Lesson 14 w/AnswersGenesis Chapters 6:1 - 8:22
In this lesson, we will examine one of the best known stories in the Bible, the story of Noah and the Ark. In the course of our study, we will observe God’s great judgment brought upon an evil and wicked people whose hearts are continually seeking sin and not His righteousness. We will also encounter the first use of the word "grace" in the Bible, as Noah finds grace with God, and he and his family are saved from the coming judgment.
Read Genesis Chapters 6-8, and consider the following:
- How long before the flood did God pronounce judgment? (see Gen. 6:3)
- ANSWER: 120 years.
- How long did it take Noah and his three sons to build the ark? (see Gen. 5:32 and Gen. 7:6)?
- ANSWER: It took them 100 hundred years. Noah was 500 years old when God commanded him to begin building the ark, and he was 600 years old when the floodwaters came.
- What caused God to want to rid the earth of man and all God had created? (see Gen. 6:5)
- ANSWER: We are told that "Every inclination of man’s heart was ‘only evil all the time’".
- Why was Noah allowed to be saved from this judgment? (see Gen. 6:8-9)
- ANSWER: Noah was saved because he was found to be a righteous man who walked with God.
- Noah lived 500 years before his three sons are mentioned. What can we infer about Noah, his children in general, and these three sons in particular?
- ANSWER 1: While the Bible is silent on this, we could infer that Noah had other sons and daughters, similar to the same reference made to the previous men in Noah’s lineage. Being 500 years old, it is logical for us to assume this.
- ANSWER 2: From the above assumption, as well from God’s treatment of Noah, we can also assume that God found Noah’s three sons were righteous. Noah’s sons’ wives must have been righteous as well; since, otherwise, they would not have been exempted from God’s judgment. Unequivocally, God was bringing this judgment on all those on the earth whose hearts were always inclined towards evil.
- From this one judgment, God reveals several truths to us about the coming judgment on the earth during the Great Tribulation when man will be on the verge of self-destruction, and about the coming White Throne judgment. What are some principles that we can already see at work in the "days of Noah"? See the following passages: Genesis 8:21, Matthew 7:13-14, Matthew 24:37-38, 1 Peter 3:20, and Revelation 3:10-11.
- ANSWER 1: We see that many are lost, and only a few saved.
- ANSWER 2: We see that God has the power to bring terrible, awesome judgment on the unrighteous, while protecting the righteous at the same time.
- ANSWER 3: We see that having faith in Christ will protect us, just as Noah’s faith protected him.
- ANSWER 4: We see that God is very patient. It may seem to us that the world is full of evil and that God isn’t paying attention to it, but He is.
- ANSWER 5: We see that when judgment comes, it is specific, certain, and clearly from God.
- ANSWER 6: We see that the innocent are not punished with the wicked.
- When was the first time that God sent rain on the earth, and why is this significant? (see Gen. 2:4-6 and Gen. 7:12.)
- ANSWER 1: It had never rained on the earth before the flood. Prior to this event, the earth was irrigated by an underground system of springs feeding the river system, and the canopy of water vapor overhead.
- ANSWER 2: This is significant because rain had never occurred before, so Noah’s proclamations about the coming judgment, and the manner in which it would be carried out, would have been incomprehensible to those living around Noah at the time. Accordingly, the need for an "Ark", and Noah’s efforts to construct one, must have seemed even more absurd to them.
- Upon examining the facts surrounding Noah’s proclamation of what God was about to do and how He was to do it, what parallels can we draw regarding Christ’s proclamation concerning his return and the final days of the Great Tribulation? (see Matthew Chapters 24-25)
- ANSWER 1: Man will not comprehend what is coming or when.
- ANSWER 2: Just as the people of Noah’s time did not understand rain, nor how God could protect the righteous in a structure that had never seen (or conceived of) before, man today cannot understand Christ’s second coming, the rapture, nor the resurrection of the righteous who have died before His coming.
- ANSWER 3: Christ’s return will be a complete and total surprise to the lost. Like the Flood, it will happen in an instant; and then it will be too late.
- How long did it take Noah and his sons to gather up all of the pairs of animals that lived in the ark? (see Gen. 7:4-10)
- ANSWER: God gave them seven days to enter the ark. In fact, Noah and his sons did not have to go after or collect any animals. All of the animals "came to Noah and entered the ark" during that seven day period.
- Once the ark was loaded with everything that was needed, including all of Noah’s family, how did they close the very large and extremely heavy door? (see Gen 7:16)
- ANSWER: We are told that "Then the LORD shut him in".
- Did the floodwaters literally cover the entire planet or simply the known earth at the time? How do we know this? (see Gen. 7:17-20)
- ANSWER: We are told that the flood covered the entire earth and that all of the high mountains "under the entire heavens were covered" to a depth of 20 feet higher than the tallest mountain.
- Was the flood caused simply by the fact that it rained for forty days? Aren’t there places on earth today where it can rain for forty days straight while not covering the entire earth with floodwaters? What caused such a cataclysmic flood? (see Gen. 7:11-12)
- ANSWER: The flood was the result of two dramatic events occurring simultaneously: all of the underground springs "of the great deep burst forth", and the "floodgates of the heavens were opened". Essentially, the vapor canopy from above collapsed on the earth at the same time that all of the underground systems burst upwards.
As we reflect on our findings for this study, we see that God’s judgment is sure and specific. Furthermore, we find that even in times of severe judgment, God is full of mercy and grace; and He spares those who are righteous from His judgments — just as He will the Saved when His Son Jesus returns at the conclusion of the Great Tribulation. The story of Noah is one of both terrible judgment and great hope, as God demonstrates his love and mercy on those who put their trust in him.
In the next lesson, we will examine the concepts of restoration and renewal, as God calls Noah and his family out of the Ark to rebuild and repopulate the earth; thus providing a new beginning for man, animal, and earth.
Thanks for studying with us.
Yours in Christ,