Genesis - The Beginning
Lesson 3 - Faith on the Earth
In Genesis 6, Moses continued to write about the heritage of the Jewish people (and the heritage of those who have believed in Jesus – the Jewish God-man). In this chapter, Moses demonstrated how wicked people become when they completely forsake God and his moral law. He also shows us a model of a man who stood in the face of those who had completely forsaken God. This man was Noah. He was a descendant of Adam’s son – Seth.
Seth was born after Adam’s son Cain murdered his brother Abel. This murder further showed how wicked humans could become when in rebellion to God. When Moses wrote about Noah, it showed the Jewish people how Noah lived for God even in the face of sin and difficulty, and it also speaks the same to us today.
Genesis 6:5-9, 11-14, 17-18
5 The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. 6 The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. 7 So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. 9 This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.
11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. 12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. 13 So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. 14 So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out.
17 I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you.
For further discussion:
II Peter 2:5, 9
5 if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others;
9 if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment.