Bible Activity/Discussion

Genesis: a few questions so far

Bible Study will resume next Sabbath be it God’s willing. It’s a joy reading, learning, discovering, and applying His Word for it’s like a soothing balm. 💙

Base on what we’ve studied so far in Genesis 1-9, I’ll leave a few questions for you to answer on your own, or feel free to discuss it in the comment section below.

1. What does the rainbow symbolize?

2. On what day is the Sabbath?

3. Does the Bible tell us EXACTLY how many children Adam and Eve had?

4. On what day was Eve created?

5. How old was Noah when he entered the ark?

6. How many pairs of each “clean” animal did Noah take on the ark?

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On the hunt for Noah’s ark! 🔎

Today, we’re going on an adventure! We’re going to search for an ancient Biblical artifact. Do you know what artifact that is? Here’s a clue: God secured Noah in it when He sent the Great Flood to wipe away the wicked world. Did you guess Ark? Then you’re right! Grab your great detecting tools and let’s go!

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And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.

Genesis 8:4

Over the years, the location of Noah’s Ark has been a subject of controversy. In the Genesis account, we read that the ark came to rest upon the mountains of Ararat. However, we should note that Genesis does not specifically refer to Mt. Ararat and the text says “mountains” indicating a range of mountains. Today, Ararat is a snow-capped and compound volcano located in the east of Turkey and it consists of two stratovolcanos, Lesser Ararat and Greater Ararat (the highest peak in Turkey and Armenian plateau).

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But the ark was found! So let’s go to the location!

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According to discovery, these are actual proof that the ark was found:

Ark-Like Outcrop

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Eh, looks like the discovery of Clark Kent’s ship in the middle of Smallville.

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Let’s us take geography into consideration: The ark came to rest on some mountains (again, plural) in Ararat. These were in the region of ancient Urartu (elevation exceeded 17,000 feet).

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And if we pay attention to scripture, it gives us a compass for the landing location of the ark. Get out your Bibles and turn to Genesis 11:1-2:

And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.

And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.

Journeying from the east means that they would’ve come from the land in the direction of present-day central Iran. And if you’ll just turn to Jeremiah 51:27-28 for a little bit, you’ll see Ararat being mentioned along with two other kingdoms (Minni and Ashkenaz) who formed an alliance against Babylon. What does this indicate? Yes, these regions were located in Medes. Somewhere in there is a fascinating story featuring King Darius the Great, but we’re not going to talk about him today.

Despite countless expeditions over many centuries to find Noah’s ark, it still has not been found despite a number of people proclaiming to have seen it. Science and geography can’t seem to understand why. 

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Many have lost their lives searching for the ark in Mt. Ararat, but that could’ve been avoided in the first place if they had realized two things: Genesis said “mountains” and not Mt. Arabat and God wants us to believe His Word for He cannot lie and the account of the ark is true even though we can’t see it. 

REFERENCES/AIDS

* The Holy Bible

* biblestudy.org

* accuracyingenesis.com

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Genesis part VI: Noah leaves the ark and God blesses him

In case you missed it:

Part 5: The wickedness of the world and the Great Flood

PART 4: The first murder and genealogy of the Patriarchs

PART 3: The Original Sin

PART 2: The making of mankind and the Sabbath

PART 1: Genesis: in the beginning

Spending time in God’s Word, talking and discussing it and helping others to comprehend it and also learning from them, is my greatest source of happiness. 

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Noah leaves the ark

Scripture in focus: Genesis 8 

God remembers Noah (8:1) is just an anthropomorphism given that He never forgot about Noah in the first place. It is significant to note that the entire race of mankind is now dead, save for Noah and his family. God made a wind to pass over the earth causing the waters to abate (8:1-3). Perhaps the waters were congregated into rivers, seas, lakes etc.? The ark then came to rest upon the mountains of Ararat on the 17th of the 7th month (8:4). We’ll go into detail about Noah’s ark in another post. 

The tops of the mountains were finally seen in the 10th month (8:5). I just started studying the Biblical calendar and I read that the 10th month was January. In 8:6-12, Noah used a raven and a dove to test the earth’s condition. The raven is a bird of prey. Some readers suggested that by the raven going “to and fro” the raven died, but from what I understand, the raven went out of the ark, returned, but did not go in, going forth again. Basically, the raven went back and forth (without entering into the ark) until the waters dried up, returning no more. It couldn’t have died for the purpose of taking the animals in pairs into the ark was to repopulate the earth and ravens mate for life and live in pairs.

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The dove is symbolic of the Holy Ghost. Noah sends her out next but she couldn’t find any rest for her delicate feet so he reaches out his hand and takes her back into the ark. Seven days later, he sends her out again and this time, she returns in the evening with a plucked olive leaf in her beak showing that trees began to appear above the water. Another seven days, he sends her out again and this time, she does not return. There is some symbolism in these few passages. The raven is a scavenger and feasts on carrion just as like the wicked heart sets its mission on things of the world. The dove is the Holy Spirit (the Helper) so we can safely say that the helper has done its work. 

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On the 1st day of the first month (April) of the 601st year, Noah removes the covering of the ark and beheld the face of the earth (8:13). Noah and family and the creatures finally leave the ark when God gives the command (8:16-19). What’s the first thing that Noah did when he left the ark? He built an altar and offered sacrifices to the Lord (8:20). It was Noah’s first thought to please and thank God. His unselfish act touched God’s heart thus winning blessings for all mankind (8:21-22).

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The new world and God’s blessings

Scripture in focus: Genesis 9

God blesses Noah and family and gives a request that they repopulate the earth (9:1). In 9:2, God makes it plain that man is higher than animal form. Man is also now given instructions to eat meat (9:3-4). Adam received instructions for eating (1:29-30; 2:15-17) and do note that meat was not a part of his diet. After the flood, the relationship between mankind and the animal kingdom changed drastically. God also warned about eating “flesh with the life thereof.” Let’s pause here and read that statement again (9:4). This has confused many people over the years who claimed the verse as the origins of vegetarianism. That means God would’ve contradicted Himself in 9:3 when He gave the command to eat meat. If it were so, then Jesus broke the rule in Luke 8:55 when He rose the girl from the dead and told her parents to feed her meat. He certainly didn’t say to feed her a salad! Meat sustains strength and she would’ve certainly needed meat to sustain hers. “Flesh with the life thereof” means the flesh of mankind. We’re not supposed to eat human flesh (cannibalism). Blood represents life and to shed it represents death.

Animal or man are not supposed to take human’s life unlawfully (9:5) for man alone was created in the image of God (9:6). Instead, mankind was supposed to be multiplying lives (9:7). The Noahic Covenant is the first covenant God made with man (verses 9-17). The Creator has established the covenant (9:11) and He promised to never again send a universal flood to judge the world thus establishing the human government (9:12). So when we see the rainbow in the sky, we can always remember that promise for it is the official seal of the covenant (9:13-15).

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“Ham is the father of Canaan” (9:18). Canaan here is a man’s name and his offsprings were the idolatrous enemies of Israel. All of mankind who lived after the flood came from Noah’s 3 sons (9:19). Don’t discredit Adam yet for all nations came from Adam through Noah (Acts 17:26). Then Noah assumes the responsibility of his family by becoming a husbandman (9:20). However, he is careless in his walk with God, gets drunk and is uncovered in his tent (9:21). When someone gets drunk, they’re unaware of their actions. I wish I could’ve gone back in time and warn Noah about growing those grapes! But there’s a lesson in here: we can still fall back into sin if we get careless in our walk with God no matter how much we might have pleased Him in the past.

This careless action of Noah pleases Ham (9:22) after violating his father’s privacy. He went to tell his brothers probably hoping that they’ll mock Noah as well, but it was quite the opposite when Shem and Japheth covered their father with a garment (while walking backwards so they wouldn’t see their father’s nakedness) showing they were respectful children (9:23) which brings to mind the 5th commandment. Noah then wakes from his drunken slumber, found out what Ham did and cursed Canaan (9:24-25). Four sons are recorded for Ham in 10:6. I was wondering if Canaan was perhaps Ham’s favorite son given that Noah didn’t curse all of Ham’s descendants. In the same breath, he blessed his other two boys (9:26-27).

Noah lived a full life of 950 years and then died (9:28-29). What a life! He was present when wickedness in the world multiplied in the old world and lived through the destruction because he obeyed God. Just think if God had not found righteousness in Noah! It’s sad that he had to witness wickedness again in the times of the evil Nimrod. But it was also a blessing that he lived a long time after the flood to give an account of the old world. 

Additional Notes/Recap

^ The waters consumed the wicked earth for 150 days from May 17th – May 27th. 

^ I guess it is safe to say that after the flood, longevity of life began to decline.

^ The word blood is used 424 times in 357 separate verses in the KJV. Blood sealed God’s covenant with Israel (Exodus 24:8), blood set aside the priests (Exodus 29:20), blood cleanses us (Hebrews 9:14), and blood enables us to overcome Satan (Revelation 12:11).

^ The first mention of drunkenness in the Bible is when Noah became drunk bringing into account Proverbs 20:1 which shows the foolishness of drunkenness. 

^ Although it could be argued, I don’t think Noah’s nakedness had nothing to do with sexual abuse as some accounts stated. I disagree that Noah was sexually abused by one of his sons or relatives. I know the keyword in 9:21 is ‘uncovered’, but it has nothing to do with the sexual relations law in Leviticus 18:6-20. Noah simply got drunk, his actions were not his at the moment, and maybe it was hot so he took his clothes off (uncovering of one’s self) and went into a deep slumber. It was a moment of weakness, yes, but even the best of man cannot stand upright unless they depend solely on God to uphold them. An imperfect moment shows how flawed man is. 

REFERENCES/AIDS

* The Holy Bible

* biblestudy.org

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Genesis part V: The wickedness of the world and the great flood

In case you missed it:

PART 4: The first murder and genealogy of the Patriarchs

PART 3: The Original Sin

PART 2: The Making of mankind and the Sabbath

PART 1: Genesis: in the beginning

Before we begin, I must apologize for the delay in posting the Bible study. I am not about to make excuses because of the schedule I keep lately or the latest bout of anemia attack, if I want this to continue, I must make time. 

The last time we looked at Abel and Cain and an awesome genealogy! I guessed people from that time lived longer because there was no outbreak of diseases, famine, and rampant crime. Also, they grew and attended their crops without the interference of chemicals. 

Today, we’re going to look at wickedness in the world, the building of the ark, and the great flood.

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Corruption of the human race and building of the Ark

Scripture in focus: Genesis 6

Many of us know the story of the flood, but we tend to overlook the prequel (6:1-4). The sons of God (understood as fallen angels, but this is up for debate and it’s going to take another post to dive into this) saw how pretty the fair maidens were, married them, and they gave birth to the Nephilim race. When God saw the wickedness of His creation, it grieved Him that He made the human race (6:6). He set about to destroy the earth and all the wickedness thereof (6:7), but Noah’s righteousness made Him rethink the decision although the earth was corrupt and filled with violence (6:11).

God instructs Noah to build an ark which is just a really big boat. We can safely say that this was the first boat ever constructed, yes? Some of us don’t pay attention to the measurements, but it is also important. So the ark’s dimension was 300 cubits (138 meters) long, 50 cubits (23 meters) wide, and 30 cubits (13.8 meters) high (6:15). Then there was an 18-inch opening of 1 cubit (46 centimeters) below the roof encircling the boat providing light and air (6:16). Noah would then build a door in which God would close. Do you know what this means? God was the Captain of this sailless boat.

Now pay attention for in 6:18, God makes a covenant with Noah, the first of several covenants between God and man. God gave Noah specific instructions on who/what was to enter the ark: Noah, his wife, his three sons, their wives (that’s 8 people) and a male and female of every creature and of course, food. (6:18-21). 

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The universal flood

Scripture in focus: Genesis 7

So Noah enters the ark and here is where confusion sets in for some readers where it concerns the animals. As we saw earlier in 6:19-20, God told Noah to bring in the animals by two, however in 7:2-3, He said 7. But pay attention for the keyword is clean: Seven pairs of each kind of clean animals were taken and one pair of the other animals. By clean, it means that those animals were acceptable for sacrifice after the flood. Hence the reason Noah had to take 7 of every clean beast.

With Noah, his family, and the animals safe inside the ark, it begins to rain after 7 days (7:10) for 40 days and 40 nights (7:12). The flood covered the entire earth for 150 days thus cleansing it for everything is submerged including mountains and every creature and living being dies (7:17-24).

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Just imagine Noah building the ark and people around him carrying on and ridiculing him instead of checking their heart and then maybe they too, would’ve been saved. 

Additional Notes/Recap

^ Nephilim means fallen ones or giants. 

^ Although Noah found grace in the eyes of His Maker for he walked in close fellowship with God and was righteous, it doesn’t mean that he was without sin (Romans 5:12-14).

^ The Bible doesn’t specifically say how long it took Noah to build the ark. When we first come across Noah in 5:32, he is 500 years old and when he enters the ark he is 600 years old. It doesn’t necessarily mean that he took 100 years to build the ark for it may depend on how much time passed when God told him to build it (6:14) to when he entered it (7:1).

^ The number 40 is very significant in the Bible. It is often associated with trial, punishment, testing or even affliction. Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights (as it rained on the earth), the Israelites ate manna for 40 years, after His resurrection Christ appeared to the apostles for 40 days before He was taken up to Heaven, the Lord delivered the evil Israelites into the hands of the Philistines for 40 years, it took Elijah 40 days and 40 nights to reach Horeb etc.

REFERENCES

* The Holy Bible

* padfield.com for the measurement of the ark.