At one time or another in our lives, we may face the prospect of total loss—a fire destroys a home, a natural disaster wrecks a community, or a broken relationship demolishes a family. Can what has been obliterated be restored? Our October 2018 lessons examine the first steps of God’s redemption of a world ruined by human sin.

October 7— The Righteousness of Noah: Genesis 6:9B-22

Like an invasive cancer, the sin of Adam and Eve metastasized until the entire world was totally corrupted. Instead of waiting for humankind to destroy themselves, God intervened. He would rebuild with a man who was righteous in his debased generation.
KEY VERSE: Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him. So did he.—Genesis 6:22

October 14—The Call of Abram – Genesis 9-12

Noah’s family would repopulate the new world. But a strategy for regenerating fallen humankind was needed. That plan would begin with Abram. Through him, all nations of the world would eventually be blessed with rebirth.
KEY VERSE: I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed—Geneisi 12:2-3.

October 21—The Birth of the Promised Son – Genesis 18:9-15; 21:1-7

The pagan world of Abram’s day saw God as one who made the dead fertile once more. They saw this in a new crop each spring and a new litter of animals each season. But they could not imagine the power of One who could begin a mighty nation from an aged, infertile couple.
KEY VERSE: The Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did unto Sarah as he had spoken.—Genesis 21:1

October 28—The Marriage of Isaac – Genesis 24

God’s plan depended upon the continuation of the line of this promised son. When a suitable wife was needed for Isaac, God again guided and facilitated this search.
KEY VERSE: Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man: and the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.—Genesis 24:61