Memory Text: “Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness…’ So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:26, 27, NRSV).
Everything God created, in the beginning, was good. There was no earthquake, sickness, famine and any of the bad things we see today, it was all perfection for God had said that it was good after each day’s creation.
However, despite the good beginning something happened, We will find out what happened as We proceed into the lesson.
What does the bible tell Us about origins?
Genesis 1:1 tells us that in the beginning, God created the heavens and earth. Genesis 1 tells us in detail how everything we see today all originated.
Who holds the foundation of the earth?
The foundation of the earth was laid by God (Hebrews 1: 10) and He holds it as opposed to the story that says that the foundation of the earth is turtles all the way down.
In what ways are we created in God’s own image?
We can say we reflect our divine creator physically, spiritually and mentally in some way. This is why it is possible to create a good relationship with God something other creatures cannot do.
What is the role of the female God created?
The female taken out of the ribs of a Male was to stand by the Male’s side and not as an inferior. Females are meant to be a companion, helpmeet and support.
What was God’s message to Adam and Eve concerning their interaction with creation?
God tells them to be fruitful and multiply, to have dominion over every creature and subdue it. He also gave them every herb that yields seeds on the face of the earth as food for them.
What does the above message to Adam and Eve imply?
This instruction from God indicates freedom for Man to do as He wills. It also includes freedom of choice between good and evil as Man was given dominion over everything.
Why did God have to test Man with the tree of the knowledge of good and evil?
This test was to show that man had the freedom to do as He purposes. This test put forward so that Adam and Eve can prove their loyalty and dependence to and on God respectively. Eating the fruit of the tree in the midst of the garden indicated independence and alienation from God.
What steps did Satan take to bypass Eve’s natural defenses to not eat the fruit?
Genesis 3:1-6 tells us of how Satan deceived Eve by telling her that She shall not surely die and further tells her that God knows that in the day that she eats of the fruit she shall have knowledge of good and evil and be like God. The devil also took of the fruit and ate of it.
What was the result of Eve’s decision?
This disregard for God’s command led to the breaking of the relationship man had with God. They could no longer see the face of the Holy One because they had transgressed(sinned), hence they fled at the sound of God’s voice (Genesis 3:8-10).
What hope and promise were given to man in the midst of this tragedy?
God spoke of the hostility of the serpent and the woman, her Offspring and his offspring. He spoke of the serpent bruising the heel of the woman’s Offspring and the woman’s Offspring bruising the head of the serpent. This gave hope and promise gave comfort to Adam and Eve in the condition sin had put them.
Humans were never created to suffer, God created man to enjoy the loving fellowship between Him and Us. However, sin broke that relation but notwithstanding God wants to restore this broken relationship through the plan of salvation. It is our choice to take advantage of this opportunity of restoration by obeying His word and doing as He wills. I pray that We be part of those who God will redeem back to Himself in Jesus’ name.