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Outline Genesis Chapter 6

  1. The godly seed of Enos takes wives from the daughters of men and corrupt the godly line. 1,2
  2. The Lord sets a time limit on His striving with man. 3
  3. The children of these unequal yokes become mighty men. 4
  4. Man’s heart and thoughts are filled with wickedness and God is grieved and will destroy man. 5-7
  5. First mention of grace concerning a man named Noah. 8
  6. Noah was perfect in his generations. 9,10
  7. God tells Noah His plans to destroy man. 11-13
  8. God mentions the ark and its design. 14-16
  9. God peaks of a worldwide flood that will destroy all flesh. 17
  10. God will establish a covenant with Noah. 18
  11. God instructs Noah on what will come into the ark. 19-21
  12. Noah obeyed in all God told him.22

 

Questions about Genesis Chapter 6

1.      Who were the ‘sons of God’? Answer – It appears that they were the godly line of Seth. In context I don’t believe this reference on some others in the Bible refer to angels. Did angels have sexual intercourse with human beings? Or, was it the godly line of Seth seeking unequal yokes with strange or ungodly women. I believe the phrase the “sons of God” refers to those who walked with God, obeyed God, or as in the New Testament called believers. There are 11 verses that have this phrase and 6 are in the New Testament and 5 in the Old Testament. Of the five in the Old Testament only one Job 38:7 could possibly be construed to refer to angels as the “sons of God.” In context and taking all the other verses into consideration I believe “sons of God” refers to a godly line or believers.

2.      What does it mean the Lord repented? Answer – God repented in that He felt a deep grief, and sorrow for man’s condition. He now had to do something and He grieves in His heart for what He must do. So, we should conclude that repenting is having a deep sorrow or grief over something. Man’s repentance (as the Bible says) is man seeing his sin and its affects. Man sees himself lost and without hope and that truth from the Bible causes (hopefully) that person to have sorrow over their sin to the point of taking action and believing on Christ as the payment for their sin by faith. God repented not because of His condition or sin but because of Man’ condition and sin.

3.      Did everything die in the flood, but what was on the ark? Answer – Not as far as I can tell. Genesis 6:17  And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die. The verse says everything with breath in the earth shall die and I believe that. I am trying to understand what happened to the whales, dolphins and the like that are breathing air but not in the earth. They live in the seas and I come to the conclusion they could have ridden out the deluge only because God made it clear they wouldn’t die.

4.      What was the general design of the ark according to scripture? Answer – Hmmm! Well, anytime we see a picture of the ark they tend to look a little different from each other but then there are many that do look alike. What needs to happen in these cases is not to impose any thinking on the scriptures that they are not saying. So, with that said according to these verses…

Genesis 6:14 - 16  Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. 15 And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. 16 A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.

 I believe the ark probably was of a barge shape constructed of gopher wood. Gopher wood has been thought to be cedar or Cyprus wood. I tend to believe this very well could be true because cedar and Cyprus are durable and water resistant woods. Both  have a wonderful smell which could offset the smell of the many animals aboard the ark. I also believe the ark was designed for floating and maintaining itself in rough waters; not for sailing to presuppose some distinct shape. As for the dimensions I come to the conclusion that the ark was 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. These dimensions are come to by the supposing the length of a cubit to be 18 inches. If the cubit was bigger or possibly smaller the ratio of the dimensions is also kept and very important. There were three stories in the ark and also a way to gain access to a window in the top of the ark. Why, do some renditions of the ark have several windows? I couldn’t tell you because the Bible says “a window.” It was “finished above” along with one door in the side of the ark.  This is God’s design, we wouldn’t have to help Him with our own ideas about the design, but to simply believe that God has a reason, purpose, ability and power to provide all necessary needs for life aboard the ark for the entire duration.

5.      What was the covenant that God made with Noah? Answer – From my reading these verses… Genesis 6:18 - 20 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee. 19 And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. 20 Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.

I conclude the covenant was that the Lord would preserve life through Noah and his family. He also was going to preserve the life of all flesh, man and animal by bringing them into the ark. Reading ahead to chapter 8 in Genesis I find that God also made a promise to never bring a curse upon the ground again and that there would always be seedtime and harvest as it is to this day.

                        The conclusion is that the Lord simply was not going to destroy all of mankind but chose one man (by grace) who believed God and obeyed God in faith. This one man Noah and his family were to be the ones to repopulate the earth and so continue God’s work of redemption for man.

                        Then of course we have the rainbow that will be given in chapter 9 of Genesis which also is part of His covenant. God said He would never destroy the earth again by a flood which still returns us to the fact that the covenant seems to be basically that God will continue life on the earth and by His grace and mercy provide redemption for mankind through Jesus Christ Who was to come by man as a man.

Galatians 4:3 - 5  Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: 4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

 

Mark 16:15 "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature."

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