Genesis 1-7

Episode 002

The opening pages of the Bible insist that God’s creation is good, humanity has a propensity to mess it up, and God’s desire is to restore us back to a right relationship. Throughout scripture you will see a common refrain: God is good, we are broken, and grace abounds.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
Genesis 1:1-2

Genesis 1 & 2
The Image of God

Episode Timestamp: 12:57-14:23
  • What does it mean to be made in the image of God?
  • How might our life and faith change if we understood the call of being God’s image-bearers as service, not dominance?

God calls creation good seven times in the first chapter of scripture.

  • What does it mean to you for God to call creation “good”?
  • Taken at face value, the two creation accounts in Genesis raise questions of evolution, biology, theology… How do you rectify the tension between science and scripture? How do these stories work together to build a foundation for further understanding of scripture?

 

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.
Genesis 1:31

Genesis 3
Adding Itchiness to Injury

Episode Timestamp: 27:54-29:25

The innocence of humanity gives way to the awareness of sin.

  • How did awareness of their situation change Adam and Eve?
  • In what ways do we hide our true selves, cover up our sins, or attempt to deceive folks around us in order to keep from having to face reality and repent?  What are our “fig leaves”?

 

Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked, and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves Genesis 3:7

Genesis 3-7
The Fall Stories

Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah and the flood… Clay and Ross categorize all of these as fall stories that follow a similar pattern: God does something good, we mess it up, God forgives. Lather, rinse, repeat.

  • Have you ever considered there being more than one fall story in Genesis?
  • Which of the fall stories resonate most with you and your personal story?
  • What tend to be your biggest temptations in life?

Genesis 4
Am I My Brother's Keeper?

Episode Timestamp: 44:58-46:07

The obvious answer is yes. We are all our sisters’ and brothers’ keepers.

  • What new insights emerge by reading Cain and Abel as a fall story?
  • If you have siblings, in what ways have you experienced sibling rivalry?
  • What are the dangers of letting resentment and anger build up inside of us?
  • Where do we find grace in God’s interaction with Cain?
Then the Lord said to Cain, "Where is your brother Abel?" "I don't know," he replied. "Am I my brother's keeper?"
Genesis 4:9

Genesis 5
Ancestry.com?

To most modern readers, genealogies are repetitive and boring, but they serve an important role in Scripture. They get us from one familiar person or generation to another, and often hold clues in the names and patterns, and anomalies in those patterns.  

Our first genealogy starts with Adam and carries us all the way to Noah. 

  • How do you think this genealogy sets the tone for the rest of Scripture?
  • How will you read genealogies from here on out?
Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him.
Genesis 5:24

Genesis 6 & 7
Noah

The story of Noah and the ark is much more complex than what you learned at Vacation Bible School.  God grieved the creation of humanity. Noah walked with God. One thing is certain, this story is about a whole lot more than animals on a boat.

  • How does the Noah story change when we see it as a part of the genealogy that precedes it? How does Noah’s story further clarify what it means to walk with God?
  • How can we make sense of God’s grief?  
  • What do you think the story of Noah is about?
After Noah was five hundred years old, Noah became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Genesis 5:32 [Insert Flood Story] Noah walked with God. Genesis 6:9 [More Flood Story] After the flood Noah lived three hundred fifty years. All the days of Noah were nine hundred fifty years, and he died. Genesis 9:28-29

Wrap Up

We have seen so much brokenness in our reading this week, but in the midst of brokenness is grace. God made clothes for Adam and Eve, gave Cain a protective mark, and sustained Noah through the flood.

  • What images of grace in these stories are most meaningful to you?
  • What do you think it means to walk with God?

What did you learn for the first time this week?

What assumptions did you have that were challenged?

Where did you see grace in this week’s scripture?

Next week: Episode 003 Genesis 8-14

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