Friday, January 6, 2012

Genesis Bible Study notes- Chapter 6

Chapter 6-

-Man is beginning to multiply greatly upon the face of the earth taking the beautiful daughters of men for themselves, whoever they chose. This seems to indicate to me some of the first sexual misconduct of mankind as they seem to have no regard for God’s institution of one man and one woman in holy union that He designed in the garden with Adam and Eve. It is important I think that the Bible goes directly from this statement on their sexual habits into God’s Spirit not striving forever with man and his flesh, when He limits man’s days to one hundred twenty years.

-The Nephilim are mentioned, which were mighty-legendary men of renown who were born of the sons of God and the daughters of men. This is a perplexing statement as to the meaning and why exactly it was included in the text of Scripture.

-Whatever the case, the LORD “saw that the wickedness of man was great (in other words, much or abundant) on the earth, and that every intent of the thought of his heart was only evil continually.” The sin nature was in full effect without the Law of God and His righteousness. God became grieved in His heart (Ephesians 4:30) and was sorry, or regretted, that He had even made man. However, God was not caught unaware; He had a plan for salvation in view, not only for this situation, but an eternal plan through the salvation eventually coming from Jesus Christ, His son, God in the flesh.

-God decided to blot out man, animals, creeping things, and birds because of His anguish and sorrow. But, His servant Noah somehow found favor in the eyes of the Lord. He was righteous and blameless, walking with God (same phrase used for Enoch, Genesis 5:24). Noah and his sons and their families were called to build the ark of gopher wood to escape the coming wrath of God upon the earth in the form of a flood, or deluge of water, which would destroy all flesh under heaven with breath of life. God looked at the earth with all its corruption and violence and had enough. His patience had ended, but He spared Noah and his line. He makes and establishes His covenant with Noah in order to save them.

-Description of the ark and how it was to be built is described. The animals are instructed to be brought into the ark to keep alive animals after their kind. Two of every kind, male and female, came to Noah on their own volition for their preservation. This opens up thought of God’s communication with animals and their obedience to their Creator. I have heard stories in natural disasters where no animal life was found dead on the scene. Somehow they had the instincts to leave a situation before it occurred. Certainly it is an interesting concept to contemplate.

-God also instructs Noah to take along edible food on the ark, which is obvious it would seem, but yet shows the compassion of the LORD and His concern for every detail for our survival.

-It is an important fact element in the last verse of the chapter that Noah did according to all that God had commanded him. He was not partial in his obedience; he completed it one hundred percent.

Verses to Memorize: Genesis 6:5, 8

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