Today’s Bible Reading: Genesis chapters 3 – 6.
Our thoughts today are about Noah. His name means rest, but he worked hard.
“By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.” Hebrews 711:
The #1 question Christians ask is: “What does God want me to DO?”
Yesterday we saw that as Christians it is more important what we ARE than what we DO!
We are obsessed with doing. And some people get very depressed because they think they are not DOING enough.
But there are things that God created us to do.
Noah was called to restore the world! But Noah is a type of Christ, not a type of you and me.
If the salvation of the world depended on you and me then the world would not have much hope.
What Noah did grew out of what he was.
First of all he was a righteous man, though he wasn’t perfect. And he couldn’t merit God’s favour.
There is nothing in man that deserves God’s favour. We have no merits that we may parade before God’s throne.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9.
“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.” Genesis 6:8.
“For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.” Psalm 11:7.
If you desire holiness and righteousness today, I have good news for you:
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6.
Then again, Noah was fearful. He was far different from the world in which he lived. The people of Noah’s day were complacent – they just couldn’t care less.
“They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.”
On the other hand Noah feared, and his fear moved him to action!
Now let’s be careful here. He wasn’t scared. This was a godly fear. A holy reverence! And that is the kind of fear that does something. It is motivational!
More than complacent, the population was wicked. There was more to this marriage of theirs than meets the eye! Marriage had been corrupted. They had marriages with those whom they should not. These seemed to be demonic relationships. It refers to the “sons of God” marrying the “daughters of men.” The offspring of these marriages was giants. See Genesis 6:1-6.
Today the law permits what the Bible condemns.
But Noah became an heir of righteousness.
The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.
“By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.” — Hebrews 11:7
Faith is the only reason Noah has for being included in this list of great believers in Hebrews 11! Just look at what Noah’s faith achieved. It produced more than a big boat. It produced righteousness.
“These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.” Genesis 6:9.
There was no other like him. He was one of a kind. Unique. The only one in that generation whose life was moulded by faith!
By faith he prepared an ark. He believed what God said, would happen.
He was laughed at because a flood was unknown.
Imagine trying to convince your neighbours that something that had never happened before in recorded history, was indeed going to happen!
He believed what God told him to do, would save him!
Boat-building wasn’t common in Noah’s backyard.
“What’s that?” His neighbours jeered!
But this man believed that this huge edifice of wood and pitch would save him and his house.
His neighbours thought of simpler, more convenient ways to avoid an imaginary flood.
Proud mankind always rebels against God’s way of salvation.
We see it illustrated in the life of Naaman. He would have preferred to bathe in other waters!
Noah did what God told him to do. And when the flood came, God’s way was the only way out!