Noah and the Flood 9 These are the generations of Noah. g Noah was a righteous man, h blameless in his generation. Noah i 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 j saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, k for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. 13 And God said to Noah, l “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, 1 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. 1 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, 1 its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits. 16 Make a roof 1 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 m 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 n 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 o Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.
9 אֵ֚לֶּה תּוֹלְדֹ֣ת נֹ֔חַ נֹ֗חַ אִ֥ישׁ צַדִּ֛יק תָּמִ֥ים הָיָ֖ה בְּדֹֽרֹתָ֑יו אֶת ־ הָֽאֱלֹהִ֖ים הִֽתְהַלֶּךְ ־ נֹֽחַ ׃ 10 וַיּ֥וֹלֶד נֹ֖חַ שְׁלֹשָׁ֣ה בָנִ֑ים אֶת ־ שֵׁ֖ם אֶת ־ חָ֥ם וְאֶת ־ יָֽפֶת ׃ 11 וַתִּשָּׁחֵ֥ת הָאָ֖רֶץ לִפְנֵ֣י הָֽאֱלֹהִ֑ים וַתִּמָּלֵ֥א הָאָ֖רֶץ חָמָֽס ׃ 12 וַיַּ֧רְא אֱלֹהִ֛ים אֶת ־ הָאָ֖רֶץ וְהִנֵּ֣ה נִשְׁחָ֑תָה כִּֽי ־ הִשְׁחִ֧ית כָּל ־ בָּשָׂ֛ר אֶת ־ דַּרְכּ֖וֹ עַל ־ הָאָֽרֶץ ׃ ס 13 וַיֹּ֨אמֶר אֱלֹהִ֜ים לְנֹ֗חַ קֵ֤ץ כָּל ־ בָּשָׂר֙ בָּ֣א לְפָנַ֔י כִּֽי ־ מָלְאָ֥ה הָאָ֛רֶץ חָמָ֖ס מִפְּנֵיהֶ֑ם וְהִנְנִ֥י מַשְׁחִיתָ֖ם אֶת ־ הָאָֽרֶץ ׃ 14 עֲשֵׂ֤ה לְךָ֙ תֵּבַ֣ת עֲצֵי ־ גֹ֔פֶר קִנִּ֖ים תַּֽעֲשֶׂ֣ה אֶת ־ הַתֵּבָ֑ה וְכָֽפַרְתָּ֥ אֹתָ֛הּ מִבַּ֥יִת וּמִח֖וּץ בַּכֹּֽפֶר ׃ 15 וְזֶ֕ה אֲשֶׁ֥ר תַּֽעֲשֶׂ֖ה אֹתָ֑הּ שְׁלֹ֧שׁ מֵא֣וֹת אַמָּ֗ה אֹ֚רֶךְ הַתֵּבָ֔ה חֲמִשִּׁ֤ים אַמָּה֙ רָחְבָּ֔הּ וּשְׁלֹשִׁ֥ים אַמָּ֖ה קוֹמָתָֽהּ ׃ 16 צֹ֣הַר ׀ תַּֽעֲשֶׂ֣ה לַתֵּבָ֗ה וְאֶל ־ אַמָּה֙ תְּכַלֶ֣נָּה 1 מִלְמַ֔עְלָה וּפֶ֥תַח הַתֵּבָ֖ה בְּצִדָּ֣הּ תָּשִׂ֑ים תַּחְתִּיִּ֛ם שְׁנִיִּ֥ם וּשְׁלִשִׁ֖ים תַּֽעֲשֶֽׂהָ ׃ 17 וַאֲנִ֗י הִנְנִי֩ מֵבִ֨יא אֶת ־ הַמַּבּ֥וּל מַ֙יִם֙ עַל ־ הָאָ֔רֶץ לְשַׁחֵ֣ת כָּל ־ בָּשָׂ֗ר אֲשֶׁר ־ בּוֹ֙ ר֣וּחַ חַיִּ֔ים מִתַּ֖חַת הַשָּׁמָ֑יִם כֹּ֥ל אֲשֶׁר ־ בָּאָ֖רֶץ יִגְוָֽע ׃ 18 וַהֲקִמֹתִ֥י אֶת ־ בְּרִיתִ֖י אִתָּ֑ךְ וּבָאתָ֙ אֶל ־ הַתֵּבָ֔ה אַתָּ֕ה וּבָנֶ֛יךָ וְאִשְׁתְּךָ֥ וּנְשֵֽׁי ־ בָנֶ֖יךָ אִתָּֽךְ ׃ 19 וּמִכָּל ־ הָ֠חַי מִֽכָּל ־ בָּשָׂ֞ר שְׁנַ֧יִם מִכֹּ֛ל תָּבִ֥יא אֶל ־ הַתֵּבָ֖ה לְהַחֲיֹ֣ת אִתָּ֑ךְ זָכָ֥ר וּנְקֵבָ֖ה יִֽהְיֽוּ ׃ 20 מֵהָע֣וֹף לְמִינֵ֗הוּ וּמִן ־ הַבְּהֵמָה֙ לְמִינָ֔הּ מִכֹּ֛ל רֶ֥מֶשׂ הָֽאֲדָמָ֖ה לְמִינֵ֑הוּ שְׁנַ֧יִם מִכֹּ֛ל יָבֹ֥אוּ אֵלֶ֖יךָ לְהַֽחֲיֽוֹת ׃ 21 וְאַתָּ֣ה קַח ־ לְךָ֗ מִכָּל ־ מַֽאֲכָל֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר יֵֽאָכֵ֔ל וְאָסַפְתָּ֖ אֵלֶ֑יךָ וְהָיָ֥ה לְךָ֛ וְלָהֶ֖ם לְאָכְלָֽה ׃ 22 וַיַּ֖עַשׂ נֹ֑חַ כְּ֠כֹל אֲשֶׁ֨ר צִוָּ֥ה אֹת֛וֹ אֱלֹהִ֖ים כֵּ֥ן עָשָֽׂה ׃ ס
God tells Noah to build an ark, since he is going to destroy everything on earth with a flood Introduction Flood myths and legends from around the world. v9 this had been an interlude from chapter 5 , picked up now. Then another long interlude (flood narrative) before the genealogy is completed. 1. Because humans have destroyed the earth, God is sending a flood to destroy them with the earth (v9-13) v9 nuances of righteous and blameless and walked with God. Like Enoch - only two given that description. v10 what do we actually mean by corrupt. cf Ephesians 4.18-24 . Heb, piel form of spoiled. So, ruined, perverted, utterly broken. H1 - list of utterly crazy, awful things people do when they are given to themselves. Bible lists many. Life turned away from God. H2 - religious corruption uses a cloak to cover selfish ends. Life turned away from God whilst pretending you are turned to God. v13 the end of all flesh has come before me. v13 I will ruin/utterly destroy them with the earth. Same word used back on them. Application directions: Do we accept God's charge that we are 'corrupt'? Jesus' work in sending the Spirit, to give new birth and a new nature. The utter certainty of coming judgement. cf Luke 17.20-27. 2. The ark Noah builds will be the way that all creation is saved v14 an ark. Moses. List the similarities. How big was the ark? What did it look like? Gopher wood? A 'roof'? v17 clearly de-creation language. Back to watery chaos. The breath of life being recalled. v18 God's covenant the grounds of confidence. Perhaps enabled Noah to be a 'preacher of righteousness' during all the years building and preparing, amidst mockery and opposition. 'Establish', ie confirm/strengthen an existing one - his one, through Adam, with creation. So God's covenant leads both to the flood and the ark. v19-21 how many animals? What were their 'kinds'? Would there have been space? Could this have been simply a 'local' flood? The whole narrative at pains to emphasis 'all flesh' etc. Why store up all the animals if it were only a local flood. v22 Noah did all God commanded him. God carries out his plans to save through his faithful servant. Through the tiny ark all creation will be saved. God's glory: he is holy and will not tolerate evil. He is the creator and the judge; the destroyer. FCF: 'corrupt' in God's sight; filled with 'violence' through them [mankind]. 'All flesh had corrupted their way.' Person of Jesus: He is the greater Noah. A righteous man, blameless in his corrupt generation. He walked with God (like Enoch). He did 'all that God commanded him'. God established his covenant with Jesus of Nazareth. Work of Jesus: He was destroyed in the place of corrupted humanity. His death was the 'end of all flesh'. God made him to be sin, punished as the violent one, though he knew no sin. His very body becomes the greater ark. Union with Jesus: in Jesus I am the righteous one, blameless in my generation. In him the Father has come near, has confided, has made known his plan - the mystery of his will. In him I have no fear of judgement and condemnation. In him I have done all that the Father commanded me. Wrap-up Corrupt humanity has been judged and destroyed, not through the flood but through the body of Jesus. The flood has passed over us in him, and now we live with him forever and ever.