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How can we be saved?

Genesis 4:25-26 Adam made love to his wife again, and she gave birth to a son and named him Seth, saying, God has granted me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him. Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh. At that time people began to call on the...

Who was the first martyr?

Genesis 4:8 Cain said to his brother Abel, Let’s go out to the field. Cain led his brother far enough away that their parents would not hear him scream. He probably gave some thought to the place, and how to dispose of the body. If his brother went missing, his...

Why is sin so dangerous?

Genesis 4:5b Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. Cain thought his offering was perfectly fine, and that God was lucky to have it. He should have received God’s favor, he thought, not his frown. What kind of God would disapprove of an offering anyway? Cain...

What was the first clothing?

Genesis 3:21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. The only way to get skin off an animal is to kill it, so this was the first animal sacrifice. Animals were likely tame before the fall, and may have been like pets. Adam and Eve...

Is death natural?

Genesis 3:19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return. Even though the Promised One would fix the problem of sin, there would still be...

What is the first prophecy in the Bible?

Genesis 3:15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel. This is God’s solution to the problem of sin, which he spoke to the devil. It is a messianic prophecy that is...

How do people hide from God?

Genesis 3:8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. This was a little desperate, but for all they knew, God was coming to kill...

What was the first sin?

Genesis 3:6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. The first duty of a Christian...

How do we know that God is good?

Genesis 3:5 God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. Satan wanted Adam and Eve to doubt the goodness of God, so he focused on what God withheld. They were free to eat from every tree in the...

What was the first temptation?

Genesis 3:1b He said to the woman, Did God really say, You must not eat from any tree in the garden? This is the first temptation of a human being, and it is brilliant. If Satan can make us doubt God’s word, he can make us doubt God’s love, and also his laws. That is...

Who is Satan?

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. This is the first mention of Satan in the Bible, and while he is not on every page, he has a leading role. He is called the Destroyer (Revelation 9:11), the enemy (Luke...

Why did God rest?

Genesis 2:3 God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. After God created the world, we might imagine he was tired. But the amount of God’s power that he used to make the world was...

How does creation remind us of God?

God could have made the world an ordinary place, but he chose to make it very good (Genesis 1:31). And he wants us to notice! I was on my way to class, one afternoon, when I passed a familiar tree. I had seen it many times before, but this time was different. The...

How should we serve God?

God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it (Genesis 1:28). God gave Adam and Eve an important job to do: fill the earth and subdue it. From this we learn that God wants people to contribute to society through...

How are people different than animals?

God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them (Genesis 1:27). This was important to the Israelites because in Egypt they were treated like beasts. They were Pharaoh’s slaves, and their primary job was...

How are miracles different than providence?

In the beginning, God created everything out of nothing (Genesis 1:1). Since then, he normally uses the means he built into creation. He could produce a million apples a day out of nothing, but prefers to use natural means instead. After he made the fish and the birds...

How do animals prove that God exists?

After he made the stars, God created birds, fish and every other creature (Genesis 1:20-25). Over a million species of life on earth have been catalogued, and that is probably only a tenth of what exists. If the name BOB written in the sand proves intelligence at...

How can we still believe in miracles?

The Bible records about 150 miracles, depending on how you count. Christians are often ridiculed for believing such things as the virgin birth of Christ (Luke 1:35), and the resurrection of Christ (Matthew 28:1-7). This is understandable since by their very nature...

How does the universe prove that God exists?

There was a time the universe did not exist, and this is powerful evidence for the existence of God. If anything is clear to us, it’s that something cannot come from nothing. If there was nothing more than a single grain of sand in the entire universe, it would still...

Does God Ever Rest?

Genesis 2:3 God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.  After God created the world, we might imagine he was tired. But the amount of God’s power that he used to make the world was...

An Overview of the Bible

The Bible is the story of God’s salvation, and  can be surveyed in fifteen parts. Once we understand the Bible’s big story, the little stories within it make more sense. All dates are approximate. 1. The Creation: In the beginning, God created the heavens and the...