WHAT YOu NEED TO KNOW IN GENESIS CHAPTER 8-9:17:
- God judges sin but always offers deliverance
- It rained for 40 days and 40 nights, and it took 110 days for the floodwaters to recede
- God is faithful
- We exist only because of God’s grace
God establishes His covenant with Noah, the animals, and all of their descendants to never flood the earth again. He sets the rainbow as the sign of the covenant, and when He sees it, He will remember.
12) God establishes His covenant with Noah, the animals, and all of their descendants to never flood the earth again. He sets the rainbow as the sign of the covenant, and when He sees it, He will remember. Even though man is evil, God is good, and He will preserve all of humanity.
13) Personal Question. My answer: God’s heart is bigger than I ever could imagine. He loves creation, and since His love is much greater than mine, we should love creation whole-heartedly as well.
14a) The rainbow. It is the sign of the covenant between God and the earth. He will remember this covenant every time it appears.
b) We’re still here, aren’t we?
I love rainbows. Their appearance is always special, and I always wish they would last longer. They last long enough for God to remember me and me to remember Him.
FUN FACT: This is the first of many covenants God makes with his people and that we will see in this study of Genesis. This one covers every living creature.
This covenant was a repetition and clarification of the promise God made in Genesis 8:21-22.
God imprisoned the angels (Jude 6) and shortened our lives, giving us less time to make amok of things.
FUN FACT: Remember that the blanket of water vapors was released in the flood and the water cycle of the earth changed after the flood, so this may be the first occurrence of a rainbow on the planet. God used the rainbow as a sign to Noah and all generations that He would be faithful to His covenant.
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God blessed Noah and told him and his sons to be fruitful and multiply. Here, God makes the animals fearful of man. He gives man everything that lives and moves for food except for meat that still has lifeblood in it. God will demand an accounting for spilled human blood and animal blood.
9) God blessed Noah and told him and his sons to be fruitful and multiply. Here, God makes the animals fearful of man. He gives man everything that lives and moves for food except for meat that still has lifeblood in it. God will demand an accounting for spilled human blood and animal blood. In Genesis 1:28-30, God tells Adam to be fruitful and multiply and to rule over all the animals. He only gives man plants to eat here.
10) Personal Question. My answer: I’m definitely an animal lover. I’m the weirdo stopping to move praying mantis off the bike trail. I definitely value human life. In the US, we value animals more so than in the past. Unsure on human life. We talk the talk, but not necessarily walk the walk.
11) Personal Question. My answer: God wants us all to value all human life. It challenges me to love those in my life who are hard to love. I do need to pray more for my country and the world.
I love the emphasis on the sacredness of life and how there will an accounting for taking it. I love how you attack God’s image when you attack His people. Good stuff.
Do you ever wonder what Noah thought having seen the world before and now seeing this new world and how different it must be?
Since humanity is starting over, God gives Noah the same commandments as He gave Adam, except now man can now eat animals. This may be because the earth is less fruitful than it was before. Since man would be eating animals, God made the animals afraid of us for their protection. This gives me hope that in all of heaven there is no fear, and I can finally pet lions!
FUN FACT: The word blood is used in the Bible 424 times in 357 separate verses (in the New King James Version).
This passage is where the justification for capital punishment comes from. Murderers attack the image of God, which means they must be held accountable. Like our laws, the Bible emphasizes the difference between murder and killing. Sometimes killing is justified, such as for capital punishment or self-defense. Capital punishment does fall on the shoulders of the government (Romans 13:1-4). As we saw with the murder of Cain, the guilt of unpunished murder defiles a land (Numbers 35:31-34).
God says to be fruitful and multiply because the earth was empty once again.
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God told Noah to leave the ark, along with his family and all the animals so they can repopulate the earth. Noah built an alter and sacrificed clean animals to God. God thought the aroma was pelasing and said in His heart He would never rid the earth of man or animals again.
6a) God told Noah to leave the ark, along with his family and all the animals so they can repopulate the earth
b) Noah obeyed and left the ark and emptied it of animals. Then he built an alter and sacrificed clean animals to God for gratitude in his survival and God’s faithfulness.
b) Personal Question. My answer: Die to what we want to do and do what God wants us to do. Proverbs says do what is right and just. Hosea says to acknowledge God. Micah says to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly. John says love and sacrifice for friends. Romans says to offer your bodies as living sacrifices as a spiritual act of worship. Do not conform to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Hebrews says to do good, share with others, and prasie God continually and confess His name.
8 ) Part personal question. My answer: Faithfulness. I know that God has got me, and I don’t have to worry.
I never noticed that God said this “in his heart.” It shows us that the heart is what matters.
Even though Noah took some of the precious animals for the sacrifice, they did not die out or go extinct. Sacrifices to God should cost you something. This is pleasing to God since He gave the ultimate sacrifice in his Son, Jesus, to us. (Ephesians 5:2 and Hebrews 9:26, 10:12)
David never offered God that which costs me nothing (2 Samuel 24:24).
FUN FACT: This is the first recorded offering to God since Cain and Abel.
The Bible speaks anthropomorphically here, which is using a human analogy of a divine action or attribute. More pleasing to God than the smell of the sacrifice was the heart of Noah in his sacrifice. “The Lord smelled the offering” appears commonly throughout the first five books of the Bible written by Moses.
Noah’s sacrifice mirrors Jesus’s sacrifice and is why God promises to never destroy man.
God also established the seasons here. We can assume the climate was the same before.
We see lifespans of man decreasing here. Bible Scholars believe that the dinosaurs went extinct shortly after the flood because of these weather changes.
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God remembered Noah, the ark, and the animals, so He caused the water to recede. It stopped raining. The ark came to rest on the 17th day of the 7th month on Mount Ararat. On the first day of the 10th month the tops of the mountains became visible. After 40 days, Noah sent out a raven. Then he sent out a dove. It found nothing. The dove went out again in 7 days and came back wtih an olive leaf. Noah knew the water had receded. He sent the dove out for a third time, and it did not return. Noah was 601 years old when the earth was dry. on the 27th day of the 2nd month the earth was completely dry.
3) He kept sending out birds for signs of the life. He believed God would be faithful.
4a) God was with Noah the entire time; He did not abandon him or turn his back on him like He did everyone else. God turned His attention to Noah. This is an anthropomorphism (a non-literal picture of God in human terms we can understand).
b) Both were faithful.
5) Personal Question. My answer: Move us so we can start our own businesses. You just keep on trucking, and God’s plan will come to fruition.
I had forgotten the raven and the fact that the dove was sent out three times. It’s amazing the details you forget and then relearn as you restudy the Bible. Always a good reminder that time with God is never wasted time.
Practically speaking, a mountain would be hard to off-load thousands of animals. Historically speaking, it’s a good place for an ark to be preserved.
Time is marked form when the rain began falling (Genesis 7:11-12).
Note that God never told Noah how long he would remain in the ark. This was because Noah did not need to know and maybe for mental reasons. This was a long time to be on a boat.
It is believed the raven did not return to the ark. This may be because ravens eat dead carcasses and so found food.
The dove did not find rest as we do not find rest. It is now a symbol of peace and goodness.
Noah was in the ark for one whole year. It seems all living creatures survived the journey.
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Summary of passage: Methuselah became the father of Lamech who was Noah’s father. Noah fathered Shem, Ham and Japheth. All lived long lives.
11) Methuselah and he was 969 years old.
12) God kept Seth’s descendants alive longer than others so they would have a chance to repent before he sent the flood (right after Methuselah died). Also, Seth’s descendants lived right after the Fall. God had intended man to live forever so because it was so close to the Fall, God kept man alive longer.
I would speculate God wanted the earth populated so he allowed man to live longer so he could procreate more.
Also, the atmosphere/environment was very different before the flood destroyed everything. Think of the differences say in the times of Dinosaurs and Ice Ages. The world was a different place. Everything was teeming with life. No pollutants or hazards in the environment. Probably little illnesses and diseases as of yet. Abundant food. We don’t hear of starvation during this time. Genetically, there probably wasn’t a lot of harmful mutations yet. God is still very, very close to His people here–physically–so they lived longer.
As more and more generations passed, more and more turning from God entered the world. Sin accumulated. Thus, I would say God decided to shorten man’s life in accordance. To lessen the evil we do to ourselves and in the world.
Ultimately, it’s God’s will and grace that determines how long we live. The rest is just speculation.
Conclusions: The only day I liked in this lesson. It shows how everything is God’s will and is in His grace. Perfect lesson for me today.
Summary of passage: Jared had Enoch and then he died. Enoch had Methuselah. Enoch walked with God and was taken up to heaven.
8 ) Jude says Enoch prophesied. Hebrews says he was commended as one who pleased God. Genesis says Enoch walked with God.
9) No. He was taken up to heaven but did not experience a physical death.
10a) Enoch was just taken up to heaven as those of us who are living in Christ (the faithful) shall be taken up to heaven when the Lord comes.
b) We will all rise and be changed and given a new body. The Lord will come down from heaven and with a loud command and trumpet call the dead in Christ will rise. Then the living in Christ will rise and be with the Lord forever.
c) Personal Question. My answer: Rising again to be with Christ forever. Gives me hope.
Conclusions: I’m REALLY not liking this lesson. I just feel like BSF is spending way too much time on Genesis 5 and an obscure guy named Enoch. Furthermore, we discussed all of this in Acts last year. We read Hebrews, 1 Corinthians, and 1 Thessalonians and discussed Enoch as well. I just don’t see his importance like BSF does.
Question 8 had no specifics. We don’t know why Enoch was commended with God or how he exactly walked with God. We just know he did something to be taken up to heaven by God. I just don’t see how this applies to my life.
For me, I didn’t get anything out of this lesson and am ready to move on to Lesson 7.
Summary of passage: A written account of Adam’s line. God created man (Adam) in His likeness. Then Adam had a son, Seth, in his likeness instead of God’s since Adam had ushered sin into this world. Seth had Enosh. Enosh had Kenan. Kenan had Mahalalel. Mahalalel had Jared. Jared had Enoch. Enoch had Methuselah. Methuselah had Lamech. Lamech had Noah. Noah had Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
Enoch walked with God so he did not die we are told.
5a) “And then he died”
b) John 3:6-8: You must be born again in the Spirit
John 8:24: If you don’t believe in Jesus, you will die in your sins
Romans 5:14: Death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses. Adam was the pattern of the one to come.
Romans 6:23: The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus
6) That Adam was created sinless but Seth was not. Once Adam sinned, all man was born into sin; thus, Seth was as well. But if you believe in Jesus and what he did for us on the cross, you will be made righteous and be justified before God.
Conclusions: All men are born sinners. But all men can be redeemed through Jesus Christ our Savior.
7a) “Enoch walked with God; then he was no more because God took him away.” He did not die. The writer of Hebrews thus commends Enoch as a man of faith since “without faith it is impossible to please God.” Hebrews 11:5-6
b) In Genesis 5, we only have one example of faithfulness (Enoch) and we know nothing about him except he walked with God. There could have been others but none are mentioned specifically. So, it encourages me to walk with God.
Conclusions: I see Genesis 5 as nothing more than a genealogy to Noah. So, I re-read the questions and am trying to think about what I’m supposed to get out of this besides we all die but can be redeemed through Jesus.
Enoch walked with God but that is all we are told–no specifics. So a guy who’s mentioned a handful of times in the Bible doesn’t really encourage me.
I think the question would have been better asking who has encouraged us in our commitment to God and how instead of pointing to a dead guy none of us know.
Again, not getting much out of this one either. Either I am struggling to get a personal application out of a list of names or BSF is struggling to get a personal application question out of a genealogical record.
Either way I’m not getting much.
Summary of passages: Genesis 4:25-26: Adam and Eve had another son named Seth. Seth had a son named Enosh. At that time men began to call on the name of the Lord.
Psalm 34: David says he will extol the Lord at all times so the afflicted may hear and rejoice. He sought the Lord who answered him and delivered him from all his fears. Those who look to Him are radiant and never in shame. The Lord heard the poor man call and He saved him out of all his troubles.
Blessed are those who take refuge in Him. Fear the Lord and you will lack nothing. Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies. Do good; seek peace and pursue it.
The Lord’s ears are attentive to the righteous’ cry. He delivers them from all his troubles. He protects him. He is against those who do evil.
He redeems his servants; no one will be condemned who take refuge in Him.
3a) Well, the only possible answer is men began to call on the name of the Lord.
b) Personal Question. My answer: Bring all my troubles to God. Pray. Continually talk about God. Shine His light into society through my actions.
4a) If you seek the Lord, He answers you and delivers you from all your fears. Those who seek Him lack no good thing. The Lord hears those who cry out and He delivers them from all their troubles. His ears are attentive to your cry.
b) Personal Question. My answer: That the Lord hears me and delivers me from ALL my troubles. Knowing I can bring every little thing to Him gives me peace of mind.
Conclusions: Not a fan of this lesson either especially 3b. It’s a stretch. Now I’m assuming we’re only talking about Genesis and NOT Psalm here because it’s a 3b and question 4 discusses Psalm. Could be wrong here though.
Calling on the Lord, to me, is a personal thing. It’s when I’m on my knees, pouring my heart out. It’s not in a grocery store where people think I’m a freak. Yes, showing my family how to call on Him is very important. Influencing society? Not quite sure except to tell others how you rely on Him.
You have to walk that fine line where people don’t think you are a freak.
Just my take again. Could have missed the point completely.