Genesis 1:1 – 4:26

Read Genesis 1:1 – Genesis 4:26

Notable Verses:

  • And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.
    (Genesis 3:15)
  • If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.
    (Genesis 4:7)

Main Ideas:

  • God created everything.
  • Sin is disobedience to God.
  • Satan lies to and opposes mankind.
  • God favors sincere generous offerings.

Interesting Concepts:

Genesis Audience: The story of creation was not written with the purpose of convincing nonbelievers since the target audience were already people of faith. The focus is on God and His power- not a scientific account of creation. (Hudson, 8)

Authentic Events: Even though Genesis was not written to convince nonbelievers of the existence of God as Creator, evidence supports that Genesis presents authentic events. For example, Abraham marrying his half-sister (Gen. 20:12) was prohibited under Mosaic law and it’s unlikely Jews of that era would make up offensive events just to preserve a story. (Holman Reference, 31)

Bible Words:

  • The word Bible comes from the Greek word biblos and means book.
  • The word Genesis means creation or origin.
  • The word testament means convenant.

And that concludes the summary of my in-depth Bible study.

Any thoughts? Feel free to share in the comment section! 🙂

*Rae


Sources

  • Holman Reference. The Ultimate Bible Guide. Nashville, TN: Holman Bible, 2016. Print.
  • Hudson, Christopher D. The 40-day Bible Adventure A Fascinating Journey to Understanding God’s Word. N.p.: Value, 2015. Print.
  • New Women’s Devotional Bible (NIV). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2006. Print.
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19 thoughts on “Genesis 1:1 – 4:26

  1. i appreciate the insight about Genesis itself. Believers believe it. About the rest, who knows. It certainly makes sense that sin means separation from God, since that was the consequence for Eve and Adam. It seems God was displeased about the sin as well. And yet God loved them perfectly and without ceasing.

    Your remarks, Rae, are clear and well-reasoned. Thank you!

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  2. It is interesting, also, that within the biblos (book) is the logos (word): “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). As we consider John 1:1, we see that God is the logos from the very beginning (Genesis: creation) and He indeed used logos to create. It is also His logos–if we obey it–that protects us and shields us from the impact of our own and others’ sins.

    The aforementioned are all points you actually presented within your Bible study…just presented differently. Your presentation was/is timely.

    Thanks, Rae!

    Fred

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  3. I’m going to laugh REALLY hard when you report to all of us that you’re taking a theology course…I feel it coming 🙂 You seem to have an intellectual mind that sometimes agrees with but can also oppose your spiritual heart.

    Intellectual Mind vs. Spiritual Heart (I know this duality all too well.) Nevertheless, in order to be a great teacher, one needs to be a great student. You appear to be both.

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  4. Interesting takeaways!

    Did you notice that the word “satan” is not in the account that is attributed to include “him” in Genesis? The word satan only means “adversary” and is used to describe humans and others in the Bible.

    A little trivia: The word bible, nor the concept of a bible, are found in the Bible.

    What did you think of the talking serpent?

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  5. nobody.who.has.Jesus,

    That’s true. I deliberately avoided expounding on that because I wanted to keep my notes short and concise. But that is why I listed the verse. Because Genesis 3:15 really lays down the groundwork all the way to Revelation. Thanks for your comment!

    *Rae

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  6. Fred,

    My boss’s boss (he’s pretty high up on the IT hierarchy) told me that our career chooses us but we choose our degree. In the sense that what we study is more for our own satisfaction. My university also offers a neat Tuition Assistance Program that pretty much makes it free for me to take any courses offered at any university in my state.
    I say all that to say… yep. A theology course might not be too far off in the distant future lol.

    *Rae

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  7. daiverson,

    Oh, my! You’re absolutely right. Satan is not referenced as such but rather serpent. I also think that’s fascinating that the word and concept of Bible is not found in the Bible lol but I understand that, though.
    To be real honest with ya, I’m not sure how to feel about the talking serpent. Or rather, I’m not sure how to interpret it. Of all the critters and creatures, why that one and why was that one able to speak. Unless speaking animals was a normal thing in the Garden of Eden. So. Many. Questions. *.*

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  8. trotter387 says:

    As Fred indicated the Word is “Logos” however the Word is never attributed with the same divinity as the Creator. Not even in John 1: 1. Checking a variety of Greek scholars the Word here is described as “a god”. So I would encourage personal review when it comes to points on who the creation is attributed to in the Old Testament.
    You have really strong research skills and I have enjoyed reading the few posts on Genesis. Look forward to reading more.

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