The story of Noah and the Ark is a story that most Christians have known since their childhood years. It conjures up colourful images of furry animals, all streaming onto Noah's floating zoo, two by two. In truth, the story of Noah and the Ark is one that is rather disturbing and theologically challenging. It's a story about humanity's capacity for terrible evil; a story about God's destructive wrath in the face of that evil. However, it is also a story about hope – hope that life can continue on after catastrophe. Surprisingly enough, it is also a story about God's grace. This will hopefully become clear as we take a closer look at the 6th Chapter of the Book of Genesis.
In this, Part 4 in our Bible study series on Genesis 1-11, we'll take a closer look at the story of Cain and Abel. This ancient story is about resentment, bitterness and hate- a hate so deep that it ultimately gives birth to murder. Was Cain destined to kill his brother? Are we, as a species, destined to live at odds with one another? We'll explore these questions and more in today's Bible Study.
The story of Adam, Eve and the fall is one of the most well known stories of the Bible- perhaps of all western literature. But as old and as familiar as this story is, it contains many mysteries and raises a number of interesting questions: Why place a deadly fruit tree in the middle of paradise? What does it truly mean for humanity to have knowledge of good and evil? Why do the man and woman become conscious of their nakedness after their sin? In this Bible study, we will explore these questions and more.
This is Part II in a Bible Study series called, "Origin Stories," focusing on the first eleven chapters of the Book of Genesis. Today, we take a closer look at Genesis Chapter 1, focusing particularly on the 6th and 7th days of creation (Genesis 1:26-2:3). What does it mean for God to create human beings "in his image?" And why does God- the Eternal source of Being- need to rest? We'll answer these questions and more in our Bible Study today.