ABRAM AND LOT SEPARATE
Genesis 13:1-18, Key Verse: 13:15
“All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever.”
1. Read verses 1-5. How had God blessed Abram in Egypt? What does this show about God’s grace? Where was Lot and how had he shared God’s blessings? What did Abram do when he returned to Canaan? What does this show about him?
2. Read verses 5-7. What was Abram’s relationship to Lot? What problem arose between them? Read 13:8-9. What was the unselfish solution Abram proposed? How had his attitude toward material things and people changed?
3. Read verses 10-13. How is the plain of the Jordan described? What is said about Sodom? What ominous hint is given about its future? Where did Lot choose to live? What kind of life was he looking for? How was Lot’s faith different from that of Abram?
4. Read verses 14-17. After Lot left, why might Abram have been sorry and discouraged? What promise did God again give Abram? What did he tell him to do? How might this promise comfort Abram? What does this teach about God?
5. Read 13:18. How did Abram respond to God’s promise? What does this show about him?
GOD’S CALL TO ABRAM
Key verse: 12:2 Name:
“I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great and you will be a blessing.”
1. Read 11:27-12:1 and Joshua 24:2. What do we learn about Abram’s family? What was his life problem? What was God’s command to Abram? Why was it necessary for him to leave familiar and secure environment?
2. Read 12:2-5. What was God’s promise to him? What is the meaning of each promise? How hard was for him to believe in God’s promise? What was his response?
3. Read 12:6-9. Where did Abram and his family go? What was the Promised Land like? How did God help him? Where did he go and what did he do?
4. Read 12:10‑13:4. Why did Abram go to Egypt? Compare his motives in going to Egypt with his motives in going to Canaan. What was his plan before entering Egypt? How did it work? How did God help him? What did he learn from this experience?
A NEW BEGINNING
Genesis 8‑11 Key Verse: 8:1a
“But God remembered Noah….”
1. What does it mean that AGod remembered Noah? (8:1) How did the waters recede? (1-5) What does this suggest about God’s care for one man?
2. When did Noah come out of the ark? How long was he in the ark? (13-14) What did he do when he came out? What did God say? Had the devastating flood solved man’s sin problem?
3. How did God bless Noah and his sons? (9:1) How did he reestablish order (2,3)? How was the basis of this new order different from that of the original creation order? Why was it necessary?
4. Why did God try to teach that man=s life is valuable? In what ways did God teach men that human life is valuable? (4-6; 11-15; See Lev 17:11) Describe the covenant of life which God made with all living creatures. What does the rainbow teach us about God?
5. How did Ham violate spiritual order? What does God=s punishment of Canaan teach us about the importance o spiritual order in the family? (How did God fulfill this prophecy in his dealing with the Canaanites? (cf Lev 18:2,3; Jdg 1:30; Jos 9:27; 16:10)
6. What are the contents of chapter 10? What word are repeated in verses 5,20,31,32? How are these verses related to the Tower of Babel incident? Why did men build the tower of Babel? How did God deal with them? What does it teach about men and God?
WHEN GOD’S LOVE IS DOUBTED
Genesis 3:1‑24 Lesson 4
Key Verse: 3:15 Name:
“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.”
1. Where does this conversation take place and who are the participants? Who is the Serpent and what is his nature? (Rev 12:7‑9; Jude 6; 2 Pet 2:4) How did he tempt her? (1)
2. Why was she vulnerable to his temptation? (2) How did Satan persuade the woman? (3-4) What was the woman’s attitude toward the fruit of the tree? (5) How did the man yield? How should he have reacted to the woman who gave him the fruit? What can we learn here about how to overcome temptation? (Mt 4:1-11)
3. What was the immediate consequences of the Fall? (7-8, Eph 2:1) What was the attitude of man toward God and woman, and that of woman? (10, 12)
4. How did God curse the world? (16-19) How are the curses related to God’s blessing on woman and man?
5. What are the evidences you can find in this chapter of God’s love for mankind? (9, 14-15, 21) What is humanity’s hope? (22-24, Heb 2:14,15 ; Ro 16:20) How did Adam accept God’s hope? (20)
GOD PLANTED A GARDEN Lesson 3
Genesis 2:4-25, Key verse: 2:8
“Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed.”
1. Read verses 4-7. With which aspect of creation is Chapter 2 primarily concerned? How did God create man? Why was he necessary in the scheme of things? What is man’s source of life and value? What does it mean to be a living being?
2. Read verses 8-9. Why does the author refer to God as “the LORD God?” (Ex 6:2,3,7) Describe the garden. What do the trees suggest about man’s needs? Read verses 10-14. What do these verses tell us about God?
3. Read verse 15. What work did God give man to do? How does this relate to man’s mission (1:28)? Read verses 16-17 (Adam’s Bible). What did God command the man? Why do you think God did this? What attitude does man need to have to obey this command? (Ro 1:19-21)
4. Read verses 18-20. What was one thing in the garden that was not good in God’s eyes? What does this show about God’s love for and understanding of man? How did man co-work with God to be a shepherd and steward of the world?
5. Read verses 21-23. Why could no suitable helper be found among the animals? Describe the creation of woman. Why was she a suitable helper (18; 1:27)? How did Adam receive her?
6. Read verses 24-25. How did God confirm and establish the family? What commitment must man make to his wife? What does it mean that they become one flesh? (See Mk 10:6-9) What does verse 25 suggest about their relationship?
7. Summarize what this chapter teaches us about God, family, relationships, obedience, and happiness.
IT WAS VERY GOOD
Genesis 1:26‑2:3 Lesson 2
Key Verse: 1:31
“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning‑‑the sixth day.”
Introduction: In lesson 1 we learned that God created the heavens and the earth (Ge 1:1). We learned that human life is not a by-product of accident, but that he is created by God according to his sovereign will and purpose. In lesson 2 we want to learn about the human beings whom God created.
1. On what day was a human being created? Why can man be called a unique creature? Think about a few attributes of God? (1 John 4:16b, Lk 1:49, Ps 119:137, Ge 17-1b) What is man’s position in creation order? Why must man be faithful to keep his position?
2. What was God’s specific purpose in creating man in his own image? (See 1:26-28) Can we say that “man is mission; mission is man”? Think about people who lived for God’s mission and how God blessed them? What does this mean for us?
3. What is the Sabbath? Why and how did God bless it? How should man keep it holy? How people try to find rest? How can we find true rest? (Matthew 11:28)
4. Memorize verse 31. What does this verse teach us about our meaning as God’s best creatures? How do people define themselves in this world? What it means that we have individuality in God? What does this verse mean to you?