Our journey through Genesis has revealed a great deal about the character of God. A loving God created our first parents, Adam and Eve, to live life to its fullest potential. He longed for them to experience His joy, happiness, and peace forever. When our first parents rebelled against Him, God provided for their eternal salvation through Jesus Christ. Throughout the Old Testament, God constantly revealed His love. In Exodus He is the God who is “gracious” (Ex. 33:19). Jeremiah pictures Him as the God who loves His people with “an everlasting love” (Jer. 31:3). Micah describes Him as “pardoning iniquity,” delighting in “mercy” and “compassion” (Micah 7:18, 19).
Even God’s judgments reveal His compassion. The story of the Flood reveals His everlasting love for His people.
1. How did God attempt to save the human race, despite its rebellion against Him? Read the text below and write your answer in the space provided.
“And the Lord said, ‘My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years’” (Gen. 6:3).
God appealed to humanity through Noah for 120 years. In the midst of its rebellion against Him, He powerfully appealed through His Spirit of love.
2. What ultimately led God to destroy the earth with the Flood?
“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Gen. 6:5). “The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth” (verses 11, 12).
The wickedness of man was _____________________________________________in the earth.
The thoughts of his heart were only ___________________________________________________ .
The earth was _____________________________and filled with ___________________________ .
All flesh had ____________________________________________________________their way.
3. How does the Bible describe Noah?
“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.... Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God” (Gen. 6:8, 9).
List Noah’s characteristics on the lines below.
Noah found ___________________________________________________in the eyes of the Lord.
Noah was a ____________________man, _______________________________ in his generation.
Noah _________________________with God.
Grace is God’s love poured out to us when we don’t deserve it. Although Noah was a sinner, he committed his life totally to God. He dedicated his life to doing whatever God said, whether he fully understood it or not. The word “perfect” in this passage means “spiritually mature” or “completely trusting.” Noah knew God’s voice and obeyed God’s will.
4. Of what was the ark a symbol?
“Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch.... But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark—you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you” (Gen. 6:14, 18).
The ark was a symbol of God’s ____________________________________________________.
The covenant reveals God’s amazing grace. Just as it was impossible for Noah to save himself from the coming flood, it’s impossible for us to save ourselves from sin. We are saved as we flee to the ark of safety found in the grace of Jesus Christ.
5. What other symbol of grace do we find in the flood story?
“And God said: ‘This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth’” (Gen. 9:12, 13).
The _________________________________________________is a sign of God’s covenant.
The Bible’s last book, Revelation, pictures a rainbow around God’s throne. Just as a rainbow is a blend of colors, God mingles His justice with mercy. He is a God of both love and law.
6. How did Jesus describe the last days?
“But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matt. 24:37).
The last days of earth’s history will be as the______________________of _____________________ .
7. What earnest appeal does Jesus make to each one of us?
“Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matt. 24:44).
Jesus appeals for us to be __________________________________________________________.
In Noah’s day the flood burst upon the world as an overwhelming surprise. Multitudes who could have been saved if they had heeded God’s warning were swept away by the floodwaters. Jesus’ appeal to us is similar to Noah’s appeal. Our Lord urges us to readjust our priorities, to seek Him in prayer, to recommit our lives to Him, and prepare for His soon return. Will you open your heart to Him and give Him full control of your life just now?
“Preserving Faith” is the title of next month’s Bible study.