July 18, 2012: “One Man with one Message!”
Wed PM Worship “Noah was Faithful to God and God was Faithful to Noah”
Text: Gen 6:5-13 (King James Version)
“Father, I am your servant, willing and desiring to be used to bless your people.”
The Fields are white and the laborers are few!
C.H. Spurgeon said, “If God does not save a man by truth he certainly will not save them by lies, and if the old gospel is not competent to work a revival, then we will do without the revival;”
Gen 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Gen 6:6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
Gen 6:7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
Gen 6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
Gen 6:9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
Gen 6:10 And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
Gen 6:11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
Gen 6:12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
Gen 6:13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
A. Many people write the flood and Noah’s ark off as a fairy tale
B. His life was one of faith, righteousness and endurance that still has a legacy today
C. Noah is one of the greatest men in the Bible
D. Noah’s life is a measuring stick we can look back to, to see how we are doing.
E. There are some important lessons we can learn from Noah
-All I will ever need to know I learned from Noah. One, Don’t miss the boat. Two, Remember that we are all in the same boat.
Three. Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark . Four, Stay fit. When you’re 600 years old someone may ask you to do something really big. Five, Don’t listen to critics, just get on with the job that needs to be done. Six, Build your future on high ground. Seven, Speed isn’t everything, the snails were on board with the cheetahs. Eight, When you’re stressed, float awhile. Nine, Remember the Ark was built by amateurs, the Titanic by professionals. Ten, No matter what the storm, when you are with God there’s always a rainbow waiting.
Let’s pray. Father, Open my eyes so I can see Your truth.
Open my ears so I can hear
Your voice. Open my mind so I can understand Your Word.
And open my heart so I may receive all that You want me to receive. AMEN
Amid the prevailing corruption, Methuselah, Noah, and many others labored to keep alive the knowledge of the true God and to stay the tide of moral evil. A hundred and twenty years before the Flood, the Lord by a holy angel declared to Noah His purpose, and directed him to build an ark.
While building the ark he was to preach that God would bring a flood of water upon the earth to destroy the wicked. Those who would believe the message, and would prepare for that event by repentance and reformation, should find pardon and be saved.
“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.
While Noah was giving his warning message to the world, his works testified of his sincerity. It was thus that his faith was perfected and made evident. He gave the world an example of believing just what God says. All that he possessed, he invested in the ark. As he began to construct that immense boat on dry ground, multitudes came from every direction to see the strange sight and to hear the earnest, fervent words of the singular preacher. Every blow struck upon the ark was a witness to the people
As sin became general, it appeared less and less sinful, and they finally declared that the divine law was no longer in force; that it was contrary to the character of God to punish transgression; and they denied that His judgments were to be visited upon the earth.
Had the men of that generation obeyed the divine law, they would have recognized the voice of God in the warning of His servant; but their minds had become so blinded by rejection of light that they really believed Noah’s message to be a delusion.
But Noah stood like a rock amid the tempest. Surrounded by popular contempt and ridicule, he distinguished himself by his holy integrity and unwavering faithfulness. A power attended his words, for it was the voice of God to man through His servant.
Had the people believed the warning, and repented of their evil deeds, the Lord would have turned aside His wrath, as He afterward did from Nineveh. But by their obstinate resistance to the reproofs of conscience and the warnings of God’s prophet, that generation filled up the measure of their iniquity, and became ripe for destruction.
The period of their probation was about to expire. Noah had faithfully followed the instructions which he had received from God. The ark was finished in every part as the Lord had directed, and was stored with food for man and beast. And now the servant of God made his last solemn appeal to the people. With an agony of desire that words cannot express, he entreated them to seek a refuge while it might be found. Again they rejected his words, and raised their voices in jest and scoffing. Suddenly a silence fell upon the mocking throng. Beasts of every description, the fiercest as well as the most gentle, were seen coming from mountain and forest and quietly making their way toward the ark. A noise as of a rushing wind was heard, and lo, birds were flocking from all directions, their numbers darkening the heavens, and in perfect order they passed to the ark. Animals obeyed the command of God, while men were disobedient.
I see a parallel today with the world we live in. There are many that do not wish to speak of a coming crisis. They say that it does not do any good.
Noah testified of His belief through not only preaching but building.
May the God who saved Noah, save each one of us who are diligently seeking Him today
Mat 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
Mat 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
Mat 24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Mat 24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
Mat 24:39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Mat 24:40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Mat 24:41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Mat 24:42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
Mat 24:43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
Mat 24:44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
Mat 24:45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
Mat 24:46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
The saddest part about is that they don’t see their end coming. They have become comfortable in sin. They don’t see the signs of the times, because their vision is clouded by the world. But I’ve come to tell you today that “It’s Noah’s Time All Over Again, You’d Better Get In The Ark.”
“By faith Noah, being
divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark
for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became
heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.”
The story of Noah’s generation is the story of the degeneration of humanity into sin. (Gen 6:5-7). “The wickedness of man was great… every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually… The earth was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.” (Gen 6: 5, 11) It is also the story of the marvelous grace of God, in saving believing Noah and his family. Noah stood alone against the whole world.
Noah built an Ark because he believed God. Every tree he felled shouted, faith. Every board he sawed, shouted faith. Every swing of his hammer, shouted faith.
Every seam to which he applied the pitch shouted, faith. Do your works reflect your faith? Faith will make us work.
Only his steadfast belief in God kept Noah faithful for the 120 years cutting the trees and planning the construction of the Ark.
The ark was 450 feet long, 75 ft wide and 45 ft. high, that means that it was nearly one and a half times the length of a football field and more than four stories high, it could hardly be hide from the ridicule of the scoffers. Can you imagine the mockery and jeering that Noah must have faced on a daily basis as he built this huge ship? It was a hundred miles from the nearest ocean and far to big to move.
signs of last days - hearts of many grow cold, evil men and seducers become worse, perilous times
During this time Noah was
mocked, ridiculed, called crazy and insane, etc (it had never rained)
For over 100 years Noah labored, not quitting, not getting discouraged and only 8 people were saved
-we may be ridiculed and mocked for what we believe and for what the Word of God teaches but we must be faithful to it
-Jude 1:17-18 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
-2 Pet 3:3-4 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
F. Noah didn’t quit, because he believed what God told him
-Heb 11:7 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.
For 120 years preacher Noah preached and at the command of God, with the help of his family, built a large boat as God had instructed him. Sinners laughed at Noah and his family because of what he preached, because of the godly way his family lived, and because of the ark they built. But someone has said, “He who laughs last, laughs best!” For we know from the bible record that God flooded all the earth and drowned every person except this preacher and his family.
Well... sadly, today many people still refuse to obey God. Preachers of righteousness are laughed at and God is greatly displeased. But I want you to know that God’s punishment is coming again, although this time God it won’t be water, it’ll be fire!
The bible - in 2 Peter 3,
beginning at verse 9 - says,"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise,
as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that
any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heart?"
In other words, the Lord isn’t slow about keeping his promises, as some people think He is! In fact, God is patient, because He wants everyone to turn from sin and no one to be lost.
. . . And the day of the Lord’s return will surprise some people like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a loud noise, and the heat will melt the whole universe. Then the earth and everything on it will be seen for what they are.
. . . But God has promised us a new heaven and a new earth, where justice will rule. But my brothers and sisters, you’ll never see it, unless you get in the ark
Jesus, in this parable, is painting for his disciples (and for us) a comparison of the condition of humanity in Noah’s day and the condition of mankind in our day. And what Jesus is telling us is that: this last generation is like the one of Noah’s day. It’s pleasure-oriented and self-gratifying.
All some people know today is eating and drinking. In other words, outside of their physical wants and desires they have nothing else! There is no God component to their lives!
And then He talks about marriage and giving in marriage. He’s talking about the fact that some people are only concerned about flesh and fleshly lusts and desires. To sum it up, they were eating and drinking, when they should have been repenting and praying.
. . . And the saddest part about it was that “they had no idea what was about to happen!” They didn’t realize that destruction was just around the corner. And so, Jesus - here - is trying to warn His disciples (and us) that “It’s time to get right. . . and do it now!” Because a time is coming when God will separate the lost and the saved.
The record says that two will be in the field or at work at the time of Christ’s return. One will be taken and the other left. I can imagine that when God destroyed the world the first time, that’s the way it was. Some didn’t even pay attention to all of the rain that was falling. They probably said, “Well it’s been raining for a few days. It’ll stop after while.”
. . . But when the rain reached biblical proportions, when folks started seeing their neighbor’s houses break loose from there foundations and sink; when they saw their neighbor’s cattle and pets swimming for their lives; when they witnessed their own material things being washed away in the flood . . . everyone of them came running, trying to get into the ship! But I heard Noah say, “I hear you knocking, but you can’t come in! God’s got the key and the door is locked!”
Now you may say, “Well Pastor... that was in the bible days. Surely man has not become that wicked today.” But I want you to know that although we have come through some dark ages, and civilization has advanced in this generation. . . people have departed from the faith, just like in Noah’s day!
We have modernized our cities, houses, lands, highways, and church houses. Some have even tried to modernize the old-time religion. As a society we’ve moved, but the direction is still downward!
– Men still build cities but they forget Christ!
– We have more cattle, lands, property and money than ever before, but the men are dried up in their souls!
– We have better musical instruments today, polished and expensive. Folk can play beautiful music on these instruments. But the sad part about is, they don’t use them for God and the church. “As it was in the days (before the flood) so it is now!
I’m gonna leave you alone in a minute, but in the days before the flood man made his own religion to suit himself! In the days before the flood people strayed away from the Lord!
They prospered and made good wages. They had a high standard of living, but they were too busy to hear Noah preach the message of judgment!
They thought a message of judgment was old and out of date. They were busy; but being so busy caused them to lose their souls. They were drunk on the cares of this world.
My brothers and sisters, isn’t it strange that people usually leave God when all is going well? In our day people are prospering as never before! Men and women spend their lifetime eating and drinking. It seems that’s all they’re living for! The main thing about them is their stomach!
All the time men are building more and more fine restaurants. They build more and more fine homes. All the time people are working shorter hours. They are getting more and more of the luxuries of life. But instead of spending that leisure time reading the Bible, praying or going to church, the average person spends it for themselves, to satisfy the lust of the flesh!
The places of amusement are full day and night. People are drunken on the pleasures of the world. People today have time to travel and go on vacations. But they have no time for God! They would rather hear a man-made sermon that makes tickles their ear and makes them feel good, but has no warnings of judgement!
They go to ball games, wrestling matches, carnivals, circuses, concerts, roadhouses, and nightclubs, but they don’t go to church! And if they do go to church, it’s on Sunday morning for a few minutes to hear a sermon that tells them they’re fine people.
. . . But I need to tell you that prosperity does not prove that a nation is religious. Prosperity, many times, makes people forget God!
The people in Noah’s day may have been living a high life, but violence increased in the earth in the days before the flood. The whole earth was filled with violence! The people grew weaker and wiser! They were full of hatred, envy, lust and pride! Men forgot God and became as wicked as men could be! They robbed and killed until God had to do something, or the whole world would have been affected by this wickedness. And so God had to destroy the world. But for one righteous man... God saved him and his entire family. He put them in a ship!
I’m almost finished here, but you know... because Noah believed God, God saved his family! And he’s not the only one the bible record talks about:
– Abraham believed God. And God gave his seed the land of promise!
– Rahab believed God. And God saved her household!
– The Cananite woman believed God. And Christ healed her daughter!
– Because four men believed God, Christ healed their paralyzed friend!
Saints, God’s Word is true: "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved, and thy house!" Yes. . . Noah and his family were saved by an ark, a ship which God commanded him to build.
That ark was a picture of Christ. There are three (3) arks mentioned in the Word of God. Each was a place of refuge, shelter, and safety.
Noah’s ark secured those who were in it from the vengeance and violent wrath of an angry God: That is the Ark of Christ, our Substitute.
The ark of bulrushes protected God’s chosen one, Moses, from the murderous designs of a wicked ruler, Pharoah: That ark is Christ, into whom we had been placed by our loving Father from eternity.
The ark of the covenant sheltered the two tables of God’s holy law, and being covered with blood, was the place of atonement, mercy, and acceptance with God for sinners: That ark is Christ our Mercy-seat.
Put it all together saints and you’ll discover that from the beginning there has been but one place of refuge for sinners, only one way of salvation. And that is Christ! If you want to be saved, you’d better get in the ark! “It’s Noah’s Time All Over Again, It’s Time To Get In The Ark!”
I hear the Lord saying:
“All Aboard!!!” “It’s Time To Get Into The Ark!”
No wonder those old saints sang: “Tis the old, ship of zion. Tis the old ship of zion! It has landed many a thousand!” Tell your neighbor, you’d better get on board! Now slap three people a high five and tell them, “I got my ticket and I’m ready to sail!”
The Door is open for all who will to enter in and be saved! If you perish, it’ll be because you despise the Ark and refuse to enter in.
As there was but one ark in the days of Noah, there is but one way of salvation for poor, helpless, guilty sinners. The whole world was drowned under the flood of God’s wrath, except for those eight happy souls in the ark. Even so, the whole world shall be destroyed in the everlasting wrath of almighty God, except those happy, blessed men and women who are in Christ. Christ alone is the Savior of men. "There is none other name under heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved." If you would be saved, you must come into the Ark, Christ Jesus!