This past weekend at Eastbrook, we contimued our preaching series, “Fractured,” drawn from Genesis 4-11. This is the second part of a two-part series on Genesis 1-11 that will stretch from January through Lent up to Easter. You can access the first part of this series on Genesis, “In the Beginning,” here. This second week of the series I preached from Genesis 4:17-6:8, walking through the expanding cycle of disorder from Adam and Eve up to the life of Noah.
You can find the message outline and video below. You can access the entire series here. Join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.
“The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.” (Genesis 6:5)
The Internal Conflict of Humanity (4:17-26)
Cain and future human accomplishment: a city, technology, the arts
Lamech: a representative of vengeance beyond Cain
Seth: a new beginning and the worship of the Lord God
The Generations (5:1-32)
The story of Genesis as a story of God working across the generations (toledot)
The generation from Adam to Noah
Examples to explore:
- Enoch who walked with God
- Lamech and his son, Noah
The Sons of God and the Daughters of Men (6:1-4)
Who are the sons of God?
- Godly descendants of Seth versus descendants of Cain?
- Angelic beings of some sort?
- Dynastic tyrants descended from Lamech?
The absolute contamination of even the best humanity
The Response of God to the Expansion of Evil (6:5-8)
God extends favor
This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:
- Memorize Genesis 5:1-2 or 6:5
- Consider reading the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans, chapters 1-7, as a helpful background about the expansion of evil in the human race
- Watch the Bible Project video series, “Intro to the Bible”
- Read one of the following:
- Tremper Longman, How to Read Genesis
- Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth