Understanding the Scriptures
|The fruit of his loins (v. 2)||His descendant|
|Hearkened, hearken (vv. 13, 15, 20–21, 23–24)||Listen and obey|
|Sons of God (vv. 13, 21)||Those who made covenants with the Lord|
|Sons of men (v. 14)||Those who would not make or obey covenants with the Lord|
|Sold themselves (v. 15)||Married out of the covenant|
|Renown (v. 21)||Fame|
|Was lifted up (v. 22)||Was focused on and behaved|
|Imagination (v. 22)||Desire|
|Manifest (v. 24)||Known|
|Repented, repenteth (vv. 25–26)||Made feel very sorry|
|Grieved him (v. 25)||Made him feel very sorry|
|Found grace (v. 27)||Received blessings and power, was approved|
|Generation (v. 27)||Time|
|Flesh (v. 29)||People|
|Pitch it (v. 14)||Cover it with a tar-like substance|
|Fashion (v. 15)||Way, pattern|
|Cubit (vv. 15–16)||The distance between an adult’s elbow and the tip of his longest finger (approximately forty-five centimeters, or eighteen inches)|
|Stories (v. 16)||Levels|
President John Taylor helped explain why the Lord decided to destroy all people on earth except the family of Noah. President Taylor suggested that the world was so wicked that children grew up with no choice but to be wicked. At that point where there is no chance to choose righteousness, sending innocent spirits from heaven to earth is no longer just. Consequently, the Lord destroyed all the wicked and began again with the family of Noah to raise up righteous men and women. “By taking away their earthly existence he prevented them from entailing [give as an inheritance] their sins upon their posterity and degenerating them [making them wicked], and also prevented them from committing further acts of wickedness” (in Journal of Discourses, 19:158–59). If God had not flooded the earth, His great plan could not be fulfilled. Read what Nephi said in 2 Nephi 26:24 about why the Lord acts as He does.
Studying the Scriptures
A Pattern for Fulfilling Our Calling from the Lord
In Doctrine and Covenants 4:2–4 the Lord said that one way we become sanctified and bring salvation to our souls is to work with all our might, mind, and strength to bring others to salvation. Noah is an excellent example of this process. Make a diagram in your notebook like the one below and fill it in with information you find in Moses 8:14–27. As you do this activity, notice how Noah magnified his calling from the Lord. Also pay special attention to how he was blessed with strength and power and came to know the Lord was pleased with him and his efforts.
What the Lord Did
What Noah Did
What the People Did
What Is the Difference?
Read Moses 8:13–14, 21 and the definitions for “sons of God” and “sons of men” in the “Understanding the Scriptures” section. Explain the difference between sons and daughters of God and sons and daughters of men. Include in your explanation who these four groups of people might be today.
According to Moses 8:15–22, explain what the Lord said about the sons of God marrying the daughters of men or the sons of men marrying the daughters of God and why you think it was so important.
Explain to Someone Who Doesn’t Understand
Use the information in the “Understanding the Scriptures” section along with what you read in Moses 8 to answer the question “How could a loving God flood the world?”
Figure It Out
Read Genesis 6:14–22 and figure out how big the ark was, and then compare the ark to something you are familiar with. Explain the ark’s size in your notebook. (Hint: Look in your Bible Dictionary under “cubit,” p. 651, to help you make your calculations.)
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