God’s Judgment and Mercy            Lesson 4 

Introduction

The first man and woman went from a place of perfection and safety where everything was good to being ashamed and guilty because of their disobedience to God. They had to leave the Garden God had made for them. Now they had 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.

1. What did Cain do to his brother Abel? (Genesis 4:8) ________________________________

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 him.

 

2. How did God judge Cain? (Genesis 4:11,12) _______________________________________

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;

12 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.

 

A Great Honor

3. What does the Bible say Enoch did with God? (Genesis 5:22) ___________________

Genesis 5:22 - And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:

     

4. We learn that even though man had turned his back on God, God still reached out to walk and talk with man. What other man walked with God? (Genesis 6:9) _____________________

Genesis 6:9 - These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

 

A Terrible Tragedy                                      

5. In Genesis 6:5 we learn that 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.               

Walking with God simply means following and fellowshipping with Him.

 

6. What did God have to say about it? (Genesis 6:7) ____________________________

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) ____________________

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) ______________________________________________

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. 18 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.

 

9. How did God destroy the earth? (Genesis 7:17) _______________________________

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. (Genesis 7:11,12)

Genesis 7:11,12 - In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.

 

12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

It is interesting what worldly men have noted about this event. There are at least 200 different legends, according to most historians on the subject. Evolutionary geologist Robert Schoch noted, “Noah is but one tale in a worldwide collection of at least 500 flood myths, which are the most widespread of all ancient myths and therefore can be considered among the oldest” (2003, p. 249, emp. added).*

Schoch went on to observe: Narratives of a massive inundation are found all over the world…. Stories of a great deluge are found on every inhabited continent and among a great many different language and culture groups (pp. 103,249).*

Chinese and Asian Legends

In the land of China, there are many legends about a great flood. One of those comes from a        group of people known as the Nosu. According to their legend, God sent a personal messenger to Earth to warn three sons that a flood was coming. Only the youngest son, Dum, heeded the messenger. He constructed a wooden boat to prepare for the coming flood. When the waters arrived, Dum entered his boat, and was saved. After the waters began to recede, the boat landed on the mountains of Tibet, where Dum had three sons who repopulated the Earth. 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:*

The Iban people of Sarawak tell of a hero named Trow, who floated around in an ark with his wife and numerous domestic animals (Schoch, p. 252). Natives from India tell a story about a man   named Manu who built an ark after being warned of a flood. Later, the waters receded, and he landed on a mountain (Schoch, p. 250).*

10. What did Noah and his family do first after they came off the ark? (Genesis 8:20)    \

      _______________________________________________________

11. What promise did God make with Noah? (Genesis 8:20-22) _________________________

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.

21 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.

22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

 

12. What did God put in the sky to remind Noah of this promise? (Genesis 9:13) ___________

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.

 

13. What kind of people did God say would be in the last days? (II Peter 3:3,4) ______________

II Peter 3:3,4  Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

4  And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

 

14. How will God destroy the earth in the end of judgment? (II Peter 3:5-7) ________________

II Peter 3:5-7 - For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

 6  Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

7  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.

 

15. God always must judge sin. But God still wants to show His mercy. That is why there are preachers of ______________________ like Noah. (II Peter 2:5)

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;

 

In today’s lesson, what did you learn about God?__________________________________
In today’s lesson, what did you learn about man?__________________________________

 

Memory Verse: God is not willing that any should perish,

but that all should come to repentance.- II Peter 3:10

 

* Excerpts taken from the article: Legends of the Flood  by Eric Lyons and Kyle Butt www.apologeticspress.org

* Schoch, Robert M. (2003), Voyages of the Pyramid Builders (New York: Jeremy P. Parcher/Putnam).

 
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