Many people are familiar with the story of Noah and the Ark – at least on a superficial level. Some who believe it’s an actual historical event that encompassed the entire earth. There are some who believe it’s an actual historical event that was isolated to a geographical region. Still others believe it’s a fictional event for the purpose of teaching a life lesson.
The account of Noah is the first book of the Old Testament part of the Bible (which is the part written about the world before the birth of Jesus). The account of Noah as recorded in Genesis is also the focus of CCC’s 3-part message series, Don’t Just Float.
The storyline begins with Conflicting Conditions (which coincidentally is the title of part 1 in the series). The conflicting conditions include those who just float through life with no consideration for God or really anything beyond their own self-indulgences and one lone person who was found to be blameless – Noah. Conflicting conditions are also found in the consequences for the conflicting condition of character in the storyline. One consequence is destruction; one consequence is redemption.
Start the storyline in Genesis 6:1-22 and consider the following questions about how these conflicting conditions connect with you and your relationship with God.
- What do you know about the story of Noah from the Bible?
- Why did the normal lifespan of human beings become no more than 120 years?
- In what ways does the condition of the world today break your heart?
- What might a world that is consistently and totally evil look like?
- In what ways do you think a world that is consistently and totally evil breaks the heart of God? How do you think God feels about our world today?
- How do you feel about God deciding to destroy the earth and everything in it?
- Why do you think Noah was different?
- What do you think it means to find favor with God? In what ways does your life find favor with God?
- How do you think you would respond if God asked you do something like building the ark?
- How do you think the people treated Noah as he built the ark?
- How would you describe a covenant?
- Why do you think Noah did everything exactly as God commanded? What are some things you find challenging to do the way God wants?
- What next steps will you take to connect and align with God?
As the Noah storyline begins, there was not a single, good inclination in the hearts and minds of humankind – save one exception. In Noah, God found someone through whom he could redeem the world and restore mankind. In Noah, destruction was set for the wickedness in/of the world but the earth God created and people God loves were redeemed and restored. Noah was willing to stay connected and aligned with God – in the midst of world that most definitely was not.
Today is Monday – make it a day you take a step to connect and align with God.