By Genesis 6 all of mankind was incredibly wicked, and that didn’t just anger God, it grieved him. God cares about his creation so much that he does something about man’s wickedness—he brings down his righteous judgement in the form a flood. But God also cares about his creation so much that he is not willing to destroy everyone, so he gives grace to Noah and saves him from the flood through the ark. God doesn’t just pardon Noah, he transforms him into a new man. This is how salvation works. 100% grace. The truth is, Jesus is the greater Ark. On the cross, Jesus was drowned in the waters of God’s judgement so that we could swim in the ocean of God’s love. Jesus bore all the judgement and wrath we deserve so that we could get all the righteousness and love he deserves. But Jesus doesn’t just pardon us. He transforms us into new people, with new desires, new power, and promises that one day he will come and perfect his people along with the whole creation.
Genesis 6:5-22 5 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. 6 And theLord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. 7 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.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. 9 These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God. 10 And Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. 11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on 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 through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth. 14 Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch. 15 This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark 300 cubits, its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits. 16 Make a roof for the ark, and finish it to a cubit above, and set the door of the ark in its side. Make it with lower, second, and third decks. 17 For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. 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 sons’ wives with you. 19 And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every sort 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 sort shall come in to you to keep them alive. 21 Also take with you every sort of food that is eaten, and store it up. It shall serve as food for you and for them.” 22 Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.
1. Was there anything from the sermon or the big idea that stood out to you or challenged you? Was there anything new? Was there anything confusing?
2. What stands out to you in Genesis 6 and why?
3. How do you think those in the non-churched or de-churched culture typically view the story of Noah: (1) Noah was good? or Noah was bad? (2) Sin just angers God? or sin also grieves God? (3) God is a God of love OR judgement? or God is a God both of love AND judgement? What about you, what did you used to think concerning the story of Noah?
4. What do those outside of Jesus say is wrong with the world? According to Genesis 6, what is wrong with the world? What do those outside of Jesus say is the solution to the world problems? According to Genesis 6, what is the solution to the worlds problems?
5. How does the story of Noah reveal our need for Jesus? How does the story of Noah reveal the salvation of Jesus? How is the grace of God transforming you inside and out?
6. Spend some time praying for one another, praying for the lost, praying for your city, and praying for God to provide for the future church plant in Checotah.