Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Noah Gets Drunk - Youth Bible Study on Alcohol


Lesson 13: Noah Gets Drunk


 


Discussion Starter: Agree/Disagree. Stand on one side of the line or the other to proclaim your opinion on the following statements. Stand in the middle if you’re not sure.

 

1. God made alcohol.

2. Humans invented alcohol.

3. God commands us never to drink alcohol.

4. Christians should never drink alcohol.

5. God commands us never to be drunk.

Bible Study: Read Genesis 9:18-29.

What did Noah do in this story? He drank enough to get drunk.

 

And when he got drunk, what happened? He took of all his clothes and was lying around naked.

 

And what happened when his sons saw him naked? Was Noah embarrassed about that? Yes. It was embarrassing for him.

 

So getting drunk led Noah to embarrass himself. And that’s often what happens. When someone gets drunk, they make bad decisions and often end up embarrassing themselves. They lose self-control and do things that they wouldn’t normally do.

 

But that’s what happens when people get drunk. That doesn’t answer the question of whether people are allowed to or should drink at all.

 

So let’s look at some other Scripture passages that might help us figure it out. Circle the + or – to show whether each verse views alcohol positively or negatively.

 

Read Genesis 14:17-19.

 

+The priest of God Most High, Melchizedek, brought out wine.

Read Genesis 19:30-36.

 

-Lot got drunk and was tricked into having sex with his daughters.

Read Genesis 27:28.

 

+Isaac blesses Jacob with a supply of wine.

 

Read Leviticus 10:8-11.

 

-God told the priests not to drink at all when they are ministering.

 

Read Deuteronomy 11:13-14.  

 

+God promises to bless the Israelites with wine.

 

Read Proverbs 20:1.

 

-Getting drunk can make you lose your temper.

 

Read Proverbs 23:29-35.  

 

-Getting drunk can make you hallucinate.

 

Read Proverbs 31:4-7.

 

-Drinking can lead one to forget what is right. –Drinking can alleviate people’s pain.

 

Read John 2:6-9.

 

+Jesus made a lot of wine, between 120 and 180 gallons.

 

Read Ephesians 5:18.

 

-Getting drunk can lead to losing self-control.

 

Read 1 Timothy 3:2-3.

 

-Leaders in the church should not get drunk.

 

Read 1 Timothy 5:23.

 

+Drinking in some cases can help regulate someone’s digestive system.

 

Does the Bible command us not to drink? No.

 

The Bible commands priests who are on duty not to drink when they’re on duty, but it never commands us not to drink at all.

 

Does the Bible command us not to get drunk? Yes.

 

The Bible says we can drink, but we shouldn’t get drunk.

 

So we should all drink, right? The Bible says we can.

 

The Bible says we can drink, but we don’t have to. It’s up to every Christian to decide for themselves if they want to or not. As long as we’re not getting drunk.


 

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Lesson 13: Noah Gets Drunk

 

Discussion Starter: Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

 

1. God made alcohol.

2. Humans invented alcohol.

3. God commands us never to drink alcohol.

4. Christians should never drink alcohol.

5. God commands us never to be drunk.

Bible Study: Read Genesis 9:18-29.

What did Noah do in this story?

 

 

And when he got drunk, what happened?

 

 

And what happened when his sons saw him naked? Was Noah embarrassed about that?

 

 

So getting drunk led Noah to embarrass himself. And that’s often what happens. When someone gets drunk, they make bad decisions and often end up embarrassing themselves. They lose self-control and do things that they wouldn’t normally do.

 

 

But that’s what happens when people get drunk. That doesn’t answer the question of whether people are allowed to, or should, drink at all.

 

 

So let’s look at some other Scripture passages that might help us figure it out. Circle the + or – to show whether each verse views alcohol positively or negatively.

 

 

Read Genesis 14:17-19.               +         

 

Read Genesis 19:30-36.               +         

 

 

Read Genesis 27:28.                      +         

 

 

Read Leviticus 10:8-11.                +         

 

 

Read Deuteronomy 11:13-14.               +         

 

 

Read Proverbs 20:1.                     +         

 

 

Read Proverbs 23:29-35.                        +         

 

 

Read Proverbs 31:4-7.                 +         

 

 

Read John 2:6-9.                +         

 

 

Read Ephesians 5:18.                    +         

 

 

Read 1 Timothy 3:2-3.                  +         

 

 

Read 1 Timothy 5:23.                   +         

 

 

Does the Bible command us not to drink?

 

 

Does the Bible command us not to get drunk?


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