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Book of Genesis for Beginners: Chapters 1-5
God Created the Earth
Genesis Chapter 1
The Universe is Created
God created the heavens and the earth at the beginning of time. God used the Holy Spirit to create the earth.
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.
God created water on the earth. God created water on the ground and up above. God made air in between the two waters.
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.
God made the sun to rule the day. God made the moon to rule the night. God also made the stars to navigate.
God created living creatures in the sea. God created birds to fly in the air.
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
Genesis Chapter 2
God Rests on the Seventh Day
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
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
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
Genesis Chapter 4
Cain Murders Abel
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
(> = one descendant down the blood line)
Jubal invented musical instrument such as the lyre and pipe.
Tubal-Cain invented instruments of war made out of bronze and iron.
Adam’s Third Child
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 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
>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
(> = one descendant down the blood line)
Enoch never died. Enoch was 365 years old when God took him to Heaven.
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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