Genesis 13:5-14:24

  1. Put yourself in Lot’s place when Abram’s offer was made to him.
    What was the motive that decided his choice, and how did it end?
    What did Abram lose by letting Lot choose first?
    Cf. Matt. 16:25.
  2. What fresh light do the events of chapter 14 throw on Abram’s character?

Genesis 11:10-13:4

  1. Consider the inseparable intermingling of command and promise in God’s call to Abram.
    How, in consequence, did Abram’s faith express itself?
    Cf. Heb. 11:8. Compare and contrast Gen. 11:31 with 12:5.
    In what ways is a similar response demanded by the gospel of Christ?
  2. In what two respects did Abram’s faith fall short under the tests of famine and fear?
    When he acted unworthily how was he rebuked?
    What may we learn from Gen. 13:3, 4? Cf. Rev. 2:5.

Genesis 10:1-11:9

  1. What does Gen. 10 teach about the origins of the nations and about their relation to one another and to God? Cf. Acts 17:26; Rom. 3:29.
  2. See 11:1-9. What was wrong with the attitude and activity of these men?
    What kind of judgment does God bring on those who seek supposed success in their way rather than in his way?
    See Ps. 2:1-4; Luke 11:23; cf. Gen 3:22-24; Is 14:12-15; contrast John 11:49-52, especially verse 52.

Genesis 8:20-9:29

  1. What did Noah’s altar and burnt offerings signify?
    To what would they correspond in our lives today?
    Cf. Rom. 12; Heb. 13:15, 16.
  2. Reflect on Noah’s position after the deluge.
    How did God encourage him?
  3. What makes human life supremely precious?
    What kind of penalty is set out here for the murderer?
  4. What can we learn here concerning the place and manner of covenant making?
    Can you think of other visible tokens and pledges that seal covenants?

Note. 9:13. This does not imply that the rainbow was now seen for the first time, but that God now made it a token of his covenant of promise to Noah.

Genesis 7:1-8:19

  1. What was God’s part in Noah’s salvation, and what was Noah’s?
    Cf. Eph. 2:8; Phil. 2:12, 13; 1 Pet. 1:5.
  2. In the ark Noah was not saved from being affected by the flood at all, but he was brought safely through it.
    Cf. ‘saved through water’, 1 Pet. 3:20.
    In what similar way does the gospel of Christ offer us salvation from God’s judgment upon sin?

Genesis 4 & 5

  1. Trace in chapter 4 the growth of sin, and the evidence of its power and its effects.
  2. Abel died and Cain lived.
    But what did Abel have that Cain did not?
    Cf. 1 John 3:12; Heb. 11:4.
  3. Try to picture for yourself the life of Enoch as described in Gen. 5:21-24.
    What new light does Heb.
    11:5, 6 throw on it?

Genesis 3

  1. What does Genesis 3 teach about:
    (a) Satan’s methods,
    (b) the first false steps that lead to sin in action,
    (c) the results of sin?
  2. What simple positive principles of action, if acted on, would have given Adam and Eve victory over temptation?
  3. What is the significance of Gen. 3:15?