Saved Through Water

by Scarlett Stough

Read Chapters six, seven and eight of Genesis.

1. Genesis 4:13-16; 4:23-24. Compare the accounts of Cain and Lamech. What did Cain fear would happen to him after God sentenced him to be a wanderer? What did Lamech do and why? How would their attitudes contribute to the evil which led to God sending the flood as judgment?

2. Genesis 6:1-6. How did God feel about what men had done to his creation that he had called “good” (Genesis 1:31)? How do you feel about the crimes and cruelties people do today? [Although there are many interpretations about who the “sons of God” and who the “daughters of men” were, the focus of this study is on “the evil inclination” of man's heart.]

3. Genesis 6:8-10; 2 Peter 2:5; 3:8-9; Hebrews 11:7; Philippians 3:8-11. What qualities defined by the Scriptures did Noah have which made him “righteous”?

4. Genesis 6: 11-22; 7:1-16; Romans 3:10-20. How did God save Noah and his family? What is God's judgment and sentence for those who are “not righteous”?

5. Genesis 7:17-24; Isaiah 54:8-10; Ezekiel 14:12-23. According to verse 12 of Ezekiel 14, is any nation (or individual) exempt from God's judgment? Is any nation exempt from God's compassion and forgiveness? How would this apply to you?

6. Genesis 8:13-14; 7:6, 11; 8:18-22. How long were Noah and his family in the ark before they could leave it to begin a new life? What was Noah's first action after departing the ark? What was God's response to Noah's actions?

7. 1 Peter 3:18-22; Acts 2:38-41; Ezekiel 36:26-27. What does baptism (immersion in water) symbolize? How was Noah being “saved through water” a type of Christian baptism? What are we saved from?