Genesis 6

Genesis 6:5-14
6:5 [what God saw] [note: underlined words describe the extent of humanity’s sin] The LORD saw [everything we do is in the sight of the Lord] how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become [sin left to itself gets worse and worse], and that every inclination [intent; imagination] of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.

6:6 [what God felt] The LORD was grieved [a basic meaning of the verb is “to breathe strongly” (literally, God breathed a heavy sigh because of the sinful choices of humanity)] that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.

6:7 [what God decided] So the LORD said, “I will wipe [to blot out or to erase by washing] mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth—men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air—for I am grieved that I have made them.”

6:8 But Noah [unlike sinful people around him; caught God’s attention because he was a righteous man in a wicked world; cf 2 Chron. 16:9a] found favor in the eyes of the LORD.

Note: What do you think it took for Noah to remain faithful to God when everyone around him was unfaithful?

6:9 This is the account of Noah. [note three important traits about Noah] [1] Noah was a righteous [Heb. saddiq which means to be continually righteous; right actions and right motives resulting from a right relationship with God] man, [2] blameless [Heb. word can also be rendered “whole” or “complete”; Noah was a man of integrity] among the people of his time, and [3] he walked [conduct or way of life] with [indicates a close, intimate relationship] God [Noah’s good life flowed out of a right relationship with God].

Note: What set Noah apart from the rest of humanity? What three traits stand out as people examine your character? Do others view you as a person who does right for the right reasons? Do others view you as a person of integrity? Do others view you as an individual who consistently walks with God?

6:10 Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.

6:11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence.

6:12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted [verb means “ruin” or “spoil”] their ways.

6:13 So God said to Noah [first mention of God speaking directly to Noah], “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence [refers to the severe treatment of others, often involving physical harm] because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.

6:14 So make yourself an ark [basic meaning is “box”] of cypress [or possibly pine; also translated “gopher”] wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch [used to make the vessel watertight] inside and out.

Note: What do you think was the biggest obstacle Noah faced in building the ark? What obstacles keep you from being more obedient to God?

Genesis 6:22
6:22 Noah [willingly followed God’s call; no hint of reservation on his part to follow God’s instructions; referred to as “a preacher of righteousness” in 2 Peter 2:5 (cf. Lk. 17:26-27)] did [Noah’s faithfulness seen in what he did] everything [Noah was not selective in his obedience] just as God commanded him.

Note: In what area of your life is God testing your obedience? How are you responding to the test?

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