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Bible Study
From Adam to Noah

Short List #1



The first time period covers Creation through the Flood. In this study you will also find other helps and study questions to test your understanding and to further stretch your thinking. Spend time answering the questions. Write out your answers or even join with a friend, asking each other to answer the questions out loud. You can learn even more when working with a partner. Make it fun!! And you can always ask us questions. E-mail us!


Step 1. Do the Reading.
The following events are recorded in Genesis. Read them through once. Read slowly enough that you can answer a few questions. Never just read the Bible for the sake of reading. Read it for the sake of learning something.


Creation:  Gen. 1:1-2:3
The Fall into Sin:  Gen. 1:26-30; 2:4-3:24
Cain & Abel:  Gen. 4:1-24
Seth & his descendants:  Gen. 4:25-5:32
The Flood:  Gen. 6:1-8:22
The Rainbow:  Gen. 9:1-17
NoahÕs descendants:  Gen. 9:18-11:32


Put the names in order they appear in the stories and then draw a line to match the person with their description.

_____Seth

I built the ark.

_____Ham

I lived the longest (969 years).

_____Abel

I was NoahÕs youngest son.

_____Lamech

I walked with God for 300 years.

_____Adam

I killed my younger brother.

_____Enoch

I laughed when I saw my father naked & drunk.

_____Noah

I was the first human being.

_____Methuselah

I was NoahÕs first born son.

_____Cain

I offered the Lord fat portions from my flock.

_____Shem

I was born when my father was 130 years old.

_____Japheth

Enoch was my grandfather.




Step 2. Do the Thinking.
The first 11 chapters of the Bible introduce us to three major themes. Indeed, to understand these themes is the crux of the entire Bible and the foundation of the Christian faith. What are these themes?

 

1. Creation

2. Sin & Death & Salvation

3.
The War of Wills


The rest of this Bible Study will focus on these three themes. We will use the Genesis accounts together with many other Scriptures to explore these themes in greater detail. Do all the Bible reading given. Read it for yourself and truly think about what it all means for your life in current times. Pray over your Bible study, asking Jesus to teach you from His Word. It really is important to understand their significance to you personally. These stories are not just for the kids to learn in Sunday school.



Theme #1: Creation

The story of creation is more than a simple account explaining how the world started. This story of beginnings is more a description of GodÕs power, authority and His wisdom. In these beginnings, we find the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) at work. The story of creation is discussed throughout the Bible, not just in Genesis chapters 1-3. Study the following Scriptures. Think about each verse. They are able to teach you something about either GodÕs power/authority to create, His unsearchable wisdom or the Trinity. Check them off as you study them.


5. Adam and Eve tried to cover their nakedness using fig leaves. God instead offered them a covering of skin. This is perhaps the first reference to a sacrifice being made. What does this teach us about the need for a sacrifice? How is this a symbol of JesusÕ future sacrifice and how our sins are covered by the blood of Christ? What do Adam and EveÕs fig leaves teach us about how we try to cover up our sins?

6. Noah and his family were saved from GodÕs wrath through their obedience in building, entering and staying in the ark of GodÕs design. What does this teach us about salvation? In Matt. 24:36-44, what lessons does Jesus want us to learn from the story of the flood?

7. Although there is no mention of Noah preaching in the Genesis account, Peter refers to Noah as a Òpreacher of righteousnessÓ in II Peter 2:5. In what ways did NoahÕs life declare the righteousness of God? What does this say about our lives speaking louder than our words?

8. Jesus said the Old Testament writings talked about his coming, his dying on the cross, his resurrection and the plan of salvation (Luke 24:44-47). What does this tell us about the importance of understanding the Old Testament writings? As you read the Old Testament, which Scriptures do you find are talking about a coming Savior (Jesus)?



Theme #3: The War of Wills

After mankind was created and after Adam and Eve chose to participate in sin, a spiritual war began. Every war has at least two sides. In this spiritual war, God is the leader of one side and Satan is the leader of the opposing side. This war is the ultimate struggle over whether we humans will do GodÕs will or our own will while we are alive on this earth. Even after receiving GodÕs salvation plan, this war not only continues but actually intensifies within us. Before receiving ChristÕs salvation, we didnÕt even know we were in a war of wills. We just did what we wanted. We didnÕt even know God had a real plan for us. But after receiving Christ as our Lord and Savior, we recognize we are foot soldiers in this battle of the wills. Now, as we discover more and more what GodÕs plan is for us, we battle within ourselves to obey. And what a battle it is!

The war of the wills is plainly seen in the first 11 chapters of Genesis. It is also found in other Scriptures, some of which are listed below for you to study for yourself.


9. God said, ÒSin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.Ó Who did God say that to? Did God say it before or after the person sinned? In what ways does God warn you to overcome the sinful urges in your life?

10. According to the reading, will your flesh always have urges to sin or will these desires simply go away? What does the Spirit inside of you do when your flesh has an urge to sin?

11. In Matt. 5:27-30 Jesus uses the example of lusting after a woman to teach us about overcoming sinful urges. Proverbs 5 also uses an Òadulterous womanÓ as an illustration for avoiding sin in general. What are some lessons you can learn from these passages on how to overcome when you are tempted to sin?

12. Hebrews 4:15 tell us that Jesus was tempted like as we are yet He did not sin. Jesus survived the war of the wills! He knows how to overcome! Think about His life on this earth. Think about how He acted and reacted towards other people, and problems, and difficulties. What does this teach you about how to overcome the war of the wills inside of you?



We know that no one is perfect (except for Jesus, of course). We know the Christian life is about the heart having a Godly attitude. Now, with that in mind, look at the list of people you read about in Genesis 1-11. Think about their personal war of the wills. From what you read, and from what you know of history, whom would you describe as an overcomer? Why or why not?

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Who Knew Whom?

You can use the charts below to figure out how old people were when their descendants were born. The genealogies in Genesis 5 and in Genesis 11 tell us how long each person lived and were used to build these charts.

 

Adam

130.......

Seth

235.......

103.......

Enosh

325.......

195.......

90........

Kenan

395.......

265.......

160.......

70........

Mahalalel

460.......

330.......

225.......

135.......

65........

Jared

622.......

492.......

387.......

297.......

227.......

162.......

Enoch

687.......

557.......

452.......

362.......

292.......

227.......

65........

Methusalah*

874.......

744.......

639.......

549.......

479.......

414.......

252.......

187.......

Lamech**

(-126)....

(-14).....

821.......

731.......

661.......

596.......

(-69).....

369.......

182.......

Noah

(-629)....

(-517)....

(-419)....

(-324)....

(-269)....

(-137)....

(-572)....

872.......

685.......

503.......

Shem

*Methuselah, NoahÕs grandfather, died when Noah was 600, the same year as the flood began!
**Lamech, NoahÕs father, died 5 years before Methuselah, Noah's grandfather!

Look at the numbers in the column below AdamÕs name. Here you see Adam was 130 when Seth (the name to the far right) was born. Adam was 235 and Seth was 103 when Enosh was born. You can also see that Adam died 126 years before NoahÕs birth, Seth died 14 years before NoahÕs birth, and God took Enoch 69 years before the birth of Noah.

What is so interesting about all of this? It seems to me that we assume all these men died in order. We also think about them only getting to know their father and grandfather because that is all we get to know. But that is not how it was for them. Adam lived for another 56 years after the birth of Lamech. This means Methuselah & Lamech probably talked directly with Adam. Adam must have told them the story of creation, how he named the animals, how God took his rib to make Eve, and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Noah would have heard these stories merely 2nd hand from his father and grandfather.

It also interested me to discover that both Methuselah and Lamech were alive when Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord and was given the instructions to build the ark. Were they also faithful to God? Did they help Noah build the ark? Did they encourage NoahÕs walk with God or were they among those who were corrupt in all their ways? Although we cannot answer every question, it makes us pay closer attention to the reading of these stories instead of making quick assumptions.

Noah

503.......

Shem

603.......

100.......

Arphaxad

638.......

135.......

35........

Salah

673.......

170.......

70........

35........

Eber

707.......

204.......

104.......

69........

34........

Peleg

737.......

234.......

134.......

99........

64........

30........

Reu

769.......

266.......

166.......

131.......

96........

62........

32........

Serug

699.......

296.......

196.......

161.......

126.......

92........

62........

30........

Nahor

828.......

325.......

225.......

190.......

155.......

121.......

91........

59........

29........

Terah

898.......

395.......

295.......

260.......

225.......

191.......

161.......

129.......

99........

70........

Abram/Abraham*

***Since Noah was only 898 when Abram was born and Noah lived to 950, that means Abram was 52 when Noah died!

From this second chart we find Abram was 52 when Noah died and he was 205 when Shem died. Certainly Abram heard the story of the flood directly from Noah or Shem. IÕm sure Noah was careful to pass along the stories he had heard from his father and grandfather. Abram (Abraham) would have passed the stories to Isaac, who told Jacob, who told his 12 sons. From there, the stories would have continued to pass down all the way to MosesÕ time. Remember, the telling of a familyÕs history was sacred and cherished. These stories would have been told regularly. Sons would have practiced retelling them, knowing that one day the family history would depend on their memory and there would have been plenty of elders too to correct them should they make any errors.


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