THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 3-1-15

LESSON TITLE: “NOAH!”

WELCOME

TODAY WE ARE BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD, THE BIBLE. THIS BOOK IS GOD'S LIVING WORD. IN ITS PAGES WE ARE TOLD “FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD.” IT IS IN THIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WE FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF MAN'S QUESTIONS AND NEEDS. THIS MORNING YOUR AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST WELCOME YOU TO A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO THAT PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY. AS WE PRESENT THE LIVING WORD. NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST RAY SULLINS.

HOW WONDERFUL IT IS TO KNOW GOD AND TO HAVE THE HEALTH, STRENGTH, AND WILL-POWER TO GIVE THIS TIME TO HIM ON THIS LORD’S DAY MORNING. THANK YOU FOR PUTTING GOD FIRST TODAY AND CHOOSING TO COMMIT THIS TIME OF OFFERING TO HIS SERVICE.

TODAY, WE WILL AGAIN BE UPLIFTED THROUGH OUR COMMITMENT TO SERVING GOD AS COMMANDED, AS WE APPROACH HIS ALMIGHTY THRONE. HOW ENJOYABLE IT WILL BE TO WORSHIP OUR GOD THROUGH PRAYER, SONG AND THE STUDY OF HIS MATCHLESS WORD. WON’T YOU DO YOUR PART THIS MORNING TO SEE THAT OUR WORSHIP TOGETHER IS ACCEPTABLE SO THAT OUR GLORIOUS CREATOR MAY BE GLORIFIED? NOW, AS WE BEGIN OUR OFFERING TO GOD, WILL YOU BOW WITH ME IN PRAYER!

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY BLESSINGS OF THIS LIFE. WE THANK YOU FOR THE MANY GIFTS THAT WE RECEIVE FATHER FROM YOU, FOR WE KNOW ALL PHYSICAL THINGS AND SPIRITUAL THINGS COME FROM YOU. AND FATHER, WE ALSO KNOW THAT YOU TEACH US IN YOUR WORD THAT YOU ALWAYS DO WHAT IS BEST FOR US AS WE CHOOSE TO FOLLOW YOU. FATHER, HELP US THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY TO SHINE AS LIGHTS IN THIS WORLD, THAT WE MIGHT NOT ONLY BE FOUND FAITHFUL BUT THAT WE MIGHT HELP OTHERS TO KNOW YOU THROUGH US. AND THAT FATHER WE MIGHT NOT ONLY BE BLESSED IN THIS LIFE BUT UNDERSTAND THE GREAT REWARD WHICH AWAITS US ALL IN HEAVEN WHEN WE HAVE BEEN FOUND FAITHFUL, THAT WE MIGHT RECEIVE THAT GREAT MANSION THAT HAS BEEN PREPARED. AND FATHER, HELP US TO ALWAYS LOOK TO JESUS TO FIND THE STRENGTH THAT WE NEED TO DO THOSE THINGS WHICH HE HAS ASKED OF US - AGAIN THROUGH THE PERFECT WORD. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR GIFTS. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

WELL, IT’S TIME TO JOIN IN OUR SONGS OF PRAISE. THE FIRST SONG OF THE MORNING IS ENTITLED, “THE LAST MILE OF THE WAY.”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

DO YOU EVER SAY THINGS YOU REGRET? DO YOU EVER WISH YOU COULD TAKE SOMETHING BACK THAT YOU HAVE ALREADY BLURTED OUT? WELL, IF YOU’RE LIKE ME - WE ALL STICK OUR FOOT IN OUR MOUTH FROM TIME TO TIME. AND GUESS WHERE IT GETS US, INTO TROUBLE. SOLOMON UNDERSTOOD THIS TO BE THE CASE AS WELL, AS HE MADE THIS STATEMENT IN PROVERBS 21:23, THERE WE READ, “WHOEVER GUARDS HIS MOUTH AND TONGUE KEEPS HIS SOUL FROM TROUBLES.” WOW, WHAT A GREAT LESSON TO LEARN - IF ONLY WE COULD FOLLOW THIS GREAT ADVISE!

LET’S USE ANOTHER SCRIPTURE THIS MORNING, WHICH HELPS US LEARN TO BE IN BETTER CONTROL OF THE THINGS WE SAY. IN JAMES 1:19, GOD SAYS, “SO THEN, MY BELOVED BRETHREN, LET EVERY MAN BE SWIFT TO HEAR, SLOW TO SPEAK, SLOW TO WRATH.” IF WE COULD ONLY LEARN TO THINK BEFORE WE SPEAK. IF WE COULD ONLY LEARN TO CONSIDER THE IMPACT OUR WORDS WILL HAVE. AND IF WE COULD ONLY CONTEMPLATE WHETHER OUR WORDS WILL REALLY DO GOOD AND BUILD UP, OR IF THEY WILL HARM AND TEAR DOWN. BRETHREN WE ALL NEED TO LEARN TO CONTROL OUR WORDS! BUT WHY? WELL AGAIN THIS VERSE TELLS US THAT IT KEEPS US FROM WRATH. BECAUSE IF WE FALL INTO WRATH, NOTICE WHAT JAMES SAYS THAT DOES TO US IN VERSE 20 OF THE SAME OPENING, “FOR THE WRATH OF MAN DOES NOT PRODUCE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD.”

FINALLY, CONSIDER WHAT JAMES SAID IN CHAPTER 3:2 OF HIS EPISTLE, “FOR WE ALL STUMBLE IN MANY THINGS. IF ANYONE DOES NOT STUMBLE IN WORD, HE IS A PERFECT MAN, ABLE ALSO TO BRIDLE THE WHOLE BODY.” ARE YOU STRIVING TO BE A PERFECT MAN? DO YOU WANT TO BE LIKE GOD? DO YOU WANT TO HAVE WORDS THAT ARE PURE, WHOLESOME AND EDIFYING TO THE HEARER? THEN BROTHER, SISTER AND FRIENDS, LET’S LEARN TO CONTROL OUR MOUTHS! THEREFORE, SHOWING FORTH GOD WILL IN ALL THINGS!

AS FAR AS OUR TOPIC OF THE DAY, THIS MORNING WE WILL CONTINUE OUR SERIES ON, “SO GREAT A CLOUD OF WITNESSES.” OUR SPECIFIC LESSON OF THE DAY WILL FOCUS ON, “NOAH.” SO STAY WITH US AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER I WILL BE LEADING US IN THE MAIN THOUGHTS OF THE DAY. BUT FOR NOW LET’S JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE MORNING THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, “THERE IS SUNSHINE IN MY SOUL.”

LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS

I’M SO THANKFUL THAT YOU'VE CONTINUED WITH US THIS MORNING AND WE NOW RETURN TO THE WORD OF GOD IN ORDER TO FIND OUT WHAT GOD DESIRES OF US AS THOSE WHO STRIVE TO LOOK BACK TO THE GREAT EXAMPLES OF OLD. THAT GREAT CLOUD OF WITNESSES, AS WE'VE BEEN FOCUSED TOGETHER THERE FOUND IN THE TEXT OF HEBREWS CHAPTER 11 - OFTEN REFERRED TO AS THE GREAT FAITH CHAPTER. AND SO FAR TOGETHER, AS WE HAVE NOT ONLY LEARNED THE DEFINITION FROM CHAPTER 11:1 , BUT WE HAVE ALSO SEEN THE ELDERS RECEIVED A GOOD TESTIMONY BY FAITH. WE'VE SEEN THAT EVEN WE BELIEVE THE WORLDS WERE FRAMED BY THE WORD OF GOD INSTANTLY BY FAITH. WE'VE ALSO SEEN THE ILLUSTRATIONS AND STORIES THERE IN VERSE 4 OF ABEL, THE FAITHFUL SACRIFICER IN HIS DAY TO GOD BECAUSE OF HIS WILLINGNESS TO DO WHAT GOD SAID EXACTLY AS HE SAID.

AND THEN WE SEE THERE IN VERSE 5 THE MAN ENOCH,THAT WE DISCUSSED LAST WEEK, A MAN CERTAINLY WHO WAS KNOWN BECAUSE HE WALKED WITH GOD. AND BECAUSE OF THAT, DYING AT A FAIRLY YOUNG AGE IN THOSE GENERATIONS, BUT YET A MAN WHO WALKED WITH GOD. A MAN WHO THEREFORE WAS NOT EVER TASTING OF DEATH, THE PHYSICAL DEATH THAT YOU AND I WILL SOMEDAY TASTE IF THE LORD DOESN'T COME AGAIN. BUT HE WAS TAKEN BY GOD AND WAS ABLE TO OVERCOME EVEN PHYSICAL DEATH BECAUSE HE WALKED WITH GOD. WHAT A GIFT FROM GOD. WHAT A BLESSING.

AND THEN WE ALSO HAD MADE REFERENCE LAST WEEK AND HAVE SEVERAL TIMES ABOUT VERSE 6 WHICH SAYS WELL, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE GOD. AND I WOULD ONCE AGAIN REITERATE THAT ENOCH WAS MENTIONED AS ONE WHO PLEASED GOD BECAUSE HE WALKED WITH GOD. AND THEN IN VERSE 6 IT TURNS AROUND AND SAYS WELL, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE GOD WITHOUT FAITH. SO I'VE GOT TO HAVE FAITH TO PLEASE GOD AND PLEASING GOD IS ABOUT WALKING WITH GOD OR DOING WHAT GOD ASKS US TO DO.

WELL, TODAY WE CONTINUE WITH A VERY FAMILIAR CHARACTER IN VERSE 7. AND IT IS THERE THAT WE ARE REMINDED OF THE GREAT MAN NOAH. AND AS ALL OF THESE EXAMPLES START, THE VERSES SAY BY FAITH NOAH. IT'S QUITE INTERESTING TO ME THAT AFTER HE INTRODUCES TO US THE MAIN SUBJECT OF THE SENTENCE IN RELATIONSHIP TO WHO WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THAT IT IMMEDIATELY SAYS IT IS BY THEIR FAITH THAT THEY DID SOME SORT OF ACTION, WHICH WAS APPROVED OF BY GOD, WHICH CAUSED THEM TO BE SEEN AS PERFECT OR AS THOSE WHO WALK WITH GOD. AND IT IS NO DIFFERENT HERE WITH NOAH. FOR GOD SAYS THRU THE HOLY SPIRIT AS WELL AS THE HEBREW WRITER, VERSE SEVEN, “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 BEING HEIR OF THE RIGHTEOUSNESS WHICH IS ACCORDING TO FAITH.”

ONE OF THE THINGS I REALLY ALWAYS THINK OF AS I LOOK AT THE GREAT FAITH CHAPTER IS THE REMINDER THAT FAITH ISN'T JUST ABOUT SOMETHING WE DO TODAY IN AND THROUGH JESUS CHRIST. FAITH HAS ALWAYS BEEN REQUIRED OF BELIEVERS. AND WHAT SET THE BELIEVER WHO HAD FAITH APART FROM A BELIEVER WHO DID NOT HAVE FAITH WAS THEIR ACTION. IN FACT, IN THIS VERY VERSE BY FAITH NOAH - WHAT'S THE ACTION? WHAT IS IT? HE PREPARED AN ARK. IT SAYS HE WAS MOVED WITH GODLY FEAR, HE WAS WARNED OF WHAT WAS COMING, AND THEREFORE HE BY FAITH PREPARED THE ARK. NOAH DIDN'T SAY OH, WELL I'LL THINK ABOUT IT GOD. I MIGHT GET AROUND TO IT AND OH WELL, ARE YOU REALLY SURE THAT YOU'RE GOING TO DESTROY THE EARTH? OR YOU KNOW, MAYBE IN A FEW YEARS I'LL BE MORE MATURE AND I'LL BE READY TO DO WHAT YOU....THAT'S WHAT THE REST OF THE WORLD WAS DOING. THEY WERE REJECTING GOD. THEY WERE SO WICKED.

IN FACT, IF WE WERE TO GO BACK TO THE OLD TESTAMENT AND LOOK THERE SPECIFICALLY IN GENESIS CHAPTER 6, DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT BEGINS TO HAPPEN? IT SAYS THAT EARLY IN THE DAYS OF NOAH THAT MAYBE PERHAPS IN HIS DAY AND MAYBE JUST BEFORE, THE DAUGHTERS OF MEN BEGAN TO BE SEEN BY THE SONS OF GOD. AND THE SONS OF GOD, THOSE WHO REALLY WERE DESCENDANTS OF THE LINEAGE OF SETH, THEY BEGAN TO LOOK AT THE PAGAN WOMEN OF THE WORLD. MANY OF THEM OBVIOUSLY DESCENDANTS OF CAIN. AND THEN IT SAYS THERE- SADLY THAT THEY BEGAN TO TAKE THEM AS WIVES, IN VERSE 2. AND SO IT'S NOT LONG IN NOAH'S DAY BEFORE WHAT HAPPENS? THAT GOD SAYS HE IS SORRY THAT HE HAS MADE MAN AND HE TELLS US THE EXTENT OF THE PROBLEM IN VERSE 5, “AND THE LORD SAW THE WICKEDNESS OF MAN, THAT IT WAS GREAT ON THE EARTH AND THAT EVERY INTENT OF THE THOUGHTS OF HIS HEART WAS EVIL CONTINUALLY.” THAT MEANS THEY WERE WICKED THROUGH AND THROUGH - DAY IN DAY OUT - EVERY MINUTE, OF EVERY SECOND, OF EVERY DAY THEIR MIND WAS ON WICKED THINGS AND UNGODLINESS.

AND SO GOD WAS SORRY THAT HE HAD CREATED MAN. HE WAS SORRY BECAUSE EVEN AFTER GIVING THE OPPORTUNITY THROUGH ADAM, THROUGH GREAT MEN LIKE ENOCH, WHO WALKED WITH GOD AND THE ABILITY FOR THE CHOICE TO BE MADE THAT THEY MIGHT BE BLESSED BY THEIR CREATOR. WHAT'S HAPPENING? WELL, THERE ARE NONE WHO SEEM TO BE FAITHFUL. NONE, WHO SEEMED TO BE RIGHTEOUS. NONE, WHO SEEMED TO BE LOOKING TO GOD EXCEPT FOR NOAH. AND THAT'S WHY IT'S KIND OF NEAT THAT AFTER HE HAS MADE MENTION OF THESE THINGS AND BEGINS TO THINK ABOUT THE FACT, VERSE 7, I WILL DESTROY THE EARTH BECAUSE OF THIS WICKEDNESS. HE DECIDES TO DO WHAT? HEBREWS 11 SAYS, TO DIVINELY WARN NOAH THAT HE WILL DESTROY THE EARTH WITH A FLOOD. “BUT NOAH,” VERSE 8 OF GENESIS 6, “FOUND GRACE.” HE FOUND FAVOR. WHAT KIND OF FAVOR? WELL, FAVOR THAT HE PROBABLY REALLY DIDN'T DESERVE.

DO YOU THINK NOAH WAS ACTUALLY SINLESS? CERTAINLY NOT. NO MAN HAS EVER LIVED BESIDES JESUS CHRIST, WHO WAS GOD IN THE FLESH, AND BEEN REFERRED TO AS SINLESS. SO NOAH WASN'T PERFECT BUT MAN, HE WAS RIGHTEOUS. HE WAS A MAN WHO WAS PENITENT. A MAN WHO WANTED TO GET IT RIGHT AND WHO HAD HIS SHARE OF MISTAKES, LIKE WE DO, BUT WHO GOD STILL LOVED AND WHOM HE KEPT TURNING BACK TO GOD AND TRYING TO GET IT RIGHT - TIME AFTER TIME AFTER TIME. AND SO NOAH FOUND FAVOR. AND NOT JUST NOAH, BUT WE LATER LEARN THAT NOAH AND HIS THREE SONS, NOAH'S WIFE, AND THEIR SON'S THREE WIVES, SO EIGHT SOULS TOTAL. AND THEN WE ALSO KNOW THE LATTER PART OF THE STORY THAT THEY EVENTUALLY DO ENTER THE ARK, THE RAINS COME AND GOD DELIVERS THEM. AND THEN AFTER THEY COME OFF OF THE ARK MANY, MANY DAYS LATER GUESS WHAT? THEY'RE THE ONLY ONES ON THE EARTH WITH THOSE ANIMALS WHICH HAVE BEEN PRESERVED IN THE ARK ITSELF.

NOW, AS YOU THINK ABOUT ALL THAT THOUGH, I WANT YOU TO NOTICE SOME THINGS WITH ME ABOUT NOAH. WE WON'T TAKE A GREAT TIME TODAY ABOUT THE FACT THAT NOAH WALKED WITH GOD BECAUSE WE TALKED ABOUT THAT IN DETAIL LAST WEEK. AND I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO MAYBE CONTACT US AND WE CAN GET YOU A TRANSCRIPT OR MAYBE EVEN A CD OF THAT LESSON IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HEAR MORE ABOUT THE IDEA OF WALKING WITH GOD. THE BIBLE IS FULL OF THIS IDEA, EVEN THE NEW TESTAMENT, THAT WE ARE TO WALK WORTHY OF OUR CALLING, OR WALK IN LOVE, OR WALK IN LIGHT IS WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT - JUST AS GOD HE IS LIGHT, IS LOVE, AND RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND PURITY. YOU SEE, WE ARE TRYING TO LIVE UP TO THE GODLY CHARACTER THAT WE KNOW TO BE TRUE IN THE CREATOR HIMSELF. AND ALTHOUGH WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE PERFECT, WE'RE GOING TO STRIVE FOR THAT.

SO NOAH WALKED WITH GOD. SO WE KNOW RIGHT THERE THAT, THAT SETS NOAH OUT JUST LIKE IT SET ENOCH OUT IN HIS DAY. THAT KINDA TELLS US AGAIN THAT MAYBE THERE WEREN'T AS MANY RIGHTEOUS AS WE THINK SOMETIMES, EVEN IN THE DAY OF ENOCH WHEN HE WAS TAKEN AND DID NOT TASTE DEATH. BUT NOAH HERE - A MAN WHO IS ALSO SAVED BY GOD AND DOES NOT DIE WHEN THE MILLIONS OF HIS DAY ARE DESTROYED BY THE FLOOD INCLUDING EVERY ANIMAL THAT BREATHED AIR WAS ALSO DESTROYED IN THAT FLOOD EXCEPT THOSE THAT WERE ON THE ARK. BUT IF YOU LOOK AGAIN THERE AT VERSE 9 WITH ME, IT NOT ONLY TELLS US THAT NOAH WALKED WITH GOD AT THE END OF THAT VERSE BUT NOTICE WHAT HE SAYS BEFORE THAT. IT SAYS THAT NOAH WAS A JUST MAN. HE WAS A MAN WHO WAS TRUSTWORTHY, WHO WAS COUNTED ON, WHO WAS PROPER IN HIS DISCERNMENT.

YOU KNOW WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THE IDEA BEING JUST - WHAT'S THE FIRST THING THAT COMES TO YOUR MIND? OR I MIGHT SAY WHAT SHOULD COME TO YOUR MIND? GOD IS OMNI-JUST. GOD'S PERFECT IN HIS JUSTICE. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? IT MEANS THAT THERE IS SUCH THING AS THE LAW HE GAVE BUT HE IS A JUST GOD. HE IS GOING TO REWARD THE FAITHFUL WHO ARE DESERVING OF IT. AND HE'S JUST IN THE FACT THAT HE IS GOING TO PUNISH THE WICKED. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED IN NOAH'S DAY. YOU SEE, NOAH WAS A JUST MAN. HE WAS A MAN WHO LIKE OTHERS HAD HEARD THE WORD OF GOD IN THEIR LIFE YET WHAT DID NOAH DO? HE WALKED WITH GOD. HE CHOSE TO FOLLOW GOD. YOU SEE, THAT'S WHAT DISTINGUISHED HIM IN FAITH. MANY NO DOUBT HAD BEEN TOLD BY NOAH. IN FACT, WE KNOW THAT LATER IN THE NEW TESTAMENT - THERE IN THE BOOK OF PETER - THAT NOAH IN 2 PETER CHAPTER 2:5 IS REFERRED TO AS A PREACHER OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. SO WHAT WAS NOAH DOING? WELL, NOAH WAS NOT JUST WALKING WITH GOD AND LIVING AS HE SHOULD LIVE BUT HE WAS PROCLAIMING THAT TRUTH TO OTHERS. AND HE WAS JUST IN THE WAY THAT HE FOLLOWED GOD, AND THE WAY HE DEALT WITH HIS FELLOW MAN, AND THE WAY THAT HE PROCLAIMED THE PROPHECIES OF GOD OF WHAT WOULD COME IF THEY DID NOT REPENT.

ISN'T IT KIND OF NEAT TO THINK ABOUT THE FACT THAT WHEN WE CONSIDER THE FLOOD WE ALMOST JUST ASSUME THAT GOD PUNISHED THE EARTH INSTANTLY AND REALLY DIDN'T SEEM TO GIVE THEM A CHANCE. WELL, FOR OVER 100 YEARS NOAH PREACHED AND IT SAYS HE WAS AS WE READ THERE OR REFERRED TO IN PETER - A PREACHER OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. ISN'T THAT EXCITING? HE WAS A PREACHER. HE WAS A PROCLAIMER. AND SO BY FAITH HE WALKED WITH GOD AND HE PREACHED TO OTHERS THAT THEY SHOULD DO THE SAME, AND HE WAS JUST. HE WAS STRIVING TO BE JUST. AND NOT TO BE WEIGHTED ONE WAY OR ANOTHER BUT TO DISCERN PROPERLY THAT THEY MIGHT HAVE THE VERY SAME OPPORTUNITY THAT HE HAD.

ANOTHER THING THAT HE MENTIONED IN VERSE 9 OF GENESIS CHAPTER 6 IS THAT NOAH ALSO WAS PERFECT IN HIS GENERATION. THE CONCEPT OF PERFECT HERE OBVIOUSLY IS NOT WHAT WE GENERALLY LOOK AT IN THE ENGLISH BECAUSE WE WOULD THINK THAT PERFECT IS WHAT WE THINK IT IS PERFECT; THERE IS NO MISTAKES, OR WRONG, OR SIN. THAT'S NOT WHAT IT MEANS BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT NOAH WAS HUMAN, LIKE WE ALL ARE. BUT HE WAS COMPLETE IN HIS GENERATION. SO WHAT THAT MEANS IN HIS WALK WITH GOD, IN HIS JUSTICE; BEING ONE WHO IS A JUST MAN, BEING ONE THAT WAS TRUSTWORTHY, AND COUNTED ON BY GOD, AND EVEN REALLY HIS FELLOW MAN. HE WAS SOMEBODY WHO WAS COMPLETE IN WHAT HE WAS ASKED TO DO. NOT ONLY BY GOD, BUT I THINK THAT HE WOULD'VE BEEN SOMEONE WHO WAS TRUSTWORTHY AND COUNTED ON BY HIS FELLOW MAN AND THOSE OF HIS COMMUNITY. NOAH WOULD'VE BEEN KNOWN AS SOMEBODY OF HIS WORD. WHEN HE SAID SOMETHING HE MEANT IT AND HE WAS GOING TO DO IT. WELL, YOU CAN SEE THERE THAT NOAH WAS A MAN WHO WAS COMPLETE IN HIS GENERATION. WHO WAS STRIVING FOR THAT COMPLETENESS AND IT WAS BECAUSE OF SUCH THINGS THAT HE WAS THEN SAVED ON THE ARK.

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

NOW BACK UP TO CHAPTER 6. CHAPTER 6:22 HAS ALREADY TOLD US, AFTER GOD HAS WARNED HIM OF THAT IMPENDING JUDGMENT THAT WE READ IN HEBREWS CHAPTER 11, AFTER HE HAS TOLD HIM I'M GOING TO EXECUTE JUDGMENT ON THE WORLD AND DESTROY THE WORLD, WHAT DID NOAH DO? HE PREPARED THE ARK. AND WHAT DID HE DO THERE ACCORDING TO VERSE 22? AND, “THUS NOAH DID; ACCORDING TO ALL THAT GOD COMMANDED HIM.” DO YOU SEE WHY NOAH WAS COMPLETE? HE DIDN'T JUST SAY - WELL GOD, WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO? AND HE SAYS WELL, I'LL DO THIS BUT I DON'T REALLY LIKE THAT. OR YOU KNOW, I'LL BUILD THE ARK - BUT YOU KNOW, I DON'T WANT TO USE GOPHER WOOD BECAUSE THERE'S MUCH MORE PINE IN THIS AREA. IT'S MUCH EASIER WOOD TO DEAL WITH AND TO CUT. NOAH DID ALL ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD AND THEREFORE HE WAS COMPLETE IN THE EYES OF GOD. HE WAS A MAN THAT WAS TRUSTWORTHY OR JUST IN THE EYES OF GOD AND HE WAS A MAN WHO THEREFORE WAS KNOWN BY GOD TO WALK WITH GOD. BUT I WOULD SUBMIT TO YOU IT WASN'T ONLY GOD WHO KNEW THESE THINGS. HIS FELLOW MAN KNEW THEM WHETHER THEY LIKED IT OR NOT. BUT HIS FAMILY KNEW IT - HIS SONS SHEM, HAM, AND JAPETH - THEY KNEW THAT THEIR FATHER WAS A JUST, PERFECT - AS WELL AS - A MAN WHO WALKED WITH GOD. AND THEREFORE CERTAINLY IT'S AN EXCITING THING TO SEE THAT GOD AGAIN REWARDS THE FAITHFUL.

TURN OVER THERE TO THE BOOK OF PETER WITH ME JUST BRIEFLY IN 1 PETER CHAPTER 3. IN VERSE 20 YOU MIGHT RECALL WITH ME THAT HE ACTUALLY MAKES THE STATEMENT THAT AS NOAH WAS SAVED IN THE ARK FROM THE WATERS OF THE FLOOD, SO IN A LIKE MANNER, WE ARE SAVED BY WHAT? BAPTISM. YOU SEE, THERE'S A SALVATION OFFERED TO US AS WELL IN THIS DAY THROUGH JESUS CHRIST, EVEN GREATER THAN THAT WHICH NOAH WOULD'VE BEEN AWARE OF AND THAT IS AS WELL OFFERED TO US IF WE'RE WILLING TO DO WHAT? IF WE'RE WILLING TO BE RIGHTEOUS IN OUR GENERATION AS HE WAS RIGHTEOUS IN HIS GENERATION. WHAT IS THAT RIGHTEOUSNESS ENCOMPASSES? BEING JUST, AS HE WAS JUST. BEING ONE WHO IS PERFECT OR COMPLETE, AS HE WAS PERFECT OR COMPLETE. AND BEING ONE WHO IS WILLING TO WALK WITH GOD. ARE YOU WALKING WITH GOD? ARE YOU COMPLETE BEFORE GOD? ARE YOU JUST BEFORE GOD? IF SO, PRAISE BE TO GOD. IF NOT - MAKE SURE YOUR LIFE IS RIGHT TODAY THAT YOU MIGHT BE SAVED BY GOD AS WELL.

CLOSING COMMENTS

WHAT A BLESSING IT HAS BEEN TO JOIN TOGETHER IN THE THINGS OF GOD THIS MORNING. THANK YOU FOR DOING YOUR PART IN MAKING ALL THESE THINGS TO BE ACCORDING TO HIS WILL. AS ALWAYS, WE INVITE YOU BACK EVERY LORD’S DAY MORNING AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THIS OFFERING FOR GOD!

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THANKS BE TO GOD FOR GREAT EXAMPLES OF OLD, LIKE NOAH; A MAN WHO WALKED WITH GOD AND WHO STROVE TO BE PERFECT IN HIS GENERATION. ARE WE STRIVING TO STAND OUT AS FAITHFUL IN OUR WORLD? LET’S BE THE BEST EXAMPLE WE CAN EACH AND EVERY DAY FOR OUR CREATOR!