Noah and the Flood
God Judges Sin and Saves from Judgment
Genesis 6 – 9
- This week we will focus on the judgment that God places on sin and we will also see the mercy of God when He gives people an opportunity to be saved from that judgment. Through the story of Noah we see God giving sinful people an opportunity to be saved from their wickedness. God extends mercy to Noah because out of the whole world Noah was the only man to find favor in the eyes of God. The rest of humanity was facing the righteous judgment of God and their only means of salvation was through Noah and his ark. Yet they continued to live in sinful behavior that rejected God as King and exalted themselves to the role of king.
- Remember: Sin is doing what we want to do instead of what God wants us to do.
- When our children do what they want to do instead of what we want or instruct them to do their wrong doing is against us. As a result of their wrong doing against us they face consequences. When people do what they want to do instead of what God wants them to do they are sinning against God and there are consequences for that as well. But more often than not God doesn’t give us what we deserve, He shows us grace.
- God honors integrity, even if no one else does.
- Noah found favor in God’s eyes when no one else did. While the rest of the world was full of weeds of sinfulness, Noah’s obedience to God shined through the darkness. Even though no one else was honoring God, Noah still did.
- God keeps his promises.
- God has kept his promise to never flood the earth again. We can see this through the rainbow which is a reminder that God will never flood the earth again.
- God is merciful and patient with sinners.
- Although God is merciful and patient we need to remember the flood, God always punishes sin. His judgment will fall on all who fail to make use of the salvation he provides.
This Weeks Verse:
- Genesis 6:8, 13a – But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord…And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them.”
Suggested Activities for the Week:
- Discuss God’s perfect justice that always punishes sin. Help your children to see that it would be wrong for God, as the Judge of the universe, to ignore sin and not punish it.
- Help your children to see how this story pictures the refuge from God’s judgment that we have in Christ. Be sure that they understand that the only salvation from God’s judgment is the salvation God himself provides.
- Praise God for his holiness and perfect justice, as well as for his wonderful grace that provides a refuge from his judgment.
This is our fourth week in the process of discipleship of our children. We have walked from the creation of the world to the creation and fall of man. We have seen the consequences for sin and the damage that it can cause. This week we look at the life of a man who obeyed God in spite of the situations around him. As a result of his obedience God saved him and his family from the judgment of the flood. God is righteous and perfect and His judgment is just as righteous and perfect. Man’s sinfulness requires God to judge man, but God provides a means of salvation. In the story of Noah that salvation was found on the ark. In our lives, our sinfulness and wickedness is found in Jesus Christ. Our children must have a proper understanding that sin must be punished. While he is merciful and patient with sinners he has to punish for that sin. God’s judgment will fall on all who fail to make use of the salvation he provides.
And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
Mighty acts of God: a family Bible storybook, Starr Meade – Tim O’Connor – Crossway Books – 2010; Pg. 26-28.