Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Great People Of the Bible- Week #2- Noah

Welcome to week #2 of our online Bible study. I pray God continues to bless us as we study His word.

I have found that it is difficult to print the study right from so what I recommend you do is copy and paste the study into word or another word processing program if you want to print it out.

Every "righteous man" in scripture is a person of faith. Noah models the kind of faith that shows itself in submission and obedience. The whole passage makes clear that a righteous God enforces righteousness and without God's deliverance, no descendant of Adam would escape the Creator's judgment.

The story of Noah's life involves not one, but two great and tragic floods. The world in Noah's day was flooded with evil. The number of those who remembered the God of creation, perfection, and love had dwindled to one. Of God's people, only Noah was left. God's response to the severe situation was a 120-year-long last chance, during which he had Noah build a graphic illustration of the message of his life. Nothing like a huge boat on dry land to make a point! For Noah, obedience meant a long-term commitment to a project.

Read Genesis 6:5-13

-What did God see when he looked at earth?
-In these verses what are the words and phrases which describe Noah?

Read Genesis 6:14-22

-What evidence do you find of God's affection and approval of Noah?In order to walk with someone (rather than have them walk with you) what do you have to do?
-Pretend you are Noah. In what ways would it have been hard to walk with God in the kind of world pictured in chapter six?
-In what ways would it have been helpful to walk with God in that world?

Read Genesis 7

-What are the words and phrases in chapter seven which add to our picture of what Noah did to "walk with God"?What would you have found especially hard about living on the ark?
-Who benefited by Noah's walk with God?
-In what ways do other people benefit because you walk with God?
-How is your walk with God today? What can be done to strengthen it? How can we be more like Noah? How can God help you do this?

Spend some time in prayer thanking God for his servant Noah. Thank him for the salvation that has been given to us first through the water of the flood and secondly through the water of baptism. Ask him to help you in your walk with him.

Please feel free to leave a comment if something strikes you or you have a question. Peace be with you all this week.

Next Week = Abraham & Sarah


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