LOCKDOWN : NOAH
The name Noah means: “Rest, Quiet and Comfort.”
Noah’s Epitaph in The Faith Hall of Fame in Hebrews chapter 11 states:
“By faith Noah, when warned about things not seen, in Holy Fear built an Ark to save his family. By faith he condemned the world and became heir of the Righteousness that is in keeping with faith.” (Hebrews 11:7)
Noah was son of Lamech. He was the 10th generation from Adam. Beyond the fact that he had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth, nothing else is mentioned in the Bible about his first 500 years of life. (Genesis 5:32; 6:10)
The heading in my Bible above Genesis chapter 6 is: “Wickedness in the world.” As the human population grew (Gen 6:5) “The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the human heart was only evil all the time.”
(v6-7) “The Lord regretted that He had made human beings on the earth and His heart was deeply troubled. So The Lord said, I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created – and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground – for I regret that I have made them.”
If v7 was the end of the story that would be horrifying. Verse 8 changes the picture completely! The Lord’s eyes to and fro across the earth. Those eyes spotted Noah! “BUT NOAH FOUND FAVOUR IN THE EYES OF THE LORD.”
Noah, “A Righteous man, Blameless among the people of his time and he walked faithfully with God!”
This is The Power of One! Never Underestimate What One, In The Hand of God, Can Achieve!
- NOAH WAS LOCKED INTO HIS CALLING – TO SAVE THE WORLD – HE BUILT AN ARK: PREACHER
Read: Genesis 6:13-18
Key to his preaching was the combination of “Word” and “Action.”
“Noah did everything just as God commanded him.” (6:22)
“Noah did all that The Lord commanded him.” (7:5)
The Ark that Noah built was 450 feet long. 75 feet wide. 45 feet high. Or, in metric, 135 metres long. 23 metres wide and 14 metres high.
His preaching answered the “WHY?” question.
- “To Save The World! His Family and Animal Kind!”
- “The Floods Are Coming!”
- “Judgement From The Lord!”
Their response? To carry on living as they wanted to. Listen to Jesus’ Words (Matthew 24:37-39) “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the Coming of The Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the Ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at The Second Coming of The Son of Man!
Two things to say. Firstly, Noah and the Flood is not a myth. It is part of History. Jesus confirms it by stating The Truth here. The Apostle Peter also quotes Noah. As does, as we saw in the introduction of this message, The Writer of Hebrews. Secondly, Jesus is Coming Again. His Second Coming is met by many with the same mockery as human beings gave Noah’s Message. We must, like Noah, keep preaching The Truth! New Testament Believers, Christians, are saved through Jesus Christ – Our Ultimate Ark!
- NOAH WAS LOCKED DOWN IN THE ARK – TO SAVE THE WORLD – HE LIVED ON THE ARK: PROPRIETOR
Read: Genesis 6:18-7:3
- Noah Built The Ark!
- Noah Loaded The Ark!
- Noah Got The Provisions In To The Ark!
- Noah Looked After Everyone’s Needs On The Ark!
“THEN THE LORD SHUT HIM IN!” (Gen 7:16b)
It rained. The waters kept rising for 40 days. Everyone and every living thing upon the earth died. (7:23) Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark. The waters flooded the earth for 150 days (v24.)
The Holy Spirit impressed upon me Revelation 3:7b-8. It’s a message for someone. “What He opens no one can shut, and what He shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength yet you have kept My Word and have not denied My Name.”
As with Noah: I HAVE REMEMBERED YOU!
“BUT GOD REMEMBERED NOAH” (Gen 8:1a)
Anne Graham Lotz in, Joy Of My Heart: God’s Story. A devotional 29th October. Entitled:
YOU ARE ON GOD’S MIND
Noah was totally helpless to change his situation. There was nothing he could do except to stay on the ark and tend to the needs of his family and those of the animals until God in some way brought deliverance. He had to keep his faith in God while simply waiting out the silence that followed the storm. Although He had been silent, God had not forgotten Noah! In fact, since Noah and his family were the only living persons on the face of the earth, we can be sure they had God’s total, undivided attention every moment. Do you think God’s silence in your life means He has forgotten you? OH, NO! God says, “He has engraved your name on the palms of His Hands.” (Isaiah 49:15-16) You are in God’s Heart and on His mind every moment. He is fully informed of your circumstances and will bring about change when He knows The Time Is Right.”
- NOAH WAS TOLD TO LEAVE THE ARK – TO SAVE THE WORLD: PROGENATOR
“Come out of the Ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you – the birds, the animals and all the creatures that move along the ground – so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number on it.” (Gen 8:16-18)
After leaving the Ark, Noah built an Altar on which he made a Burnt Offering to The Lord (v20)
“The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in His heart: Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures as I have done. As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease. (v21)
As proof of The Lord’s Commitment to this Covenant He placed a Rainbow in the sky. (See Genesis 9:12-17). The Rainbow has become the symbol of our Coronavirus Lockdown. Many of us have placed it in our windows. A reminder to us and our communities that THE LORD HAS NOT, AND WILL NEVER, FORGET US!
Noah’s Life Message : “KEEP THE FAITH!”