Exegetical Lessons 1–100 on Genesis


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Exegetical Lessons 1–100 on Genesis
When I exegete a book, I tend to get very bogged down in the details and so, I decided to develop a series of a few short lessons on various chapters of the Bible, where I attempt to simply deal with the primary points of each verse without getting too detail-oriented. Each lesson is 2–5 pages long and designed to be read at one sitting. Although it is always nice to have a Bible open when studying this, I have, in almost all cases, included the actual Scripture within the text.
I began this study with a general introduction, followed by introductory lessons to studying the Bible, followed by some introductory lessons to the book of Genesis. These 21 lessons precede the lessons below.
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Lesson 1: Genesis 1 Introduction Lesson 2: Genesis 1:1 Lesson 3: Genesis 1:2a Lesson 4–5: Genesis 1:2a Lesson 6: Genesis 1:2b Lesson 7: Genesis 1:3 Lesson 8: Genesis 1:4–5

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Creation, Science and the Genesis Account The Creation of the Heavens and Earth The Earth in Darkness (the Ice Age) The Angelic Conflict Day One of the Restoration of the Earth
Day One of the Restoration of the Earth (continued) Day One of the Restoration of the Earth (continued)

Lesson 9: Genesis 1:6–13

Days 2–3 of the Restoration of the Earth

Lesson 10: Genesis 1

Evolution, Creationism and Divine Design

Lesson 11: Genesis 1:14–18

Day 4 of the Restoration of the Earth

Lesson 12: Genesis 1:14–15

Creation Theories and Day 4 continued

Lesson 13: Genesis 1:14–19

Day 4 of the Restoration of the Earth continued

Lesson 14: Genesis 1:20–23

A Summary of Creation and Restoration and Day 5

Lesson 15: Genesis 1:24–1:27

Day 6 of the Restoration

Lesson 16: Genesis 1:26–1:31

Day 6 of the Restoration (continued)

Lesson 17: The Bible

Creation Throughout the Bible

Lesson 18: Genesis 2:1–2:3

Day 7—the Sabbath

Lesson 19: Genesis 2:4–6

Genealogies and Plant Life

Lesson 20: Genesis 2:7–9

God Makes Adam/God’s Name

Lesson 21: Genesis 2:8–14

The Garden of Eden (Part I)

Lesson 22: Genesis 2:15

The Garden of Eden (Part II)

Lesson 23: Genesis 2:16–17

The Garden of Eden (Part III)

Lesson 24: Genesis 2:18–25

God Makes Adam’s Partner

Lesson 25: Genesis 3:1

Satan

Lesson 26: Genesis 3:1–4

The Temptation of Eve—Part I

Lesson 27: Genesis 3:1–6a

The Temptation of Eve—Part II

Lesson 28: Genesis 3:1–7a

The Fall of Man

Lesson 29: Genesis 3:4–7

Human Good and Morality

Lesson 30: Genesis 3:6–7

How the Spiritual Impacts a Nation

Lesson 31: Genesis 3:6–11

God Comes into the Garden after the Fall of Man

Lesson 32: Genesis 3:8–11

God Speaks to Adam after the Fall

Lesson 33: Genesis 3

The Truth of the Bible

Lesson 34: Genesis 3:6–13

Adam and the Woman Offer up Excuses

Lesson 35: Genesis 3:14–15

God Judges Satan/the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Lesson 36: Genesis 3:14–15

The Seed of the Woman

Lesson 37: Genesis 3:14–16

The Woman’s Desire for Her Man

Lesson 38: Genesis 3:14–20

God Judges Adam, the Woman and Satan

Lesson 39: Genesis 3:21

The Sacrificial Death of Christ for our Sins

Lesson 40: Genesis 3:22–24

Expelled from the Garden

Lesson 41: Genesis 4:1–5

The Offerings of Cain and Abel

Lesson 42: Genesis 4:1–7

Cain’s Human Good and Mental Attitude Sins

Lesson 43: Genesis 4:1–8 1John 3:12

Cain Murders Abel

Lesson 44: Genesis 4:9–14a

God Punishes Cain

Lesson 45: Genesis 4:9–15

God’s Agenda in His Punishment of Cain

Lesson 46: Genesis 4:16–24

The Line of Cain

Lesson 47: Genesis 4:25–26

The Line of Seth

Lesson 48: Genesis 5:1–2

“These are the Generations of...”

Lesson 49: Genesis 5:3–31

The Gospel of Jesus Christ Hidden in Adam’s Line

Lesson 50: Genesis 5:3–32

Adam and his Descendants

Lesson 51: Genesis 6:1–2

Mankind Becomes Corrupted by Angelic Beings

Lesson 52: Genesis 6

Testimony to the Historical Accuracy of the Old Testament

Lesson 53: Genesis 6

The Historical Accuracy of the Bible Part II

Lesson 54: Genesis 6:1–3

Mankind Becomes Corrupted by Angelic Beings

Lesson 55: Genesis 6:1–3

Grace Before Judgment

Lesson 56: Genesis 6:1–3

Satan’s Counterfeits

Lesson 57: Genesis 6:1–5

Hebrew Structure and Ancient Mythology

Lesson 58: Genesis 6:1–5

Righteousness, Justice and the Thinking of Man

Lesson 59: Genesis 6:1–7

Civilizations/God Changes His Mind

Lesson 60: Genesis 6:6–9

Old Testament Sanctification

Lesson 61: Genesis 6:6–9

Basic Mechanics of the Spiritual Life

Lesson 62: Genesis 6:9–14

As in the Days of Noah

Lesson 63: Genesis 6:13–16

The Doctrine of the Ark

Lesson 64: Genesis 6:13–17

God Instructs Noah in How to Build the Ark

Lesson 65: Genesis 6:14–17

The Miracles of God

Lesson 66: Genesis 6:13–21

God’s Covenant with Noah and with us

Lesson 67: Genesis 6:19–21

God’s Instructions and Noah’s Creativity

Lesson 68: Genesis 6:13–22

Personal Faith and Action

Lesson 69: Genesis 7:1–5

Noah and Company Enter the Ark

Lesson 70: Genesis 7:6–16

Noah, his Family, the Animals and the Flood

Lesson 71: Genesis 7:6–16

The Deluge Begins/The Organization of Genesis 7

Lesson 72: Genesis 7:17–20 Genesis 1:3–8

The Great Deluge

Lesson 73: Genesis 7:17–20

The Worldwide Deluge

Lesson 74: Genesis 7:17–24

Worldwide Destruction/Lessons from the Deluge

Lesson 75: Genesis 7

The Deluge Compared to Ancient Myths and Traditions

Lesson 76: Genesis 8:1–3

The Flood Subsides/The Omniscience of God

Lesson 77: Genesis 8:4–14

The Flood Subsides/The Flood Timeline

Lesson 78: Genesis 8:15–22

Noah and Company Exit the Ark

Lesson 79: Genesis 8:1a, 22

The Cyclical Nature of the Earth

Lesson 80: Genesis 6–8 and 8:1a

The Organization of Genesis 6–8

Lesson 81: Genesis 9:1–7

God’s Commandments to Noah and Company

Lesson 82: Genesis 9:8

Covenant Theology versus Dispensations

Lesson 83: Genesis 9:8–11

The Noahic Covenant

Lesson 84: Genesis 9:8–17

The Noahic Covenant

Lesson 85: Genesis 9:18–29

The Progeny of Noah

Lesson 86: Genesis 10:1–5

The Founding Nations Descended from Japheth

Lesson 87: Genesis 10:6–20

The Founding Nations Descended from Ham

Lesson 88: Genesis 10:21–32

The Founding Nations Descended from Shem

Lesson 89: Genesis 10:1, 32 11:1–2

The Movement of Noah’s Family

Lesson 90: Genesis 10:5, 20, 31–32 11:1–4

The Tower of Babel

Lesson 91 Genesis 11:1–4

The Tower of Babel

Lesson 92: Genesis 11:1–9

God Confuses the Languages

Lesson 93: Genesis 11

Archaeology, Primitive Man and Evolution

Lesson 94: Genesis 11

Traditional Archaeological Views

Lesson 95:

Archaeological Assumptions, C-14 Dating and Ancient Technology

Lesson 96: Genesis 11:10–26

The Straight-Line Genealogy of Shem

Lesson 97: Genesis 11

Ancient Biblical Texts

Lesson 98: Genesis 11:10–26

The Line of Shem

Lesson 99: Genesis 11:27–28

Population Growth; Abram’s Line

Lesson 100: Genesis 11:27–32

Abram’s Line

Doctrines in Genesis Lessons 1–100

Ancient Creation Myths

The Creation Verbs of Genesis

The Order of Creation

Why Gen. 1:2a is Translated
But the earth became a wasteland and empty...

God and Light and Darkness

The Angelic Conflict

Genesis Creation Theories

How Light Illustrates the Trinity

Light on Day One/the Sun on Day Four

The Doctrine of Light

How Long is a Day?

Some of the Arguments Against Evolution

A New Theory of Creation and Restoration

Creation Theories

The Sun Theories

How the Sun is Analogous What is God Teaching the Summary of Creation and

to God

Angels?

the Days of Restoration

Man, the Shadow Image of God

The Sabbath

Ten Amazing Statements from Genesis 1:1–2:7

The Pronunciation of Jehovah

The Tree of Life

The Garden of Eden in Scripture

Timelines of the Creation of Man and the Woman

What God will Make for Adam

Satan

The Basis of Satan's Appeals

The Shifting Authority

The Doctrine of Human Good

The Doctrine of Morality

The Doctrine of Truth and Lies

What Does the Bible Claim for Itself?

The Historicity of Adam, the Woman and the Fall

The Seed of the Woman as Found in the Bible

Genesis 3:14–15

Genesis 3:14–16

Genesis 3:14–19

The Doctrine of Atonement

How We Stand Corrupted and Condemned before
God

Jesus Christ is the Only Way to God

Cainian Parallels

Why I Believe that Man Had Tools Early On

What Eve's Words Tell Us

The Genealogy of Jesus Christ

"These are the generations of..."

Adam, Created in the Likeness of God

The Gospel of Jesus Christ in the Genealogy of
Adam to Noah

The Explanation of Jude 1:14–15

A More Accurate Chart of the Lifespans of Noah's
Ancestors

Enoch, Noah and Jesus

Biblical States of the Earth

Amazing Things in Gen. 1–6

The Testimony of Jesus Concerning the Old Testament

Why the Sons of God in Gen. 6 are Angels

Satan's Counterfeits

The Structure of Gen. 6:1–5

Bits and Pieces of Ancient Mythology

Definition of an Anthropomorphism and an
Anthropopathism

Civilizations

The Doctrine of Sanctification

The Basic Mechanics of the Christian Life

The Parallel of the Days of Noah

The Organization of Genesis 6:1–13

What the Ark of Noah Represents

The Doctrine of Ark in the Bible

The Dimensions of the Ark

Miracles in the Bible

The Organization of Genesis 7

The Changing Conditions of the Earth

Theoretical Changing Conditions of the Earth

Robert Dean on Why the Noahic Flood was Worldwide

Fossil Evidence for Massive Animal Graveyards

Dean's Lessons from the Deluge

The Principal Features of the Biblical Record

Similarities between Genesis and Gilgamesh The Omniscience of God
The Priesthoods
The Organization of Genesis 6–8 (from Robert
Dean) The [Short] Doctrine of
Murder Problems with Covenant
Theology
Points on Covenants Additional References to
Antediluvian Meteorological Conditions
Hamite Descendants by Tim Osterholm
Noah's Descendants A Modern Map of Iraq and
Iran (which includes the journey of Noah's Family)
Philology from Bible Believers . Org
C-14 Accuracy

In both the Genesis and Galgamesh stories
Map of Armenia Associating Continental Drift, the Tilting of the Earth's Axis and the Flood
Galatians 2:15–17a as a Chiasmos
A Review of Dispensations
Dispensationalism versus Covenant Theology
God's Omniscience
What is the Purpose of the Bible?
Ham and his Descendants (who Primarily Occupy Southwest Asia and Africa)
The Map of Noah's Son's Sons
The 5 Divine Institutions
What is the problem with this tower?
Traditional View of the Ages
Scientific Achievements of Ancient Hamitic Peoples

Significant Differences Between Genesis and
Epic of Gilgamesh The Deluge Time Frame
Axis-Shift Addendum
God Blesses Adam and the Woman
God Blesses Noah and his Sons
Covenant Theology
Additional Reading on Dispensations and Covenant Theology
Summary Points on the Noahic Covenant
The Sons of Japheth and their Ancestors
The Descendants of Shem who Occupy the Middle East
Noah, His Descendants, and their Distribution
Attacks Against the Divine Institutions
The Assumptions of Archaeology and Paleontology
When did the flood occur?

The Biblical Chronology of Genesis 11
Transitional Point in the Book of Genesis

Ancient Manuscripts of the Bible
The Genealogies of the book of Genesis
an exponential decay curve

The Meaning of the Names in Abram's Line
A Map of Abraham's Journey

Lesson 1: Genesis 1 Introduction Creation, Science and the Genesis Account
We live in an amazing universe. It is so vast that, it is beyond our ability to grasp its hugeness. The sizes of the various stars, the variety of the planets and their atmospheres, are the stuff which grabs the imagination of a young child as well as that of an old astronomer. One of the few emails which I forwarded, I also posted on my website called the Perspective of the Universe. It is just a succession of groups of planets and nearby stars, so that we can get a feel for their relative sizes. Not only is it difficult (if not impossible) for man to have some grasp of the size of the earth, the size of Jupiter and then of the sun are even further outside our mind’s ability to perceive. But then to find that there are stars whose size dwarfs that our own sun, is completely mind-boggling.
If we go in the other direction, toward the actual molecular makeup of all that is, we come to molecules, which can be broken down into individual atoms, which are made up of just 3 things: protons, neutrons and electrons. It appears as though these might be further broken down into even smaller component parts. We could take the tiniest speck of dust from around our house and examine it and, for all intents and purposes, write a doctoral thesis on this tiny speck, examining its molecular makeup, its structure, and its origins. If we were to take any living organism within our house, choosing one which is too small to see, not only could we easily write a doctoral’s thesis on this living thing, but we would never begin to plumb the depths of the mystery of it and all of its myriad functions.
Whether we attempt to examine that which is infinite (the universe) or that which is seemingly infinite (all that is microscopic), we inevitably find it to be complex beyond our ability to fully comprehend it; strangely beautiful; and subject to a whole host of laws, all of which interact in a manner which, in itself, is strangely beautiful. Even more amazing, all that we see is made up of 3 essential building blocks: protons, neutrons and electrons, which are too small for us to see with the most powerful of microscopes, yet virtually every person reading this believes in these three.
All of this came from somewhere, and the first couple chapters of Genesis give us a primer in the creation of the earth, the universe and man.
With regards to the title of the first book of the Bible, the name Genesis does not come from the Greek or the Hebrew of the first couple verses of the book of Genesis, but from the first verse of the first chapter of the first book of the New Testament, Matt. 1:1, which

begins: The Book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the Son of David, the son of Abraham. The first two words in that verse are Biblos geneseôs (âßâëïò ãåíÝóåùò), accurately translated the Book of [the] genealogy. The Greek word Genesis (ãÝíåóéò) [pronounced GHEHN-ehs-iss] means source, origin; genealogy. Strong’s #1078. Quite obviously, the first word is from whence we get the name Bible.
We find these same two Greek words in Gen. 2:4 5:1 in the Septuagint (also known as the LXX, which is a Greek translation made of the Hebrew Old Testament a few centuries prior to the incarnation of Jesus Christ). We find the word Genesis by itself in the Greek of Gen. 6:9 10:1, 32 11:10, 27 25:19 36:1, 9 37:2.
There are all kinds of creation myths in existence, but the Genesis account is clear, concise, and lacks weirdness. It is very similar, at the first, to what science calls the "Big Bang Theory" where all the universe was created suddenly and from a single point (the theory behind the Big Bang Theory is simpler than you may realize—since the universe is expanding, going out in all directions, then, if you reverse this process, you come to a certain point from which all the universe emanated).

When it comes to the creation of the earth, there is a great majesty, understatement and reasonableness in the first two chapters of Genesis. In order to appreciate this, let’s first see how other ancient peoples viewed the beginning of the world. I chose two examples from the same time period:

Ancient Creation Myths

Civilization

Creation Myth

Chaldean

The “All” consisted of darkness and water, filled with monstrous creatures, and ruled by a woman, Markaya. Bel divided the darkness, and cut the woman into two halves, from which he formed the heaven and the earth. He then cut off his own head, and from the drops of blood men were formed.

Phœnician

The beginning of the All was a movement of dark air, and a dark, turbid chaos. By the union of the spirit with the All, a slime was formed, from which every seed of creation and the universe was developed; and the heavens were made in the form of an egg, from which the sun and moon, the stars and constellations, sprang up. By the heating of the earth and sea there arose winds, clouds and rain, lightning and thunder, the roaring of which wakened up sensitive beings, so that living creatures of both sexes moved in the waters and upon the earth.

These are 2 examples of the dozens which exist. There are, interestingly enough, some creation stories which are very similar to what we find in the Bible.
Taken from Keil and Delitzsch, Commentary on the Old Testament; from e-Sword; Genesis 1 introduction.

Modern science—at least, a very vocal subset of the members of modern science—does everything possible to remove God from the creation of matter and from the creation of life. In previous centuries, scientists were able to maintain a faith in God and still be able to discover the wonders of His creation. In the past century, science has become much more antagonistic toward God, to the point of trying to develop theories apart from God, which theories go against well-established scientific principles. Let me give you an example: we all know that if you throw a grenade into a building, the result will be greater disorder than order. No scientist believes that, if we repeat this experiment enough times, an explosion will result in a better building; no scientist believes that, because all of the ingredients are there for a better building, that a grenade will bring that about. However, many godless scientists believe in the big bang theory where, somehow, in someway, the universe exploded, expanded, and the end result was an amazingly ordered universe with a myriad of natural laws, with incredible beauty throughout our universe. The believer in Jesus Christ can easily believe in the Big Bang Theory (where God created everything from a single point), and this is in line with all scientific law; but it is much harder to have faith in the big bang theory, where the universe began from some unguided explosion/expansion from a single point.
Scientist believe and can demonstrate that mutations are a detriment to any living organism (for both man and animal). They might use a figure like 99% of all mutations do not result in a better organism; however, when it comes to observed science, 100% of all mutations result in an inferior creature. Furthermore, no observable mutation (or succession of mutations) results in a brand new function or in a different species. Yet, evolutionists believe that mutation in man and animals is one of the essential building blocks of all living things that you see today. They teach that every living organism is the result of millions of mutations, which resulted in stronger, healthier, more capable organisms—just the exact opposite of what we actually observe 100% of the time.
Is it wrong for science to pursue our origins or to propose various theories? Certainly not. I have no problem with scientists who propose evolution as a possible theory of origins. However, they ought to be honest about it. When it is taught in school for the first time, there ought to be honest and genuine caveats. For instance, “Evolution is one theory that many scientists believe. In fact, it is the only theory which is seen as a reasonable alternative to the idea that God created the heavens and the earth and man.” They ought to say, “Evolutionists believe that all men and animals are the result of successive mutations occurring over millions of years, some minor and some major. However, it should be pointed out that no scientist has ever observed a mutation which improved the life of any man or any animal; a mutation which resulted in a new and different function of any sort in any man or animal; nor has science ever observed a new species of animal result from a mutation of any sort.” Simple, honest, scientific statements, made to children when they are age-appropriate. Or, “There are three basic theories of the origins of man which are generally accepted today: (1) man evolved ultimately from nonliving matter; (2) man evolved ultimately from nonliving matter as a result of the guidance of God; or (3) man did not evolve, but was created by God. Now, because it has been deemed inappropriate by most adults to teach the idea of a creative God in the classroom in a science class, that leaves us only with the first theory. I promise you that, as we study this

theory, I will present to you not only the theory of evolution, but the many objections and scientific counter-arguments which have been made to it.” If words like these were found in scientific textbooks; if the strength and weaknesses of evolutionary theory were taught, side-by-side, there would be virtually no outside movement to teach Creationsm or Intelligent Design in the classroom.
I should point out, science and a belief in God (and, more specifically, a belief in Jesus Christ) are not antithetical; science and the Bible do not define two sides of some intellectual or philosophical battle. There are many modern scientists who do believe in the Genesis account of creation and do not believe in evolution. Such scientists are in at least the tens of thousands if not more. Almost all scientists of note prior to, say 1900, believed in God, and many of them believed in the Genesis account of creation.
There are basic laws of science which line up with the Genesis account and are fundamentally opposed to evolution. Much of science is based upon cause and effect. For everything that exists, it was caused in some way to come into existence. Nothing can cause itself to come into existence (water, apart from heat and pressure, cannot become ice or steam). At some point, we trace everything back to the First Cause, which is God. The book of Genesis recognizes that; some modern scientists today refuse to.
No matter what it is that we observe in this life, it has great structure, intricacy and beauty. It is subject to a series of laws, many of which we do not fully understand, but some of which we can quantify to some limited degree. Whether we see a house, a car or a watch, we recognize that someone designed and built this thing (in fact, hundreds of people were often involved) and that energy was expended in order to build it as well. These things are built to exacting specifications, and it is adhering to these specifications which make these things work. Man is also built to exacting specifications. The earth is built to exacting specifications. The design, structure and intricacy of every living organism on this planet is built to a set of exact specifications, the blueprint of which appears to be found in every part of the organism itself. If we are able to recognize that every random car that drives by had a myriad of designers and builders who built this car to some very precise specifications (all of whom used some kind of energy in the process); then how hard is it to imagine that our bodies, which are wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14), are not the result of a Designer, a Builder and Energy as well? In the Bible, this is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
The evolutionist believes that the most complex things on this earth just sort of happened; in fact, they pretty much just caused themselves to occur. However, the person who believes in the creation account of Genesis believes in cause and effect and that things which are made require a Designer, a Builder and Energy—concepts which are completely in line with scientific thought. Just as importantly, these 3 functions or rolls closely mirror the Trinity in the creation and restoration of the earth and all that is in it.
Several times in the Bible, we are told to look to God’s creation in order to recognize God. The heavens [continuously] proclaim the glory of God and their expanse [the ever expanding universe] declares the work of His hands (Psalm 19:1). For since the creation

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