The Destruction of Life: God Judges Sinners and Delivers Noah
The two people went from a place of perfection and safety to being ashamed and guilty because of their disobedience to God. They had to leave the garden God had made for them. Now they experienced spiritual death as a result of their sin. Everybody born hereafter would be born a sinner.
The First Children
Adam and Eve had two sons named Cain and Abel.
1. What did Cain do to his brother Abel? _____________________
Genesis 4:8 - And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew [killed] him.
2. How did God judge Cain? _______________________________
Genesis 4:11,12 - And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand; When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
3. What does the Bible say Enoch did with God? _______________
Genesis 5:22 - And Enoch walked with God…
4. We learn that even though man had turned his back on God, God still reached out to walk and talk with man. Walking with God simply means following and fellowshipping with Him. What other man walked with God? _____________________
Genesis 6:9 - Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
5. The wickedness of man was _____________________.
Genesis 6:5 - And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
6. What did God have to say about it? _______________________
Genesis 6:7 - And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
7. What did Noah find in the eyes of the Lord? _______________
Genesis 6:8 - But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
8. What did God tell Noah to do that his family and animals might be spared from judgment? ______________________________
Genesis 6:14,18 - Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee.
An ark is a boat. God told Noah the measurements and materials to use for building the boat.
9. How did God destroy the earth? __________________________
Genesis 7:17 - And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.
Note: In almost every civilization around the world, there is a story of a cataclysmic flood that covered the whole earth. This also explains why there are fish fossils buried on Mount Everest! During this world-wide flood, it actually was under water where fish were rapidly buried. This occurred when the waters from under the earth came upward making mountains.
Genesis 7:11,12 - In the six hundredth year of Noah's life…were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
Note: Notice the words “all the fountains of the great deep broken up.” This is when the tectonic plates of the earth were separated. Today they shift and when they collide they cause earthquakes! Before the Great Flood, the continents would have been connected. Notice the how the continents on the world map are like the pieces of a puzzle separated by the oceans!
It is interesting what worldly men have noted about the world-wide Flood. There are at least 200 different legends, according to most historians on the subject. Evolutionary geologist Robert Schoch noted, Stories of a great deluge are found on every inhabited continent and among a great many different language and culture groups (pp. 103,249).*
Interestingly, even the Chinese character for “boat” possibly reveals the story of Noah and the other seven people on the ark. The three elements used to symbolize a boat are:**
10. What promise did God make to Noah? ____________________
Genesis 8:20-22 - And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
11. What did God make to remind Noah of this promise? ________
Genesis 9:13 - I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
12. How will God destroy the earth in the end of judgment? __________________
II Peter 3:6,7 - Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
14. God always must judge sin, but He still wants to show mercy. That is why there are preachers of _______________ like Noah.
II Peter 2:5 - And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
15. What is God’s will for all people? ________________________
II Peter 3:9 - The Lord is not slack concerning his promise,…[he is] not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
What would happen after the great flood? Would people now obey God? Would they return to the path of life God desired? Why are there so many languages and religions?
* Schoch, Robert M. (2003), Voyages of the Pyramid Builders (New York: Jeremy P. Parcher/Putnam).
** Excerpts taken from the article: Legends of the Flood by Eric Lyons and Kyle Butt www.apologeticspress.org