Saturday, March 30, 2019

2019.03.30 Hopewell @Home ▫ Genesis 7:7-24

Questions for Littles: Where did Noah go in Genesis 7:7? Who went with him? Because of what? What else went with him (Genesis 7:8)? How did they enter (Genesis 7:9)? Why was it done this way? What happened after seven days (Genesis 7:10)? How does Genesis 7:11 make it plain that this is an historical event? How does it emphasize Noah’s actual age at the time? What does this tell us about other men’s ages of this period, which were similar to Noah’s? How long did it rain (Genesis 7:12)? What does Genesis 7:13-15 emphasize about how long it took to enter the ark? Who are named in Genesis 7:13? What else entered with them (Genesis 7:14)? How did they come onto the ark (Genesis 7:15)? What was in them? Who had commanded this (Genesis 7:16)? Who shut them all in the ark? How long did it rain (Genesis 7:17)? What did the increased waters do to the ark? Where did it rise? What does Genesis 7:18 say about the waters? What did the ark do in verse 18? What does Genesis 7:19 say about the waters? What were covered? What does Genesis 7:20 say about the waters? What were covered? Which flesh is first mentioned as dying in Genesis 7:21? Who are mentioned last in verse 21? What body part does Genesis 7:22 mention? Of what does this remind us (cf. Genesis 2:7)?  How does Genesis 7:23 restate Genesis 7:21-22? What does it add at the end? What does Genesis 7:24 say about the waters? How long did they prevail, before they even began to recede?
In the Scripture for tomorrow’s sermon, there is much focus upon water level. On the one hand, the text makes it clearly, laughably impossible that this could have been a local flood. On the other hand, this takes us back to the first day of creation, where the earth was covered by the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God hovered over the waters.

Genesis 7:11 takes us back to day 2, that entire day that was spent on the raquiya (firmament), and now a window is being opened in it, and the protection and restraint is being removed.

Genesis 7:14, with its repeated mention of “after its kind,” takes us back to days 5 and 6 with not just the land animals but the birds perishing.

Genesis 7:22 takes us back to day 6 by the specific mention of nostrils, the only other mention of which in Genesis is Genesis 2:7, where God had breathed into man’s nostrils the breath of life.

In a sense, the flood is being described here as the uncreation. But the original is not entirely lost. Noah, and those who were with him, were participants in this original creation. We have here the beginning of a theme that will last throughout Scripture—the theme of a “remnant.” The Lord repeatedly shows the greatness of His mercy and saving power to some by carrying out justice with others.
Who are perishing now? Who are being saved now? How are they being saved?
Suggested Songs: ARP2 “Why Do Gentile Nations Rage?” or TPH433 “Amazing Grace”

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