Introduction: After Adam and Eve sinned, the course of humanity took
a real downward spiral. This week we look at two sides of God’s
reaction to sin. The one side is judgment, the other side is a
search for a special, protective relationship with those who reject
sin. Let’s dive into our lesson to learn about Noah’s special
relationship with God.

  1. The Spread of Sin

    1. Read Genesis 4:8-9. List for me the sins that you find in
      these two verses?

      1. How did we move, in one generation, from the original
        sin of distrusting God to the sin of murder?

    2. Read Genesis 4:10-16. God did not execute Cain in
      punishment for the murder. More than that, God protected
      Cain by putting a mark on him. Why did God show such mercy
      to Cain?

      1. Why did Cain think God was being harsh?

      2. What punishment would be imposed on anyone who killed

    3. If you continue in Genesis 4 you will read about Cain’s
      descendants. Read Genesis 4:19-22. What impresses you
      about these verses? What stands out? (We have the first
      example of polygamy. We can see a sinful lifestyle is
      beginning. But we also see great advances in learning and
      culture. We have the introduction of musical instruments
      and the invention of bronze and iron tools. We also see
      that man is domesticating the animals. This gives us a
      picture of a smart group of people who may be walking away
      from God.)

    4. Read Genesis 4:23-24. What do you think about the Lamech’s
      attitude about killing?

      1. What is he saying in these verses? (He has obviously
        killed someone. It appears that he is claiming self-defense in the killing. Whatever the extent of his
        justification for the killing, he is obviously
        concerned about revenge against him. For that reason
        he recites the protection God gave to Cain (Genesis
        4:15), and says that God should be more anxious to
        protect him (Lamech) because his killing was in self-defense, and not a murder as in Cain’s case.)

    5. What general impression do you get of Cain’s descendants?
      (Smart, some evil, but a knowledge of God.)

  2. Noah

    1. Read Genesis 6:5-6. What was the state of civilization
      during the time of Noah?

      1. What was God’s attitude about His creation?

    2. Read Genesis 6:7-8. Was Noah like those around him?

      1. What made Noah different? (Read Genesis 6:9)

        1. Notice this verse says Noah “walked with God.”
          Is God Noah’s exercise partner? If not, what
          does this mean? ( 1 John 1:6-7 sheds light on
          this. “Walk,” means the habits of life. What do
          you normally do? Where are you headed? Do you
          “walk” in darkness or in light? Noah’s habit
          was to be in accord with God’s will. That was
          the direction of his life.)

          1. Do you think a person’s “walk” primarily
            refers to actions or thoughts?

        2. Compare the “walk” of the wicked in Genesis 6:5.
          What aspect of life was God focused on for the
          wicked? (Their thoughts.)

        3. How do your thoughts fit into these two opposite
          examples? Regardless of whether you behave
          yourself in your day to day living, are your
          thoughts mostly wicked or mostly in tune with

    3. In Genesis 6:13-17 God reveals to Noah that He is going to
      destroy the earth with a flood. God gives Noah exact
      instructions on how to build a giant boat so that Noah,
      his family and a representative sample of the animals can
      survive. Read Genesis 6:18. What do you think are the
      terms of this covenant with Noah?

      1. We know from Genesis 6:9 that Noah was already
        “righteous and blameless among the people.” If Noah
        was already righteous, would that be a term of the

      2. We know from Genesis 6:8 that Noah had already “found
        favor in the eyes of the Lord.” If Noah was already
        favored, would that be a term of the covenant?

      3. Are the terms of the covenant, build and enter the
        ark and I (God) will save you from destruction?
        (Basically, I think that is at least the beginning of

      4. We know from the first lesson in this series that God
        created the world by just speaking. God is a “high
        tech” Guy. Why all the work required of Noah? Why
        not just have all the people and animals who will be
        saved show up at some predesignated place and put
        some force field around them to keep out the water?
        How about a secret cave high in the mountains and
        seal the opening?

        1. If you have to build a boat, why does it have to
          be these exact specifications? Why not just make
          it the size that fits with the lumber in the

        2. Is there a lesson for us in all of these “whys?”
          (Following God’s covenant is not necessarily the
          easy or convenient way. He has instructions and
          He wants us to follow them.)

    4. Put yourself in Noah’s place. Would you accept this
      covenant offer?

      1. Remember that all of your favorite places will be
        destroyed, all of the TV and radio stations will be
        gone, all of the people you know (except family) will
        no longer exist. Your favorite restaurants and
        shopping malls – gone. No electricity, no gas, no
        roads, no airplanes, no cars, no computers, no
        motorcycles, no Sprite.

        1. Genesis 9:20-21 records that after the flood,
          Noah got drunk. Do you think he was celebrating
          his deliverance or feeling sorry for himself
          that all the “stuff” was gone? (This is not a
          completely serious question. The text tells us
          that this was some time after the end of the
          flood, because Noah was drinking the juice from
          grapes he had planted after the flood. The
          serious part of the idea is that, like Lot
          ( Genesis 19:18-20), a lot of us would find it
          difficult to leave “civilization.”)

      2. Is leaving familiar surroundings often an aspect of a
        special relationship with God?

  3. The Sign

    1. Read Genesis 9:12-16. Is this the same covenant as before?
      (It seems to be an extension. God first said to Noah,
      build the ark and I will save you. God now tells Noah that
      he is safe (from water) for good.)

    2. What is the sign of this covenant? (The rainbow.)

      1. From these verses, why is a rainbow the sign that God
        chose? (Rainbows are associated with clouds and rain.
        The sign of God’s covenant promise appears when the
        sign of rain appears.

      2. Alert readers know that the rainbow (or this color
        spectrum) has become the symbol for homosexuality.
        What are your thoughts about this? (This is the
        ultimate irony. Homosexuals do not reproduce. The
        reminder that God made a way for life to continue,
        and that He will never again allow a flood that would
        wipe away life, is the symbol adopted by the “dead
        end” group.)

    3. There were a lot of people living on the earth, but God
      saved just a few. Although all could have entered the
      ark, very few chose to do so. Do you think it will be the
      same way when Jesus comes again? Will only a few choose
      to enter into heaven?

    4. Friend, as you consider the growth of sin, God’s reaction
      to it, and God’s decision to save just a few select
      people, what lesson do you learn for your life? Are you
      encouraged to be faithful?

  4. Next Week: An Everlasting Covenant.