Featured Passage: Genesis 5-6; 7:1; Proverbs 3:34; Hebrews 11:6–7
Adam chose the way of the knowledge of good and evil, and all his progeny followed the same path. The world became totally corrupt; life was filled with violence and all manner of evil continually. Things were so bad that God regretted He had made mankind. Because of their wickedness, God decided to send a flood over the earth to destroy all humanity along with all the animals. Yet in all this darkness, there was one man who alone continued to serve the Eternal God; his name was Noah. Noah walked with God just as his ancestor Enoch had done, and God gave grace to Noah. He told Noah of His plan and instructed him to build an ark so that he and his family would be saved. Noah immediately began to do as God had said. God spared him because Noah put God first in his life. God always rewards those who diligently seek Him.
- Help your child imagine what it would be like to live during Noah’s generation. He was the only person in the entire world trying to live God’s way.
- Ask your child if they have been in a situation where they were the only person in the group who practiced God’s way of life. How did they feel?
- Explain to your child what the phrase “perfect in his generations” means. No human being has lived a perfect life except Jesus Christ. The Hebrew word for perfect can also be translated blameless which is how the word is rendered in many Bible translations. Talk about what it means to be blameless (pleasing God and keeping His laws as a way of life, but also being willing to repent in humility when we sin).
- Discuss what it means to walk with God. Use Amos 3:3 as a starting point for the discussion.
- Ask your child to look up the word grace in the dictionary. How does the definition apply to God and Noah? Why did God select Noah to receive His grace? If God gives grace to the humble, what does that say about Noah? Ask what it means to be humble. Can they give an example of acts of humility within their family interactions?
“This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.”