Noah and the Flood ~ Genesis 6-8 (Gospel Presentation)

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Materials: pictures of what the ark might have looked like; a picture of a gross insect, like a roach


Somewhere in the fertile crescent


Genealogies are important because they give us history. They show us that the people of the Bible were real people who were born, lived, and died. Genealogies also show us the age of the earth. More and more people lived on the earth…and sin spread.

Main Events of Genesis 6-8:

{Show the picture of the roach.} Would you like to step on one of these? Or find one in your food? Probably, if your parents find too many bugs in the house, they will call an Exterminator. What does an Exterminator do? (kills the bugs, puts out poison to kill pests) Hopefully, after the Exterminator leaves, the pests won’t return.

After 1,600 years, there was so much sin in the world that God regretted making man. The Bible tells us that man did evil continuously. How much is continuously? (All the time) God said, “I will blot out man on the earth.” The Hebrew word for “blot out” is machah, which means to wipe out, or exterminate. Everything that was on the earth was going to die, or be wiped out, exterminated, from the earth. Think of the roaches and pests in your house. God regretted that He had made people and He decided to exterminate them all. EVERY living thing.

But Noah was found to be righteous in God’s eyes. The Lord told him what he was going to do. There was going to be a flood and Noah was to build himself an ark. God then gave Noah specific directions. {Read the list or have students list the directions from God found in Genesis 6:14-21. Show the ark pictures, discuss how the ark was made, and possibilities for why it was made the way it was. This picture is from Answers in Genesis. Click on the image for more info.}

ark-dimensionsOne of the things Noah was to do was cover the ark, inside and out, with pitch, which made it waterproof. The Hebrew word for “pitch” is kaphar, which means to cover, seal, to atone from sin.

Noah was obedient to God. And even though he was alone in this quest, he remained faithful to God. Other people around Noah scoffed at the idea of a flood, but Noah feared the Lord. He built the ark. He put the needed food and the animals on the ark. God closed the door. The rains came. In fact, the scriptures say that the “fountains of the deep opened,” and “the heavens were opened.” Imagine thousands of huge geysers gushing from the ground. Earthquakes. Hurricane-like winds. Torrential rain fall. It prevailed and increased and all of the mountains were covered. Read Genesis 7:22-24.

The Waimangu (‘black water’) geyser was the largest geyser recorded anywhere in the world, erupting between 1900 and 1904. See for more information.
The Waimangu (‘black water’) geyser was the largest geyser recorded anywhere in the world, erupting between 1900 and 1904. See for more information.

Everyone and everything died. But Noah, his wife, and his three sons and their wives were spared. They were saved from the destruction of sin.

Life Application of Noah and the Flood:

What covered Noah and his family during the days of destruction? (the ark) We are in sin just like Noah was surrounded by sin. And we need something to save us. Could Noah have saved himself without God and the ark? (no) We can’t save ourselves from sin either. And because we are sinners we deserve death. We deserve to be exterminated. We need an ark! We need something to cover us. And we do. If we believe that Jesus died on the cross, was buried in the tomb, and rose after three days then we can be covered. We can be saved from extermination and death. Are YOU saved from sin? Does the ark cover YOU? {Present gospel here. Allow for children to respond.} Did Noah listen to God’s plan and then sit and do nothing? (no, Noah was obedient) Just like Noah, after we are saved, we need to be obedient to God and do what He tells us to do. Even if it means building a huge ark!

What Truth did you learn from this lesson?

**Resources used: ark picture; ark picture #2; What are “Kinds” in Genesis; Was Noah’s Ark Shaped Like a Box

***The lovely clip art is from Masaru at Christian Clip Arts.

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