In the beginning...


The word genesis means 'beginning' - an appropriate title for the book of the same name. Not only is it the beginning of the Bible, being the first book, it also tells of the beginning of the world and how it was created by God. The Book of Genesis also describes how sin came into the world and how God exercises His judgement, but also His mercy, on mankind.

All quotations from the Bible are taken from the Authorised King James Version.
The very first murder was committed by Adam and Eve's son who killed his brother out of jealousy. What was the name of the first murderer?
God knew what Cain had done and he punished him

Genesis 4:10-12
"And he said, What hast thou done? The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand; when thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth"
Jacob was the son of Isaac and he dreamt that God spoke to him from heaven, which was joined to earth by what?
A lift
A staircase
A rope
A ladder
Jacob had a vision in which God reiterated His promise to bless the world through Jacob's descendants.

Genesis 28:12-14
"And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; and thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed."

Jacob was a patriarch of the Jews, and his elder brother Esau, of the Edomites
As a test of Abraham's faith God commanded him to sacrifice his son Isaac. Abraham tried to obey God's command but was stopped by the Angel of the Lord as he raised the knife to kill his son. As a reward for his faith Abraham's 'seed' would be a blessing for who?
For Abraham
For all the nations of the earth
For Isaac
For all the Jewish people
The Angel of the Lord spoke to Abraham:

Genesis 22:16-18
"and said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: that in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice."

Abraham's 'seed' includes the entire Jewish people and Jesus Christ
Jacob was renamed Israel after he wrestled with who?
He wrestled with Goliath
He wrestled with an angel
He wrestled with Satan
He wrestled with God
Israel is Hebrew for 'wrestles with God'

Genesis 32:24-30
"And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there. And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved."
Many generations passed and mankind became full of wickedness and so God decided to destroy all living things, except for one man, Noah, and his family. Noah was to build an ark and place in it two of every kind of animal and then God sent great rains to flood the earth and all men were destroyed. Afterwards God promised that He would never do this again and created what as a reminder of his promise?
The moon
The dove
The sun
The rainbow
God said to Noah:

Genesis 9:14-16
"And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: and I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth"
The first chapter of the Book of Genesis describes how God created the world in how many days?
In 4 days
In 5 days
In 6 days
In 7 days
God completed His work on the 6th day and on the 7th day he rested

Genesis 2:1-3
"Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 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. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made"
Abraham's wife Sarah gave birth to a son, Isaac, when Abraham was how old?
Abraham was 100 years old
Abraham was 80 years old
Abraham was 60 years old
Abraham was 40 years old
Genesis 21:5-7
"And Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him. And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me. And she said, Who would have said unto Abraham, that Sarah should have given children suck? for I have born him a son in his old age."

Abraham went on to live until he was 175 years old
Because Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate the fruit of the tree which was forbidden, God drove them out of the paradise He had created for them. What was this paradise called?
The Garden of Eden
The Land of Nod
Because of their sin Adam and Eve were punished and now had to work in order to live

Genesis 3:17-19
"And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return"
Israel's son Joseph predicted a coming famine after hearing the dreams of who?
The Governor of Judea
The Egyptian Pharaoh
The Roman Emperor
The King of the Philistines
Joseph's knowledge was a gift from God as he says himself:

Genesis 41:15-16
"And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it. And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace."
Abram was a descendant of Noah's son Shem. Abram had no children but God told him that he would have more descendants than what?
More descendants than there are grains of sand in the desert
More descendants than there are blades of grass on the earth
More descendants than there are stars in the heavens
More descendants than there are drops of water in the sea
God came to Abram:

Genesis 15:5-6
"And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness"

Abram was renamed Abraham, which means 'father of many' in Hebrew
Author:  Graeme Haw

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