Pastor Wrinkle’s Corner: Noah and the Founding of Greenpeace

 Let’s Review:

Last time we learned about

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There were consequences to Adam’s sin.

 Ge. 3:14-19, 22-24 NIV

So the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,
       “Cursed are you above all the livestock
       and all the wild animals!
       You will crawl on your belly
       and you will eat dust
       all the days of your life.

 15 And I will put enmity
       between you and the woman,
       and between your offspring [a] and hers;
       he will crush [b] your head,
       and you will strike his heel.”

 16 To the woman he said,
       “I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing;
       with pain you will give birth to children.
       Your desire will be for your husband,
       and he will rule over you.”

 17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat of it,’
       “Cursed is the ground because of you;
       through painful toil you will eat of it
       all the days of your life.

 18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
       and you will eat the plants of the field.

 19 By the sweat of your brow
       you will eat your food
       until you return to the ground,
       since from it you were taken;
       for dust you are
       and to dust you will return.”

“And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” 23 So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side [e] of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.”

The serpent lost its _________________________

The woman received _______________________ in the conception process and in________________________. She also lost her place of ___________________ with the man.

The man received _____________________ and loss of his ____________________ over the earth. He also lost Eden and __________________ with God.

After Adam left Eden roughly 1600 years passed:

During that time:

Men lived very long __________________.

The Earth was protected by the firmament

Earth was watered by an internal sprinkler system. There was no rain. Ge.2:6

The earth became greatly populated and _________________________ increased.

 Ge. 6: 9-22

This is the account of Noah.
      Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. 10 Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.

 11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. 12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. 13 So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. 14 So make yourself an ark of cypress [c] wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. 15 This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. [d] 16 Make a roof for it and finish [e] the ark to within 18 inches [f] of the top. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. 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—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. 19 You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. 20 Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. 21 You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.”

 22 Noah did everything just as God commanded him.

We all have heard the story of Noah and the __________________. Interestingly it is a story that is repeated in cultures across the face of the globe. The flood story is repeated from the ancient Sumerians to the Cherokee Indians.

The flood ____________________.

After the flood God made a covenant or a __________________________ with Noah.

 Ge. 9: 1-17 

Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. 2 The fear and dread of you will fall upon all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air, upon every creature that moves along the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea; they are given into your hands. 3 Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.

 4 “But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it. 5 And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each man, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of his fellow man.

 6 “Whoever sheds the blood of man,
       by man shall his blood be shed;
       for in the image of God
       has God made man.

 7 As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.”

 8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: 9 “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you 10 and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth. 11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be cut off by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”

 12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”

 17 So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”

The covenant:

  1. Have children and ________________ the earth
  2. Animals will now _______________ man and become ________________ for man.
  3. Man must not __________________.
  4. God will not destroy the earth by ______________________ again

The covenant sign was the ______________________. With every God bargain there is a seal or sign indicating the bargain is in force.

Now it’s time for you to get into groups and discuss the following questions.

  1. In Genesis 5 we see man living very long and then in Genesis 6:1,2 we see God setting man’s age back to 120 years. Why do you think he did this?

 

  1. What do you think the world was like in Noah’s day? What kind of things do you think were going on that made God so angry? (See Ge. 6:1,2/9-13).

 

  1. How do you think the world of Noah’s day measures up against the world of our day?How are we the same? How are we different?

 

  1. Do you feel God had the right to destroy the world in Noah’s day? What were His other choices? Why do you think he didn’t make another choice?

 

  1.  Read Matthew 24:36-51. Do you think according to this Scripture God is going to judge the world again?

 

  1. How do we live like Noah so that we can escape judgement? Read Hebrews 11:6

 

Question of the week:  Describe what you think the world looked like the day Noah got off the ark.

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13 thoughts on “Pastor Wrinkle’s Corner: Noah and the Founding of Greenpeace

  1. I would assume that there was very little left, maybe the skeletons of trees. The first place that things would grow is on the tops of mountains where the water receded first, but all in all a very desolate place.

    (printed out the notes before school this morning but did not have time to respond to questions)

  2. There would be peoples body on the ground. Many trees with no leaves on the trees. Also there would be no one there excpet Moses and his family

    • I wonder about the bodies. The massive moving of the waters may very well have buried much of the animal life which is why we find so many fossils deep in the ground when we dig. I imagine there were a lot of downed trees as the wood may have floated in the flood like we see in pictures of the tsunami from a few years ago. Some good observations.

  3. I feel as if the ground may have been muddy… or wet. and everything looked desolate and lonely. If I was noah i would’ve been going crazy without life around me, I’m a sometimes people loving person but I’m always a tree hugger so I’d for sure miss the trees and nature all around me… I personally wonder how long it took for the animals to repopulate… hmmm the thoughts I ponder

    • I do wonder what the terrain looked like Jenny. It’s hard to imagine a world without trees here in Massachusetts isn’t it? I wonder if the whole world looked like a soggy version of the Great Plains, vast and empty.

  4. ****Describe what you think the world looked like the day Noah got off the ark. ****

    I think that there were muddy puddles everywhere and probably a lot of Tree limbs and fallen trees and pretty much bare earth cause there was just too much water for plants to actually grow. yup. and muddy dead people.The End

    • Thank you for responding Savannah. Nobody has mentioned the weather yet. I think it must have been a great shock to Noah to feel cool air and to see snow. Remember if it had never rained then it had also never snowed!

  5. I think the earth looked brown and gross.Every tree was probably very bare and soggy.They’re must have been dead bodies but maybe not.Animal carcases,such as dinosaurs or other large creatures take longer to decompose,and probably we’re still left hanging around.

    I guess you could say it was a very unfamiliar place to him,and he probably was very sad even though he was now on dry land.

    • I imagine you are right. Both you and Jenny mentioned how sad Noah must have been. His whole family except his wife and sons and daughter-in-laws were gone! The world was vast and empty. What kind of psychological pain these things must have caused.

  6. Without a doubt the earth had changed. Possibly earth quakes and volcanic eruptions had occurred. We know all life that existed on land had perished. But the dove brought back a a leaf from an olive tree so plants and such were growing. Do you think God keep them in the Ark for so long so they would forget what the earth was before and prepare their minds for a new earth?
    L&P
    Charlotte

    • Very good question Charlotte! Garrick made a good point about how the tops of the mountains being the first to dry were probably the places with vegetation but perhaps not all of the Earth had completely dried out. So vegetation may have been sparse.
      I do believe that God probably had to shield Noah and his family psychologically somehow. The trauma of coming back to an earth completely empty of any kind of life mus have been extremely jarring.

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