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The Patriarchal Age
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The Patriarchal Age
In this lesson we shall focus on
six of the patriarchs: Adam, Noah, Abram, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. We will
also spend some time studying the earlier years of Moses' life - the key
figure of transition into the Mosaic Age.
After God had created Adam and Eve, He placed them in a paradise garden called
God gave them just one command saying, "...of the tree of the knowledge of
good and evil you shall not eat"
Further, they were warned, "You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it,
lest you die"
Through the Serpentís lies and
deceit, Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit. The result was feelings of
shame and guilt over their disobedience
(Genesis 3:1-8). God
called them to account, and having established their guilt He punished both
the Serpent, woman, and the man (Genesis
promised the Serpent that his spiritual seed would bruise the heel of the
woman's seed, and that her seed would crush his head
The "Seed of the woman" is a reference to Christ
man multiplied so wickedness increased. It was because of this increase in
wickedness that God regretted making man and decided to destroy all life on
earth by means of a world wide flood. However, one man "found grace in the
eyes of the Lord"
Noah. God instructed him to build an ark in which he and his family might be
the time of God's judgment drew near, God told Noah and his family to enter
God had waited 120 years for mankind to repent but he didnít, so God sent
After nearly a year the flood waters began to recede. Noah and his family
came out of the Ark after 371 days
Noah was 950 years old when he died. It is from Noah's three sons: Shem, Ham,
and Japheth, that all nations of the earth have their origin
29). The Bible focuses primarily on the descendants of Shem, since it is
through his line that the Christ was to come into the world. From Shemís
descendants are traced down as far as Abraham
Abram was dwelling in the city of Ur, Chaldea, when God called him. God
promised him three things: to make his descendants into a great nation, give
them a land in which to dwell, and to bless all nations through his seed
The Ďseedí promise was spiritual in nature and referred to Jesus
promises God made to Abraham were restated to his son Isaac
and his grandson Jacob
Jacob had twelve sons, and one of these was Joseph
account of Joseph shows how God fulfilled His first promise to make Israel's
descendants into a great nation.
Joseph's brothers had grown bitter toward Joseph, and they ended up selling
him to Midianite traders who sold Joseph in Egypt
day Pharaoh had a dream that he could not understand. Joseph was able, by
the power of God, to interpret the dream. Pharaoh was so impressed that he
set Joseph over all the land of Egypt
Because of a severe famine, Israel (Jacob) and his household came and dwelt in
Egypt. Pharaoh gave Joseph's family the best of the land in which to dwell
fulfillment of God's promise, the children of Israel multiplied rapidly
The new Pharaoh perceived them as a threat and brought them into slavery
Pharaoh attempted to prevent Israel's growth by giving a general order to cast
every newborn male into the river
Through the action of Jochebed and the providence of God, Moses escaped the
Pharaoh's edict. Moses was adopted by Pharaoh's daughter and raised in all
the wisdom of the Egyptians
would now begin to fulfill His promise to bring the children of Israel up out
of Egypt and into the promised land, Canaan
God would achieve this by His servant Moses.
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What command did God give to Adam and Eve?
By what means did Satan tempt Eve?
What punishments did God administer to...
To whom did the Seed promise refer?
Which son of Noah was an ancestor of Christ?
Where was Abraham living when God first called him?
What did God promise him?
Which promise made to Abraham was spiritual in nature?
many children did Jacob have (Name them)?
Why was Joseph sold into slavery?
Israel and his household came to live in Egypt, what promise was God beginning
Describe how Moses survived the Pharaoh's edict.
By whom would God begin to bring about
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