Noah, and the Tower of Babel

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Noah, and the Tower of Babel

OVERVIEW
DAYBREAK

SOURCE FOR QUESTIONS
Genesis 6:1 through 11:9

KEY VERSE FOR MEMORIZATION
“These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.” (Genesis 6:9)

BACKGROUND

By Noah’s generation, the embers of sin which Adam and Eve had ignited had become a flame that engulfed the whole earth. Chapters 6-9 of our text record that man, who had been created in the holy image of God just nine generations earlier, had forgotten God and become terribly evil in his ways. So devastating was the scope of the sins of mankind that God resolved to wipe out all living things. However, Noah was different. Unlike the rest of the people who walked according to the evil dictates of their hearts, this man walked step by step in faith, a living example to his generation. Though he did not have much of a support base of godly people — only those in his own family made it into the ark with him — the power of God sustained him. Because of Noah’s faithfulness and obedience, God preserved him and his family from the devastating Flood that destroyed all other human beings on the face of the earth.

Noah lived 350 years after the Flood, and chapter 10 of Genesis records the history of his sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. This chapter, a genealogical record of the principal races and peoples known to the Israelites, is sometimes referred to as the Table of Nations.

Chapter 11 details God’s response to the ungodliness that once again characterized human civilization after the Flood. The corruption and defiance of the people in resisting God’s command to “replenish” the whole earth resulted in their language being confounded, and the people being scattered abroad “upon the face of all the earth” (Genesis 11:9).

QUESTIONS

  1. In Genesis 6:8, what indicator do we find of Noah’s spiritual standing? What words and phrases in chapter 7 paint a picture of what Noah did to “walk with God”?
  2. Noah was not shielded from the negative influences of the world around him. What kinds of obstacles do you suppose he faced?
  3. Like Noah, as Christians we also face obstacles or hindrances in our walks with the Lord. How can we live in a sinful world without being drawn into it or isolating ourselves and losing contact?
  4. In Genesis 7:17-24, what details are given about the Flood and its results?
  5. Noah’s decision to follow the Lord saved him and his family from utter destruction. What does God’s provision for them tell us about Him?
  6. What was the first action Noah took after he and his family left the ark? What does this reveal about Noah? Genesis 8:20
  7. What spiritual lesson or insight most impressed you as you considered the account of Noah?
  8. After the Flood, Noah’s family was divided into tribes or colonies to settle in different directions, thus replenishing the other regions of the earth. However, as the population increased, they all came together. Ultimately they settled in the land of Shinar, where they determined to build a city and a tower that would reach unto Heaven. Why was it wrong for the people to build a tower and a city? What was God’s reaction to their rebellion? Genesis 11:1-9

CONCLUSION

Noah and the people of Shinar present a picture of the choice facing every individual in our day: will we live and work in obedience to God, or will we choose to resist and rebel against Him and His directives? As we ponder the outcomes for Noah and the tower builders at Babel, the best choice is clear.