Youth Sunday School Lesson Plan
Morningside Baptist Church
Lesson Date:†† April 19, 2009
Scripture Passage:† Genesis 9-11
Objective: Students will learn about the condition of the world following the flood and the origins of languages and ethnic groups throughout the world.
††††††††††† The narrative of the world wide flood is one that is contested by many scholars, yet the evidence for a flood is strong and Godís world clearly presents the flood as a factual event.† The flood was the execution of Godís judgment against mankind.† He grew weary of the evil in manís heart to the point that God proclaimed, ďI am sorry that I made mankind.Ē† It is a profound declaration when God is grieved by His own creation.
††††††††††† But the scripture declares that Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.† In the midst of wickedness and sin, Noah was chosen by God to spare the human race of complete extinction. †God instructed Noah to build an ark for his family.† Another crucial element to the flood narrative is found at the end of chapter 6.† Noah did all God commanded.† Partial obedience would have been disastrous for Noah and his family.
††††††††††† Noah and his sons spent a century building an ark in a place with no rain and no logical threat of flood.† It made no sense for Noah to build such a mammoth edifice to the human mind.† Undoubtedly, Noah was the brunt of mockery and ridicule as he obeyed Godís command.† However, his obedience was rewarded on the day the floodwaters came.† It was too late for those who were not prepared for the wrath of God.
††††††††††† Application:††† No preparation for Godís judgment will result in eternal consequences for those who chose to ignore Godís salvation offer.†
Purpose of Genesis
††††††††††† The book of Genesis is the seedbed for every system of doctrine in the scripture.† Godís sovereignty, eternality, omniscience, omnipotence, and omnipresence are expressed in some way through the story of the book of beginnings.† The communicable traits of God are also evident in the narrative of Genesis.† He demonstrates His love, grace, mercy, goodness, and purposeful intentions.† After creating the earth, the cosmos, and mankind God choose to work through Abraham and make of him a great nation.† Israel became the corridor through which God would usher in his Son, as the eternal plan of redemption.† The book of Genesis lays the foundation for the nation of Israel and Godís plan to bring reconciliation of the relationship He established with man in the Garden of Eden.
The word Genesis comes from the Greek translation of the Old Testament called the Septuagint.† It means ďorigins.Ē† The essence of the book is in providing explanation of the origins of all that is.† The first day, the first marriage, the first sin, and the first day of rain are all recorded in the manuscript.† Even the story of redemption begins with Godís interaction with Adam following Adamís rebellion in Genesis 3.† Moses is the author of the book along with the other four books known as the Pentateuch.† The book of Genesis stands in parallel with Revelation as bookends for Godís story of man.† Where Revelation is the culmination of Godís judgment and manís rebellion, Genesis describes the groundwork for Godís plan and the root of manís sin.
3rd lesson Ė Gen 8-11
1. After the flood, Noah was directed by God to leave the ark.† All the animals left the ark with Noah and his family.
2. The first thing Noah did was build an altar and offer sacrifices to God.† The Lord smelled a soothing aroma and accepted the offering of Noah.† The Lord then declared He would never again curse the ground for manís sake nor destroy every living thing.
3. Once again, man was commanded to be fruitful, multiply, and replenish the earth. In the same narrative, God recognized the worth of a man by stating ďwhoever sheds manís (an innocent man) blood, by man (governing office) his blood shall be shed. . . ď
4. God made a covenant with Noah and the rainbow in the clouds was a reminder of that covenant.†
5. The tower of Babel expressed valuable information about God and man.† God declared that, left to himself, mankind would be able to do anything he set his mind to.† When the people were unified, they could accomplish great things. But God wanted men to scatter over the face of the earth and so he confused their language.† The word Babel comes from the concept of confused conversation.