After Adam & Eve fell, their descendants got worse and worse. Their son Cain killed his older brother Abel. Finally, everyone on earth had gotten so evil God decided to destroy all mankind. But God found one man who was righteous and that is what our lesson is about today. This week’s scripture is Genesis 6:11–9:17
We start this week’s story with God looking down upon the earth realizing that sin had taken over. Corruption had taken over God’s creation. (Genesis 6:11-12)
God then find Noah. He tells Noah that the earth is full of violence and he will destroy everything within the earth. He then instructs Noah to build an ark and give him the instruction how to do so. (Genesis 6:13-17)
Once the ark was completed, God made a covenant with Noah. He instructed Noah for him, his sons, his wife, and his son wives to enter the ark. He further instructed that Noah was to bring two of every living creature, one female one male. He was also told to bring food for both the humans and the creatures. (Genesis 6:18-22)
For Noah to accomplish this, God gave him seven days. After the seven days, God was going to make it rain upon the earth 40 days and 40 nights. Every living creature would be destroyed. Noah did exactly what he was ordered to do by his God. (Genesis 7:1-9)
As the Scripture says, God made rain come after the seventh day. As the rain came, God shut Noah, his family, and all of the creatures that were brought on to the ark for safekeeping. (Genesis 7:10-16)
The flood came and lasted for 40 days and 40 nights. Every living creature on earth was destroyed. This included creatures of the earth air and water. (Genesis 7:17-24)
After 40 days and 40 nights, God remembered Noah and every living thing inside the ark. God made a wind passed over the earth to allow the water to recede. The ark came to rest upon the mountains of Ararat. After the 10th month, the water had decreased enough to see the mountaintop. Several times Noah sent out a raven and a dove to see if it was dry enough on earth. After the third time he sent out the dove, the dove did not return. (Genesis 8:1-12)
Two months later, God came to Noah and told him to release the animals and his family from the ark. He told them Noah to let them all be free so that they may multiply upon the earth. Noah built an altar and offered a burnt offering. God smelled the burnt offering and said in his heart that he would not curse the earth again because of man. (Genesis 8:13-22)
God emphasized that all needed to be fruitful and multiply so that they may replenish the earth. All moving thing shall be meat for Noah and his family. (Genesis 9:1-7)
We end this story with God telling Noah that covenant that He would not flood the earth ever again. Then God talks about bringing clouds over the earth that will end with a bow in the clouds. (Genesis 9:8-17)
1. Why was the world corrupt in God’s eyes and what did He say He was going to do about it?
2. What did God tell Noah to do?
3. Why did God ask to build an Ark?
4. Why did God choose Noah and what was His promise to Noah?
5. After Noah, his family & the animals were on the ark, what did God do?
6. How long did the water flood the earth?
7. After the waters receded and everything was off the ark, what did Noah do?
8. What was God’s covenant with Noah?
This leaves the following questions:
What do we learn about God in this story? What do we learn about man/ourselves in this story? What new did we learn? What changes do we need to make?