06 January 2016

Sunday School Lesson—And the rains came

And the rains came

sunday school

Theme: God Delivered Judgment and Grace

Scripture: Genesis 7:11-8:22

A1 Outline

B1 The flood Genesis 7:11-16

B2 The flood's effect Genesis 7:17-24

B3 The flood recedes Genesis 8:1-4

B4 The raven and dove Genesis 8:5-14

B5 The Lord's promise Genesis 8:15-19

B6 Noah's worship Genesis 8:20

B7 The Lord's response Genesis 8:21-22

A2 Notes and questions

B1 Timeline

B2 The flood Genesis 7:11-16

C1 On what day did the flood start? (The 17th day of the second month).

D1 Josephus feels that this was what we call November.

D2 Most commentators look to maybe what we call May.

C2 What are the fountains of the great deep?

D1 The word for fountain means spring.

D2 The word for great means great, big, and huge.

E1 You covered it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains. (Psalms 104:6 KJ2000)

C3 Is the whole world meant or was it a local flood?

D1 Arguments for a local flood

E1 http://www.ecclesia.org/truth/flood.html

F1 They interpret all their examples by their context, except for Genesis 7.

F2 They assume all the mountains of the world were the same height as they are today.

F3 They assume every animal was a full grown adult and would eat a full grown adults amount of food.

F4 They assume every animal included every variety of the dog kind for instance.

E2 http://www.godandscience.org/apologetics/localflood.html

F1 Much the same as above.

F2 Don't take the Bible so literally.

F3 Believe science first, the Bible last.

D2 Arguments for a world-wide flood

E1 https://answersingenesis.org/the-flood/global/was-there-really-a-noahs-ark-flood/

E2 https://answersingenesis.org/noahs-ark/noahs-flood-covered-the-whole-earth/

E3 http://creation.com/geology-questions-and-answers Covers a number of questions that may arise about flood geology.

E4 Major developments

F1 Major geological catastrophes.

F2 Sea fossils in unusual places.

F3 Major shaping of the earth suggesting water shaped terrain.

D3 The Hebrew word used for flood. 1142 מַבּוּל (mabbûl) flood, which refers to THE flood of Noah as in Genesis 6:17, Genesis 7:17, Psalms 29:10, etc. This word refers only to Noah's flood.

D4 From the D6 Fusion teacher's book:

"Questions often arise as to whether the Flood of Noah's day was a global flood or a regional one. There are numerous reasons to believe that it was global in nature. Consider the following.

  • The wording of the entire record supports the idea of a global flood. In fact, authors would struggle to find wording that could present any more extensive and destructive a scene than what is painted here. Further, the Hebrew words for a local flood are never used in connection to the flood of Noah's day.

  • In Genesis 7:19, it is said that the waters "prevailed." This word at its core means "overwhelmingly might" and would not fit the description of a local flood.

  • If this were a local flood, Noah and the others wasted their time, money, and energy by building somethings completely unnecessary, It would have been much better to migrate to another region.

  • The presence of sedimentary rock layers and marine fossils give evidence that even the highest mountains were once covered by water.

  • God's promise to never flood the earth again would be a lie, since we have had countless local floods throughout history.

For more information regarding the global nature of the Flood, Henry Morris deals with the subject extensively in The Genesis Record. For further information on the Flood and specific aspects of the Flood story, The Institute of Creation Research has a number of resources here

For a discussion about how the highest mountains could have been covered see, here."

C4 Why 40 days and nights?

D1 That long to have the type of destruction where all would die.

D2 Moses was on the mountain 40 days and nights. Exodus 24:18

D3 Israel was in the wilderness for 40 years. Numbers 14:34

D4 Nineveh was to be overthrown in 40 days. Jonah 3:4

C5 The word for ark is

D1 Original: תּבה

D2 Transliteration: Tebah

D3 Phonetic: tay-baw'

D4 It means box.

C6 The great rain and geological upheaval. What is happening?

D1 The geological processes that happened at that time--here.

D2 Did it rain before the flood--here.

D3 The effects of a huge flood--http://www.icr.org/article/5871.

D4 A video explanation--https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsvVMjsnDVU.

C7 How long did it take to build the ark?

D1 Verses to read

E1 After Noah was 500 years old, he had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Genesis 5:32, GNB92)

E2 Noah was six hundred years old when the flood came on the earth. (Genesis 7:6, GNB92)

E3 These are the descendants of Shem. Two years after the flood, when Shem was 100 years old, he had a son, Arpachshad. (Genesis 11:10, GNB92)

D2 Where did the idea come that the ark took 120 years to build? (Then the LORD said, "I will not allow people to live forever; they are mortal. From now on they will live no longer than 120 years." (Genesis 6:3, GNB92)).

C8 Who shut the door?

C9 Why did God shut the door instead of having Noah do it?

C10 What does shutting the door mean to those who did NOT believe and to those who did believe?

C11 Was there a free choice for any and all people to believe God and enter the ark or just decreed for Noah and his family?

C12 What was the cause of this horrible flood? (Sin)

C13 What does sin result in?

C14 Because of Noah's faith, we see God's mercy and grace.

C15 Did Jesus believe this flood really happened? (Yes. The coming of the Son of Man will be like what happened in the time of Noah. In the days before the flood people ate and drank, men and women married, up to the very day Noah went into the boat; yet they did not realize what was happening until the flood came and swept them all away. That is how it will be when the Son of Man comes. (Matthew 24:37-39, GNB92)

B3 Genesis 7:17-24

C1 Who was the protector of Noah and his family?

C2 Can God protect us?

C3 Does He always protect us physically?

C4 Does He always protect us spiritually?

C5 Do these verses show how wide an area the flood impacted?

C6 How does interpreting the Bible in its plain, normal sense help us?

C7 How did Noah show he had faith? (He obeyed).

C8 Was there a second chance for the people of the world?

C9 How does Noah's faith affect you?

C10 Did God care about everyone or only Noah and his family?

C11 Does God care about you today?

B4 Genesis 8:1-4

C1 Do we sometimes think we are forgotten by God? Was Noah forgotten?

D1 11 So Moses said to the LORD, "Why have You afflicted Your servant? And why have I not found favor in Your sight, that You have laid the burden of all these people on me? 12 "Did I conceive all these people? Did I beget them, that You should say to me, 'Carry them in your bosom, as a guardian carries a nursing child,' to the land which You swore to their fathers? 13 "Where am I to get meat to give to all these people? For they weep all over me, saying, 'Give us meat, that we may eat.' 14 "I am not able to bear all these people alone, because the burden is too heavy for me. 15 "If You treat me like this, please kill me here and now–if I have found favor in Your sight–and do not let me see my wretchedness!" (Numbers 11:11-15, NKJV)

D2 Why do You hide Your face, And forget our affliction and our oppression? (Psalms 44:24, NKJV)

D3 O LORD, how long shall I cry, And You will not hear? Even cry out to You, "Violence!" And You will not save. Why do You show me iniquity, And cause me to see trouble? For plundering and violence are before me; There is strife, and contention arises. Therefore the law is powerless, And justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; Therefore perverse judgment proceeds. (Habakkuk 1:2-4, NKJV)

C2 The flood from the first rain drops until Noah and family left the ark was about 371 days.

C3 What all did God remember? (Genesis 8:1)

B5 The raven and dove Genesis 8:5-14

C1 Why didn't the raven come back? (It can eat dead things).

C2 After Noah looked out the hatch of the ark, how many days did was it before the land was completely dry? (Approximately 57 days, Genesis 8:13-14)

B6 The Lord's promise Genesis 8:15-19

C1 Did Noah leave the ark when he wanted to?

C2 God looks to our benefit rather than our desire.

C3 How does this apply to our prayers?

B7 Noah's worship Genesis 8:20-22

C1 When Noah sacrificed, what was he acknowledging? (That he was a sinner that needed forgiveness).

C2 How did God respond?

C3 What is our sacrifice?

D1 Jesus, the Passover Lamb (Purge out the old leaven, in order that you may be a new batch of dough, since you are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. (1 Corinthians 5:7, EMTV)).

D2 Therefore, brothers, I exhort you through the compassions of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, well pleasing to God, which is your spiritual act of worship. (Romans 12:1, EMTV)

D3 And I have all things and abound. I have been made full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. (Philippians 4:18, EMTV)

D4 Therefore through Him let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, confessing to His name. (Hebrews 13:15, EMTV)

D5 But do not forget the doing of good and generosity, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. (Hebrews 13:16, EMTV)

D6 You also, as living stones, are being built into a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:5, EMTV)

B8 More questions

C1 How does God protect us today?

C2 What are the importance of following God's commands?

C3 Where are God's commands written for us? (The New Testament).

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