Genesis 6-8

Summary

In Genesis chapter 6, The wickedness of the world grows, this provoked God’s wrath, and caused the flood. Noah finds grace. His generations, and warnings to Noah. The order, form, dimensions of the ark, and Noah built the ark. 

In Genesis chapter 7, Noah, with his family, and the living creatures, enter the ark, and the flood begins. The flood continues for forty days. All flesh is destroyed by it. It lasts for 150 days.

In Genesis chapter 8, God remembers Noah, and reduces the waters. The ark rests on Ararat. Noah sends forth a raven and then a dove. Noah, being commanded, goes forth from the ark. He builds an altar, and offers sacrifice, which God accepts, and promises to curse the earth no more.

Insights and Prayers

As sin seemed to run unhindered, there seemed no way to stop it.

(1) God knows the wickedness of hearts and actions of everyone (6:9);

(2) God opposed it, “My Spirit will not put up with men forever” (6:3);

(3) God was grieved with sin (because He is holy); and

(4) God said, “I will blot out whom I have created” (6:7, NASB); and

(5) God planned to begin again with righteous Noah (6:8).

  • Lord, when I see sin everywhere, I will pray against all public and private sin. I will pray most against the sin which is rebellion against You. I will pray against the sinful decisions of politicians, and pray for their salvation.
  • Lord, be glorified in the midst of sin so that truth and righteousness prevails. Amen.

The dimensions of Noah’s large boat are similar to a three-story dormitory. It was seaworthy, the cracks were filled with pitch, and two animals from each species were taken aboard. It was a common-sense plan that would save the world. God didn’t use a miracle to save the world; He used a plan that involved human initiative, skill, and hard work. In like manner the Great Commission is God’s plan today to save the world, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). God doesn’t use observable miracles like spaceships or angels to preach for us. God expects us to work the same way Noah worked, with initiative, skill, and hard work. 

  • Lord, I will give my all-thoughts, energy, and creativity-to reach lost people for Christ. I will use my common sense to reach them with the gospel. Amen.

When the ark was built, the Lord invited Noah and his family to “come into the ark,” which is a type or symbol of God’s invitation to all lost people today. Because there is coming judgment-on this earth or in hell-God invites lost people to come to salvation.

(1) The invitation is given by God.

(2) He urges the unsaved to take advantage of His perfect salvation.

(3) God offers a place of protection.

(4) Salvation is offered in view of coming judgment.

  • Lord, I pray for the salvation of all my family members who are unsaved. I also pray for friends and associates outside of Christ.
  • Lord, I pray You will convict them of their sin, give them a desire to obey You, and compel them to desire salvation. Amen.

Noah had faith that enabled him to believe and act on the words of God. His faith was so deep that he obeyed without question. Then scoffers ridiculed him for building a boat so far from water and it had never rained. “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark” (Heb. 11:7).

  • Lord, give me faith to believe Your Word so deeply that I will act on Your promises and warnings. I believe in the coming rapture of all believers and coming tribulation on all unsaved. So I pray for my unsaved family and friends. Because I believe You will judge all unbelievers, I pray by faith for people today to get saved. Amen.

After God punishes sin, He puts everything behind Him and doesn’t forget those who faithfully serve Him.

  • Lord, thank You for Your mercies in salvation and thank You for the spiritual gifts You’ve given me and opportunities to serve You. Thank You for physical life and health. While I’m not as strong as some, I’m healthier than others. Thank You for new mercies for this day to serve You. Amen.

The altar Noah built was a symbol of his priorities. Some might have doubted what he did, because some of those few animals were needed for food. But Noah put God first.

  • Lord, forgive me when my doubts motivate me to compromise my obedience to You. I will bring my offerings on the first day of the week and put You first in my life and belongings. Amen.

Because Noah put God first as an act of faith, “The Lord was pleased with the sacrifice” (8:21). In the same way, we want to please the Lord in all we do because “the Father is seeking such to worship Him” (John 4:23).

  • Lord, be pleased with all I do to serve You. Be pleased with the sacrifice of my words to You. “Let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name” (Heb. 13:15). Amen.

Sources

  • Bible Summary – Adapted from The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge by R. A. Torrey
  • Insights and Prayers – Adapted from The Prayer Bible