Genesis 6:5–22, Hebrews 11:7
Like Noah, we must trust the Word of God and be obedient because of our faith in Him.
Genesis 6 gives us a dark picture. The earth was a disaster area. Humans were proud and ruthless. In fact, the primary sin in Genesis 3–9 was violence (Gen. 4:8, 4:23–24, 6:11, 6:13). God was grieved, and His heart was filled with pain (v. 6). Though God still loved the world, He was (and is) always holy. Because of His justice, there had to be judgment of sin. God chose to utterly destroy humankind. There was, however, one ray of light: Noah. Noah found favor with God. One just and upright man had a different lifestyle that stood out from everyone around him. He showed loving obedience to God. So God saved this one man and his family. Noah trusted and obeyed God because he had faith in Him (Heb. 11:7).
- Students will describe the contrast between the righteousness that God desires and the surrounding world.
- Students will identify reasons and opportunities to follow God in an evil world.
As you prepare to teach this lesson, pray for your students.
- Pray that students will identify with Noah’s calling to be different from his culture.
- Pray that students will trust God and obey Him no matter how different His calling is from the demands of the world.
- Pray that students will not be conformed to this world but instead be transformed by the renewing of their minds.