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God Makes a Covenant with Noah

Genesis 6-9

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    Bible Words to Remember:
      I now establish My covenant with you and with your descendants after you. Genesis 9:9

Opening Prayer

Generations (Genesis 5)
    What was the typical lifespan during the first 1656 years of human history?
      Genesis 5
    How and why was this changed?
      Genesis 6:1-3
    What was the typical lifespan between Noah and Abraham and beyond?
      Genesis 11:10-32

    How many generations were born by Adam's death?
      Genesis 5
    How did Enoch die, and why?
      Genesis 5:24
    How did Methuselah die?
      Genesis 5:25-29, 7:11
      NOTE: Methuselah means "when he is dead, it shall come"

World-wide Wickedness (Genesis 6:5-9)
    How had disharmony affected God's creation?
      Genesis 6:5
    What did God decide to do as His judgment?
      Genesis 6:6-7
    How did God follow this judgment with His grace?
      Genesis 6:17-18
    Why did God save Noah?
      Genesis 6:8-9 (also 7:1)

Did the Flood Wash Away the Wickedness? (Luke 11:29-32; Matthew 12:39-45)
    Did the flood eliminate all wickedness from the earth?
      Luke 11:29a
    How wicked was the old covenant generation of whom Jesus was speaking?
      Luke 11:31-32
    What was God's judgment for this wickedness?
      Luke 11:50-51
    Did Jesus offer any promise of God's grace in His message of judgment?
      Matthew 12:39-40

Did Wickedness Go Away After Jesus? (Romans)
    Did Jesus' act eliminate all wickedness from the earth?
      Romans 1:21, 28-32
    After thousands of years of wickedness, has God just washed His hands and given up?
      Romans 1:18-20, 24
    How is giving men over to their sinful desires a result of God's wrath?
      Matthew 12:43-45

    Is this the extent of God's judgment on the world's wickedness?
      Romans 2:5-9
    How does Peter describe God's wrath and anger?
      2 Peter 3:5-7, 10-12
    Are Peter and Paul saying we must be good to escape God's wrath of eternal damnation?
      Romans 3:9-12
    So how can we escape God's wrath?
      Romans 3:21-24

God's Plan (Genesis 6:12-16)
    Was the flood just an accidental occurrence?
      Genesis 6:12-13
    Was God's plan only one of judgment?
      Genesis 7:1-4
    What larger plan of God's does this point towards?
      Ephesians 1:9-10
    Who is the select family that God has chosen to receive His grace in this larger plan?
      Ephesians 1:11-14

    How concerned was God about His plan to save Noah?
      Genesis 6:14-16
    Was God concerned with details in His plan to send the Messiah?
      Galatians 4:4-5

Living Within God's Plan (Genesis 6:22)
    Could Noah have predicted the flood and prepared to save himself without God telling him?
      Genesis 6:22
    How are we to know the details of God's plan for our own lives?
      1 Corinthians 2:7-13

    Why did Noah build this huge boat on dry land despite looking foolish to his neighbors?
      Hebrews 11:7
    Why would we live faithfully and obediently to God despite appearing foolish to our neighbors?
      1 Corinthians 1:18, 21-25, 30-31

The Ark (Genesis 6:14)
    What was the purpose of the ark?
      Genesis 6:19
    What is our ark that saves our lives?
      1 Peter 3:18-22

    What materials were used to build the ark?
      Genesis 6:14
      Note: The Hebrew word for "pitch" is same as used for "atonement" (covering)
    What is significant about the ark being made of a common durable wood and pitch (atonement)?
      Hebrews 2:17-18

    Who built the ark?
      Genesis 7:5-6
    Does God really need our help to accomplish His work?
      1 Corinthians 3:5-9

Holes in the Ark (Genesis 6:16)
    How did Noah, his family and the animals get into the ark?
      Genesis 6:16
    Is there more than one way for us to enter the ark of salvation?
      John 14:6
    Was the door too small to allow all animals to get in?
      Genesis 7:8-9
    Is our door too small to let all people to get in, regardless of their sinfulness?
      1 Timothy 1:15

    How did Noah get this large door to close and seal tight?
      Genesis 7:16
    The door protected Noah from the evil and deadly waters. How does Jesus, our door, protect us?
      John 17:11, 15
    What did the closed door mean to those outside of the ark?
      Luke 17:26-27
    What parable did Jesus tell to explain that not all will enter the door?
      Luke 13:22-28

    How did God care for Noah's welfare while closed in the ark for a little over a year?
      Genesis 6:16
    How can we look to heaven & be renewed when we are feeling closed in and wasting away like Noah?
      2 Corinthians 4:16-18

The Flood (Genesis 7:17-8:5)
    How big of a flood did God send?
      Genesis 7:17-20, 23
    How long did the earth stay flooded?
      Genesis 8:3-5

Back on Dry Ground (Genesis 8:13-20)
    How long did Noah and his family live on the ark?
      Genesis 8:13-14
    How did Noah know when to get out of the ark?
      Genesis 8:15-17
    What was the first thing Noah did after leaving the ark?
      Genesis 8:18-20
    Wouldn't Noah eliminate species by sacrificing clean animals?
      Genesis 7:2-3

God's Response (Genesis 8:21-9:7)
    How did God respond to Noah's worshipful sacrifice?
      Genesis 8:21
    What else did God decide to sustain?
      Genesis 8:22
    How did man's relation to animals change?
      Genesis 9:2-3
      Genesis 1:29
    Since man could now kill, what did God command against and why?
      Genesis 9:5-6
    What did God command to restore his creation?
      Genesis 9:7 (see 1:28)

God's Covenant (Genesis 9:8-17)
    With whom did God make a covenant?
      Genesis 9:8-10
    What was God's promise under the covenant?
      Genesis 9:11
    What sign or signature guaranteed this covenant?
      Genesis 9:12-17

Closing Prayer

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