W1 Genesis Lesson: Adam and Eve

The HOW Bible Lessons on this site were designed for Grades 4-12.  You can water it for for younger children or use the corresponding Preschool to Grade 3 lesson in God’s Great Covenant OT 1 (selected page reading are listed in the Heart of Wisdom Lesson Plans).

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Adam and Eve

Step 1: Excite

And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept:and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman,and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh:she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.(Gen. 2:21–23).

Why didn’t God make Eve out of the ground in the same way He created Adam? Some Christians believe that men have one less rib than women do, but this isn’t true. It’s probable that Adam’s rib grew back. Thoracic (chest) surgeons routinely remove ribs from patients’ rib cages for grafting bone that will
manufacture new bone, because the rib is the ideal bone for regeneration; the rib or part of the rib grows back.

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness (Gen. 1:26).

Discuss the meanings of the words image and likeness. God did not make the animals with the same intelligence as that of Man, or with Man’s ability to think, reason, and communicate. Some people have a poor self-image. But God made each person special, with unique gifts and talents.

Make a list of things that you like about yourself (do not include physical appearance). When we realize that there is good inside, then we can find ways to use that good for God. How does it feel to know that God has shared His image with you?

Step 2: Examine

On the sixth day of Creation, God created all the living creatures and, “in his own image,” man both “male and female.” The Hebrew word for Adam is ~da it means “mankind,” “men and women,” “people.”

The woman’s name was Eve (Hebrew hawwah, similar to hayyah, “life”). The Genesis 1 account of man’s creation stresses that man was created to have dominion, and secondly, that God gave man the privilege of responsibility.

The first act of Adam was to give names to the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air. After that, God caused a deep sleep to fall upon him, and while he was unconscious, God took one of his ribs, and made a woman. God presented her to Adam. Adam received her as his wife, and said, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” He called her Eve, because she was the mother of all living beings. God then blessed the couple, told them to be “fruitful and multiply,” and gave them dominion over all other living things.

If God had formed Eve from the ground, Adam might have felt differently toward her. But Eve shared both Adam’s flesh and his spirit. Men and women are formed of one flesh. The woman was taken from his side to remain at his side, to be a “helpmeet.”

There are two responsibilities for the couple, first, to be fruitful, and second, to subdue the earth. Adam was the head of the human race. He was created perfect and given dominion over the earth. As the Bible presents Adam as the first man, Christ is referred to as “the last Adam” (1 Corinthians 15:45). Adam was made in the image of God, Christ is ‘the image of the invisible God’ (Colossians 1:15).

Jesus Christ is the head of redeemed humanity (Eph 5:23). Since Christ died once for all time (Hebrews 7:27; 9:28; 10:10–14), there will never be the need for any further ‘Adam’. Hence He is the last Adam.

And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made† a quickening spirit. 46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. (1 Co 15:45-47). When Jesus was crucified on the cross, He was crucified as the Last Adam. As the Last Adam, Jesus wiped out the old race; and brings in the new race.

Read God’s story of Creation in Genesis 1:1–31 and Genesis 2:4–7. What was God’s attitude about His creation and about Adam in particular?

Step 3: Expand

Complete at least 1 activity.

  • Activity 1. Make a Scrapbook Page
    Create a scrapbook page by making a background a beautiful garden (or purchasing garden or animal border paper at any store that carries scrapbook supplies). Look through coloring books for images. Get creative, consider a plant border, adding animale stickers, lettering, journaling Bible verses on a section of the page, etc. Send us a photo or scan of your page to share with others.
  • Activity 2. Outline
    Outline Genesis 1 and 2,
  • Activity 3. Make a Booklet
    Follow directions in the printable.

Adam and Eve Squash Booklet

Step 4

  • ❒ Correct all written work to demonstrate correct punctuation and spelling.
    ❒ Correct all written work to demonstrate correct and effective use of grammar.
    ❒ Add to your Writing Notebook the rules for all punctuation and grammar errors you corrected.
    ❒ Record any misspelled words in your spelling notebook.
    ❒ Add to your Vocabulary Notebook any new words encountered in this lesson. Include a definition
    for each word. Use each vocabulary term in a sentence orally or in writing.
    ❒ Add corrected written work or any illustrations to your Portfolio.
    ❒ Add any important people or events to your Time Line Book.
    ❒ Share with a friend or family member an activity you completed for this lesson. Explain to them what you have learned.