Come, Follow Me with Living Scriptures | Old Testament Lesson 6: January 31–February 6 “Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord” Genesis 6–11; Moses 8

Come, Follow Me with Living Scriptures | Old Testament Lesson 6: January 31–February 6 “Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord” Genesis 6–11; Moses 8

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Follow the Prophet

Genesis 6-11; Moses 8 | January 31- February 6

Noah, the great-grandson of Enoch, was warned by the Lord that the people must repent or a great flood would cover the earth. The people had grown very wicked and violent. Noah taught the people for many years but they would not listen. Noah was told by the Lord to build an ark so his family would be safe from the flood. Noah was told to gather two of each kind of animal, seven of each clean animal, and enough food for them and his family. Noah did as the Lord commanded. It began to rain. It rained for 40 days and 40 nights and the earth was covered by the flood. The wicked people were destroyed. After many months the floods subsided and Noah’s family left the ark.

In our day, our Prophet has encouraged us to build our testimony and faith. It’s important to listen to our Prophet and follow his guidance and heed his warnings. We will be prepared for the coming “storms of life” if we have faith in Jesus Christ and prepare ourselves by following the Prophet.

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It’s a story that’s been passed down through generations in nearly every culture of the world in India, North America, Egypt, Greece, South America, America, Asia and Babylon. And it isn’t just found in the Bible. What story is it? Stay tuned.

Noah, the son of Lamech, grandson of Methuselah and great grandson of Enoch, was ordained to the priesthood by his grandfather when he was just ten. Eventually, Noah became a great Prophet who literally walked and talked with God and had three righteous sons, Ham, Shem and Jacob, who were called the sons of God. Now, when Noah becomes Prophet, the people of the Earth are about as rotten as they’ve ever been. In fact, the wickedness of men is so great that they hate their own children and families. Their thoughts are of evil continually, and the Earth is filled with violence. So the Lord tells Noah, if men do not repent, I will send in the floods upon them. Fearing for his people, Noah boldly declares the gospel, calling everyone to repentance. He preaches God’s words and warnings to the people for over 100 years, but they don’t listen and mock him, instead, knowing the thoughts of their hearts and that they won’t repent or change their evil and abusive ways. God’s choice to remove most of the people from Earth and start over shows both his justice and great mercy. The Lord then instructs Noah, make thee an Ark of Gopher wood, and thou shalt bring into the Ark two of every living thing and seven of every clean beast, male and female.

And Noah obediently starts to build an Ark on dry ground with no rain in sight. Now the people really laugh at him. Do you think he ever went to bed some nights wondering if he had misunderstood what the Lord had asked him to do? Was he really supposed to build an Ark or was it a park? Well, he knew God had spoken to him, and although the task seemed pretty impossible, he ignored the critics and got to work. Have you ever tried catching lizards, rabbits, polar bears, and Kangaroos? The Lord must have really helped with the entire process of building the Ark and motivating the animals to move to it. As the rain starts to pour, only eight people are allowed into the Ark. Noah, his wife, their three sons, and their son’s wives imagine their feelings, leaving everyone else behind, knowing they’d be destroyed. After 40 days of colossal rain, Noah’s family is stuck on a big, smelly boat with lots of pungent, noisy animals for a year and ten days. But they trust in God and never lose hope. When Noah and his family finally leave the Ark and are back on dry ground, they build an altar unto the Lord and give thanks.

Now let’s compare the people of Noah to the people of Enos. Both had prophets that spoke for God and told the people to repent. Both groups were living wicked lifestyles and didn’t listen to the Prophet and both had hardened their hearts against the truth. The difference was that the people of Enoch eventually softened their hearts and began to listen and obey. Whereas the people of Noah never changed or listened. Big mistake. Now, listening is a powerful skill, but it isn’t always easy, especially in a world full of angry headlines and social media craziness. We need to slow down and listen. This means respecting others and being kind, even if their opinions and choices are different from ours. Listening is an amazing way to learn and show others we love them. And of course, we can stand for the truth and listen at the same time. You know, it must have made Noah very sad that his people just would not listen. God has promised that he won’t flood the Earth again. But because evil is raining down upon us continually, we still need to do all we can to stay safe by creating our own personal arcs to keep the good in and the bad out.

In other words, stand in Holy places as we do. We’ll have opportunities to help others. All the water in the world can’t sink us unless we let the water in. Over a century after the flood, sadly, the people were once again wicked. They even built a ginormous false temple in Babylon that reached into the sky. This tower of Babel was their attempted selfish shortcut to reach God and immortality on their own without repenting or using his help. And as we know, these people were confounded and scattered across the world because of their wickedness. Interestingly, most ancient temples were civilization’s attempts to commune with their gods and gain eternal life in their own way while ignoring the real God of the universe. Fortunately, God’s chosen prophets clearly show us that the only path home is by following Jesus Christ and making covenants with him in his Holy temples.

Next time a new dispensation starts with Abraham.

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Scripture

Moses 8:17

“And the Lord said unto Noah: My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for he shall know that all flesh shall die; yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years; and if men to not repent, I will send in the floods upon them.“

Questions

  • Why did the Lord tell Noah to build an ark?
  • Why wouldn’t the people listen when Noah told them to repent?
  • What happened to the wicked people?
  • What has our Prophet asked us to do?
  • How can we follow the prophet?

Quote

“The failure to take prophetic counsel lessens our power to take inspired counsel in the future. The best time to have decided to help Noah build the ark was the first time he asked. Each time he asked after that, each failure to respond would have lessened sensitivity to the Spirit. And so each time his request would have seemed more foolish, until the rain came. And then it was too late.” Henry B. Eyring

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Genesis 6: The sons of God marry the daughters of men—Men turn to wickedness, the earth is filled with violence, and all flesh is corrupted—The Flood is promised—God establishes His covenant with Noah, who builds an ark to save his family and various living things.

Genesis 7: Noah’s family and various beasts and fowl enter the ark—The Flood comes, and water covers the whole earth—All other life that breathes is destroyed.

Genesis 8: The Flood ceases—Noah sends forth a dove, which returns with an olive leaf—He releases all living things from the ark—He offers sacrifices—Seedtime, harvest, and seasons are ensured.

Genesis 9: Noah and his sons are commanded to multiply and fill the earth—They are given dominion over all forms of life—The death penalty is decreed for murder—God will not again destroy the earth by a flood—Canaan is cursed; Shem and Japheth are blessed.

Genesis 10: The descendants of Noah are Japheth, whose descendants are Gentiles; Ham, whose descendants include the Canaanites; and Shem, of whom came Peleg (in whose days the earth was divided).

Genesis 11: All men speak the same language—They build the Tower of Babel—The Lord confounds their language and scatters them over all the earth—The generations of Shem include Abram, whose wife is Sarai—Abram leaves Ur and settles in Haran.

Moses 8: Methuselah prophesies—Noah and his sons preach the gospel—Great wickedness prevails—The call to repentance is unheeded—God decrees the destruction of all flesh by the Flood.

More Resources

Activity

Build An Ark

During this fun Noah’s Ark activity your family will work together, like Noah’s family, to build an ark and gather animals–while learning why we should always follow the prophet!

Treat

Animal Crackers

Your children will delight in helping to make home-made Animal Crackers using this simple Animal Crackers recipe and animal shaped cookie cutters. Be sure to make two of each animal! But, if you’re short on time use store-bought animal crackers and have children search the bag for animal “crackers” two by two.

Song

Follow the Prophet, verse 3, Children’s Songbook page 110

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