Congregation Bible Study | Study information for the book: Imitate Their Faith
Chapter 2: He “Walked With the True God”
par. 3 (Gen. 6:9) This is the history of Noah. Noah was a righteous man. He proved himself faultless among his contemporaries. Noah walked with the true God.
par. 3 (Heb. 11:7) By faith Noah, after receiving divine warning of things not yet seen, showed godly fear and constructed an ark for the saving of his household; and through this faith he condemned the world, and he became an heir of the righteousness that results from faith.
par. 4 (Gen. 5:22) After becoming father to Me•thu′se•lah, E′noch continued to walk with the true God for 300 years. And he became father to sons and daughters.
par. 4 (Gen. 6:11) But the earth had become ruined in the sight of the true God, and the earth was filled with violence.
par. 4 (Jude 14, 15) Yes, the seventh one in line from Adam, E′noch, also prophesied about them when he said: “Look! Jehovah came with his holy myriads 15 to execute judgment against all, and to convict all the ungodly concerning all their ungodly deeds that they did in an ungodly way, and concerning all the shocking things that ungodly sinners spoke against him.”
par. 5 (Gen. 6:1, 2) Now when men started to grow in number on the surface of the ground and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of the true God began to notice that the daughters of men were beautiful. So they began taking as wives all whom they chose.
par. 5 (Jude 6, 7) And the angels who did not keep their original position but forsook their own proper dwelling place, he has reserved with eternal bonds in dense darkness for the judgment of the great day. 7 In the same manner, Sod′om and Go•mor′rah and the cities around them also gave themselves over to gross sexual immorality and pursued unnatural fleshly desires; they are placed before us as a warning example by undergoing the judicial punishment of everlasting fire.
par. 6 (Gen. 6:3-5) Then Jehovah said: “My spirit will not tolerate man indefinitely, because he is only flesh. Accordingly, his days will amount to 120 years.” 4 The Neph′i•lim were on the earth in those days and afterward. During that time the sons of the true God continued to have relations with the daughters of men, and these bore sons to them. They were the mighty ones of old times, the men of fame. 5 Consequently, Jehovah saw that man’s wickedness was great on the earth and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only bad all the time.
par. 7 (Gen. 6:6) Jehovah regretted that he had made men on the earth, and his heart was saddened.
par. 8 (Ps. 11:5) Jehovah examines the righteous one as well as the wicked one; He hates anyone who loves violence.
par. 8 (Ps. 37:10, 11) Just a little while longer, and the wicked will be no more; You will look at where they were, And they will not be there. 11 But the meek will possess the earth, And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.
par. 9 (Gen. 6:14) Make for yourself an ark from resinous wood. You will make compartments in the ark and cover it with tar inside and outside.
par. 10 (Gen. 6:17-20) “As for me, I am going to bring floodwaters upon the earth to destroy from under the heavens all flesh that has the breath of life. Everything on the earth will perish. 18 And I am establishing my covenant with you, and you must go into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.19 And bring into the ark two of every sort of living creature in order to preserve them alive with you, a male and a female; 20 of the flying creatures according to their kinds, the domestic animals according to their kinds, and all creeping animals of the ground according to their kinds, two of each will go in there to you to preserve them alive.
par. 11 (Gen. 6:22) And Noah did according to all that God had commanded him. He did just so.
par. 12 (Gen. 6:14-16) Make for yourself an ark from resinous wood. You will make compartments in the ark and cover it with tar inside and outside. 15 This is how you will make it: The ark should be 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide, and 30 cubits high. 16 You will make a window for light for the ark, one cubit from the top. You should put the entrance of the ark in its side and make it with a lower deck, a second deck, and a third deck.
par. 13 (2 Pet. 2:5) And he did not refrain from punishing an ancient world, but kept Noah, a preacher of righteousness, safe with seven others when he brought a flood upon a world of ungodly people.
par. 13 (Matt. 24:37-39) For just as the days of Noah were, so the presence of the Son of man will be. 38 For as they were in those days before the Flood, eating and drinking, men marrying and women being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, 39 and they took no note until the Flood came and swept them all away, so the presence of the Son of man will be.
par. 14 (2 Tim. 3:1) But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here.
par. 15 (Gen. 5:27) So all the days of Me•thu′se•lah amounted to 969 years, and then he died.
par. 16 (Gen. 7:1-3) After that Jehovah said to Noah: “Go into the ark, you and all your household, because you are the one I have found to be righteous before me among this generation. 2 You must take with you every kind of clean animal by sevens, the male and its mate; and of every animal that is not clean just two, the male and its mate; 3 also of the flying creatures of the sky by sevens, male and female, to preserve their offspring alive over all the earth.
par. 17 (Gen. 7:9) they went inside the ark to Noah by twos, male and female, just as God had commanded Noah.
par. 19 (Gen. 1:28) Further, God blessed them, and God said to them: “Be fruitful and become many, fill the earth and subdue it, and have in subjection the fish of the sea and the flying creatures of the heavens and every living creature that is moving on the earth.”
par. 21 (2 Pet. 3:3-6) First of all know this, that in the last days ridiculers will come with their ridicule, proceeding according to their own desires 4 and saying: “Where is this promised presence of his? Why, from the day our forefathers fell asleep in death, all things are continuing exactly as they were from creation’s beginning.” 5 For they deliberately ignore this fact, that long ago there were heavens and an earth standing firmly out of water and in the midst of water by the word of God; 6 and that by those means the world of that time suffered destruction when it was flooded with water.
par. 22 (Gen. 7:16-21) So they went in, male and female of every sort of flesh, just as God had commanded him. After that Jehovah shut the door behind him. 17 The flooding continued for 40 days on the earth, and the waters kept increasing and began carrying the ark, and it was floating high above the earth. 18 The waters became overwhelming and kept increasing greatly upon the earth, but the ark floated on the surface of the waters. 19 The waters overwhelmed the earth so greatly that all the tall mountains under the whole heavens were covered. 20 The waters rose up to 15 cubits above the mountains. 21 So all living creatures that were moving on the earth perished—the flying creatures, the domestic animals, the wild animals, the swarming creatures, and all mankind.
par. 23 (Ezek. 33:11) Tell them, ‘“As surely as I am alive,” declares the Sovereign Lord Jehovah, “I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that someone wicked changes his way and keeps living. Turn back, turn back from your bad ways, for why should you die, O house of Israel?”’
(Gen. 5:28, 29) La′mech lived for 182 years and then became father to a son. 29 He named him Noah, saying: “This one will bring us comfort from our labor and from the painful toil of our hands because of the ground that Jehovah has cursed.”
TO THINK ABOUT . . .• Noah and his wife faced what challenges in raising their children?
• How did Noah show faith in building the ark?
• Why must preaching have been a difficult assignment in Noah’s day?
• In what ways are you determined to imitate the faith of Noah?
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