Thursday, November 3, 2016

Genesis Notes: Noah's Resume

The Life Application Study Bible profile helps us see the key lessons from Noah's life. I like best the extreme patience, faithfulness, and obedience that Noah must have had to accomplish his task. Also, I love the lesson that God does not protect us from trouble, but takes care of us in spite of trouble.

Noah giving the gesture of orant as the dove returns
Strengths and accomplishments:
  • Only follower of God left in his generation
  • Second father of the human race
  • Man of patience, consistency, and obedience
  • First major shipbuilder
Weaknesses and mistakes:
  • Got drunk and embarrassed himself in front of his sons
Lessons from his life:
  • God is faithful to those who obey him
  • God does not always protect us from trouble, but cares for us in spite of trouble
  • Obedience is a long-term commitment
  • A man may be faithful, but his sinful nature always travels with him
Vital statistics:
  • Where: We're not told how far from the Garden of Eden people had settled
  • Occupation: Farmer, shipbuilder, preacher
  • Relatives: Grandfather - Methuselah. Father - Lamech. Sons: Ham, Shem and Japheth
Key verse:
"Noah did everything just as God commanded him." (Genesis 6:22)

Noah's story is told in Genesis 5:29-10:32. He also is mentioned in 1 Chronicles 1:3, 4; Isaiah 54:9; Ezekiel 14:14, 20; Matthew 24:37, 38; Luke 3:36; 17:26; Hebrews 11:7; 1 Peter 3:20; 2 Peter 2:5..

This series first ran in 2004 and 2005. I'm refreshing it as I go. For links to the whole study, go to the Genesis Index. For more about the resources used, go here.

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