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Noah – The Days of Noah.


Noah – Lesson 1.

Discerning the Times
Text: Genesis 6:1-8
Introduction: The story of Noah begins with a description of the times. There was much disobedience, much sinfulness, much rebellion against God. Why is it important for us to understand these times?  Matthew 24:37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

We too are to be discerners of the times, for we too live in a wicked age, when abject ungodliness is the norm. It is in such times that the Son of Man will unexpectedly return. So what was it like in the days of Noah?


1. The Heart of Man.

Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, 2 that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose
This passage always causes heated debate. Who were ‘the sons of god’ – and these great giants that lived in the land?
As usual, the answer is quite simple and the most obvious…

  1. The sons of God. Were they angels? Many in the church have thought so over the centuries. I’m not at all convinced. How could angels, spiritual beings marry and have physical relationships with mortals? That’s impossible. So what is a ‘son of God’ in this sense? Well we know that Jesus us THE Son of God, his only begotten Son, but there’s another NT meaning to that phrase as well.   Read: John 1:12 Romans 8:14 Philippians 2:15. 1 John 3:1-2  In all these verses the Sons of God are BELIEVERS and Scripture interprets Scripture. We are God’s children through adoption.
  2. The daughters of men. Now this is a little less obvious but we can safely say that those who are unbelievers, who are still held captive by Adam’s wilful sin, are truest still the children of men. John 8:44
  3. The Nephilim. 4 There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown. Sproule comments that these people were the offspring of these unlawful relationships, – men who were lawless, warlike and violent in nature, and came to be feared by many, spoken of in hushed tones, and avoided if possible. They were the ‘criminal class’ of the day.

This really was a mixed marriage. Read Paul in 2 Corinthians 6:14 That’s what’s happening here. Believers are compromising.

2. The Severe Consequences.

God looks at his created beings, and he finds them guilty.

  • Physical death. 3 And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” God ordains our lives and the length of them. The reference is to man (plural) not to ‘a man (singular) – and it refers to our days in this flesh, limited to God’s maximum duration. Just 120 years, at this point, not the many years of Methuselah! One modern translation (ESV) even translates it as ‘My spirit shall not always ABIDE in man’ – and abiding in is much different that ‘striving with.’ The phrase has absolutely nothing to do with a sinner in a meeting making his decision, raising his hand, walking the aisle, or anything else, while he still has time. God simply saw the sins of men and limited their days on this earth. Simple!
  • A Perceptive Verdict.
    1. The Lord Saw. 5 Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. There’s the very core of the problem. Our hearts are deceitful, and desperately wicked, and who can tell what depths of wickedness will come from them? Matthew 15:14-15
    2. The Lord Grieved. 6 And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.
  • The Devastating Sentence. 7 So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.”

The main thrust of these verses is actually very simple. God created us, and he is sovereign over us. He determines the length of our days upon this earth. When he sees how we are wasting those days in sin, he is grieved with us, grieved with our sinfulness and rebellion. Sin must be punished if God is to be just – and the wages of sin is death.

3. The Provision of Grace.

8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
There was a man called Noah… The verse begins with a contrast, a distinction between Noah and others. BUT. Noah was different from the common herd of mankind all around him. Noah had a godly home, and had a strong faith in God, and he was an obedient servant. But before we run away with the idea that Noah had embarked on a life-improvement course, had discovered his purpose or taken command over his destiny, and had thus impressed God in order to win favour with him, let’s read this verse 8 very carefully indeed and see:-

  •  Noah was no better than anyone else! It was GRACE that spared him. Grace cannot be earned or it would not be grace! Grace is always unmerited favour. ‘God has demonstrated his love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us!’ that’s grace! Justice is getting what we deserve, – grace is getting what we don’t deserve! Noah was saved by God as an unconditional gift, a gift which would later be purchased by Christ at the cross. Hebrews 11:7
  • Grace cannot be earned – but it can be FOUND! It’s found in Jesus! We are to seek the Lord, while he may be found! It’s found at the cross! It’s found when God opens the eyes of a sinner to his plight, and he realises that his immortal soul is in great danger, and he cries out to the Lord to rescue him from this awful plight. Oh that we would find the Saviour who loved us and gave himself for us!
  • Grace is found in God’s sight. Let’s analyse that very carefully. What is our STATUS in the sight of God. When God looks at me what does he see? He sees Jesus! We are clothed in His righteousness.
    Isaiah 61:10 Philippians 3:9

So, Noah is introduced to us. A man who is in an obedient relationship with God by Grace through faith, living in a sinful world which God is about to rain down his divine judgement upon. What will be Noah’s responsibility in the face of such a situation?


Why did God spare only Noah? Was it:
a) Because he was the only good person in the whole world?
b) Because God had mercy upon him and his house and saved him by grace alone?

What is ‘grace?’
Write a short description of what you understand about grace.

Can ‘grace’ ever be deserved or earned? ___________________________________________________________

How do we receive grace from God? Read Ephesians 2:8 to find out and write the word below: 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
We receive God’s Grace through _ _ _ _ _

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