Okay, here we go! This is week 1. I’m using the ESV Bible.
Day 1: Genesis 1-3
Q1. “And there was evening and there was morning…” Why is this repeated or emphasized (Hint: Gen 1:14)
Q2. Did God really need 6 days to create our universe?
Q3. If “holy” means “set apart or dedicated”, why did God make the day He rested holy? Why is this day different than the others?
Q4. What is the answer to the serpent’s question in Gen. 3:1?
Q5. After God cursed the Earth in Gen. 3:17, why did He not want Adam and Eve to eat from the tree of life (Gen. 3:22)?
A1: God wants us to know that when He mentions a day, it is the same period of time that we consider a day.
A2: God works His will according to many different processes. He wants us to realize that not everything in life will happen instantaneously. Don’t be surprised when God works in your life over a period of time.
A3: God wants to set an example for us of resting. It is in our best interest to take a day each week to rest from our work. It appears that this day is also supposed to be a day that we use for spending time with God.
A4. The serpent is trying to twist words to confuse Man. Even today, He constantly tries to make God’s commandments sound nonsensical or ridiculous.
A5. At first, it seems to be a punishment, but was God being merciful by not letting Adam and Eve live in this cursed world forever?
Day 2: Gen 4-7
Q1. Why did Cain’s offering “have no regard”(Gen 4:5)? (Hint: 1 John 3:12)
Q2. In Gen 4:10, why did God ask “Where is Abel your brother?”
Q3. How much time passed between the creation of Adam and the birth of Noah?
Q4. God tells us why the flood happened in Gen 6:5. In Gen 6:6, God’s heart was grieved. Did God not see this coming?
Q5. Why did Noah have to take 7 pairs of each clean animal? (Hint: Gen 8:20, 9:3)
A1. The sacrifice was not as important as Cain’s heart. God sees the heart! (1 Samuel 16:7)
A2. God was giving Cain an opportunity to confess.
A3. 130+105+90+70+65+162+65+187+182 = 1056 years
A4. From question 3, we see that God gave man over 1000 years to turn back to him. God gave man free will to accept Him or reject Him and time, it appears, has run out.
A5. Some of the animals were to be used as sacrifices and some were to be used as food.
Day 3: Gen 8-11:9
Q1. What does God say about the regularity of our seasons?
Q2. Why was Noah’s youngest son, Ham, cursed by his father? (Side note: Anytime you read about the Canaanites, you reading about some of Ham’s children that populated Canaan.
Q3. How many years have passed from creation to Noah’s death?
Q4. Of Noah’s three sons, from which one did the Philistines descend from?
Q5. What was wrong with the people not wanting to be dispersed over the face of the earth? (Hint: Gen 1:22,28; 9:1,7)
A1. While the earth remains, they shall not cease.
A2. Ham dishonored his father by leaving him naked and furthermore invited his brothers to come see. His brothers, of course, would not participate in the humiliation.
A3. 1056 years from creation to the birth of Noah + 950 = 2006 years
A4. Gen 10:14: Casluhim was son of Egypt, Egypt was son of Ham (the son Noah cursed)
A5. God’s commandment was to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth, not stay in one place. Pride was taking over and the people were turning from God and wanted to make a name for themselves (Gen 11:4)
Day 4: Gen 11:10-14:13
Q1. How much time has passed between creation and the birth of Abraham?
Q2. How were Abram and Lot related?
Note1. Review the promise God makes with Abram in Gen 12:2-3
A1. 1056 (Creation to Noah) + 500 (Noah’s age when he fathered Shem) + 100 + 35 + 30 + 34 + 30 + 32 + 30 + 29 + 70 = 1946 years
A2. Lot was Abram’s nephew.
Day 5: Gen 14:14-18:8
Q1. Why didn’t Abram take anything from the king of Sodom?
Note1. Gen 15:6 is a key verse that we will see again in Hebrews 11.
Q2. God promised Abram that his family would be great, but did God promise his family wouldn’t see adversity? (Hint: Gen 15:13)
Q3. So many difficulties appear in Abram’s family in chapter 16. What was the main cause of these complications?
Q4. Why does Abraham’s laugh at God’s promise of a son?
A1. Maybe Abram didn’t want anyone to be able to say that they made Abram what he is. He didn’t want anyone but God to get the glory from his life.
A2. This is prophecy of the time Abram’s family will spend enslaved in Egypt. Notice that God never says this is a punishment. It’s just something that has to happen according to God’s plan for His people.
A3. When we get impatient and try to force things to happen before their time, it rarely goes well.
A4. Abraham was 99 years old and Sarah was 90 years old. He had faith in God but Abraham still thought this was highly unlikely.
Day 6: Gen 18:9-21:21
Q1. Why was Abraham so concerned about God wiping out Sodom and Gomorrah?
Q2. What do you think about Lot offering his daughters to the gang instead of the visitors under his roof?
Q3. Why is Abraham constantly lying about his wife being his sister?
Q4. How much time has passed between creation and the birth of Isaac?
Note1. In Gen 21:9-16, did you notice how many people were hurt because Abraham and Sarah tried to take matters into their own hands, instead of relying on God’s promises? Have you ever seen this in your life?
A1. Remember Abraham’s nephew, Lot, was living in this area. Also, Abraham couldn’t imagine God sweeping away the righteous with the evil. It’s hard to believe that there was no more than Lot’s family, who were not wicked in this city. See Romans 3:10 which quotes from Psalms 14 and 53.
A2. Obviously, this is a horrible, inexcusable act, even if it was a bluff. Note that the Bible never condones this act. The offer doesn’t help anything and now Lot also needs saving.
A3. It seems that he is trying to save his own neck. He feels lying is the only thing that can protect him despite all of the promises and blessings that God has given him.
A4. 1946 (creation to birth of Abram) + 100 (Gen 21:5) = 2046 years
Day 7: Gen 21:22-24:27
Note1. The well, named Beersheba, later becomes a famous town in Israel (Judges 20:1, 1 Samuel 3:20).
Note2. Earlier, we saw Abraham laughing at God and lying about his wife to protect his life. Now we see his trust in God so strong, that he is willing to sacrifice his own son.
Q1. Why doesn’t Abraham want a wife from the Canaanites for his son?
A1. Abraham doesn’t want Isaac’s wife to draw him away from God.