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An introduction to the Law portion of the Old Testament and an overview of the content and themes in Genesis from Creation to the migration of Jacob's family to live in Egypt with Joseph.
I. Introduction to the Law
A. Almost every significant Old Testament theme is introduced in the Law.
B. Torah - Hebrew for “instruction,” also called the Pentateuch
C. Two Types of Law
D. Different kind of instruction: Genesis 1 – Exodus 19
E. The Author of the Law: Moses
F. The Audience of the Law
1. God creates.
2. God judges sin.
3. God redeems his people.
1. Genesis 1:1 – 11:9
2. Genesis 11:10 – 25:18
3. Genesis 25:19 – 36:43
4. Genesis 37 – 50
C. Contents of Genesis
1. The Creation of the World (1 – 2)
2. The Fall into Sin (3)
3. Effects of Sin on the Human Race (4 – 6)
4. New Beginning with Noah and His Family (6 – 9)
5. Covenant (9:11)
6. Rebellion at the Tower of Babel (11:1-9)
7. The Call of Abraham (11:10 – 12:9)
8. Abraham’s Struggle for Faith (12:10 – 25:18)
9. Isaac: The Promise Continues (25:19 – 26:35)
10. Jacob: The Reluctant Heir of Faith (27 – 36)
11. Joseph: The Completion of the Promise (37 – 50)
D. Summary and Looking Ahead
- Satan’s question to Eve was, “did God really say…” In what situations have you sensed Satan asking that question? How did you respond? How does Satan try to defame God’s character and make you doubt Him?
- What were the consequences of Adam and Eve disobeying? How did God continue His relationship with them even after they disobeyed? What consequences for sin have you experienced in your life? What are some specific ways that God has shown His love to you as you face those consequences? How should we respond to people who have sinned against us?
- When God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, what did Abraham do? When we think that God is asking us to do something hard, how do we know it’s God? What is an example in your life when God has asked you to do something difficult and He “showed up” in a miraculous way?
- Joseph forgives his brothers and tells them that what they meant for evil, God meant for good. Think of one person that has mistreated you. How do you genuinely forgive that person and still maintain healthy boundaries? What is the difference in the process of forgiveness between someone who has damaged your reputation and someone who has physically and/or sexually abused you?
- In Creation, God set an example by setting aside a day of rest. What do you do on a weekly basis to pursue your relationship with God? What did God communicate to you this past week?
- God’s covenant with Abraham was that He would bless Abraham so Abraham and his family would be a blessing to the world. How has God blessed you? How are you being a blessing to the world?
- Jacob learned from his mom how to trick his dad and cheat his brother. In what ways did he continue similar behaviors throughout his life? In what ways did he change and overcome destructive patterns? What destructive patterns of behavior do you exhibit in your life? How does God want you to change them?