Reflection: What aspect or lesson from last week’s study or lecture most encouraged or challenged you? Why?
Noah was warned by God about things never before seen. Noah’s obedient faith is recorded, and he is remembered by God as an heir of righteousness. Pray for the Lord to enable you to emulate the faith of Noah in your circumstances this week.
Obedience is pictured with two different words. First, [Gk hupokoe—–a compound word meaning “under” and “to hear”] obedience is a prompt response to hearing an instruction or command. Second, [Gk hupotasso— a compound word meaning “under” and “to order”] obedience is submission to authority, as is evidenced in the military. Faith dwells in the inner heart, but obedience is the multifaceted observable external manifestation of faith. Steadfast obedience over time within difficult and incomprehensible circumstances, despite the opposition and rejection of others, follows the example of Christ and will ultimately result in incredible blessings from God.
True faith steadfastly obeys God!
1. Describe the moral conditions of the world at the time of the flood (Gen. 6:1, 5, 11, 12).
Why did Noah find favor with God? (Gen. 5:22; 6:9)
2. What word would you use to explain walk with God?
A. Use a concordance to look up the word walk, especially in the NT. Make a list of what is required to walk with God.
B. What additional insights do you gain from any of the cross-references on steadfast obedience in the Optional Studies for Personal Enrichment?
3. What were some of the things not yet seen (Heb.11:7) that Noah believed? (See Gen. 2:5)
4. How did Noah demonstrate that he believed God? (Gen. 6:22; 7:5) If living by faith leads to perseverance, use your imagination to describe what Noah must have endured while building the ark (2 Pet. 2:5). How do you think he was affected socially, emotionally and materially because of his obedience?
5. Note how literally God’s Word came true regarding judgment for sin and the adequacy of His provision for Noah’s deliverance. Does this cast any light on the literalness of verses like John 3:36?
6. Jesus Christ used the days of Noah to describe the time of His second coming (Matt. 24:36–42, Luke 17:26–27). What similarities do you see in our world today? How does Christ’s mention of Noah validate the flood?
7. Romans 1:16, 17 describe the righteousness that comes by faith.
A. What was the content of Noah's faith?
What is the content of ours? (l Cor. l5:3, 4)
Is there any similarity?
B. What additional insights do you gain from any of the cross-references on becoming an heir of righteousness in the Optional Studies for Personal Enrichment?
8. What do you learn about God’s character from reading Genesis 6–9?
1. Can you think of one area in your life where you are not walking with God by faith?
A. Can you find a verse of Scripture to help you?
B. What will you do to get on track?
C. Why not start by memorizing the verse!
2. Do you suffer socially in your family, friendships, or work relationships because you are a believer? Does this sometimes make you want to “cool it”?
3. How can Noah’s example encourage us to persevere when we seem to be standing alone? Write down specific observations and apply them personally.
4. When you see a rainbow, do you remember what it represents (Gen. 9:l4–16)? How would remembering this strengthen your faith?
A. What kinds of things can we have and do as memorials to God's faithfulness to us in the past?
B. How would this help us in teaching our children about God? (See Exodus l3:3–10)
5. What one insight or lesson do you hope to remember from your study of Noah’s obedient faith? Write it below to share in class, and then write it on the journal page entitled “Lessons Along the Way” at the back of your study guide.
Choose one verse from this week’s lesson to memorize. Write it here and meditate on it.
Noah obeyed God faithfully for 120 years—building an ark many miles from the nearest body of water, warning others about a worldwide flood—and his steadfast obedience was rewarded by being proclaimed an heir of righteousness. Utilize your word-study tools to examine the meaning of the following words, and list the insights you learn from the related scriptural cross-references. How do these insights enhance your understanding of the response of faith in steadfast obedience and the reward of faith of being an heir of righteousness?
Prepared [Heb. 11:7]
Condemned [Heb. 11:7]
Heir [Heb. 11:7]
Righteous [Heb. 11:7]