The Bible Story from Genesis to Revelation

The Beginnings as told in Genesis 1 to 11


“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth;”

It is on the sixth day that mankind is created in the form of Adam first, then Eve. God announces the seventh day to be a day of rest and declares it holy.

God puts Adam in the garden of Eden, instructing him to dress it and to keep it. Adam is permitted to eat from any tree in the garden, but is commanded not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Some time later, after Eve has been formed and presented to Adam, Satan persuades Eve that she could eat from the forbidden tree after all, which she does, then encourages Adam to do the same. For this sin - disobedience of God’s word - they are banned from the Garden of Eden. Mankind is now to toil for his food, women are to suffer pain in childbirth and to be subservient to their husbands.

Two of Adam and Eve's sons, Cain and Abel, offer differing sacrifices to God, of which Abel's is accepted, but Cain’s is rejected. In time, the affect of this rejection leads Cain to murder his brother Abel, a crime for which he God punishes him by sending him away from Eden to the land of Nod.

Aided by the infiltration of Nephilim, mankind becomes so wicked that God decides to destroy the earth’s inhabitants with a flood. Only righteous Noah, his wife, their three sons and their wives are to be saved, along with many animals, in an ark designed by God and built by Noah.

When the flood comes and abates there is a new beginning, with all the inhabitants of the earth now to be descended from Noah’s sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.

As the population grows, men resist spreading throughout the earth and begin to build the tower of Babel, thinking it will establish them in one place. But God confounds their language, causing them to divide and scatter abroad as He had originally intended.