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GENESIS 6: 9, 11-14, 17-22

THE MEN’S GROUP BIBLICAL EQUIPPING – OCTOBER 29, 2003

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Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation; Noah walked with God. 11 Now the Earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 And God saw that the earth was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted its ways upon the earth. 13 And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence because of them; now I am going to destroy them along with the earth. 14 Make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch. 17 For my part, I am going to bring a flood of waters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you; and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your son’s wives with you. 19 And of every living thing, of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. 20 Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground according to its kind, two of every kind shall come in to you, to keep them alive. 21 Also take with you every kind of food that is eaten, and store it up; and it shall serve as food for you and for them.” 22 Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.
Background Writer: Date: Controversial, but most attribute it to Moses, from other writings and/or by revelation of God. About 150 BC

What’s Going On: Noah is about 10 generations removed from Adam, and Genesis skips over most of these in detail. In those 10 generations since the fall of Adam and Eve, mankind had become wicked and the Lord wanted to wipe the slate clean. Peter later preached that the ark represented Jesus, as a place of refuge for sinners who wish to be saved from the wrath to come.
The covenant referred to in v.18 is detailed in Genesis 9: that there will be seasons for planting; that Noah and his family would replenish the earth; that law would be reinstituted; that meat and vegetables were to be given to humans for food; and that God would never flood the earth again. The covenant was sealed by a rainbow, which serves as a reminder for us and for God.

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St. Matthews Emmaus Groups Shared Bibilcal Equipping – Fall 2003

GENESIS 6: 9, 11-14, 17-22
THE MEN’S GROUP BIBLICAL EQUIPPING – OCTOBER 29, 2003 Explore
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Why did God want to destroy what he had created, yet he spared Noah and all of the animals and food? What is “walking with God?” What do you think other people thought about Noah while he was building the ark?

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What does this passage say about being receptive to God’s call? About faith? How can we tell the difference between God’s call and our own ambition/agenda? Why does God let disasters happen in our lives?

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