Putting God's Word into Practice…

Hebrews 11:7 By Faith, Noah…

Our ladies’ Bible study finished our study through Proverbs on Wednesday, June 26, and I have been super excited to return to Hebrews and finish my journey through the New Testament that was started in January of 2012. And what an encouraging, challenging chapter in which to come back!

By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household.  By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. Hebrews 11:7

Our actions demonstrate our level of faith!  Noah believed God’s warning, believed in things unseen, and out of reverence for God in obedience built a giant boat!  His obedient faith condemned the world because it exposed their lack of faith and lack of reverence for God!  That was the problem with mankind then, and that is still the issue today!

This morning I studied through the Genesis account of Noah, the ark and the flood.  In it (Genesis 6-9), we see an Old Testament picture of the good news of salvation through Jesus that was to come.

Genesis 6:5-6, 11.  The condition of mankind was continually evil, violent and corrupt.  That’s sin–evil hearts are hearts in rebellion or opposition to God.  Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Genesis 6:7.  The Lord decided to blot out mankind because of their hearts.  Sin always has consequences–primarily death.  In Romans 6:23 it says, “For the wages of sin is death, BUT the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  All unrepentant sinners are under God’s judgment, and He can withdrawal His grace and mercy at any time.

Genesis 6:8.  But Noah received grace from God. (By grace…)

Genesis 6:9a.  God made Noah righteous and blameless among mankind. (You have been saved…)

Genesis 6:9b.  Noah walked with God.  As mentioned in the blog on April 13, 2013, to walk with God we have to draw near to God and the only way to draw near to God is by faith!  (Through faith. And this is not of your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9)

Genesis 6:22, 7:5.  Noah did all God commanded.  Faith equals active obedience to God’s plan for our lives.  (For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10)  God doesn’t just save people, He also gives us purpose!

Genesis 7:16.  Once all the people and animals were on board, the Lord shut them in!  There is only one way to be saved–one door–and only the Lord is capable of saving.  They were obedient, but the Lord was the rescuer!  All credit only and always goes to God!

When I was warned that my earthly faith in Christ would result in eternal reward and my decision to not put faith in Jesus would result in eternal separation from Him and suffering, I believed the warning of events unseen and placed my faith in Jesus, becoming righteous through Him only by faith.  But if God warned me a giant, earth-destroying flood was coming, I wonder if my faith would be big enough to take on the overwhelming, all-consuming task of building a boat in the face of ridicule, scorn and loneliness???  Am I drawing near to God? Walking with God in a way that any purpose He sets before me, I am listening, ready, and courageous to follow?

The truth is, a day is coming when the Lord will destroy the earth again (2 Peter 3:4-10), and our only hope for rescue and new life is hiding our lives in the “ark” of Jesus Christ.  He is the door, the only way (John 10:9, 14:6).  Will you be found in Christ when the Lord’s judgment comes again on mankind?  I’m so thankful that in God’s mercy, He made a way for our salvation and rescue!

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