Adam and Eve’s sin would infect every person that descended from them. Thus, as humans grew, so did their wickedness. Men and women’s hearts were so full of evil that every thought and intention reeked of evil. God regretted that He made man to the point He thought to destroy all His creation. However, there was one man, Noah, who found favor in the sight of God.
Despite the wickedness surrounding him, Noah listened to God. One day, God approached Noah and told him that He was going to destroy man along with other living things. Yet, He would spare Noah, his wife, his sons, and his daughters-in-law. God revealed His plan to destroy by water. To ensure Noah and his family would survive, God told Noah to prepare, build an ark and gather animals and food sources. God specified to Noah how he should build the ark, which animals to bring in, and how many. Noah did as God asked.
These were God’s instructions to Noah. “Use gopher wood to build the ark to these specifications: three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide, and thirty cubits high. Add one window one cubit from the roof. Create three floors, a top deck, a middle deck, and a lower deck.” Then, God told him to gather the animals. “Take two of every living thing on Earth, including the birds and creeping things. They should come in pairs, one male and one female. Also, bring every kind of food on the ark.” Later, God told Noah to bring seven pairs of the clean animals and seven pairs of each type of bird.
When the time came, God told Noah and his family to prepare to go into the ark. In seven days, it was going to rain. Noah did as God asked, and seven days later, the flood waters came. For forty days and forty nights, it rained. As the rain increased, the ark floated. Every living thing on the Earth perished. Only Noah, his family, and all that God asked him to gather survived the flood. When the rain stopped, God sent a strong wind to push the water out. Finally, after one hundred and fifty days, the ark stopped floating and settled on the mountains of Ararat.
Soon, you could see the tops of the mountains. Forty days later, Noah started to send birds out to scout for dry land. First, he used a raven, and then, he used a dove. When a dove came back with an olive branch, Noah knew the land was drying. When Noah sent the dove out again, seven days later, the dove did not return. The land was dry. Finally, God told Noah that he, his family, and all that were with him could leave the ark. When Noah left the ark, he built an altar to God and made animal sacrifices to Him. This pleased God, and He promised never to destroy the Earth by water again. To seal his promise, God placed a rainbow in the sky.
Source: Genesis 6-9
- When God surveyed the land, only one man found favor in his sight and that was Noah. How does it feel being the only one doing right in a bad situation? How do you deal with these feelings?
- No flood waters were in sight, but God told Noah to build the ark. How do you think people treated him and his family? What do you think they said? Do you think people have the same type of attitude and behavior today?
- Despite what people may have said or how he may have looked building a big boat with no flood water around, Noah continued to build. What do you think Noah had to do or what did he have to have to keep going? Give a modern-day example of this.
- How would you have reacted if God told you what He told Noah?
- One of the things the story tells us repeatedly is that Noah did exactly what God told him. Why is it important to follow God’s instructions as He gives them to you?
- As the rain poured, what do you think may have gone through Noah and his family’s minds? Why?
- When the waters finally started to recede, Noah sent birds out to determine if the land was dry. When the dove went out, he brought back an olive branch. Why is that significant?
- When Noah and his family were finally able to get off the boat, he set up an altar and made animal sacrifices to God. Why was this important?
What scriptures are key to this story? Discuss.
- In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16 ESV
- Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God. John 8:47 ESV
- But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it! Luke 11:28 ESV
- And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. Deuteronomy 28:1 ESV
- You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3 ESV
- You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah Psalm 32:7
- Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:8 ESV
- You may be the only one who allows their light to shine in a situation. Let it shine. God will use you for greater.
- Sometimes, God will only give you the vision. Build toward the vision. The blessing is coming.
- Obedience to God leads to life. Live!
Father God open our ears to hear your word. Give us the courage to follow your lead. Let obedience to you reside in our hearts. Deliver us from that which is evil and give us the vision to move forward in You. Place thanksgiving in our hearts, and continuously renew our hope in You. This, we ask in your Son Jesus’s name. Amen.
Ask God for the vision.
After reading and discussing this story, what do you think God wants you to know? Why is that important for your life?
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