I’m teaching Old Testament Studies this semester and we’ve recently finished the first three chapters of Genesis. As I reviewed our lessons, I was surprised to see how many vital points are taught in these chapters. And each of these points contains many sub points. There’s so much to talk about! But, alas, I teach 25 9th graders during the last 85 minutes of the school day.
Here’s my list of main points in Genesis 1-3:
- There is one God who made everything.
- Everything God made was originally good.
- The one God, who made everything, made humans—both male and female—in his image.
- God designed humans to live in relationship with him.
- God designed humans to be his representatives on earth, which means taking care of the earth and ruling responsibly over other creatures.
- God designed humans to live in relationship with each other.
- God wants humans to live within his boundaries.
- God initiated human marriage.
- Humans originally lived without shame and fear toward God and each other.
- God is both transcendent (above and beyond the world) and immanent (within the world).
- There is an evil spiritual being who seeks to tempt and deceive human beings.
- The first humans gave in to temptation and rebelled against God.
- The first human sin was rooted in deception and selfishness.
- Human sin led to increased pain, and the beginning of human shame and death.
- God still cared for the first humans after they sinned.
- God promised that the serpent would be crushed by one of Eve’s descendants.