NOAH, THE MAN SAVED BY AN ARK
INTRODUCTION: My father-in-law would sometimes bring sea shell back
to his children after a hike. This was not unusual in itself, but was unusual
because of where he found those sea shells. He was not near the ocean,
but in Tennessee. I was able to find sea shells on the hills of Tennessee.
They were silent witnesses to a great cataclysmic event, the great flood.
When we think of the great flood we inevitably think of the great patriarch
Noah. He was the only person, aside from his immediate family, who remain
faithful to God and was saved from destruction.
I. THE TIMES IN WHICH NOAH LIVED
A. His family
II. A LOOK AT NOAH'S CHARACTER
1. His was the tenth generation from Adam.
B. The condition of Noah's world.
2. His family tree was distinguished. It included:
a. Seth, the replacement son for Abel (Genesis 4:25).
3. It has been estimated that if each generation of those in Noah's family
tree had ten children (this would not have been difficult at all, owing
to their unusually long life spans, by our day) there could have easily
been 2,000,000 people in ten generations.
b. Enoch, the man who was walked with God and was taken by Him (Genesis
c. Methuselah, the oldest recorded man (Genesis 5:27)
1. It was an extremely sinful age. Since people lived long
life spans there was little to curb the wickedness of the age.
2. Those who served God began to intermarry with the daughters of the
wicked. In all likelihood the descendants of Cain. We know from their lineage
in chapter 4 that they were wicked.
a. See Genesis 6:1-4
3. The mind of man was continually on committing sin and imagining new
sins to commit.
a. Genesis 6:5- "Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man
was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart
was only evil continually."
4. Wicked had it's normal consequence. Virtually all mankind had become
corrupt and violence was rampant upon the earth.
a. Genesis 6:11-12 "The earth also was corrupt before God,
and the earth was filled with violence. 12- So God looked upon the earth,
and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the
5. The situation became so bad that it grieved God that He had even made
a. Genesis 6:6 - And the LORD was sorry that He had made man
on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.
6. Only Noah and his family had maintained their integrity. See Genesis
A. About his lifestyle.
III. SOME OTHER IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT NOAH.
1. He was a holy and godly man.
B. About his relationship with God.
2. Genesis 6:9- "This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man,
perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God."
a. The phrase "walked with God" is the same used to describe
the righteousness of Enoch (Genesis 5:24). It is used to designate agreement
between God and man and show that a person is living a godly, spiritual
life. See Amos 3:3; Colossians 1:10; 1 Thess 2:12.
1. He was a man of faith.
a. Hebrews 11:7- "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."
2. He was obedient.
a Genesis 6:13-14 "And God said to Noah, "The end of all flesh
has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them;
and behold, I will destroy them with the earth. 14- Make yourself an ark
of gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with
b. Genesis 6:22- "Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded
him, so he did."
3. He was a preacher.
a. 2 Peter 2:5- "and did not spare the ancient world, but saved
Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the
flood on the world of the ungodly;"
b. Noah was not able to reach a single person in his generation, yet
who could consider him a failure? He was faithful in his proclamation.
It would seem that his preaching had little effect of the sinful population.
They had so completely given themselves over to wickedness that they "closed
1). See Luke 17:26-27
c. I am convinced that it is Noah's preaching that Peter has reference
to in 1 Peter 2:17-20.
C. About his relationship with his family.
1. Little is know of the details of the relationship that Noah
had with his wife and sons. What is known is that he was able to exert
the leadership, influence, and guidance over them that they were saved
along with him in the ark.
2. Genesis 7:1,7 - "Then the LORD said to Noah, "Come into the ark,
you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous
before Me in this generation.... So Noah, with his sons, his wife, and
his sons' wives, went into the ark because of the waters of the flood."
A. Noah's salvation on the ark did not mean that there would
be no sin in the new world.
1. Not long after the flood we read of Noah planting a vineyard,
becoming drunk, and became naked. See Genesis 9:20ff.
B. Two great passages in the New Testament concerning Noah and what they
teach us today.
2. Noah lived for 350 years after the flood (Genesis 9:28). This was
undoubtedly long enough to see the spread of sin once again among his offspring.
1. Matthew 24:37-39 "But as the days of Noah were, so also
will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38- For as in the days before the
flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage,
until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39- and did not know until the
flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of
C. Some lessons from Noah's life.
a. Noah and his generation present a picture of how much warning
the world will have for the second coming of Jesus. Contrary to pre-millinialists,
the world will be going on normally, just as it was for Noah's sinful world
up to when they entered to ark and the floods came.
2. 1 Peter 3:20-21 "who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine
longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared,
in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. 21- There
is also an antitype which now saves us; baptism (not the removal of the
filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through
the resurrection of Jesus Christ,"
a. Just as the ark saved Noah and his family, so too will the
church saved the child of God.
b. Just as water was a dividing line between the sinful world and salvation
in the flood, so too is water the dividing line between a life of sin and
salvation from past sins.
1. It is possible to remain faithful in a sinful world.
2. God will not forever tolerate wicked behavior. There is a payment
3. Salvation has always been by faithful obedience.
4. God's promises are sure and can be depended on.
CONCLUSION: Recently we were driving somewhere in our area right
after a rain. All of the sudden it was there: one of the most beautiful
multi-colored rainbows I have ever seen. We immediately were reminded of
God's great handiwork in the worldwide flood and that He promised Noah
that He would never destroy the world with water again. When I remember
Noah I see him coming out of that ark to begin life fresh. Let us trust
God, just as Noah did.
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