ADVENT – THE NEED: Genesis 6:5-8

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SCRIPTURE

Genesis 6:5-8 The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. 

BIG IDEA 

Genesis 6:5-8 is one of the most revealing parts in all Scripture when it comes to the sinfulness of mankind. Sadly things have not changed much since Noah’s day. With the mass spread of the evils of pornography and sex trafficking, war related deaths, abortion, and terrorism, the words “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth” seem to still ring true. We, collectively as the human race, have exchanged the love of God for the love of sin and self. Therefore what the world deeply needs is Christmas, because it announces the King has come to put things right. Christmas announces Jesus has descended in order to establish a Kingdom of justice and to free us from our deathly love of sin and self.

But that’s not all He’s come to do. Because of our sin, we deserve to have God’s justice come down swiftly on our heads—”So the Lord said, ‘I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land…'” (Genesis 6:7). Not only does the world at large need Christmas; you and I need Christmas because we need to be freed from the death sentence that hangs over us. Jesus has come to be “blotted out” in our place, so we can be saved. The good news is that Just like Noah received grace, we can too. Just like Noah took refuge in the ark, we too can take refuge in Jesus who lived, died, and arose to free us from the penalty and the power of sin in our lives. Is your faith in Him and what He’s done for you? “He died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised” (2 Corinthians 5:15). 

DISCUSSION 

1. Read through Genesis 6:5-8 and discuss what stands out to you. 

2. *Reflect on these questions and share with your group if are willing*
In what ways this week did you allow love of self to replace love for God? What was the outcome? 
In what ways this week did you die to self and act out of love for God? What was the outcome? 

3. What are some things that grieve your heart? Do the same things that grieve the heart of the Lord bring your heart sadness? 

4. What are some things those who don’t yet know Jesus look to for hope of peace or an improved society? How do these, in the end, pail in comparison to what Christmas announces? 

5. How can you personally make this Christmas season about Jesus, remembering the worlds (and your!) great need for Him? 

6. Pray for one another. 

*Some of these discussion questions were taken from Paul Tripp‘s Advent Devotional Advent: The Whole Story 

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