Lesson 15 第十五课

God said He would punish the world,
but He promised to save Noah
and all who entered the boat.

Scripture: Genesis 6:1-3, 5-22

1.    The population of the earth had greatly increased.
Genesis 6:1-2:
When the human population began to grow rapidly on the earth, the sons of God saw the beautiful women of the human race and took any they wanted as their wives.

当人在世上多起来,又生女儿的时候, 上帝的儿子们看见人的女子美貌,就随意挑选,娶来为妻。

About 1,500 years had gone by since God created Adam, and many years had gone by since Adam had died. A large population lived on the earth.

The majority of the people were just interested in having what they thought was a good time. They were obsessed with sex and marrying. The majority did not think about God or about how they should please God.

2.    God’s Spirit was constantly telling the people to repent.
God loved these people, but He hated their sin. God wanted them to repent – to change their minds, admit they were wrong and believe in Him.

•    God’s Spirit used Noah.

God’s Spirit guided a man named Noah who believed God to speak His words to the people. Noah told the people that God had commanded them to repent. Do you think that they listened to what God’s Spirit told them through Noah? No! They would not repent.

Genesis 6:3:
Then the LORD said, "My Spirit will not put up with humans for such a long time, for they are only mortal flesh. In the future, they will live no more than 120 years."

耶和华说:“人既属乎血气,我的灵就不永远住在他里面,然而他的日子还可到一百二十年。

    God warned them that He would not always continue to tell them His message.

If they refused to repent during this time, they could not expect God to show them mercy any longer. There comes a time when God sends judgment.

•    God is speaking to you through us today.

God’s Spirit guided Noah to tell the people the words of God at that time, and now we are telling you what God wants you to know from the Bible. Once you have heard God’s message through us, God’s Spirit will remind you of the things God wants you to know.

•    Satan will also speak inside your minds.

Sometimes it will seem to you as if a war is going on inside of you. The voice of God the Spirit will say to you, “Listen to God’s message and trust in God.” The voice of Satan will say, “Don’t listen to God’s message. Don’t leave the beliefs and ways of your ancestors.” Who will you listen to – God or Satan?

•    Don’t turn away from listening to God’s Word.

If you continually refuse to agree with God and won’t believe His message, then the time may come when you may no longer care what God says. If you don’t listen to and believe God before you die, you will go to everlasting punishment to be separated from God forever.

3.    The people became more and more wicked.
Genesis 6:5, 11:
5 Now the LORD observed the extent of the people's wickedness, and he saw that all their thoughts were consistently and totally evil.
11 Now the earth had become corrupt in God's sight, and it was filled with violence.

5 耶和华见人在地上罪恶很大,终日所思想的尽都是恶。
11 世界在上帝面前败坏,地上满了强暴。

The majority of the people followed the ways of Cain, with no interest in God. The people refused to repent. They refused to believe God’s message and trust in Him and His mercy. Instead of listening to God, the people became more and more sinful.

Listen to the things they were doing. How many of these are you guilty of?

o    Their lives were controlled by things that were not right according to God.
o    They were greedy for everything they saw and could imagine.
o    They wanted what other people had.
o    They were jealous and hateful to other people.
o    They argued and fought all the time.
o    They were cruel, and they murdered people.
o    They tricked, lied to and deceived one another.
o    They said evil things about others behind their backs.
o    They were proud and always bragging about themselves.
o    They were disobedient to their parents.
o    They broke their promises to others and were without pity to people in need.
o    They hated God and refused to obey the things He said.
o    Although they knew that God’s penalty for sin was death, they deliberately continued to sin.
o    They encouraged others to also rebel against God and to live sinfully.

These people were born sinners because they were the descendants of Adam. In addition, they chose to sin. They loved their sin and deliberately refused to agree with God.

•    We, too, are descendants of Adam.

All people sin because all are born sinners separated from God. But people also sin because they love their sin. People choose to sin. No one can blame anyone else for having caused him to sin.

4.    God saw how wicked the people had become.
Genesis 6:5, 11-12:
5 Now the LORD observed the extent of the people's wickedness, and he saw that all their thoughts were consistently and totally evil.
11 Now the earth had become corrupt in God's sight, and it was filled with violence. 12 God observed all this corruption in the world, and he saw violence and depravity everywhere.

5 耶和华见人在地上罪恶很大,终日所思想的尽都是恶。
11 世界在上帝面前败坏,地上满了强暴。12 上帝观看世界,见是败坏了,凡有血气的人,在地上都败坏了行为。

•    God saw all their sin.

They may have hidden their lies, adultery, stealing and murder from others, but they could not hide it from God.

•    God still sees the sins that people do.

God always sees everything. No one can hide anything from Him. God is everywhere and sees everything at all times. Don’t forget this when you are in the jungle or when it is very dark and you think that no one can see you. Remember, God sees everything, and He is Judge. He punishes all sin.

5.    God decided to destroy the people on the earth.
Genesis 6:6-7:
So the LORD was sorry he had ever made them. It broke his heart. And the LORD said, "I will completely wipe out this human race that I have created. Yes, and I will destroy all the animals and birds, too. I am sorry I ever made them."

耶和华就后悔造人在地上,心中忧伤。 耶和华说:“我要将所造的人和走兽并昆虫,以及空中的飞鸟,都从地上除灭,因为我造他们后悔了。

•    God decided to punish the unrepentant.

The people were so wicked that the Lord said He would destroy them and all animals on the earth.

Do you think God really would destroy all who would not repent and trust in Him? Yes! We have already learned that God does what He says.

o    When Adam and Eve were in the garden, God had told them that if they disobeyed, they would die. They would be separated from God. They disobeyed, and they died just as God had said.

o    God made it clear to Cain and Abel that, if they wanted to approach Him and be accepted, they had to bring a sheep and shed its blood. Cain came his own way, so God rejected him. God did what He said.

Would God also carry out His threat to the people in Noah’s time if they did not repent? The Spirit of God endeavored to convince the people of Noah’s time to repent. And He told them that He would punish them if they did not listen to and believe Him. The people refused to repent and they became more and more sinful. Do you think that God did what He said this time? Yes, God always does what He says.

•    God isn’t like people who merely threaten.

Sometimes people threaten others when they become angry, but often they do not carry out their threats. Is God like people? Does He merely make threats? No! God always does what He says.

6.    God was gracious to Noah.
Because of God’s love and mercy, there was one man whom God was not going to destroy.

Genesis 6:8-10:
But Noah found favor with the LORD. This is the history of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless man living on earth at the time. He consistently followed God's will and enjoyed a close relationship with him. Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
唯有挪亚在耶和华眼前蒙恩。挪亚的后代记在下面。挪亚是个义人,在当时的世代是个完全人。挪亚与上帝同行。 挪亚生了三个儿子,就是闪、含、雅弗。

•    Because of God’s grace, He forgave and accepted Noah.

Noah was born a sinner and under Satan’s control just like all the rest of Adam’s descendants. Noah did not deserve to be saved by God. He, too, deserved to be punished.

But Noah had listened to God the Spirit and had repented. Noah came to God in the way God required. He brought the animal sacrifices, just as Abel, Seth and Enoch had. Noah trusted God to save him through the coming Deliverer.
This is how God treats those who agree with Him and depend only on Him. God saves those who deserve to be punished. They are saved by God’s grace.

Noah was saved by God’s grace. Noah didn’t deserve to be saved. He did nothing to merit God’s favor.

7.    God told Noah what was going to happen and what he must do.

•    God told Noah that He was going to destroy those who did not believe in Him.

Because the people were so evil and would not change their minds and come to God, God had decided that He would destroy everyone on the earth.

But what about Noah and his family? How could they be saved? Listen to what God told Noah.

Genesis 6:13-17:
So God said to Noah, "I have decided to destroy all living creatures, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. Yes, I will wipe them all from the face of the earth! "Make a boat from resinous wood and seal it with tar, inside and out. Then construct decks and stalls throughout its interior. Make it 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. Construct an opening all the way around the boat, 18 inches below the roof. Then put three decks inside the boat-- bottom, middle, and upper-- and put a door in the side. "Look! I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing. Everything on earth will die!

上帝就对挪亚说:“凡有血气的人,他的尽头已经来到我面前,因为地上满了他们的强暴。我要把他们和地一并毁灭。 你要用歌斐木造一只方舟,分一间一间地造,里外抹上松香。 方舟的造法乃是这样:要长三百肘,宽五十肘,高三十肘。 方舟上边要留透光处,高一肘。方舟的门要开在旁边。方舟要分上、中、下三层。 看哪,我要使洪水泛滥在地上,毁灭天下,凡地上有血肉、有气息的活物,无一不死。

•    God planned to bring a flood of water on the earth.

God told Noah that He was going to bring a flood of water on the earth, enough to destroy every living thing.

•    Details of past events are often distorted.

You know how stories about things that happen are so easily changed. If there is a big problem and an argument between lots of people, everyone will have their own personal version of the events. Everybody will tell the story of what happened and what was said from their own perspective. Some people will exaggerate, and others won’t include all the details. The result is that many years later, the story of what happened is far from the truth and the people who were involved in the original events would not recognize that the story is about them.

•    The details of the great flood sent by God are all true.

The story of the flood that we will read in the Bible was written down so we have the exact account of what really happened. The story about the flood in the Bible is the true story because God guided chosen men to write down God’s message so that it would not be distorted or forgotten.

We read in the Bible that God told Noah that He was going to send a great flood which would cover the whole earth. All people and all animals would be drowned.

But God planned to save Noah and his family from the flood. So God told Noah to build a large boat so that all those who trusted in God could be saved.

Genesis 6:17-21:
"Look! I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing. Everything on earth will die! But I solemnly swear to keep you safe in the boat, with your wife and your sons and their wives. Bring a pair of every kind of animal-- a male and a female-- into the boat with you to keep them alive during the flood. Pairs of each kind of bird and each kind of animal, large and small alike, will come to you to be kept alive. And remember, take enough food for your family and for all the animals."

看哪,我要使洪水泛滥在地上,毁灭天下,凡地上有血肉、有气息的活物,无一不死。 我却要与你立约,你同你的妻,与儿子、儿妇,都要进入方舟。 凡有血肉的活物,每样两个,一公一母,你要带进方舟,好在你那里保全生命。 飞鸟各从其类,牲畜各从其类,地上的昆虫各从其类,每样两个,要到你那里,好保全生命。 你要拿各样食物积蓄起来,好做你和它们的食物。

God told Noah that he was going to judge the world by sending a great flood. But He did not just say to him, “Noah, I am going to judge the world. I am going to send a great flood. You had better do something about it. Now start building a boat.” Noah couldn’t just make up his own plans for this boat.

•    God gave Noah instructions about how to build the boat.

Noah had to follow God’s instructions. He had to build the boat exactly according to God’s plan.

God always does things according to His own plan. Think about what we have already learned.

o    When Adam and Eve sinned, they made clothing, but their clothing was not acceptable to God. Their clothing had to be made according to God’s plan.
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o    For Cain and Abel to be accepted by God, their offerings had to be according to the way God had said.
o    The boat, too, had to be built according to God’s plan.

•    God instructed Noah to put only one door in the boat.

This is a very important point you need to remember about the way this boat was to be built. There was to be only one way to get inside the boat. Every person and every animal that was to be saved from God’s judgment had to enter by this door. There was only one boat in which people could be saved from God’s wrath, and there was only one door to enter the boat.

8.    Noah obeyed God.

•    While Noah was building the boat, he was also telling the people God’s message.

Noah warned them that God hated their wicked ways and that God was going to send a flood to destroy everything on the earth. He told them that, if they changed their attitude and came trusting in God and entered the boat which God had told Noah to make, they would be saved.

•    God’s Spirit continually reminded the people of the things Noah said.

The people didn’t want to remember God’s words, but God’s Spirit wouldn’t let them forget.

When you think about the things we are teaching you, God’s Spirit wants you to carefully consider and believe God’s message. God did not want the people in Noah’s time to perish, nor does He want you to live and die still separated from Him.

The people in Noah’s time would not listen to what God said to them through Noah. They loved their own sinful ways and would not repent. I hope that none of you are going to be like those foolish people.

9.   Noah was God’s messenger.

• While Noah was building the boat, he was also telling the people God’s message.

Noah warned them that God hated their wicked ways and that God was 
going to send a flood to destroy everything on the earth. He told them 
that, if they changed their attitude and came trusting in God and entered 
the boat which God had told Noah to make, they would be saved.

• God’s Spirit continually reminded the people of the things Noah said.

The people didn’t want to remember God’s words, but God’s Spirit 
wouldn’t let them forget.

When you think about the things we are teaching you, God’s Spirit wants 
you to carefully consider and believe God’s message. God did not want 
the people in Noah’s time to perish, nor does He want you to live and die
still separated from Him.

The people in Noah’s time would not listen to what God said to them 
through Noah. They loved their own sinful ways and would not repent. I 
hope that none of you are going to be like those foolish people.


Questions
  1. The majority of the people in Noah’s time were only interested in having what they thought was a good time. What were the people not interested in?
  2. Are many people today like the majority of people in Noah’s time?
  3. Who was speaking to the people’s minds, telling them to repent?
  4. Who speaks to our minds today to remind us of the Word of God?
  5. What did God say He was going to do because the people in Noah’s time would not repent?
  6. Did Noah deserve to be delivered by God?
  7. Noah was a sinner, but why did God plan to save him?
  8. What did God tell Noah to build?
  9. Did God allow Noah to build the boat however he thought best?
  10. How many doors did God tell Noah to put in the boat?
  11. Did Noah build the boat just as God said?
  12. What else did Noah do at the same time as he was building the big boat?
  13. Had the people ever seen rain before?
  14. Did the people accept what Noah said and change their attitude?