LESSON 05 – Noah & The Flood – Genesis 6

  1. Discussion
    • Read 6:1-4. Who are the sons of God and daughters of men listed in this section? We really don’t know for sure!  There are two main views. Some Bible commentators insist that the sons of God are evil angelic beings who came down and married women.  Others say the sons of God are descendants of Seth, the godly line, who married the daughters of Cain, the ungodly line.  [FYI – For a discussion of the angelic being theory read pages 47 and 48 in Genesis: Finding our Roots. For information about the other view see page 24 of Willmington’s Guide to the Bible.] It might be profitable to go over these theories only if you have older children. However, since the passage is unclear about who these people were, we will not discuss those theories here, but, instead zero in on what we know is true from the passage itself. Whoever they were, their intermarrying was a problem. What does God talking about in 6:3? (God is warning people that in 120 years He will judge the earth. We know that Noah preached to the people all the time he was building the ark. See I Peter 3:20.) Who were the giants, or Nephilim in 6:4? (Were there giant people in ancient times? Yes. We know that Goliath was over 9 feet tall and he existed after the Flood. Many people believe that the giants of fairy tales and mythology have their basis in the real life giants of the Bible.)
    • Read 6:5-7. Why was God grieved? (because of the wickedness of the people on earth) How evil were these people? (“EVERY inclination of the thoughts of his heart was ONLY evil ALL the time” – that’s a description of total wickedness) What did God say He would do about the problem? (destroy everyone) What was different about Noah? (He found favor in God’s sight.)
    • Read 6:8-22. How do these verses describe Noah? (righteous, blameless, walked with God, obedient, having 3 sons – Shem, Ham and Japheth.) How was God going to save Noah and his family? The animals? (Noah would build a boat [see information about the ark on the Flood Facts page at the end of the lesson.] and Noah’s family and at least two of each animal would be in it, along with food.)
  2. Application– As I sat watching TV when the flooding of New Orleans happened in 2005, I couldn’t help but make comparisons to the events of Genesis 6-8.  Warnings had been made over and over for 20 years about the danger to New Orleans if the levees broke.  Everyone “knew” it could happen – evidently few thought it ever would.  Residents thought they could “ride it out”, that the danger was over exaggerated. I remember myself reading an online weather website warning of complete devastation on Saturday evening before Katrina came ashore and thinking, “Surely it won’t be that bad.” Just as the people of our country failed to heed the warnings engineers made about the levees in Louisiana, the people of Noah’s day chose to ignore the preaching and pleading of Noah. What was Noah’s response to God’s words of warning? See Gen. 6:22.  (Noah did all that God commanded him to do.) Can you say that about yourself? What warnings does God have for you that you might be ignoring, just like the people before the Flood? Is there something difficult that God is asking you to do? How can Noah’s example help you in your situation? (Possible answers: he walked with God, he was obedient to the things God told him to do-even when everyone else didn’t, he trusted in God and not in his own ideas and opinions, he believed what God said was true and acted on it) After you have identified things in which your child needs to become more obedient (possible areas: first time obedience, happy heart, acceptance of circumstances, submission to authority, diligence, selfishness, arguing, physical freedoms such as stomping feet, facial expressions, etc.) pick one that they want to work on. In prayer ask, “How can I specifically obey you today, Lord?” Then have them tell you specifically how they are going to obey God in this area that day. Be sure to check back with your child and see how they did the next day! Your job as a parent is to speak the truth in love, warn of consequences of wrong choices and encourage good behavior.
  3. Digging Deeper
    1. From the following verses make a list what people were like before the Flood: Luke 17:26-28; Gen. 4:21-22; Heb. 11:7; II Peter. 3:4; II Peter 2:4; Jude 15; Mt. 24:38. I Peter 3:19; Gen. 6:1-19. (You could do this in chart form.) After your list or chart make a comparison to our world today. How are we alike? Different? What does this comparison teach you?
    2. Have you ever felt like Noah – the only one who wanted to follow God, while everyone else around you was going their own way, not acknowledging God at all? Describe this time in your life. How were you negatively affected by it? How did it strengthen your faith? What Bible verses got you through? Noah “walked with God”. How did you walk with God during that time in your life? This may be even happening right now! Write about it.