Bible Baptist Church

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Noah’s Faith


Hebrews 11:7


Introduction:

·         Noah’s story is found in Genesis 6-8

·         It’s a great story of God’s wrath, but also God’s grace

·         The rainbow has been corrupted today, but it was originally given as a token of God’s promise to Noah

·         His story is one of the most attacked stories in the Bible today!

o   Matt 24:37-39- Jesus mentioned Noah’s story as literal history and a literal application for future judgment

o   It was not just a local flood- it was a worldwide flood!

o   The Flood also is a logical explanation for why there are so many fossils!

o   Ken Ham: “Noah’s Flood washes away the long ages! You see, if there really was a global Flood, like the Bible says, we should find billions of dead things, buried in rock layers, laid down by water, all over the earth. And that is exactly what we find! The floodwaters ripped up miles of sediment, re-depositing it in layers. Organisms got trapped and buried, turning into fossils. There is no need for millions of years to form the rock layers. The Bible’s history concerning the Flood explains it!

o   Noah’s taking animals on board the ark didn’t have to be fully grown and mature

·         But, tonight we are not just looking at the Flood, but at Noah who’s faith is highlighted for us in Hebrews

 

I.                    Noah took God at His word

a.      This is the ground which faith stands on- God’s Word!

b.      “Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so!”

c.       Assurance of salvation- comes from taking God at His word!

d.      Noah’s faith was based upon God’s warning (Gen 6:17-19)

e.      Gen. 6:5- The earth was so wicked that God decided that there remained nothing to do but destroy it. He told Noah his purpose of judgment and instructed him to build an ark in which he and his family and the representatives of the animal creation might be saved. With reverence and obedience Noah took God at his word and so in the destruction of the world he was preserved.

f.        Noah had probably never seen rain, nor seen an ark!

g.      Yet, Noah took God at his word. He believed the message which God sent him, and he obeyed!

h.      The choice comes to every man either to listen to or to disregard the messages of God. He may live as if that message is of no importance or as if it is the most important thing in the world.

i.        God's message might look foolishness at the moment; but Noah believed it and staked everything on it. Obviously if he was going to accept that word of God, he had to lay aside his normal activities and concentrate on doing what his message commanded.

j.        God still sends messages to His people- primarily through His word!

                                                              i.      But God may stir your soul directly for something

                                                            ii.      God may use a godly person in your life for advice or rebuke

                                                          iii.      God can use a sermon

                                                           iv.      Wherever it comes from, we neglect it at our peril.

k.       By faith…Noah moved with fear- interestingly fear was the moving force according to v. 7

l.        Calvin: Why is faith the cause of fear? Faith and fear

                                                              i.      Faith indeed properly springs from promises; it is founded on them, it rests on them.

                                                            ii.      Fear as used in this text is the idea of reverence and respect. Faith believes what God has said- in grace and also in wrath!

                                                          iii.      Noah had faith in the warning and threatening of God. Faith is to be exercised upon promises; for there its sweetest business lies. But, believe me, you cannot have faith in the promise unless you are prepared to have faith in the threatening also. If you truly believe a man, you believe all that he says.

                                                           iv.      Faith, then, though its most direct regard is to God’s promises, yet looks on his threatening as necessary for it to be taught to fear and obey God.

m.    Obedience flows from faith like a water from a fountain

n.      The fear of God will move you to obey- but it starts with believing what God says!

II.                  Noah saved his household

a.      In II Peter 2, Noah is described by Peter as a preacher of righteousness. No doubt, as he spent time hammering away building the ark he also spent time pounding the pulpit and sounding the alarm against the mockers and wicked sinners of his generation.

b.      It looks like Noah was the first preacher- we need more preachers of righteousness today! Pray for more laborers!

c.       Noah didn’t have many converts, but at least he won his family!

d.      The first ministry is the family!

e.      The most important thing you can do is witness to your family. Not just through word- but in action- be a witness! Living it before them!

f.        If you are saved and a have family, God has given you a congregation to minister to!

III.                Noah’s faith was a judgment on others

a.      The world was condemned by his life and testimony

b.      It is one of the hardest challenges of Christianity that we have to be prepared to be sometimes a fool for Christ’s sake. The wisdom of God is so often foolishness with men.

c.       Noah was not deterred by the mockery of others.

d.      Noah's faith and obedience was actually a judgment on others

e.      It is not that the Christian is self-righteous; it is not that he says: "I told you so." It often happens that simply by being himself the Christian passes judgment on other people.

f.        Alcibiades that brilliant but wild young man of Athens used to say to Socrates: "Socrates, I hate you, for every time I meet you, you show me what I am."

g.      In the light of goodness, evil stands condemned

h.      How was Noah righteous? Noah was righteous through faith. It so happens that he is the first man in the Bible to be called dikaios (Greek #1342), righteous (Genesis 6:9). His goodness consisted in the fact that he took God at his word. When other men broke God's commandments, Noah kept them; when other men were deaf to God's warnings, Noah listened to them; when other men laughed at God, Noah reverenced Him.

i.        In an age when everyone disregarded God, Noah feared God and obeyed God

j.        Follow the crowd? Illustr- Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego; Daniel and the King’s meat

k.       Noah is an example of one who is magnanimous- Noble, generous in forgiving an insult or injury; free from petty resentfulness or vindictiveness

l.        When the whole world was without restraint, indulging themselves in sinful pleasures, Noah alone paid regard to Gods warning!

 

Conclusion:

·         Titus 1:2- No OBSTACLE CAN STAND IN THE WAY OF FAITH WHEN IT FIXES ITSELF ON THE Infinitely Reliable God

·         Noah’s Ark is a picture of Christ and salvation. Gen. 7:16 “…and the LORD shut him in.”

·         Jesus said I am the Door! Only I n Christ is there safety from God’s wrath

·         But also we remember God’s warnings in the past are signposts for the future

·         In the end times God will not send a deluge of water, but a deluge of fire to destroy this wicked world! If we die in our sins we can expect eternal torment in Hell