January 9, 2019

Laughingstock Becomes the Last Man Standing

Genesis 6

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Increasing Corruption on Earth

When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. Then the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not abide in1 man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” The Nephilim2 were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.

The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.

Noah and the Flood

These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God. 10 And Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

11 Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. 13 And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh,3 for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth. 14 Make yourself an ark of gopher wood.4 Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch. 15 This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark 300 cubits,5 its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits. 16 Make a roof6 for the ark, and finish it to a cubit above, and set the door of the ark in its side. Make it with lower, second, and third decks. 17 For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons' wives with you. 19 And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every sort into the ark to keep them alive with you. They shall be male and female. 20 Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground, according to its kind, two of every sort shall come in to you to keep them alive. 21 Also take with you every sort of food that is eaten, and store it up. It shall serve as food for you and for them.” 22 Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.

Footnotes

[1] 6:3 Or My Spirit shall not contend with
[2] 6:4 Or giants
[3] 6:13 Hebrew The end of all flesh has come before me
[4] 6:14 An unknown kind of tree; transliterated from Hebrew
[5] 6:15 A cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters
[6] 6:16 Or skylight

Laughingstock Becomes the Last Man Standing



Key Verse | Genesis 6:17-18

For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons'  wives with you.

Bio | Kingsley Fifer

Hello, Journeyers! I'm Kingsley. I love spending time with my parents, Sarah and Christman, and my older sister, Abby. I like hanging out at Wake (Watermark's junior high ministry) events and Wyldlife (Young Life middle school ministry). I love spending long weekends at our family lake house. Some Friday nights, you can find me serving with my sister and dad at rEcess (Watermark's respite for families that have children with special needs). But my favorite thing is taking care of the foster babies who are a part of our family. I am so blessed to be writing this devotional for you today.

Central Truth

Just as He ultimately did with Christ, God used Noah to save humankind.

Devotional | Genesis 6

The story of Noah and the ark is one my mom has told me a million times. But to hear it as a teenager and out of the real Bible (not the children's Bible) was very eye-opening. Reading this chapter helps me...

The story of Noah and the ark is one my mom has told me a million times. But to hear it as a teenager and out of the real Bible (not the children's Bible) was very eye-opening. Reading this chapter helps me realize how much our sin hurts God. In dark times, I tend to depart from God and believe that I can make it on my own. But I fail and come back, begging to be forgiven. I'm like all these people who betrayed God in this story.

Then there was Noah who stuck by God's side. He was blameless, shameless, and, most of all, faithful. He is one great role model. When God told Noah to build the ark, God wasn't done with Noah. He had a promise. Noah and his whole family would be the survivors. When Noah began building the ark, he undoubtedly was laughed at and ridiculed for believing what God said. But he didn't care. He was only interested in what God thought.

Being a teenager, it is really hard to only listen to what God thinks of me. I put identity in what others think, all the social media, gossip, and hate. It's all hard. That is what was happening in this story. Everyone was going against God except Noah. That's why God chose him and his family. Noah would save mankind. They would start a new life.

God sent Noah in Old Testament times to be the hero. He sent an even better hero many years later—Jesus, who was crucified, beaten, and killed in an awful way, all to save us. He took on all of our sin. Romans 5:8b states, "[W]hile we were still sinners, Christ died for us." God is a Father none of us deserve. If you feel like you are trapped and don't know what to do, God is the answer.

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Discussion Questions

1. Daily we ignore or reject God. We think we can make it on our own. When you find yourself in these situations, what do you do about it? Do you hide from your sins, or do you confess them to others, yourself, and God?

2. If you were there with Noah while he was building the ark, would you be on the ground laughing and making fun of him? Or would you help him, forgetting about what others think, and serve God by helping Noah with the work? What crowd do you like to follow? What is your foundation built upon?

3. In this story Noah is accepting and following God. In Noah's time, everyone else rejected the free gift of God, which is eternal life with Him. Have you accepted that free gift of eternal life with and in Christ? If not, I pray that this devotional will draw you closer to God, that the Holy Spirit will wash over you, and you will get to experience God's grace!

19 Comments available

Carly H about 2 months ago
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@kimberly black that’s a good question! I had similar questions when I was reading through it as well. I found this article that might be helpful from a website called “Got Questions” (I highly recommend it!)

https://www.gotquestions.org/Nephilim.html

kimberly black 7 months ago

I feel like no one ever goes over the first half of Genesis 6: 1-8. What does it all mean? What are the Nephilim? Who are the Sons of God. Verses 1-4 are the most confusing to me. Would love it if someone could explain this.

Elizabeth Lariscy 7 months ago

Thank you, Kingsley for your insightful devo. Thank you also for your prayer in question #3. It is so nice you praying for Christians and nonChristians alike to receive God’s greatness in everyone’s life. Our job as Christians is to grow His kingdom. Great job! God bless you!

Jay Caruso 7 months ago

This is awesome perspective/comparison I never really paid attention to before is for Noah in the Old Testament and Jesus in the New Testament and what being faithful and loving to our God. that’s a incredible feeling to be able to connect those to in my mind right now. And knowing that both of these individuals love the Lord so much that they did not care what they had to go through or what people thought of them for the sake of our hearts minds and souls

Austin bryand 7 months ago

Thank you Kingsley Yesterday i was sitting in my car enjoying my lunch when i saw this older gentleman outside his vehicle looking in. He locked his keys in.Sweating and struggling to reach for the lock. And thinking today of 6:11-12. That i think if god looks down and sees the corrupt. I walked over and help the man get his keys out. And i thought to myself. “God is that you”. Sometimes i find myself not ignoring god but not paying enough attention to him and giving my all which all the same. In a parking lot full of people walking by one person went to help. And in that moment i recieved Gods Grace.The man said to me. “God is everywhere” and he left.I prayed that i would open my eyes and heart more to people in need and to serve god.

Patricia Simmons 7 months ago

I cannot imagine the pressure of growing up with social media’s influence on one’s self esteem. Noah stood alone against the pressures of sin in his time just as one must also stand alone today against what the world says is true. It appears you are building a great foundation based on God’s Word and not the whims of culture. It’s hard as a teenager…it’s hard as an almost 40 year believing adult! The only way to stand firm is to stay close to God. So proud of your statements Kingsley and your commitment to view your life through the filter of The One who created you.

Erin Hobbs 7 months ago

“God is a Father none of us deserve.” Amen!! His favor…from the superior One to an inferior one. Undeserved yet I’m covered by it. It makes no sense…may it always captivate me!!

Shannon Mathis 7 months ago

Genesis 6:6 reads “and the Lord was sorry that he had made man in the earth and it grieved him to his heart.”

Does that mean God regretted making man??

greg jones 7 months ago

“But I will establish my covenant with you” Genesis 6:18

It might be splitting hairs but if Old Testament (testament=covenant) is God’s covenant with the Israelite descendants of Abraham Isaac and Jacob delivered through Moses and the giving of the law, then Noah is outside of the Old Testament. Noah is the Noah testament established by God because of Noah’s righteousness (Genesis 6:9)

The flood was a history that the Israelites shared with the people groups around them. There are many flood accounts from older people groups predating the Genesis account. Each group asserts the role of their god in the other accounts. As Americans we study European history to understand things that lead up to the birth of our nation. We share that history with other people.

Great thoughts coming out of this devotional this morning. TY Kingsley!

Michael Scaman 7 months ago

Some clips from Noah the musical Sight and Sound Lancaster PA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_aBh_fCKwY

and the Ark Eccounter from Answers in Genesis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeNOURXWCmM

Michael Scaman 7 months ago

I remember the first time I went to the Sight and Sound play for Noah in the Lancaster PA area decades ago. They built the Ark on stage in the first act and then the animals came, eventually the door closing after off made to the world.

In the second act in the theater about the size of Dallas Watermark, the walls were opened and you were in the ark for the rest of the play. Very dramatic impression made on my kids at the time.

But it is a dramatic account.

Wade Souza 7 months ago

Way to go, Kingsley! I pray you would continue serving others like Christ and remain increasingly secure in who He created and called you to be.

As the depravity of man multiplies and mars God’s marvelous creation, God is fully justified in His perfect judgment and justice. Mockers meet their Maker. Instead of bowing down to a holy God, but has bowed up in self-reliance, violence, and defiance. Yet, by grace, He chose a fallen, but faithful family to be His ongoing vessels of blessing and recipients of His unconditional covenant love.

The salvation story of God will not stand for the slightest shred of sinfulness. For His glory and for the ultimate good of His people, He will deliver us all that defiles us and destroys us. Praise Him, for He is holy, holy, holy.

Gabriel Adel 7 months ago

Kingsley, love the cental truth and the devotional you shared. God gave the people a chance to repent though Noah and for us today God did that and still doing that through Christ.

Leslie Luce 7 months ago

Beautiful job and oh the simplicity of Noah being set apart. He chose to obey. Thank you for the sweet reminders!!

Michael Scaman 7 months ago

Today much ado is made about the Gilgamesh epic and his 7 layered Ark shaped like a cube. Many claim the Noah story comes from that - but - as and as a person with 4 degrees in engineering, if you think about it, a cube shaped boat like Gilgamesh’s with a center of gravity in the middle would roll all over the ocean like a volley ball. Now Noah, he had an ark shaped like - well like a boat ( image that for the Jewish people who never had a navy to speak of ).

Werner Git showed that Noah’s boat is an optimal balance between stabilty (maximize withstanding high waves) and ease of build (minimize surface area). Gitt was an engineering professor at the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Germany’s national institute for natural and engineering sciences

Ronnie Oldfield 7 months ago

Thank you Kingsley for an insightful devo.

6 And the LORD regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.

My first time for this verse to strike me. Like me, God has at least one regret?? Wow, now how did God react to a regret?

He doubled down. He: cleaned up the mess (planned a flood); identified a group of people He could count on - Noah AND his family (some good family dynamics there); And He moved forward - sent His Son to provide a path for weak people like Ronnie Oldfield to be His Son.

I am so thankful God executed His do over plan. Since I am going to sin, I am thankful the ark of Christ has a seat with my name on it.

Thanks for reminding me of this today Kingsley.

Lindsey Driscoll 7 months ago

Thank you Kingsley for your devo today, I enjoyed how you pointed out the difference between reading the facts of the story in the Children’s bible and reading woth more context in a full text bible. Great question 1. The emotions of God (grieving) and the affects of sin (pain) stood out in verse 6:6. I think of the pain, lonileness, and guilt I feel after sinning. I see that God know us intimately, and understands our feelings as he has felt them too.

Hugh Stephenson 7 months ago

GM Kingsley.

“But Noah…” Almost as good a phrase as “But God…”.

I see God’s promise of provision and protection in the form of His revelation to Noah. He preserves the remnant of 8 faithful people. This links me back to Elijah in 1 Kings 19:18 where God tells Elijah that no matter how bad it seems now “Nevertheless, I have preserved 7,000…”

Could I know God so well and so deeply and so fully that I trusted Him for 120 years as I prepared for His promise? (Hebrews 11:7)

One of my favorite passages is Hebrews 11, the listings of the heroes of the faith. None of these lived to see the promise but they all lived knowing the promise was true.

Application: Re-read Hebrews 12:1-3.

Prayer: May I give thanks to be surrounded by “so great a cloud of witnesses” and continue to run His race with perseverance.

Hope Harris 7 months ago

GM Excellent job Kingsley. Great tie into the Last Man Standing. As I am reading through Genesis I am noting, life outside the gates of Eden.

Two types of people stand out those who choose their own way and those who choose God’s way. In the last six chapters I am also noting how God is very much engaged with humanity. He observes and never forces Himself on us.

Noah had a bigger group of people to contend with. Yet he choose to obey even when it made no sense to build the Ark. I tend to waste time asking why instead of obeying.

Lord, Teach me to readily obey and trust you in the process.

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