Genesis 3-5: Introduction

 

GENESIS

 

CHAPTERS 3-5

 

THE FALL OF MAN

CAIN MURDERS ABEL

 

FAMILY TREE

FROM ADAM TO NOAH

 

SATAN

APPLE

 

CURSE

 

FREE WILL                                             FRUIT

 

 

CAIN AND ABEL

 

 

Genesis Chapter 3 begins with a subject that saddens God. It is the fall of man. By fall we mean that man had everything all of his needs were met by God and he didn’t need to look anywhere else to find anything. The man and the woman had a perfect place to live. However, they allowed Satan to influence their lives and lead them astray, Chapter 3:1-4. Notice the word allowed. It was by their choice. It was their own “free will” when they allowed Satan to come into their lives. They allowed Satan to persuade them. Yes, as we are told in Chapter 3:1, “Satan was more cunning than any of the beast of the field which the Lord God had made.” Satan also said, “Did the Lord God really say ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’? There Satan is putting doubt in the woman’s heart. Then in Chapter 3:4, “You will not surely die.” Satan makes the woman doubt what God has told her.

     In Chapter 3:8 it tells us that Adam and his wife heard the Lord God walking in the Garden and He was calling the man and the woman, “Where are you.” God knew they had eaten from the tree but He asked them anyway so they would acknowledge their sin to Him. Then man answered In Chapter 3:12 “The woman you put here with me-she gave me some fruit from the tree and I ate it.” This is one person blaming another person for the sin they have committed rather than asking God to forgive the sin. They both knew what God had told them. In Chapter 13:13 the woman told God that the serpent deceived her and she ate it.

     Then God tells the man that he is cursed more than all the wild animals. Because of man’s sin, God also placed a curse on the serpent and He cursed the ground. Then God told woman in Chapter 3:16, God told the woman then He told man what he must do. He must work the ground all of his life. To the woman God said she would have pain in childbirth and her husband would rule over her. Read Chapter 3:16-24 Then in Chapter 3:20, “Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.”

     In Chapter 4 we read the story of Cain and Abel. Cain was the first born of Adam and Eve and their second son was Abel. Abel kept the flocks and Cain worked the ground. When it came time to bring an offering to the Lord, Abel brought fat from the first born of his flocks and Cain brought fruits of the ground he had worked. But God looked favorably on the offering of Abel and not favorably on the offering of Cain. This greatly angered Cain and he killed his brother Abel. Because of this, God puts a curse on the life of Cain and God tells him in verse 12 that he will be a “restless wanderer” all of his life. God also gives the family of Cain. It tells us in Chapter 4:16 that Cain went from the presence of the Lord. Cain dwelt in the land of Nod. The word “Nod” comes from the Hebrew word “wander”. Cain took a wife and they had a son named Enoch. Chapter 4:18-24 gives us the remaining family of Cain.

      In Chapter 5, God gives us another “Family Tree” from Adam to Noah”. You might say that God pushes His story ahead a little. He doesn’t tell us much about the lives of many of these men except one which was very important. God tells us in Chapter5:23 something God had never done before. God tells us a little about a man named Enoch. In Chapter5:18 we are told that a man named Jared. His son was named Enoch. Enoch was the father of Methuselah. Then we are told that Enoch walked with God. Can you imagine what a great man Enoch was to be able to walk with God! Not just that, he walked with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. We are then told in Chapter 5:23-24, “Altogether, Enoch lived 365 years. Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.” This tells us that Enoch didn’t die, God took him!

     Notice the length of time these people lived. Many times students ask, “Why did people live so long”. Students must realize that the earth was much different in those times. There were not as many people on the earth as there are now. There was less on earth to corrupt man but as the years continued, man found a way to corrupt most everything. A couple of the things that man allowed were hate and greed. Yes, God allowed these things to happen but, they were things God didn’t want to happen.

     At the end of Chapter, 5:25-32 God again mentions a man named Methuselah. Methuselah became the father of Lamech. God tells us that lived 782 years and had many sons and daughters. Then in Chapter 5:27 something we talk about today. Methuselah lived 969 years. This is the record of the oldest man that ever lived.

     Next we are told that Lamech had a son who was very famous in the Bible. He was a man God also uses in a mighty way. His son’s name was Noah. We are also told that when Noah was 500 years old he had 3 sons whose names were Shem Ham and Japeth. God ends the story of Noah here and begins it again in Chapter 6.

     Please go back and read carefully what we have covered. It is a very important story in the flow of the Bible. It is important we are clear of the order of the events that took place.

 

WORKSHEET

Continue your study by filling in the blanks on the worksheet and on the "Go to the Word" sheet. May God bless you as you study His Word.

Chapter 3 begins with a subject that saddens God: the ____ of man.

God gave ____ and ___ a perfect place to live, and He met all their needs.

But by their free will they allowed _____ to come into their lives and persuade them to do wrong.

Because of man's sin God cursed the ground and told Adam he must ____ the ground all of his life.

God told the woman she would have ____ in childbirth and her husband would rule over her.

"The Lord God banished him from the Garden of ____ to work the ground" (3:23).

In chapter 4 we read that Abel kept the ______ and Cain worked the ______ (4:2).

Both men brought ________ to the Lord. Abel brought fat portions from some of the _________ of his flock, and Cain brought some of the ______ of the ground he had worked (4:3-4).

God look favorably on the offering of ____, but unfavorably on the offering of ____ (4:4-5).

This greatly angered Cain and he ______ his brother, Abel (4:8).

Because of this, God put a _____ on Cain and told him that he would be a "restless wanderer" all of his life (4:11-12).

In chapter 5 God gives us a "______ ____" from Adam to Noah.

Read chapter 5, and then fill in the chart below.

 

NAME LIVED NAME LIVED
ADAM YEARS ENOCH YEARS
SETH YEARS METHUSELAH YEARS
ENOSH YEARS LAMECH YEARS
KENAN YEARS NOAH YEARS
MAHALALEL YEARS AND NOAH HAD 3 SONS
JARED YEARS SHEM , HAM AND JAPHETH

 

"After Noah was _______ years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth" (5:32).

Next time, we will study and talk about the life of Noah and the great flood!

 

Memory Verse: "Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living" (Genesis 3:20).

Genesis 3 to 5 - Go to the Word 

Match each Scripture reference below with the correct verse, and then fill in the missing words.

Genesis 4:14                             Genesis 3:7                               Genesis 4:11                 Genesis 3:8

Genesis 4:6-7                           Genesis 5:6                               Genesis 3:20                 Genesis 4:9

 

"Adam named his wife ___, because she would become the mother of all  the living."                   Genesis ______

 

"Then the eyes of both of them were ______, and they realized they were ______ naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves."  Genesis _________

 

"‘Now you are under a _____ and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand.'" Genesis ______

 

"‘Today you are _______ me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence.'"              Genesis ______

 

"The man and his wife _____ the sound of the Lord God as he was walking             

in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden."

Genesis ______

 

"When Seth had _____ 105 years, he became the father of Enosh." Genesis ______

 

"The Lord said to Cain, ‘Why are you _____? Why is your face downcast?  If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door.'"     Genesis ______

 

"The Lord said to Cain, ‘Where is your brother Abel?' ‘I don't know,' he replied. ‘Am I my brother's ______?'"  Genesis ______