Genesis 3:20–6:8: On Cain & Abel, the Nephilim, and the Progeny of George Foreman (Bible Talk, Ep. 2)

In the second episode of Bible Talk, Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about Genesis 3:20–6:8. As man’s sinfulness grows both broader and deeper, God is still preserving a line of promise.


2:15 / At the close of Genesis 3, what have we learned about man, and what have we learned about the God who made man?

4:20 / Genesis 3:21 says God “clothed” Adam and Eve, now naked and in shame. Is this evidence of God’s mercy? Is this the first sacrifice for sin?

6:00 / What do flaming-sword-wielding cherubim suggest throughout Scripture?

9:30 / Why wasn’t Cain’s offering acceptable?

15:00 / What in the world is this “mark” on Cain?

16:30 / What’s going on at the end of Genesis 4, when Moses skews the chronology to talk about Seth and Lamech? What lessons can we learn from Cain’s descendants, listed at the end of Genesis 4?

21:40 / What’s Moses doing when he zeroes in on the line of Seth in Genesis 5?

24:45 / How should we understand Lamech’s prophecy about his son Noah in Genesis 5:29? And how’s that connected to Enoch’s non-death in Genesis 5:24?

27:30 / Can Sam possibly glean more edifying application from the genealogy in Genesis 5? (The answer is Yes.)

30:00 / Wait a second. Did Shem know Adam? And did Shem meet Abraham? And does that mean Abraham heard eye-witness testimony about both the Flood and the pre-Flood world?

31:15 / By Genesis 6, we see things are getting bad worldwide. But first: who are these “sons of God” and Nephilim in Genesis 6:4? [For more on this question, check out this video by Peter Gentry.]

36:00 / Why did Noah find favor in the eyes of the Lord? And what does that signal about what’s to come?


39:45 / Moses writes that God was “sorry” that he made man, that it grieved his heart (6:6). How should we understand language like this in Scripture?

44:45 / Why do people live so long?

45:30 / Genesis 3:22 is a weird verse. God seems to interrupt himself. What’s going on here?

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Image: Cain and Abel, Titian (1544)

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