4. Noah’s Narrative Ark
(Gen 6:11-14; 18-22; 7:17-8:5; 9:12-17)

4. Noah’s Narrative Ark
(Gen 6:11-14; 18-22; 7:17-8:5; 9:12-17)

Questions for small groups:

Perhaps start by sharing what you find difficult/problematic about this story! Has anything helped you to understand or overcome these difficulties?

Why does God flood the earth (see Gen 6)? What do we read he feels about this? 

[NB you may find two explanations, as there seem to be two accounts of the flood woven together in these chapters]

I talked in my sermon about how there is a cyclical pattern in these chapters of creation (Chs 1/2), de-creation (Ch 7) and re-creation (Chs 8-9). 

Can you trace how what happens in Gen 8.1-9.19 reverses what happens in Gen 6.10-8.1? 

and/or can you see elements of the description of creation in Ch 1 being echoed in Ch 8?

Some people feel that climate change is an indication of God’s judgement. How would you respond to this, based on the covenant God makes with Noah in Gen 9.9-11? How do you think the Noah/flood narrative informs our theology on climate change/care for the environment?

I suggested a link between Noah – identified in this story as the righteous one through whose obedience the continuation of creation is ensured – and Jesus Christ. Explore this further if you like.