Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Flood

The Flood (Genesis 6 to 9)

(1) The Flood was announced

When Jehovah saw that the wickedness of men was great in the earth and that every imagination of the thought of his heart was only evil continually, it repented Jehovah that he had made man, and Jehovah announced his purpose to destroy man from the face of the ground.

(2) Noah found favor

"But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord." Because Noah was a just man and perfect in his generation, walking with God, God would spare Noah and his house and through them would re-people the earth and offer a new probation.

(3) The race was destroyed

While the ark was building, Noah denounced the wickedness of the day and warned men of impending doom. At last God called Noah and his family, with selections of all living creatures, into the ark, and shutting them in, sent floods of water to do their destroying work.

(4) The earth was re-peopled

When the floods of water had assuaged, God blessed Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, and bade them be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Cain & Abel

Cain and Abel (Genesis 4)
Antediluvian Age Begins - Fall to the Flood

Anticipating the fulfillment of the Promise God made in (3:15), Eve exclaims, "I have gotten a man from the Lord" (4:1) The birth of Abel in (4:2) illustrates the 4th of 4 methods God has chosen to bring human beings into this world. [1] Adam - born without father or mother, [2] Eve - born without a mother, [3] Christ - born without a father, [4] All others - born with father and mother.

Sin, which seemed small in its beginning in the garden, soon began to develop and manifest its real enormity. The story of Cain and Abel, which illustrates this growth of sin, outlines itself in four words:

(1) Offerings

Whether moved simply by a sense of sin or actuated by an unrecorded command of Jehovah, Cain and Abel brought offerings and presented them before the Lord.

[1] Cain's bloodless, cursed (3:17) offering rejected (4:5), [2] "Without the shedding of blood there is no remission" Lev. 17:11; Heb 9:22), [3] Abel offers a lamb and is accepted (4:4), [4] Dr. Barnhouse "The highway to the cross was not firmly established. Here the first lamb is seen, one lamb for one man. Later at Passover, 1 lamb for one household (Ex 12), then on the day of atonement, there will be one sacrifice for the nation (Lev 16), Finally it is Christ who takes away the sin of the world (Jn 1:29)

(2) Murder

Because his own offering was rejected while that of his brother was accepted, Cain was moved to jealous rage and rose against Abel his brother, and slew him. Cain becomes the first murderer (4:8) and the First liar (4:9) This fratricide is apparently recorded to illustrate and enforce the depth and depravity of sin, and to emphasize the need for the redemption, whose promise and outlines began to appear even in the book of Genesis.

(3) Curse

To show his abhorrence, Jehovah pronounced a curse upon the murderer; "And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand."

(4) Banishment

"A fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth."

[1] Cain was driven from the blessings of God; [2] Marries one of his sisters (4:17; 5:4) [3] Dwells in the land of Nod.

* Cain builds the first city and names it Enoch (after his own son) which means "dedication." This urban project was no doubt an attempt to counteract God's curse in 4:12.
* Lamech, Cain's great-great-great-grandson becomes the first recorded polygamist (4:19), the first recorded songwriter (the word "speech" in 4:23 may refer to a poem or ballad), the second recorded murderer (4:23)
* Jabal becomes the inventor of the tent and developer of the Nomadic life style. He also devised formal systems for domesticating and commercially producing animals apart from sheep. His name means "wanderer" (4:20)
* Jubal becomes the inventor of both stringed and wind musical instruments. His name means "sound" (4:21).
* Tubal-Cain becomes the inventor of metallurgy both in bronze and iron (4:22)

Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Fall

2. The Fall (Genesis 3)

We have no means of knowing how long the first man and woman remained in innocency. The record hurries us on to their fall through sin. The sad story may be told in four words:

(1) Prohibition

"But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." (Genesis 2:17)

(2) Temptation

Appearing in the form of a serpent, Satan came and said, "Ye shall not surely die, for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof then your eyes shall be opened; and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil."

(3) Fall - "And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat; and gave also unto her husband with her and he did eat."

(4) Promise - Before God drove the guilty pair out of the garden, he mercifully gave them a promise, which though vague in its nature, yet served to save them from despair. This word of promise formed a part of God's curse upon the serpent, "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." (Genesis 3:15). The remainder of the Bible unfolds God's plan and work in fulfillment of this promise.

Saturday, January 10, 2009


It's hard to believe that it is already 2009! Interesting how our last study through the Old and New Testaments finished just 4 Sundays before the new year and we were able to study topically the 4 Sundays of advent and right at the beginning of the new year, We are studying the Period of Beginnings! This year we are trying something different. We have started publishing the basic outline in the Casa Grande Dispatch Newspaper and using this as an avenue to invite the public to attend Outlines of Bible History. This last Sunday we began with an Introduction to the Bible and the Old Testament.

The first period that we are studying is:


Here is recorded the history of the race down to Abraham. It is a long period, as long as the remaining eleven periods combined, and perhaps much longer. The great events of the period are the creation of the universe and of man, the fall of man, the murder of Abel by Cain, the flood, resulting in a new beginning of the race descended from Noah, and the confusion of tongues resulting in the dispersion of the people. The period is recorded in the first eleven chapters of Genesis.

The time covered by this period is from creation to about 2000 B.C. In this study of this long period, which extends from creation to Abraham, we consider five great events, as follows:
1. The Creation (Genesis 1-2)
2. The Fall (Genesis 3)
3. Cain and Abel (Genesis 4)
4. The Flood (Genesis 6-9)
5. The Confusion of Tongues (Genesis 11)
The first lesson that we will be studying Sunday January 11th 2009 will be outlined as follows:
1. The Creation (Genesis 1, 2)
Moses tells of the creation of the earth, the cataclysmic change as the result of divine judgment and the six days of recreation in on brief chapter of thirty-one verses, adding a second chapter as supplemental narrative of the creation of man and woman.
(1) God's Creation / Chaotic Earth
The Original Earth (Gen 1:1) - "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." This wonderful phrase solves the first and almost the greatest of problems, the origin of matter and of life, and sets forth God's relation to the universe. God did not create this world as a waste but to be inhabited (Is 45:18)
The Chaotic Earth (Gen 1:2) - "And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep." The earth was made void by water. 2 Pet. 3:5-6; Jer 4:23-26
The Present Earth (Gen 1:3 - 2:7) - This present earth is kept in store by the same Word (Rev. 20:11-15)
(2) In six days - God's Recreation
First day: Cosmic Light
Second day: The firmament formed.
Third day: Land and vegetation reappears (2works)
Fourth day: Solar light restored
Fifth day: Creation of Fish and Fowl
Sixth day: Creation of animals and man (2 works)
Seventh day: God rested from
(3) God made man in his own image - "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul" (Genesis 2:7)
(4) God hallowed the seventh day - "And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made" (Genesis 2:2).
See you Sunday at North Trekell Baptist (2:30pm)!
James Staggs
P.S. For those of you who need directions, The Church is located at 2492 North Trekell Road, Casa Grande, AZ (Crossroads of Trekell and Avenida Ellena)

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