Bible is.

      Indeed, the narrative in the Bible moves through history and in this history many people received divine revelation, wisdom and understanding. But if someone told me that the Bible first and foremost is a history book, then the initial thought that comes to mind is that it is on the same level with texts like Beard's "A History of Ancient Rome." This book as well provides mental pictures with a tremendous amount of wisdom, but it lacks theological insight: clarification on the path to redemption orchestrated by God, who God is, and what God has done for us through Christ. In the case of a simple history book, it may have an academic or intellectual value for a unique cohort, but its unique distinction becomes diluted with other books concerned with past events.

      Here, episodes like the 10 Commandments are notable historical occurances that applied to a very small, and (at-the-time) insignificant tribe in the Middle East but lacks translation to modernity. I could even say that the Decalogue is a nice set of rules that applied to Israel but since it lacks a theological persuasion, it has no value as it pertains to God's rules for His creation.

      In the cannon of world literature, there is only one place that Christians can turn to obtain authoritative study about God that is God's Word, and that can only be found in the Bible.

      Finally, consider, for example, that both Judaism and Islam confirm the historical person of Jesus, yet they minimize His theological significance. Judaism considers Him merely a rabbi, and Islam considers Him just another prophet. The result from these primarily historical lenses are two faiths quite distinct from Christianity.

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      The Reluctant Revivalist 13 months ago from USA

      Blessed Hill, Amen!

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      Blessed Hill 13 months ago

      First and foremost, the bible is not a theological document, it is a historical narrative. And if you have ever received divine revelation from God you will recall that it came in the form of a mental picture with wisdom and understanding. I find that divine revelation doesn't lose it's clarity over time but rather becomes clearer. But often times sharing the revelation can be very difficult to get across to someone else with mere words spoken verbally or written. I believe some of the authors in the bible had this difficulty. The author of Genesis 1&2, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel and some of the minor prophets. Even John who wrote Revelation, imagine what he "saw" and how difficult it would have been to relay that and not come across as a complete lunatic.

      Which is why I am so grateful for the Holy Spirit who helps us in our inadequacies and helps get the message across even when we are unable to.

      Revelation knowledge received directly from God is very simple, yet very deep and multi faceted. Just when you think you have got all you can get out of it, it just explodes again and manna comes pouring out.

      One Word from God can feed you spiritually for a lifetime if you will continue to feed on it.

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      CH Elijah Sadaphal 13 months ago from New York, NY

      I will leave you to that particular course of inquiry.

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      The Reluctant Revivalist 13 months ago from USA

      There are quite a few ways to date the age of rocks, but are not that accurate though. If the accuracy of rock dating is in question, then the method of dating the rock comes into question too.

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      The Reluctant Revivalist 13 months ago from USA

      Dr CHE Sadaphal, I respect your view on the interpretation of the creation days. It all boils down to the interpretation of the creation days. There are great arguments for figurative days, and there are great arguments for literal days. At the end of the day, it all rests on what we are most comfortable with. For you, you are most comfortable with the figurative view of the creation days. For me, I am most comfortable with the literal creation days.

      God Bless.

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      CH Elijah Sadaphal 13 months ago from New York, NY

      For radiocarbon dating, you are correct. For radiometric dating, I must respectably say that you are not correct.

      A crucial take-home point on this matter is the following: the Bible, at the end of the day, makes a primary theological statement about Christ and the pathway to redemption. So if you are a Christian who ascribes to the idea of a young-earth & literal day in Genesis 1, or one who ascribes to the old earth, figurative day in Genesis 1, does any of this change the Bible's primary theological aim? Nope. Does it change the facts of the resurrection? Nope. Does it change the atonement or the fact that we are saved by grace through faith? Absolutely not.

      Hence, it's an intriguing debate but one to have in the basement of churches, not in the main sanctuary.

      My personal take is that you have to go back to the original language of the OT (Hebrew). The word that it translated as day is "yom" which can mean a 24-hour period but it can also mean an age or an undetermined space of time or "age." So when God says that in the *day* (yom) in which Adam eats of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil that Adam would die (Gen 2:17), we know that Adam did not in fact die in the literal day of the fruit consumption. He actually lived for several hundred years more (Genesis 5:5).

      Hebrew, generally speaking, is a much more symbolic language than English is.

      Best Regards,

      CHES.

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      The Reluctant Revivalist 13 months ago from USA

      Dr CHE Sadaphal, the only factual scientific data that can accurately gage time is through carbon dating. Carbon dating can only go back up to ten thousand years before carbon traces can't be traced any further. Everything else after ten thousand years can only be explained mathematically using hypothesis that scientists mistake as facts.

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      CH Elijah Sadaphal 13 months ago from New York, NY

      So here's my follow up: in your literal interpretation, how do you respond to those who try to reconcile evidence that suggests the earth is billions of years old with a narrative in Genesis that suggests it it thousands?

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      The Reluctant Revivalist 13 months ago from USA

      Blessed Hill, you are right. Because of Adam and Eve's sin, the serpent and the ground were cursed.

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      Blessed Hill 13 months ago

      Just a slight correction on chapter 3, God didn't curse Adam and Eve. The only things He cursed was the serpent and the ground. The pain and suffering was the consequence of their disobedience. But a good summary of the 1st 5 chapters of Genesis. My personal belief that God created everything in one day according to Genesis 2:4.

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      The Reluctant Revivalist 13 months ago from USA

      I interpret the days in Genesis chapter 1 as literal.

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      CH Elijah Sadaphal 13 months ago from New York, NY

      Do you interpret the days in Genesis 1 as literal or figurative?