• Kemi Kodja

Bible Study: Genesis 6

Before we get into the study, I wanted to thank you for coming along this journey with me as I study the Word! I would love to hear some of the insights you're catching on your own study of the Word so please share below!

Genesis 6:3: "Then the Lord said, "My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years."

Notes and Reflections:

  • From the previous chapter's study, I mentioned how astonishing it was that people lived for so long (Adam lived for 930 years) and yet with each generation, the amount of years they lived decreased.

  • This verse gives a little insight to that and shows that the reason God decreased the amount of years they lived was because He was unhappy with the way they lived.

Day-Day Life Application:

  • I will add to my daily intention setting a reflection on how I will make God happy through the way I'm living my life.

Genesis 6:5 "The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time."

Notes and Reflections:

  • It's hard not to think of today's world when I read the part referring to the "wickedness of the human race" and it makes me wonder:

  • Is another wipe out of the human race coming?

  • Are we currently in one?

  • The part referring to the "thoughts of the human heart" shows me that our thoughts and the state of our hearts matter just as much as our actions.

Day-Day Life Application:

  • I will make sure that I'm not a part of the wickedness that exists here on earth.

  • Also, I will pay attention the inclination of my thoughts - are they leaning towards evil or good? I will also pay attention to what's the why behind my actions?

Genesis 6:7-8 "So the Lord said, "I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created --and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground -- for I regret that I have made them." But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord."

Notes and Reflections:

  • Even when God is letting His wrath be felt, if you find favor in Him, He will protect you from His wrath.

  • As our world continues to pollute itself, it's important for us to find refuge in the Word and do God's will and not allow ourselves to be corrupted by the world so that just like Noah, we can find favor in the eyes of the Lord.

  • I find it interesting that within the same book, we read both about the creation of the world and God being excited about His creation, and the destruction of the world and God being unhappy about His creation to the point of wanting to destroy it.

Day-Day Life Application:

  • I will work daily on finding favor in the eyes of God.

  • I will not allow myself to be polluted by this world but instead find refuge in God's Word.

Genesis 6:9 "This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God."

Notes and Reflections:

  • This is what it takes to find favor in the eyes of God.

  • When I read of the phrases used to describe Noah, it makes me wonder if God decided to wipe out the human race again, would He find favor in me? Do I exemplify each of these traits?

Day-Day Life Application:

  • I need to work on being like Noah so that I can find favor in God's eyes.

Genesis 6:11-12 "Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways."

Notes and Reflections:

  • This is the why of God's destruction of the world.

  • I know this is a translation, but I found the choice of the word "corrupted" interesting. It implies that at one point the world was good (as mentioned several times in Genesis 1 after God finished creating the world) but its goodness was corrupted by ungodly ways.

Day-Day Life Application:

  • We can apply this to our lives by making sure we're not being corrupted by the world and making sure our thoughts, hearts and actions are in alignment with God's will.

Genesis 6:13 "So God said to Noah, "I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth."

Notes and Reflections:

  • God was unhappy about the earth being filled with violence, so we have to remember that being Christ like means saying no to violence.

  • Since a part of God's anger was the violence that existed on earth because of the people, it makes me wonder if everything the world has been dealing with these past couple of months on a global level has been because of the violence that exists on earth because of us.

Day-Day Life Application:

  • I can't be Christ-like and entice or participate in the violence in this world.

Genesis 6:14-15 "So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high."

Notes and Reflections:

  • When I first read this, what stood out to me was how specific God's directions to Noah were. This made me realize that when God speaks, He speaks clearly and gives us clear and concise directions.

  • So when trying to hear God's voice for direction, look for clear and concise directions.

  • Also, when we speak to Him, we must be specific in our requests - again clear and concise (think about being as specific as the verse above is).

Day-Day Life Application:

  • I will be specific in my requests to God and when listening for God's voice, I will look out for clear and concise directions.

Genesis 6:18 "But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark --you and your sons and your wife and your sons' wives with you."

Notes and Reflections:

  • Look at what happens when God finds favor in you! Won't He do it!!!!

  • Because Noah found favor in the eyes of God, he and his family will be spared from the world's destruction.

Day-Day Life Application:

  • Doing God's will and finding favor in the eyes of God leads to nothing but blessings! So daily, I will remember that my goal is to live life for God and find favor in Him.

Reflection Questions:

I'm doing some further reflection based on my study of this chapter and wanted to share my reflection prompts with you:

  • If God decided to wipe out the human race again, would He find favor in me? (Genesis 6:7-9)

  • Have my ways been corrupted by the world? (Genesis 6:11-12)

  • Am I part of the violence that exists here on earth-do I participate or incite it? (Genesis 6:13).

Have you read Genesis 6 too? What stood out to you from this chapter?

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