- Trace in chapter 4 the growth of sin, and the evidence of its power and its effects.
- Abel died and Cain lived. But what did Abel have that Cain did not? Cf. 1 John 3:12; Heb. 11:4.
- Try to picture for yourself the life of Enoch as described in Gen. 5:21-24. What new light does Heb. 11:5, 6 throw on it?
- What do we learn here concerning: (a) the fallen condition of human nature, (b) God’s attitude to sin, (c) the provision of a way of salvation? Cf. Matt. 24:37-39; 1 Pet. 3:20; 2 Pet. 2:5.
- ‘Noah found favour in the eyes of the Lord.’ What were his characteristics? Cf. Heb. 11:7.
- In Gen. 6:3 the words ‘a hundred and twenty years’ probably refer not to the average length of human life, but to the respite for repentance that the race was to have from that time to the flood.
- The value of the New Testament references is specially great in this study.
- What was God’s part in Noah’s salvation, and what was Noah’s? Cf. Eph. 2:8; Phil. 2:12, 13; 1 Pet. 1:5.
- In the ark Noah was not saved from being affected by the flood at all, but he was brought safely through it. Cf. ‘saved through water’, 1 Pet. 3:20. In what similar way does the gospel of Christ offer us salvation from God’s judgment upon sin?