Sunday, January 20, 2013

Genesis 6

Today's reading in our daily plan is Genesis 6. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • In the early lines of this chapter we read about the “sons of God” and their offspring, the “Nephilim.” What are these two groups? We’re not sure. Some scholars believe the “sons of God” are fallen angels and the “Nephilim” are the offspring of their union with humans. Other scholars admit they're uncertain. So we can’t know for sure but it seems obvious they were bigger and stronger than other humans, which is why they were called the “heroes of old.”  
  • As God watched the depravity on earth it broke his heart so much that he regretted creating us. He decided to wipe out everything he had created. But then God noticed Noah...
  • God gave Noah exact specifications for this boat and told Noah he would send him two of each type of animal and start the world over with Noah’s family. Talk about a serious (and weird-sounding!) message from God.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • If the “sons of God” are indeed fallen angels, then it makes sense that God would be angry about them intermarrying with the human race. God created human beings in his own image and values us above everything else he created. So it’s logical that God would go to extreme ends to protect us and the “purity” of our kind. 
  • The obvious underlying principle in the life of Noah is to remain faithful to God even if everyone around you isn’t. That’s not always easy to do.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Noah was a good man who wanted to follow God. God spoke to Noah telling him about the flood about to happen and to build a huge boat. The interesting thing is that, at this point, there had never been a flood -- or even rain. Noah must have been pretty confused, but he obeyed God.
  • The “story” retold in this chapter is one that a lot of people have difficulty believing, and it does seem unbelievable. But, assuming it’s true, what would you do? Would you obey God and do something that has never been done before? Imagine how much criticism Noah must have received when he told people it was about to rain? They had never seen rain so they must have thought Noah was crazy. Would you be obedient to God, even when everyone else laughed?
  • Is there something God is whispering that he wants you to do? Will you be obedient? Noah must have felt really uncomfortable and rather foolish for obeying God, but we still talk about him today. To live a full, note-worthy life, do whatever it is God's calling you to.