083.1: The Flood and Tower of Babel; OT Lesson 6 (Core)

“Noah … Prepared an Ark to the Saving of His House”

Class Member Reading: Moses 8:19–30; Genesis 6–9; 11:1–9; Hebrews 11:7

Additional Reading: Moses 7:32–36

Other Reading: Genesis 10


The flood story is one of the best known in the Bible (my children played with their Fisher Price Noah’s Ark while I recorded this lesson), but also problematic on multiple levels. This episode introduces some of those concerns and then focuses on the positives in the story–the flood and its aftermath representing God’s covenantal mercy and the renewal of creation.


Anna, Brian, Jake and Sheldon join the discussion.


You can access the Annotated Reading here (or PDF)

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF)



Lesson Part 1

0:00        Introduction

4:04        Problematic Nature of Noah’s Flood

6:51        Moses 8:19-30

10:55     Genesis 6-9 (JPS Study Bible)

22:45     The flood and Environmentalism

Discussion Part 1

27:10     Discussion Intros

29:52     What to do with the flood in Sunday School

34:54     God of the flood

42:54     Personal application of the flood

45:45     Tower of Babel



Thanks to Jim Henderson for content editing, James Estrada for his audio editing, and to Steven Nelson for the beautiful bumper music.