Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Springs of the Great Deep, Floodgates of Heaven, and the Ice Age Youth Bible Study


Lesson 11: Springs of the Great Deep, Floodgates of Heaven, and the Ice Age

 

Needed: Pangea picture, plate tectonics pictures (included)

 


Bible Study: Read Genesis 7:1-4.  


Why did God want Noah to keep alive seven of every kind of clean animals, but only two of every kind of unclean animals? What are “clean” animals and “unclean” animals? Why are they called that? What makes one animal clean and another animal not clean? Some animals are “unclean” and not to be eaten because they carry too many diseases.

 

But before the Flood, people were not allowed to eat animals, right?

 

Read Genesis 1:29-30.  

 

After the Flood, God gives Noah permission to eat animals.

Read Genesis 9:1-3.  

 

Because Noah and humans were going to be allowed to eat animals now, there would have to be more clean animals, animals that it would be safe for them to eat, than unclean animals, or animals that would be unsafe to eat. (Leviticus chapter 11 gives rules for unclean animals.)

 

But the question now is, Could Noah have fit that many animals on the ark? Could he have taken 14 of every kind of clean animal and 2 of every unclean animal? Was there room on the ark?

 

Could Noah have fit every “kind” of animal he needed on the ark? Yes.

 

Read Genesis 7:5-12.

Why do you think the Bible tells us the exact day that the Flood started? To let us know that this is actual history and not just a made up story.

 

Read Genesis 7:13-20.

The Bible tells us in verses 19 and 20 that there was so much water in the Flood that all the mountains on earth were covered by at least 20 feet. If all that water was on the earth before, why was the earth never flooded before? If all that water wasn’t on the earth before the Flood, where did it come from?

 

Let’s start with the “springs of the great deep”. What is that?

 

When the Bible talks about the “great deep”, it’s talking about the ocean. Remember that in the beginning, there was only one continent and one ocean.

 

Read Genesis 1:9-10.


When God created the world, He created it as one continent and one ocean.

We call that first continent Pangea.


At the time of the Flood, the springs of the great deep burst open. Those bursting points we now call mid-ocean ridges. Mid-ocean ridges exploded with hot ground water and lava. The bursting open of the mid-ocean ridges set off the process known as plate tectonics. The mid-ocean ridges pushed out from either side, causing Pangea to break apart and forcing the separate continents to move away from each other.


As the mid-ocean ridges push continents apart, it also push them into plates in the earth’s crust. When two plates collide, the crust of the earth buckles, crumpling up and forming mountain ranges or volcanoes. The Ring of Fire, surrounding the Pacific ocean, shows the world’s largest concentration of volcanoes. It is caused by the mid-ocean ridge in the Atlantic ocean pushing continents from either side toward the Pacific Ocean.


 

So that’s the waters of the great deep and the effect they have. Hot ground water exploding from the earth’s crust and setting off the process known as plate tectonics.


 

Now let’s look at the floodgates of heaven. What does it mean by that?

 


Read Genesis 1:6-8.  


The expanse, or the sky, was a hydrosphere, a bubble, a layer of water, that completely surrounded the earth. What would a hydrosphere like that do for the earth? What effect would it have? This hydrosphere kept the earth at a constant, ideal temperature. It protected it the earth from UV rays and had other beneficial effects on the atmosphere of the earth.

 

Read Genesis 2:4-6.

 

How was the earth being watered in the beginning? By dew.

 

The Lord had not sent rain on the earth because all of that water was still up in the hydrosphere.

 

Read Genesis 7:11-12.  

 

When God sent the Great Flood, all the springs of the great deep, the ocean trenches that we talked about, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. In other words, the expanse or the hydrosphere broke down and all that water that was surrounding the earth came falling down.

 

Let’s look at one of the effects that the breaking down of hydrosphere had on the lives of the people. Turn to Genesis 5. Call out some of the numbers that you see for people’s total lifespan in years. This is how long people lived before the Flood, or before the hydrosphere broke down.

 

Before breaking down of the hydrosphere:

930, 912, 905, 910, 895, 800, 962, 969, 777.

 

Now turn to Genesis 11:10-26. What are the numbers, in order, that you see there? This is how long people were living after the hydrosphere broke down. You can see that the numbers go down after the breaking down of the hydrosphere. Something about this hydrosphere made the earth’s atmosphere better for us. Since the hydrosphere broke down, the earth’s atmosphere changed and we started not living as long after that.

 

After breaking down of the hydrosphere:

500, 403, 430, 209, 207, 200, 119

 

The hydrosphere affected our atmosphere. It is guessed that the breaking down of this extra layer of the earth’s atmosphere is what caused people to start living a shorter amount of time after the Flood. Remember that God decreed that a human lifespan would be no more than 120 years in Genesis 6:3. Now we are under that.

 

I also said before that the hydrosphere kept the earth at constant temperature. This means that there would have been no seasons before this hydrosphere broke down. But now, after the hydrosphere has been broken down, we do have seasons.

 

Read Genesis 8:22.

 

Now there’s only question left. We saw where all the water came from. It came up from underground exploding out of the ocean trenches and it came down from the hydrosphere. But after the Flood, where did all that water go?

 

Some of the extra water from the Flood went back into the earth as groundwater. Some of it remains in the clouds. And some of it became the ice glaciers and then just the ice caps at the north and south poles.


 

Created

 

Lesson 11: Springs of the Great Deep, Floodgates of Heaven,

and the Ice Age

 


Bible Study: Read Genesis 7:1-4. 


 

Why did God want Noah to keep alive seven of every kind of clean animals, but only two of every kind of unclean animals? What are “clean” animals and “unclean” animals? Why are they called that? What makes one animal clean and another animal not clean?

 

 

Read Genesis 1:29-30; 9:1-3.

 

Why do you think God wanted to take more clean than unclean animals on the ark?

 

 

Do you think Noah really have fit that many animals on the ark? Could he really have taken 14 of every kind of clean animal and 2 of every unclean animal?

 

 

Read Genesis 7:5-12.

Why do you think the Bible tells us the exact day that the Flood started?

 

 

Read Genesis 7:13-20.

 

 

The Bible tells us in verses 19 and 20 that there was so much water in the Flood that all the mountains on earth were covered by at least 20 feet. If all that water was on the earth before, why was the earth never flooded before? If all that water wasn’t on the earth before the Flood, where did it come from?

 

 

Let’s start with the “springs of the great deep”. What is that?

 

Read Genesis 1:9-10.



When God created the world, He created it as one continent and one ocean.
We call that first continent Pangea.



At the time of the Flood, the springs of the great deep burst open. Those bursting points we now call mid-ocean ridges. Mid-ocean ridges exploded with hot ground water and lava. The bursting open of the mid-ocean ridges set off the process known as plate tectonics. The mid-ocean ridges pushed out from either side, causing Pangea to break apart and forcing the separate continents to move away from each other.




As the mid-ocean ridges push continents apart, it also push them into plates in the earth’s crust. When two plates collide, the crust of the earth buckles, crumpling up and forming mountain ranges or volcanoes. The Ring of Fire, surrounding the Pacific ocean, shows the world’s largest concentration of volcanoes. It is caused by the mid-ocean ridge in the Atlantic ocean pushing continents from either side toward the Pacific Ocean.

So that’s the waters of the great deep and the effect they have. Hot ground water exploding from the earth’s crust and setting off the process known as plate tectonics.


 


 


Now let’s look at the floodgates of heaven. What does it mean by that?

 

 

Read Genesis 1:6-8. 


 

Hydrosphere –

 

 

What would a hydrosphere like that do for the earth? What effect would it have?

 

 

Read Genesis 2:4-6.

 

 

How was the earth being watered in the beginning?

 

 

The Lord had not sent rain on the earth because all of that water was still up in the hydrosphere.

Read Genesis 7:11-12. 

 

 

When God sent the Great Flood, all the springs of the great deep, the ocean trenches that we talked about, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. In other words, the expanse or the hydrosphere broke down and all that water that was surrounding the earth came falling down.

 

 

Let’s look at one of the effects that the breaking down of hydrosphere had on the lives of the people. Turn to Genesis 5. Call out some of the numbers that you see for people’s total lifespan in years.

 

 

Before breaking down of the hydrosphere:

 

 

This is how long people lived before the Flood, or before the hydrosphere broke down.

 

 

Now turn to Genesis 11:10-26. What are the numbers, in order, that you see there?

 

 

After breaking down of the hydrosphere:

 

 

This is how long people were living after the hydrosphere broke down. You can see that the numbers go down after the breaking down of the hydrosphere. Something about this hydrosphere made the earth’s atmosphere better for us. Since the hydrosphere broke down, the earth’s atmosphere changed and we started not living as long after that.

 

 

The hydrosphere affected our atmosphere. It is guessed that the breaking down of this extra layer of the earth’s atmosphere is what caused people to start living a shorter amount of time after the Flood. Remember that God decreed that a human lifespan would be no more than 120 years in Genesis 6:3. Now we are under that.

 

 

I also said before that the hydrosphere kept the earth at constant temperature. This means that there would have been no seasons before this hydrosphere broke down. But now, after the hydrosphere has been broken down, we do have seasons.

 

Read Genesis 8:22.

 

 

Now there’s only question left. We saw where all the water came from. It came up from underground exploding out of the ocean trenches and it came down from the hydrosphere. But after the Flood, where did all that water go?

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