*These notes come from Bob Deffinbaugh’s study on Genesis 6 at Bible.org
Theme: Judgment and God’s saving grace
Introduction and conclusion (vs. 6: 9-12 and end of Ch. 8) are the most important because these describe the reasons for the flood and God’s underlying purpose for humanity (creation and salvation). While God’s wrath is slow, it is also certain.
- Primary expression of man’s sin is his rebellion and independent spirit toward God
Living Righteously – All those said to be righteous in Ch. 5 (Adam’s descendants to Noah) died before the flood, leaving none righteous save Noah.
- A little more than a year was spent on the ark
- God committed to not flooding the earth again because God’s problem was with sin, and the flood was only a temporary fix
Symbolism – Jesus Christ is our ark. Knowing about Jesus is not enough, you must be in him
The Lesson for Us
Just as the time for grace expired for men in Noah’s day, so shall it for us today. Our life is our time to repent and be reconciled to God. God’s judgment is often giving men both what they want and deserve. People fail to realize that God’s way is not always glorious and without suffering, but it is the only way to joy. Our Faith must be active. We must live in the light of our coming day of judgment and salvation.