Noah and the Nations
After the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, they had many children. All of the first couple’s descendants were infected with the sin they had willfully brought into the world. The sin of mankind multiplied as their numbers rose. Eventually, God intervened through the life of the one man in all of the earth who was righteous in His sight. His name was Noah. Through Noah and one of his sons, Shem, God would preserve the “seed of the woman.” Just as God promised in the Garden of Eden, one of Noah’s descendants would destroy Satan forever. Our world is facing God’s terrible judgement just as it was in the days of Noah. Learn how to tell and teach the story of Noah and the Nations and the people you know where you live, work, and play will know how to find the One who can save them now.
Main Story Points:
1. Mankind’s depravity grew with their numbers until God decided to destroy most of humanity.
2. Constrained by His own unconditional covenant in Genesis 3:15, He preserved the seed of the woman through Noah.
3. God commanded Noah to construct an ark, which would be the instrument of his salvation from the destruction God would bring upon the whole earth.
4. Prior to Noah’s time, the earth had never experienced rainfall.
5. God brought pairs of all the animals to be sealed in the ark with Noah’s family.
6. Quote: “Then God said, for after seven more days, I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights; and I will blot out from the face of the land every living thing that I have made.” NASB
7. It rained for forty days and forty nights. All of humanity that remained on the earth died as a result of God’s judgement for their own individual sin, unbelief in His Word.
8. Sealed in the ark for more than a year, when the ark finally settled on dry land Noah’s family exited the ark, made sacrifices, and worshipped God for their salvation.
9. God commanded Noah’s family to spread out over the surface of the earth.
10. Quote: “I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh.” NASB
11. Noah’s descendants did not obey God’s command to spread out. All humanity spoke the same language and congregated together in one place.
12. They built a tower on the Plain of Shinar to make a name for themselves.
13. Quote: “Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth.” NASB
Points to Ponder
1. It is possible that Lamech, Noah’s father, may have been the last person to hear Adam personally tell the story of Creation and the Fall.
2. Refer to the events in the account of Creation from Genesis 1 that may provide some clue as to where all the rain came from in this account.
3. In spite of mankind’s depravity, God preserved the seed of the woman through Noah. This speaks to God’s characteristic of faithfulness. Why is this important to you?
4. After the flood, God made changes to the rules of life expected of mankind. These included dietary changes, the establishment of capital punishment and therefore a system of government.
5. At the Tower of Babel, the common language of mankind was confused. This was partially reversed at Pentecost in Acts 2.
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