1.3 Genesis 6-9
Chapters 6-9 contain the account of Noah and the flood. God recognizes that man’s wickedness was widespread over the earth. God was grieved that he had made man (6.6) and warned Noah of a forthcoming flood and commanded Noah to build an ark for him and his family. We don’t know how long it took Noah to build the ark, but once the floods began it was the Lord who shut Noah and his family in the Ark (7.16) before 40 days and 40 nights of rain and the floodgates of heaven and below being opened.
The flood recedes and on Noah’s six hundred and first birthday God removed the cover from the ark. God promises never again to destroy the earth by flooding and never again will he curse the ground. God provides the rainbow as a sign of the covenant made God and Noah and all living creatures on earth. Chapter nine ends with an event that has some parallels to Genesis 3. Noah, a man of the soil is the first one to plant a vineyard and after drinking some of the wine becomes drunk (no indication he knew it would make him drunk). Just as in Chapter 3 there is an event that includes nakedness, shame and a curse.
One key verse from the selected reading is 6.22 and 7.5 “Noah did everything that the Lord commanded him” (HCSB)
Noah was a man who regarded obedience to God as a high priority in his life. God referred to Noah as a righteous man, blameless among his contemporaries (6.9).
- Obedience to God is not something that is to be minimized or taken for granted. It is easy to get selective or dismissive at times with God’s commands.
- Obeying the commands of God set Noah apart and saved Noah and his family when the whole world was wicked and corrupt around him.
- Even Jesus had a lot in common with Noah and was a man of obedience as it says in Hebrews 5.7 “During His earthly life, He offered prayers and appeals with loud cries and tears to the One who was able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of his reverent submission.” HCSB