Community Group Study “Genesis: A Remnant of Faithfulness”
Before your community group meets:
Read Genesis 4:25-5:32. Write down 7-10 observations you have from the text noting any similarities you see to Genesis 4.
Why do you think God gives us this picture of a line of faithful people in the middle of Genesis chapters 4 and 6? *note verse 29 and what we’re told about Noah.
Spend some time reminding yourself of how God has been faithful to you even at times when life’s brokenness and difficulty has been very real in your life. Offer God thanksgiving in prayer for his faithfulness.
When times are dark we need to be reminded that God is good, God is present and God is faithful. Genesis 5:1-32 is one of those passages that remind us of those things. It has been just one disaster after another since we first saw sin’s entrance into the world in Genesis 3; when Eve and Adam fell into temptation to distrust God’s word and their identity as image bearers. Adam and Eve hid from God and each other, they experienced guilt and shame and they blame shifted. Genesis 4:7 finally named and personified the cause behind all of what we saw… “Sin”. As we read through Genesis we see how sin escalates with each unfolding story. Cain selfishly brought an offering to God, God rejects his offering, Cain responds with anger towards God and in hate filled jealousy he murders his brother Abel. Cain’s descendants then take a turn for the worse as we get 7 generations of evil and faithless men. These men build a city that exalts their own name and glory, including things like technology and the arts (Genesis 4:20-21). And… just wait until we get to Genesis 6, sin escalates even further with the human heart thinking evil continually and the earth being corrupt and filled with violence. We wonder if there is any hope and if there are anyone of faith left.
Often when evil multiplies, it is hard for us to see the good and to see what God is doing in the midst of all of it. Genesis 5 offers us a glimpse into how God preserves a faithful people to himself.
As you study and read through Genesis 5 you quickly notice a pattern appear. “Person A” lived a certain number of years, they fathered “person B” and lived a certain number of years afterwards. We’re also told each time that they fathered other sons and daughters, showing us a rapid population growth. What is being highlighted is that there is a line of faithfulness that continues from one generation to the next that parallels the line of faithlessness we get in Genesis 4. We also have comments on a few of the people in the genealogy. Genesis 5:22 and 24 informs us that Enoch walked with God and that he seemed to not experience a human death. Likewise, we get an inside look to the parental hopes of Lamech for Noah in Genesis 5:29. It seems that this Lamech looked around the world at the time and could see the corruption and evil of the world and that God was going to bring relief through his work in Noah.
The big takeaway here for us as followers of Jesus in today’s world though is even when the world looks its worst, God preserves a people of faith for himself and that we can take hope in the darkness.
At your community group:
Take 15-20 minutes to share about how God has been at work in your life, prayer concerns and pray for one another.
How did God speak to you through the scripture and the sermon this week?
Scripture and Discussion Questions:
Read through Genesis 4:17-24 and Genesis 4:25-5:32. While you read as a group, stop and note the characteristics of the faithless and the faithful lines. What sticks out to you about these two groups as you compare and contrast them?
Where does Cain’s family line place their hope? Where does Seth’s family line place their hope?
Enoch and Noah stand out as examples in Genesis 5. Look at Hebrews 11:5-7… how does that passage talk about Enoch and Noah and what can we learn from them about the nature of faith?
How does the reality that God preserves a faithful people and gives this people hope it the midst of darkness minister to you?
Read Genesis 6:1-22. Write out 10 observations you have from the text.
How many times does the text emphasize the sinful state of the world? List out the various ways
How does God respond to the earth’s corruption and violence? Look at Genesis 6:6-7 and 6:18 for examples.