Continuing the Story of Adams Decedents and the Wickedness of Man

Part of Chronological Bible Study more Here if you wish to follow along or comment
I have also added comments here from my Pastor and notes on this section of the bible reading Gen 6

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From Adam to Noah &  God’s Grief over Humankind’s Wickedness (Gen 6-9) 

Imagine the sadness of our God as so many turned their hearts away from him and continued in their wicked ways.  The Lord is a Holy, righteous and merciful God.  When the people continued to disobey and went unto their own ways, God determined to destroy the human race with the exception of those few people to whom He extended grace.

Noah found favor in God's eyes. With very specific instructions, God told Noah to build an ark for him and his family in preparation for a catastrophic flood that would destroy every living thing on earth. God also instructed Noah the living creatures to bring along and the food that was to be stored, as well as his family.  Noah obeyed Gods every command.


After they entered the ark, rain fell on the earth for a period of forty days and nights. The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days, and every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out. As the waters receded, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. Noah and his family continued to wait for almost eight more months while the surface of the earth dried out.
Finally after an entire year, God invited Noah to come out of the ark. Immediately, he built an altar and worshiped the Lord with burnt offerings from some of the clean animals. 

God's purpose in the flood was not to destroy people, but to destroy wickedness and sin.  Noah was righteous and blameless, but he was not sinless (see Genesis 9:20-21). Noah pleased God and found favor because he loved and obeyed God with his whole heart. As a result, Noah's life was an example to his entire generation. Although everyone around him followed the evil in their hearts, Noah followed God.

The aftermath of the Flood


 God was pleased with the offerings and promised never again to destroy all the living creatures as he had just done. Later God established a covenant with Noah: "Never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth." As a sign of this everlasting covenant God set a rainbow in the clouds. Both Noah and Abraham represent new beginnings and both are marked by God’s promise of blessing and his gift of the covenant.



Does your life set an example, or are you negatively influenced by the people around you?




The cycle of God, the good, is broken by a single act of negativity. The cycle of negativity is stopped by choosing the good -- not just once, but again and again until it is goodness that prevails in your life and in our world altogether.
(JOHN MORTON)



Many Blessings to you,
Tracy 

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