So if it is ok with you I would like to go back a little. First, let’s quickly go back to 6:17-18
17 I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—
This is the first time Covenant is “said” in the Bible. There are different types Covenants from God, this one is Unconditional. God is making a promise that is one-sided. But how cool is God that every covenant has a:
- The promise
- A sealing (sacrifice)
- A sign to remember it
Moving on to Chapter 7…..our timeline begins. It is time get the “cute” Bible Story of Noah out of our visual reminder and really picture what this might have been like for him. After making this box to live in with his family and the animals…(I love asking a trivia question like “How many of each clean animal was brought upon the Ark”. If you did not underline verse 7:2-3, you may want to look again). Also, let’s stop teaching children that he was on the ark for 40 days….
Chapter 8: Here is your map 🙂
Why is this map important you ask? Because this was not a local flood, this was a world wide flood. Mt. Ararat is over 17,000 feet above seal Level.
(BTW, it is killing me not to break down every scripture….)
Let’s go back to Covenant….we have the promise…now let’s seal it. (always with a sacrifice)
8:20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. 21 The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done
Chapter 9: you will need a pencil (or at least re-reread it) It begins with a new beginning. Now, go through Chapter 9 and underline or circle the word Covenant (many times). God refers to it as His Covenant. It is unconditional. This is a one sided contract! And yes….as we predicted, we had the promise, the sealing, and of course…the sign.
Chapter 9. OK, so I didn’t grow up in church but I knew a guy named Noah was on an ark with giraffes (always giraffes in the pictures). But what I did not know was how the story ended!
Noah has 3 sons. Japeth, Ham, and Shem. You need to know this…here is how you are going to remember who is who…
- Japeth “J” sound=Gentiles (me and you)
- Ham “Pigs smell and are mean”- Cursed nations- Cannaan
- Shem-starts with an S…Salvation!- The Hebrews
Ham disgraced his Father pointing out and mocking his sin. The consequence to Ham and his descendants is everlasting.
“Cursed be Canaan! (Canaanites)
The lowest of slaves
will he be to his brothers.”
26 He also said,
“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Shem! (Hebrews)
May Canaan be the slave of Shem. (Hebrews)
27 May God extend Japheth’s[ (Gentile’s)territory;
may Japeth (Gentiles) live in the tents of Shem,(Hebrews)
and may Canaan be the slave of Japheth.”(Gentiles)
LOOK AT THIS….It kind of makes sense huh!
Chapter 10 Table of nations…. (In an effort to keep this blog from going on forever, here is an abbreviated version of Chapter 10. However if you ponder on it now, I think it will make sense.
Chapter 11- The Tower of Babel
11 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar[b] and settled there. (why?? I thought you were supposed to populate the earth?)
3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. (why are you making your own resources God clearly said he would provide for you) 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves (a monument to yourself? Not a temple to worship God like most ziggurats were used for) a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens (God already has a plan for that), so that we may make a name for ourselves (Uggg); otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” (Umm, LIke God told you to??)
5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6 The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
8 So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
Us verse situation!
I am going to stop at 11:10 and pick that up in a visual when we get back to Genesis!