Lesson 16 第十六课

LESSON 16

God destroyed everyone in the world except Noah and his family who were in the boat.

Scripture: Genesis 7:1-17, 21-23; Genesis 8:1-4, 14-22; Genesis 9:1-19

 

1.   God told Noah to bring his family, the animals and the birds into the boat.

  •  God does not overlook sin.

God had warned Noah that He was going to send a flood to destroy all who refused to repent. Do you think that God did what He said? Or do you think that God forgot about it?

We have learned many things about God. One thing we have learned is that God does what He says. Do you remember what God told Adam and Eve in the garden in Eden? God told them that they could eat the fruit from all the trees in the garden except the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God warned Adam that the day they ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they would die. Adam and Eve disobeyed God, and they ate the fruit. Did they die? Yes! They died, just as God had said. God is not like people. God always does what He says. God will not overlook sin. He will not forget. Sin must be paid for. God’s anger does not diminish against those who oppose Him. It grows stronger and stronger.

 

  •  The people in Noah’s time did not repent.

Read Genesis 7:1-4

When everything was ready, the Lord said to Noah, “Go into the boat with all your family, for among all the people of the earth, I can see that you alone are righteous. Take with you seven pairs—male and female—of each animal I have approved for eating and for sacrifice, and take one pair of each of the others. Also take seven pairs of every kind of bird. There must be a male and a female in each pair to ensure that all life will survive on the earth after the flood. Seven days from now I will make the rains pour down on the earth. And it will rain for forty days and forty nights, until I have wiped from the earth all the living things I have created.”

耶和华对挪亚说:你和你的全家都要进入方舟,因为在这世代中,我见你在我面前是义人。 2 凡洁净的畜类,你要带七公七母,不洁净的畜类,你要带一公一母, 3 空中的飞鸟也要带七公七母,可以留种,活在全地上。 4 因为再过七天,我要降雨在地上四十昼夜,把我所造的各种活物都从地上除灭。

Since the creation of the world, there had never been rain. God watered the earth’s surface by mist and the rivers and streams which fed from great lakes of water under the earth’s surface. Even though Noah had never seen rain, he believed what God said to him.

Noah warned the people of God’s coming judgment, but the people did not accept God’s message. They refused to agree with God that they deserved His punishment. They would not trust in His promise to send the Deliverer. They didn’t believe that God would destroy the world with a great flood. God had waited patiently for them to change their minds, but He would wait no longer. It was time for God to punish them.

  •  God still waits for people to repent.

Just as God waited for the people to repent in Noah’s day, so He is waiting for the people of the world today to listen to His words, to agree with Him and to trust Him. He has not told us the day or time of when He sends His judgment, but some day He is going to say, “That is long enough. I am not going to wait any longer.” All those who refuse to believe God will then go to everlasting punishment.

  •  Before it started to rain, God told Noah to take his family and the chosen animals into the boat.

Read Genesis 7:5.

 So Noah did everything as the Lord commanded him.

挪亚就遵着耶和华所吩咐的行了。

Noah believed that God was going to destroy the world. He also believed that he and his family could only be saved by God, so he did what God said. He built the boat just as God had instructed him. And he went into the boat when God told him to.

God didn’t save Noah because of his good life. God saved him because Noah agreed with and trusted in God.

 

2.   They all entered by one door.

Read Genesis 7:6-15

Noah was 600 years old when the flood covered the earth. He went on board the boat to escape the flood—he and his wife and his sons and their wives. With them were all the various kinds of animals—those approved for eating and for sacrifice and those that were not—along with all the birds and the small animals that scurry along the ground. They entered the boat in pairs, male and female, just as God had commanded Noah. 10 After seven days, the waters of the flood came and covered the earth.

11 When Noah was 600 years old, on the seventeenth day of the second month, all the underground waters erupted from the earth, and the rain fell in mighty torrents from the sky. 12 The rain continued to fall for forty days and forty nights.

13 That very day Noah had gone into the boat with his wife and his sons—Shem, Ham, and Japheth—and their wives. 14 With them in the boat were pairs of every kind of animal—domestic and wild, large and small—along with birds of every kind. 15 Two by two they came into the boat, representing every living thing that breathes.

6 当洪水泛滥在地上的时候,挪亚整六百岁。 7 挪亚就同他的妻和儿子、儿妇,都进入方舟,躲避洪水。 8 洁净的畜类和不洁净的畜类,飞鸟并地上一切的昆虫, 9 都是一对一对的,有公有母,到挪亚那里进入方舟,正如神所吩咐挪亚的。 10 过了那七天,洪水泛滥在地上。 11 当挪亚六百岁,二月十七日那一天,大渊的泉源都裂开了,天上的窗户也敞开了, 12 四十昼夜降大雨在地上。

13 正当那日,挪亚和他叁个儿子闪、含、雅弗,并挪亚的妻子和叁个儿妇,都进入方舟。 14 他们和百兽各从其类,一切牲畜各从其类,爬在地上的昆虫各从其类,一切禽鸟各从其类,都进入方舟。 15 凡有血肉、有气息的活物,都一对一对地到挪亚那里,进入方舟。

Noah and his family all went into the boat through the one door which God had told Noah to make. This was the only way anyone could be saved from the flood and God’s wrath against sin. All the animals also came into the boat by the same door.

 

3.   God shut them in.

Read Genesis 7:16

16 A male and female of each kind entered, just as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord closed the door behind them.

16 凡有血肉进入方舟的都是有公有母正如神所吩咐挪亚的。耶和华就把他关在方舟里头。

After Noah and his family and all the animals were inside the boat, God shut the door. Those inside the boat were safe because God had shut them in. But those outside the boat had no way to escape God’s judgment because God had shut them out.

The people who had not repented did not have any more time to change their minds and believe. When God shut the door, it was too late for the people outside. Even if they cried or pleaded outside the door, they could not enter the boat. Noah could not let them in because God had shut them out. They had no way to be saved.

When God put Adam and Eve out of the garden, away from the tree of life, was there any way for them to get back in? No! There was no way they could get back to the tree of life.

The same was true in Noah’s day. When God shut the people out of the boat, there was no way for them to get in. When God decides it is time to punish sin, there is no escape from Him.

 

4.   God destroyed all those outside the boat.

Read Genesis 7:17, 21-23

For forty days the floodwaters grew deeper, covering the ground and lifting the boat high above the earth.

21 All the living things on earth died—birds, domestic animals, wild animals, small animals that scurry along the ground, and all the people. 22 Everything that breathed and lived on dry land died. 23 God wiped out every living thing on the earth—people, livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and the birds of the sky. All were destroyed. The only people who survived were Noah and those with him in the boat.

17 洪水泛滥在地上四十天,水往上涨,把方舟从地上漂起。

21 凡在地上有血肉的动物,就是飞鸟、牲畜、走兽和爬在地上的昆虫,以及所有的人都死了。 22 凡在旱地上,鼻孔有气息的生灵都死了。 23 凡地上各类的活物,连人带牲畜、昆虫,以及空中的飞鸟,都从地上除灭了,只留下挪亚和那些与他同在方舟里的。

Ø After God had shut the door of the boat, He sent the rain.

God controls the rain. He made the heavens and earth and He controls everything in them. God was the One who sent the rain.

God sent the rain for 40 days and nights. It rained until the whole earth was covered with water, even the tallest trees and highest mountains.

Where did all the water come from? We learned from an earlier lesson what the world was like when God first made it. The whole earth was in darkness and covered with deep water. On the first day, God created the light. On the second day, God created the air and the sky. Also, on the second day of creation, God placed much of the water which had been on the earth up above the sky. When God decided to flood the earth, He allowed the water which He had placed above the sky to fall back onto the ground.

In addition to the water that fell from the sky, water gushed up from the springs deep in the earth.

  •  God can do anything He wants to do.

God made everything, and He controls everything. It was not hard for God to cause the water to flood the earth. Nothing is impossible to Him. He is almighty.

  •  Everyone outside of the boat was destroyed by God.

Only Noah and his family had believed God and had entered the boat. All the other people had refused to believe, and they all died.

  •  The great majority of people today are like the people who died in the flood.

Most people have always refused to believe God. Most people love their sin and don’t want to agree with God that they are wrong. Most people want to follow the crowd. They don’t want to go against popular opinion.

If you go with the crowd who refuse to believe God, you will go to everlasting punishment. It is better to be like Noah. He didn’t go along with what other people said. Noah believed God.

 

5.   God remembered Noah and all those inside the boat.

Read Genesis 8:1-4

But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and livestock with him in the boat. He sent a wind to blow across the earth, and the floodwaters began to recede. The underground waters stopped flowing, and the torrential rains from the sky were stopped. So the floodwaters gradually receded from the earth. After 150 days, exactly five months from the time the flood began,[a] the boat came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.

神记念挪亚和挪亚方舟里的一切走兽牲畜。神叫风吹地,水势渐落。 2 渊源和天上的窗户都闭塞了,天上的大雨也止住了。 3 水从地上渐退,过了一百五十天,水就渐消。 4 七月十七日方舟停在亚拉腊山上。

Ø God’s punishment by the flood was finished.

God stopped the rain. Then God sent a strong wind to dry up the water, and the dry land again appeared. God controls the rain and the wind.

God, not the spirits, is in control of the world. Some people think that the spirits have power over the wind and the rain. But the spirits have deceived them. They cannot do anything with the wind or rain unless God allows them.

Read Genesis 8:14-19

14 Two more months went by, and at last the earth was dry!

15 Then God said to Noah, 16 “Leave the boat, all of you—you and your wife, and your sons and their wives. 17 Release all the animals—the birds, the livestock, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—so they can be fruitful and multiply throughout the earth.”

18 So Noah, his wife, and his sons and their wives left the boat. 19 And all of the large and small animals and birds came out of the boat, pair by pair.

14 到了二月二十七日,地就都干了。

15 神对挪亚说: 16 你和你的妻子、儿子、儿妇都可以出方舟。 17 在你那里凡有血肉的活物,就是飞鸟、牲畜和一切爬在地上的昆虫,都要带出来,叫它在地上多多滋生,大大兴旺。 18 于是挪亚和他的妻子、儿子、儿妇都出来了。 19 一切走兽、昆虫、飞鸟和地上所有的动物,各从其类,也都出了方舟。

  •  God always does what He says.

Noah and his family and the animals were kept safe by God. No one who was in the boat died.

God never forgets what He has said. He said He would save Noah and all inside the boat, and He did. He said He would destroy all outside of the ark, and He did. God is faithful to do all that He says He will do. God does not change

 

6.   God accepted Noah’s offering.

Read Genesis 8:20-22.

20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and there he sacrificed as burnt offerings the animals and birds that had been approved for that purpose. 21 And the Lord was pleased with the aroma of the sacrifice and said to himself, “I will never again curse the ground because of the human race, even though everything they think or imagine is bent toward evil from childhood. I will never again destroy all living things. 22 As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.”

20 挪亚为耶和华筑了一座坛,拿各类洁净的牲畜、飞鸟献在坛上为燔祭。 21 耶和华闻那馨香之气,就心里说:我不再因人的缘故咒诅地(人从小时心里怀着恶念),也不再按着我才行的灭各种的活物了。 22 地还存留的时候,稼穑、寒暑、冬夏、昼夜就永不停息了。

God accepted Noah’s offering just as He had Abel’s. God accepted Noah and his family because they came God’s way, trusting in Him to accept them. They killed animals and allowed their blood to flow out. The blood of the animals did not pay for their sin. The payment for sin is everlasting separation from God. The blood of animals just reminded those who offered it that sin brings death. God accepted them because of His grace.


7.   God gave His commands and promises to Noah.

Read Genesis 9:1-7

Then God blessed Noah and his sons and told them, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth. All the animals of the earth, all the birds of the sky, all the small animals that scurry along the ground, and all the fish in the sea will look on you with fear and terror. I have placed them in your power. I have given them to you for food, just as I have given you grain and vegetables. But you must never eat any meat that still has the lifeblood in it.

“And I will require the blood of anyone who takes another person’s life. If a wild animal kills a person, it must die. And anyone who murders a fellow human must die. If anyone takes a human life, that person’s life will also be taken by human hands. For God made human beings in his own image. Now be fruitful and multiply, and repopulate the earth.”

神赐福给挪亚和他的儿子对他们说你们要生养众多遍满了地。 2 凡地上的走兽和空中的飞鸟都必惊恐惧怕你们连地上一切的昆虫并海里一切的鱼都交付你们的手。 3 凡活着的动物,都可以做你们的食物,这一切我都赐给你们,如同菜蔬一样。 4 唯独肉带着血,那就是它的生命,你们不可吃。 5 流你们血,害你们命的,无论是兽是人,我必讨他的罪,就是向各人的弟兄也是如此。 6 凡流人血的,他的血也必被人所流,因为神造人是照自己的形象造的。 7 你们要生养众多在地上昌盛繁茂。

God gave Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, authority over the animals, birds and fish. The world and everything in it belongs to God, and He had the authority to give it to Noah and his sons. He gave the world to them so that mankind could take care of it for Him.

 

8.   God gave the rainbow as the sign of His promise.

Read Genesis 9:8-17

Then God told Noah and his sons, “I hereby confirm my covenant with you and your descendants,10 and with all the animals that were on the boat with you—the birds, the livestock, and all the wild animals—every living creature on earth. 11 Yes, I am confirming my covenant with you. Never again will floodwaters kill all living creatures; never again will a flood destroy the earth.”

12 Then God said, “I am giving you a sign of my covenant with you and with all living creatures, for all generations to come. 13 I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth. 14 When I send clouds over the earth, the rainbow will appear in the clouds, 15 and I will remember my covenant with you and with all living creatures. Never again will the floodwaters destroy all life. 16 When I see the rainbow in the clouds, I will remember the eternal covenant between God and every living creature on earth.” 17 Then God said to Noah, “Yes, this rainbow is the sign of the covenant I am confirming with all the creatures on earth.”

8 神晓谕挪亚和他的儿子说: 9 我与你们和你们的后裔立约, 10 并与你们这里的一切活物,就是飞鸟、牲畜、走兽,凡从方舟里出来的活物立约。11 我与你们立约:凡有血肉的,不再被洪水灭绝,也不再有洪水毁坏地了。

12 神说:我与你们并你们这里的各样活物所立的永约,是有记号的。 13 我把虹放在云彩中,这就可做我与地立约的记号了。 14 我使云彩盖地的时候,必有虹现在云彩中, 15 我便记念我与你们和各样有血肉的活物所立的约,水就再不泛滥,毁坏一切有血肉的物了。 16 虹必现在云彩中,我看见,就要记念我与地上各样有血肉的活物所立的永约。 17 神对挪亚说:这就是我与地上一切有血肉之物立约的记号了。

God gave the rainbow to show that He would never again destroy the earth by a flood. Many thousands of years have passed since the flood, and God has kept His Word.

When you see a rainbow, remember that God can be trusted. God gave the rainbow as a sign that He will never again destroy the world by a flood, and He has done what He promised.

 

9.   Noah’s sons were the ancestors of the human race.

Read Genesis 9:18-19

18 The sons of Noah who came out of the boat with their father were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Ham is the father of Canaan.) 19 From these three sons of Noah came all the people who now populate the earth.

18 出方舟挪亚的儿子就是闪、含、雅弗,含是迦南的父亲。 19 这是挪亚的叁个儿子,他们的后裔分散在全地。

All the people of the world came from these three men. One of these men was your ancestor.

 

Questions

1.   Does God’s anger subside against those who refuse to repent?

2.   Who told Noah when to go into the boat?

3.   How did Noah and his family and the animals get into the boat?

4.   Who shut the door?

5.   For what reason did God shut the door?

6.   Can anyone escape when God decides it is time to punish sin?

7.   Where did the water come from to be enough to cover even the tallest trees and highest mountains all over the whole earth?

8.   Did anyone outside the boat escape from death?

9.   Did anyone inside the boat die?

10. Why did God accept the offering which Noah made when he came out of the ark?

11. Did the animals’ blood pay for Noah’s sins?

12. Why could God give Noah and his sons control over all the animals, birds and fish?

13. What did God put in the sky as a sign that He would never again destroy the whole earth by a flood?

14. Has God kept His promise to never again destroy the whole earth with a flood?

       15.  Who were the ancestors of the entire human race?