In the Beginning … Session 15 — Noah

For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; 5and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly

[2 Peter 2:4-5]

The pre-flood world was much stranger than any of us could possibly imagine. Rebellious angels came down to the earth and committed forbidden sins, introducing all kinds of evil to mankind. Giant genetic hybrids roamed and ruled the earth, devouring the sons of Adam. All flesh had been corrupted or killed. Time was running out to save the human race and preserve the promised seed of the woman (Genesis 3:15).

Enter Noah.

By the time Noah and his family finished building the ark, they were almost certainly the last uncorrupted human family alive on the earth. The fate and future of the human race would be left up to eight souls.

God showed Noah grace in his generation and gave him an extraordinary assignment — the salvation of humanity — and we are here today because of Noah’s faithful obedience.

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In the Beginning … Session 14 — The Giants of Genesis 6

The Nephilim (giants) were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.

[Genesis 6:4]

Who are the Nephilim?

Did giant hybrid beings actually walk the earth at one time?

How does the Bible account for the origin and identity of these giants?

How do the giants of Genesis play a central role in the violence and evil in the world before the flood of Noah?

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In the Beginning … Session 13 — Another Divine Transgression in the Days of Noah

When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, 2the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. 3Then the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” 4The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.

[Genesis 6:1-4]

Who are the sons of God in Genesis 6, and what were they doing with the beautiful daughters of men?

Distant View of Mt. Hermon, which according to Enoch was the place where the watchers descended in the days of Jared.

How can we explain the fact that the earth was filled with a hybrid race of giants called the Nephilim in Noah’s day?

How are the giants connected to the violence on the earth and God’s ultimate judgment by way of the flood?

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In the Beginning … Session 12 — Old as Methuselah

Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah. 22After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. 23So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. 24And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.

[Genesis 5:21-24]

Did the inhabitants of the pre-flood world actually live to be 800 or 900 years old?

What was different about the pre-flood environment that would have been conducive to longer lifespans?

Who was Enoch and what does it mean that God “took him?”

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Methuselah — one of the oldest trees in the world.

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In the Beginning … Session 11 — My Brother’s Keeper

For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, 12not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous.

[1 John 3:11-12]

Where did Cain get his wife?

Were there other pre-Adamic humans alive who had evolved on the earth?

Can the Biblical account of history be trusted?

Why did God accept Abel’s offering and not Cain’s?

Discover answers to these and much more in Session 11 of my study of Genesis.

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In the Beginning … Session 10 — The Seed

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.”

[Genesis 3:15]

An ancient war has been raging for millennia and it has everything to do with the battle between the forces of good and evil and the ultimate redemptive plan of God through Messiah!

We first discover God’s prophetic promise of this seed war in the book of Genesis, and we see the fulfillment of this promise in the virgin birth of the Messiah.

This war will not reach its conclusion, however, until Jesus returns to crush the head of the Serpent on that great and terrible Day of the LORD!

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In the Beginning … Session 9 — The Curse

For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

[Romans 8:19-21]

How consequential and catastrophic was Adam’s sin in the garden?

What happened to mankind as a result of sin and the curse?

How has all of creation been subjected to this bondage to corruption?

And most importantly, how does Jesus, the Second Adam, reverse the curse once and for all?

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In the Beginning … Session 8 — The Serpent

So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

[Revelation 12:9]

Enter the Dragon.

We are introduced to the Prime Rebel, the Arch Enemy of God at the very beginning of the story.

Who is the mysterious serpent who entices Eve and usurps Adam’s authority on the earth, effectively leading mankind into ruin?

Why does it seem like the serpent was right where he was supposed to be in Eden, the garden of God –the holy mountain of the assembly?

What does the rebellion of Satan have to do with the collapse of the entire creation?

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In the Beginning … Session 7 — Eden

Then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. 8And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed.

[Genesis 2:7-8]

The Hebrew concept of Eden is described as the paradise of God, where heaven and earth intersect representing perfect beauty and harmony in Creation between God and man.

What we learn about the original Eden not only informs us about what was lost through man’s sinful rebellion, but more importantly what Jesus came to restore in the end.

And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.

[Revelation 21:2-3]

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In the Beginning … Session 6 — Adam

Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. 47The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. 48As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. 49Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.

[1 Corinthians 15:45-49]

What does it mean to be human?

Is mankind mindlessly made in the image of monkeys or is man the crowning glory of God’s creation?

How does the incarnation of God the Son demonstrate the unique purpose and privilege of man in the eyes of God?

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