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RIGHTEOUSNESS OF NOAH
October 7, 2018
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 6:9-22
KEY VERSE: Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he. (Genesis 6:22)
INTRODUCTION: The world had become so sinful that the Lord determined to destroy all flesh. Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. He was perfect in his generation. He walked with the Lord. The Lord chose him to carry the message of judgment to come.
The Holy Spirit would strive with man for a time and then judgment would come. Man had become very wicked. Every imagination of the heart was only evil continually. The earth was filled with violence (Genesis 6:11).
(Genesis 6:11) The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
That hits home as we think of all of the violence in our day. Noah’s generation was probably a lot worse than ours, but it hardly seems possible as we hear and read the news of the violence in our day and time.
I. THE STATE OF THE WORLD. (Genesis 6:9-12)
(Genesis 6:9-10) 9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. 10 And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
INSIGHT: Noah got saved just as any sinner is saved, by grace (Genesis 6:8), through faith (Hebrews 11:7). See Ephesians. 2:8–10: (1) He HEARD God’s Word, (2) BELIEVED God’s promise of protection, and (3) PROVED his faith by his works. There was only one way to be saved from destruction, and that was by entering the ark; and the ark had only one door. Noah’s Ark is a picture of the salvation we have in Jesus Christ.
A. The CHARACTER of the world (see Genesis 6:11-12).
(Genesis 6:11-12) 11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
1. The Lord said that the people were wicked and had wicked imaginations.
a. Imagination has to do with the thinking and planning in the heart.
b. It has to do with the thoughts that preceded the deeds.
2. The Lord said that the people did what they did because of what they were.
a. They were wicked and therefore they thought wicked thoughts and did wicked things.
b. God saw the wickedness of man was great.
c. Wicked men do not seem to think they are doing wickedly, but God does.
3. The Lord said that the world was full of violence.
a. When people are wicked, they will do wicked things.
b. This includes being violent in their behavior.
c. The heart cries out to God as we hear and read about the wicked deeds of our generation.
B. The CONDUCT of the world (see Genesis 6:11-12).
1. One thing that proved they were wicked was they were violent in their behavior.
2. Their conduct refers to their action or behavior.
3. A person’s character will expresses itself in his or her conduct or the way the person walks in life.
4. The Lord said that "every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually". (Genesis 6:5)
C. The WICKEDNESS of the world (see Genesis 6:11-12).
1. The character and conduct is the product of our thoughts and imagination.
(Matthew 15:11 &18) “Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man." "But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
2. The violent and wicked behavior results from people imagining wickedness ... thoughts can be produced into actions.
3. The deeper you go into sin the deeper you have to go to get any temporary satisfaction out of it.
4. People become slaves to their sinful desires, and they must become more wicked to find any satisfaction.
D. The REBELLION of the world.
1. The sinful must feel like they are justified in their sinfulness.
2. Most people want to be told that they are doing right by doing wrong.
3. They cry out for someone to say their actions are right.
4. The sinner wants to be told that he is not to blame for his sin.
a. Call it a disease.
b. Call it your surroundings.
c. Put the blame on anyone and everyone, but don’t call it sin!
5. The flesh must seek self-justification in sin.
6. The flesh wants to feel it is right to do wrong. (The sad song title: “How it be wrong when it feels so right?”)
a. Talk to anyone that is guilty of sin and they will give you a reason why they did it
b. The reason seems to make sin right, but you just can’t be “right” by doing wrong!
INSIGHT: This seems just like the condition of America and the world in 2018!
II. THE PLAN OF GOD FOR NOAH (Genesis 6:13-22)
A. God wanted Noah to be a righteous man. (Genesis 6:13)
(Genesis 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.
1. Noah just kept on doing what God told him to do.
a. Noah was not moved by the depravity of his generation.
b. He kept right on doing what God told him to do.
2. The depravity probably pointed out to him the anger of God and the fact of God’s judgment.
a. The spiritually mature see things different than what the worldly minded people see.
b. We must consecrate ourselves to the Lord as we look out on a sinful world.
3. The world is calling us to join in with it, but we must seek to obey Matthew 6:33.
(Matthew 6:33) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
B. God wanted Noah to faithfully serve Him. (Genesis 6:14)
(Genesis 6:14) Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.
INSIGHT: God is saying to Noah, “Look! I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing that breathes. Everything on earth will die. But I will confirm my covenant with you. So enter the boat -- you and your wife and your sons and their wives. Bring a pair of every kind of animal -- a male and a female -- into the boat with you to keep them alive during the flood. Pairs of every kind of bird, and every kind of animal, and every kind of small animal that scurries along the ground, will come to you to be kept alive. And be sure to take on board enough food for your family and for all the animals.”
1. No doubt some people got around where Noah was building the ark and said,
a. "God told me to tell you to quit building the ark."
b. Old Noah is crazy ... he has lost his mind over religion ... he is talking about a flood but we have never seen any “rain”.
c. How can a mist flood the earth?
d. You can just think of what the sinful nature moved men and women to say to this faithful servant of God as he labored building the ark.
2. Those who do not believe the Word of God have their ways of trying to prove those who are doing right are doing wrong.
3. Note what Paul wrote in I Timothy 4:1.
(1 Timothy 4:1) Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.
C. God wanted Noah to resist evil. (Genesis 6:15)
(Genesis 6:15) And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.
1. Satan always tries to counter act what God does by using counterfeits.
2. The devil is in the religious business in a big way.
(2 Corinthians 11:13-15) 13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
3. Many of God’s people do not believe that Satan has churches and preachers who oppose the truth.
4. The Word of God tells us that Satan does just that.
(1 John 4:1) Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
5. We have an obligation to obey this verse in our day.
a. Put the spirits to test or try them.
b. Measure what you hear and see by the Word of God.
D. God wanted Noah to respect and reverence Him. (Genesis 6:16)
(Genesis 6:16) A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.
1. And Noah walked with God; he did what God told him to do.
2. And Noah did have a reverence and a respect for God.
3. And Noah was perfect and found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
4. And Noah kept right on building the ark in spite of the deceit and falsehood around him. (Noah meant business for the Lord!)
INSIGHT: We should respect and reverence God in spite of the situation or the condition of world. We must just keep on serving the Lord. We must be FAITHFUL!
E. God wanted Noah to warn his generation. (Genesis 6:17-22)
(Genesis 6:17-22) 17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die. 18 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee. 19 And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. 20 Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive. 21 And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them.
1. Noah was a preacher of righteousness (see 2 Peter 2:5).
INSIGHT: The flood came years after Noah started building the ark and preaching.
3. Noah warned them of God’s judgment.
4. Noah preached while building the ark.
a. Thank God for people who are willing to obey the Lord when it looks like they have lost all of their marbles.
b. We also must preach and teach the Word of God!
c. We must warn people of the judgment that is coming!
INSIGHT: We must warn our generation too. The Apostle Paul tells us to get ready for the end time generation. He describes them in 2 Timothy 3:1-13; and it certainly sounds like our generation today. Noah’s generation would not listen; they were wicked, violent, and defiant. They were going to live their own way in spite of the coming judgment of God. Men and women can choose to do what they want to do even knowing that they will face God one day and give an account. BUT JUDGMENT IS COMING!
(Genesis 6:22) Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.
CROOKED AND STRAIGHT
By David C. McCasland
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)
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the great London preacher, found in Noah’s life the principle that “every act of faith condemns the world.” “By faith Noah . . . 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” (Hebrews 11:7).
Commenting on that verse, Spurgeon said: “Live a holy life . . . . I have heard it said that if there is a crooked stick, and you want to show how crooked it is, you need not waste words in description. Place a straight one by the side of it, and the thing is done directly. Noah condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.”
The New Testament calls Noah “a preacher of righteousness” (2 Peter 2:5), even though none of his “sermons” are recorded in the Bible. Perhaps it was Noah’s obedience to God in building the ark that stands as his greatest witness to a self-centered and violent generation. “According to all that God commanded him, so he did” (Genesis 6:22).
How easy it is to be critical of the sins of others. But how much more powerful to demonstrate the grace and righteousness of our God by living faithfully for Him.
So let our lips and lives express
The holy gospel we profess;
So let our works and virtues shine
To prove the doctrine all divine. -- Watts
-- Adapted from David C. McCasland, Our Daily Bread, July 5, 2006
CONCLUSION: Nothing stopped Noah from obeying the Word of God. He just kept building the ark and preaching righteousness. This morning, will we stop? Will we be influenced by this world or will we make an impact on the people around us? Who do we identify with in this Scriptural account? Do we identify with Noah or with those who laughed and scoffed?
God’s mercy is great and His grace is marvelous. Right now if you have never experienced the grace of God come and accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Christian, why not commit yourself to a life of obedience regardless of what happens in this world around us.
(Genesis 6:22) Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: “The Christian’s life is the world’s Bible.”
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REFERENCES: References used in these Bible studies are the King James Bible (KJV), The Moody Bible Commentary, Dr. J. Vernon McGee © Thru the Bible Radio Network (www.ttb.org), the Scofield Study Bible, the Believer’s Bible Commentary, Dr. Charles J. Woodbridge Bible Outlines, Dr. Lee Roberson’s Sermons, Dr. Charles Stanley: (http://www.intouch.org/), Don Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Women’s Study Bible, The Bible Reader’s Companion Ed. 3, The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version, KJV Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the New Testament ed. 4, Dr. David Jeremiah: (http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/), Dr. Cliff Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the Old Testament, Dr. Alan Carr’s The Sermon Notebook (www.sermonnotebook.org), With the Word Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s “Be” Series: Old & New Testaments, RBC Ministries (http://rbc.org/), selected illustrations, and other references.
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