Genesis 6:9-7:24

 |  March 20, 2018

Generation IV:  The Generations of Noah (6:9)

Gen. 6:9-7:24

  1. Locate the passage

This passage follows the revelation of two great truths from the previous passage: the depth of mankind’s sin and the favor Noah found.  This pericope begins the third toledoth section in Genesis.

  1. Genre

The passage is narrative.  The “conversation” is one-direction from the Lord to Noah.

  1. Determine the structure of the passage

6:9-12 – Noah was just, but the earth was corrupt

6:13-14 – The end of all flesh has come, but you will be saved

6:15-21 – This is what you are to do; this is what I will do

6:22 – Noah’s obedience

7:1-10 – Instructions on entering the Ark

7:11-16 – Entering the Ark

7:17-24 – The Extent of the Flood

  1. Exegete the passage

Note something of a chiastic structure in the description of Noah’s justness and the earth’s corruption:

A – Noah was just

B – The earth was corrupt

B´ – The earth will be judged

B´ – Noah will be saved

6:9 – There are three descriptions of Noah in this verse

6:9 – Living righteous in an unrighteous time

6:9 – “Noah was just” (Cf. 7:1)

6:9 – Noah was “perfect”

6:9 – Noah “walked with God”

6:11 – “Corruption and violence”

6:12 – “God looked”


6:13 – “All flesh”

6:14 – Make yourself an ark

6:17 – “I, Myself”

6:18 – I will establish My covenant with you

6:19 – “Two of every kind … male and female”

6:22 – Noah did according to all that the Lord commanded him

7:1 – “I have seen … you are righteous”

7:2 – Seven clean animals taken; two of the unclean

7:11 – Noah was 600 years old when he entered the ark

7:12 – It rained for 40 days and 40 nights

7:11-16 – these verses recap the instructions of 7:1-10, but emphasize Noah’s obedience to follow God’s instructions

7:16 – “The Lord shut him in”

7:18 – The “great” increase of the water parallels the great increase of mankind’s sin on the earth (Cf. 6:5)

7:19 – “All the high hills under the whole heaven were covered”

7:21 – All flesh that moved on the earth died

7:22 – All in whose nostrils was the breath of the Spirit

7:24 – The water prevailed on the earth 150 days

  1. Let the structure of the text drive the sermon

Noah’s Obedience

Exp.  Noah was just, perfect, and walked with God

App.  The potential impact of our faith

  • God’s Judgment
  • God’s Covenant
    1. In wrath, He remembered mercy
  • Our ultimate salvation foreshadowed in Christ

Exp.  Noah’s obedience brought physical salvation for his family

App.  However, the faith of our father’s will not save us spiritually

Exp.  Christ is the One who ultimately brings, “rest.”

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