THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 11-17-19



LESSON TITLE: SO GREAT A CLOUD OF WITNESSES - NOAH



WELCOME

WELCOME TO THE LIVING WORD PROGRAM ON THIS WONDROUS LORD'S DAY. WHAT A PRIVILEGE IT IS TO HAVE YOU WITH US TODAY, AS WE TOGETHER GIVE THIS TIME TO GOD. I KNOW THAT WE WILL ALL BE ENCOURAGED AND UPLIFTED BY OUR TIME TOGETHER THIS MORNING. SO, LET'S GIVE OUR BEST TO GOD SO THAT HE MAY BE PLEASED WITH OUR OFFERING. FURTHERMORE, LET'S DO ALL THINGS ACCORDING TO HIS WILL SO THAT OUR WORSHIP WILL BE RECEIVED BY HIM IN A GOOD AND PERFECT WAY. NOW, LET'S APPROACH HIS THRONE IN PRAYER!

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE ARE SO THANKFUL THIS DAY FOR THE MANY GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE - THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN AND TO BE SERVANTS IN YOUR KINGDOM. AND HELP US THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY TO BE LIGHTS IN THIS WORLD THAT OTHERS MIGHT KNOW YOU THROUGH US AND THAT THEY MIGHT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO OBEY YOUR TRUTH AND TO FIND THEIR WAY TO ETERNAL LIFE. FATHER, WE THANK YOU FOR JESUS FOR KNOW ALL THINGS ARE ONLY POSSIBLE THROUGH HIM. AND IN HIS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

OUR FIRST SONG OF THE MORNING ENCOURAGES US TO BE READY FOR THE SECOND COMING OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. SO THIS MORNING, LET'S SING A SONG THAT TEACHES US THIS VERY IMPORTANT BIBLICAL LESSON. THE NAME OF THE SONG, "HAVE YOU COUNTED THE COST!"



DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS



SO, WE MENTIONED THE IDEA EARLIER THAT CHRISTIANS NEED TO BE READY BECAUSE JESUS IS COMING BACK TO JUDGE THE WORLD SOME DAY. IN FACT, IF WE WERE TO LOOK THROUGH THE BOOK OF REVELATION, WE WOULD FIND THAT JESUS PRESENTS THIS IDEA OFTEN. BUT NOT JUST IN THAT BOOK, WE ALSO FIND THIS IDEA THROUGH THE NEW TESTAMENT. FOR INSTANCE, IN MARK 13:35-37, JESUS SAID, "WATCH THEREFORE, FOR YOU DO NOT KNOW WHEN THE MASTER OF THE HOUSE IS COMING; IN THE EVENING, AT MIDNIGHT, AT THE CROWING OF THE ROOSTER, OR IN THE MORNING; LEST, COMING SUDDENLY, HE FIND YOU SLEEPING. AND WHAT I SAY TO YOU, I SAY TO ALL: WATCH!" THE REALITY IS, NO ONE REALLY KNOWS WHEN CHRIST WILL COME AGAIN SO WE NEED TO BE READY AT ANY TIME AND IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT, DOESN'T THAT MAKE PERFECT SENSE? WHAT IF YOU KNEW WHEN CHRIST WAS COMING AGAIN? WHAT IF YOU KNEW THE EXACT MONTH, THE DAY, THE HOUR? HOW WOULD YOU THEN LIVE NOW, KNOWING THAT YOU HAD PLENTY OF TIME TO CHANGE DOWN THE ROAD. THE TRUTH IS, IF WE DID KNOW THE SPECIFICS OF WHEN CHRIST WOULD COME AGAIN NONE OF US WOULD DO ANYTHING UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. THIS IS FURTHER EVIDENCED IN THE ACTIONS OF THOSE WHO CLAIM THEY DO KNOW WHEN HE IS COMING. WHAT DO THEY DO, SELL ALL THEY HAVE, GET READY, TURN AWAY FROM THE WORLD BUT WOULD THEY HAVE BEEN READY IF THEY HAD NOT THOUGHT HE WAS COMING. BRETHREN AND FRIENDS, WE NEED TO BE READY AT ANY MOMENT FOR OUR LORD TO COME AGAIN, SO THAT WHEN HE DOES HE WILL RECEIVE US AS FAITHFUL CHILDREN IN HIS SERVICE AND HE WILL THUS REWARD US ACCORDINGLY. SO MY QUESTION TO YOU THIS MORNING IS, "ARE YOU TRULY READY TO MEET YOUR GOD?" IF NOT, YOU BETTER START MAKING PREPARATIONS TODAY SO THAT WE WILL ALL BE READY WHEN HE COMES IN THE CLOUDS. AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER, WE WILL ENTER INTO OUR MAIN LESSON THOUGHTS OF THE DAY. THIS MORNING WE WILL CONTINUING OUR SERIES ENTITLED, "SO GREAT A CLOUD OF WITNESSES." OUR SPECIFIC LESSON OF THE DAY WILL DEAL WITH, "NOAH?" SO, PLEASE STAY WITH US FOR THIS IMPORTANT STUDY FROM GOD'S WORD. AS FAR AS OUR SPEAKER TODAY, WE ARE HAPPY TO AGAIN HAVE BROTHER BRENT GREEN WITH US. BROTHER BRENT IS A FULL TIME TEACHER AND THE SCHOOL REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE BIBLE INSTITUTE OF MISSOURI. WE THANK HIM FOR JOINING US THIS DAY AND LOOK FORWARD TO HIM LEADING OUR THOUGHTS FROM GOD'S WORD IN JUST A FEW MINUTES. NOW IT'S TIME TO JOIN IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE MORNING. WON'T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AS WE SING THE HYMN, "UNTO THEE O LORD."

AS FAR AS OUR SPEAKER THIS MORNING WE ARE HAPPY TO AGAIN HAVE BROTHER BRENT GREEN WITH US. BROTHER BRENT WORKS FULL TIME WITH THE BIBLE INSTITUTE OF MISSOURI AS A TEACHER AND SCHOOL REPRESENTATIVE. WE APPRECIATE HIM FOR ALL HIS GOOD WORK AND LOOK FORWARD TO HIM LEADING OUR STUDY FROM GOD'S WORD AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME. NOW LET'S JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE DAY. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, "THE STEADFAST LOVE OF THE LORD."



LESSON

BY BRENT GREEN



WHAT A JOY AND PRIVILEGE IT IS AS ALWAYS TO BE ABLE TO OPEN THE WORD OF GOD AND STUDY IT. AS WE DO THAT AT THIS MOMENT LET'S CONSIDER WHAT IT SAYS IN HEBREWS CHAPTER 11 ABOUT NOAH AS WE READ THERE FROM VERSE SENEN. HEBREWS 11:7 SAYS 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 RIGHTEOUSNESS WHICH IS ACCORDING TO FAITH. THIS GREAT CHAPTER WE LEARN ABOUT THESE DIFFERENT HEROES OF FAITH AS WE SOMETIMES CALL THEM. AND HERE WE HAVE NOAH - DESCRIBED HERE AS A MAN OF FAITH. I'M SURE THAT EVEN THE SMALLEST OF CHILD WHO'S EVER BEEN TO ANY KIND OF BIBLE CLASS HAS HEARD OF NOAH BEFORE AND THE ARK THAT NOAH MADE AND THE ANIMALS AS THEY CAME IN TWO BY TWO AND THE FLOOD THAT COVERED THE ENTIRE WORLD. BUT NOAH AND HIS FAMILY WERE SAVED ON THAT ARK. WHAT IS IT THAT MADE NOAH SUCH A GREAT MAN OF FAITH? THAT'S WHAT WE WANT TO CONSIDER PRIMARILY HERE FROM HEBREWS CHAPTER 11 AND VERSE 7.

FIRST THING WE WANT TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT NOAH WAS A MAN OF FAITH BECAUSE HE HEARD THE WORD OF GOD. HERE IN THIS VERSE WE CAN UNDERSTAND THAT FROM WHAT IT SAYS ONCE AGAIN THAT HE WAS DIVINELY WARNED. WE CAN GO BACK AND LOOK IN GENESIS AND INDEED WE CAN READ THE NARRATIVE THERE AND UNDERSTAND THAT TRULY GOD WAS THE ONE WHO WARNED NOAH ABOUT WHAT WAS ABOUT TO HAPPEN. LET'S CONSIDER THERE WHAT WE FIND IN THE BOOK OF GENESIS. IF WE GO BACK TO THE BEGINNING OF OUR BIBLES THERE IN CHAPTER 6. GENESIS CHAPTER 6 AND VERSE 13 SAYS: GOD SAID TO NOAH - THE END OF ALL FLESH HAS COME BEFORE ME. THE EARTH IS FILLED WITH VIOLENCE THROUGH MEN - AND BEHOLD I WILL DESTROY THEM WITH THE EARTH. AND THEN BACK UP IN THE SAME CHAPTER IN VERSE 6 OR VERSE 3 THAT IS OF CHAPTER 6 THE LORD SAID: MY SPIRIT SHALL NOT STRIVE WITH MAN FOREVER FOR HE IS INDEED FLESH. AND HIS DAY SHALL BE 120 YEARS. GOD GAVE A DIRECT WARNING TO NOAH - TELLING HIM THAT THE EARTH WAS NOT GOING TO LAST ANY LONGER. THAT RAIN WOULD COME AND DESTROY THE EARTH WITH A WORLDWIDE FLOOD. AND THAT WARNING WAS GIVEN BY GOD TO THIS MAN NOAH. SO NOAH HEARD GOD'S WORD. THIS WAS A WARNING THAT GOD HAD GIVEN TO HIM. THIS WAS SOMETHING THAT GOD SPOKE AND DELIVERED A MESSAGE TO NOAH THAT HE MIGHT UNDERSTAND WHAT WAS ABOUT TO COME. AND THOUGH MAN WOULD HAVE 120 YEARS NOAH WOULD BE THE ONLY ONE WHO WOULD LISTEN AND HEAR THE WORD OF GOD AND TRULY BELIEVE WHAT GOD SAID. NOAH, AS IT ALSO SAYS AGAIN FROM HEBREWS CHAPTER 11 IF WE LOOK THERE AGAIN AT THE VERSE FOR CONSIDERATION HERE AT THIS MOMENT, IT GOES ON TO SAY THAT ALTHOUGH AS HE WARNED BUT IT SAYS THAT HE WAS WARNED THERE OF THINGS NOT YET SEEN. WHAT WAS IT THAT NOAH HAD NOT YET SEEN? UP TO THIS POINT IN TIME THE EARTH HAD NEVER SEEN RAIN BEFORE. FROM THE BEGINNING AS FAR AS CREATION TO THIS POINT FORWARD GOD CREATED A DEW TO COME UPON THE EARTH AND THAT'S HOW THINGS OF THIS EARTH WERE WATERED. NOAH HAD NEVER SEEN A RAIN CLOUD FORMED AND RAIN COME FROM THE SKY. THESE WERE THINGS THAT NOAH HAD NOT YET SEEN. AND YET HE HEARD GOD'S WORD AND HE BELIEVED WHAT GOD SAID INDEED ABOUT WHAT WAS GOING TO COME UPON THIS EARTH. A CHANGE THAT WOULD CHANGE THE FACE OF THE EARTH FOREVER. BUT NOAH NEVER SEEN THESE THINGS BEFORE IN HIS LIFE. THERE WAS NO STORM ON THE HORIZON. THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE AS FAR AS THE EARTH GOES TO SOMEHOW HINT AT WHAT WAS ABOUT TO COME. THE ONLY EVIDENCE.....GOD'S WORD AND GOD'S ALONE. NOAH HEARD AGAIN AND LISTENED TO WHAT GOD SAID. AND THAT'S THE EVIDENCE THAT HE ACCEPTED BY FAITH BECAUSE HE BELIEVED EXACTLY WHAT GOD TOLD US HIM. AS YOU THINK ABOUT THIS EXAMPLE AT THIS POINT IN NOAH'S LIFE SHOULDN'T WE AS WELL LEARN FROM THAT LESSON? JUST AS NOAH HEARD GOD'S WORD - WE AS WELL NEED TO HEAR GOD'S WORD IF WE ARE GOING TO BE THOSE WHO LIVE BY FAITH. GOD HAS GIVEN US ANOTHER WARNING. YES, HE PROMISED THAT THE EARTH WOULD NEVER AGAIN BE DESTROYED BY WATER. EVERY TIME WE SEE A RAINBOW IN THE SKY THAT IS WHAT THAT SIGN MEANS. THAT GOD WILL NEVER DESTROY THE EARTH AGAIN IN THAT WAY. BUT THE EARTH WILL COME TO AN END. THERE IS A WARNING IN THE FACT THAT THIS EARTH WILL END. ON THAT DAY THAT WILL BE A DAY OF JUDGMENT. AND ON THAT DAY THERE WILL BE A DAY AS A RESURRECTION AS JESUS CHRIST RETURNS. AND THERE WILL BE A RESURRECTION OF ETERNAL LIFE. AND A RESURRECTION UNTO ETERNAL CONDEMNATION. THAT DAY IS COMING. THE SCRIPTURE WARNS OF THAT DAY IN HEBREWS CHAPTER 9 IN VERSE 27. ALSO SECOND THESSALONIANS CHAPTER 1 VERSES 6 THROUGH 10. GOD HAS BEEN VERY CLEAR - GIVEN AS A WARNING AS A WORLD IN HIS WORD THAT THIS WORLD WILL COME TO AN END ONE DAY. WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO WITH THAT WARNING? ARE WE GOING TO LISTEN TO WHAT GOD HAS SAID TO US JUST AS NOAH LISTENED TO GOD'S WORD IN HIS DAY? WE'VE GOT TO BELIEVE THAT DAY WILL COME. THERE WILL BE NO SIGN AS IT'S ALSO VERY COMPARABLE TO NOAH'S DAY. THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE IN THE WORLD AROUND HIM THAT THIS DAY WAS GOING TO COME IN WHICH THE EARTH WOULD BE FLOODED. AND YET NOAH LISTENED TO GOD'S WORD. THE SCRIPTURE ALSO TELLS US THERE WILL BE NO SIGNS OF JESUS' SECOND COMING. THAT IS SIGNS TO FOREWARN US THAT HE WILL COME AGAIN. IT WILL COME AS LABOR PAINS UPON A PREGNANT WOMAN - AS A THIEF IN THE NIGHT, MEANING THERE BE NO THINGS OF THIS EARTH THAT TAKES PLACE WHETHER THAT'S A FIRE, EARTHQUAKE OR WHATEVER THE SIGNS THAT PEOPLE SPEAK OF SO MANY TIMES. THERE WILL BE NO SIGN THAT JESUS WILL RETURN. ARE WE GOING TO BE PREPARED? NOAH HAD NO SIGNS OF THE DAY THAT IT WOULD START RAINING THE DAY THAT THIS EARTH WOULD BE FLOODED. BUT INDEED HE MADE PREPARATIONS BECAUSE HE LISTENED TO GOD. HE LISTENED TO THE WORD THAT GOD DELIVERED TO HIM. ARE WE LISTENING TO GOD'S WORD? ARE WE LISTENING TO THAT WARNING THAT JESUS CHRIST WILL COME AGAIN; THAT THIS EARTH WILL BE DESTROYED? WE BETTER BE PREPARED BECAUSE THERE WILL BE NO SIGNS. WE'VE GOTTO LISTEN TO GOD'S WORD JUST AS NOAH LISTENED TO GOD'S WORD. ISN'T THAT'S WHERE OUR FAITH COMES FROM? ROMANS CHAPTER 10 VERSE 17 FAITH COMES BY HEARING AND HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD. NOAH HAD FAITH BECAUSE HE HEARD, THAT IS HE LISTENED TO GOD'S WORD. DO WE HAVE FAITH BECAUSE WE'RE LISTENING GOD'S WORD? IF WE'RE NOT LISTENING TO GOD'S WORD THEN OUR FAITH IS DEFICIENT OR IT MAY NOT EVEN BE PRESENT. WE'VE GOT TO LISTEN TO WHAT GOD'S WORD IS TELLING US TODAY - THAT NEW TESTAMENT UNDER WHICH WE LIVE THAT WAY WE TOO CAN HAVE FAITH JUST LIKE NOAH. SOMETHING ELSE ABOUT NOAH THAT STANDS OUT IF WE AGAIN CONSIDER HEBREWS CHAPTER 11 AND VERSE SEVEN. IT GOES ON TO TALK ABOUT WHAT NOAH DID WITH THIS WARNING THAT GOD GAVE TO HIM. THERE AGAIN IN VERSE SEVEN IT SAYS AGAIN THAT HE WAS DIVINELY WARNED OF THINGS NOT YET SEEN. BUT THEN IT SAYS HE WAS MOVED WITH GODLY FEAR. AND HE PREPARED AN ARK FOR THE SAVING OF HIS HOUSEHOLD. WHAT WE SEE HERE IS THAT NOAH ACTED UPON GOD'S WORD.

IT WAS MORE THAN JUST LISTENING, IT WAS MORE THAN JUST BELIEVING WHAT GOD SAID - NOAH HAD TO DO SOMETHING WITH GOD'S WORD. AND THAT'S WHAT WE SEE EXPRESSED IN THIS VERSE - THE ACTIONS THAT NOAH TOOK. IT SAYS THAT HE WAS MOVED WITH GODLY FEAR. THIS IS A RELIGIOUS FEAR. IT ALSO CAN BE TRANSLATED AS THE IDEA OF BEING CIRCUMSPECT. IN OTHER WORDS YOU THINK ABOUT YOURSELF IN THIS LIFE IN THE WORLD AROUND YOU AND HOW YOUR LIVING IN RELATIONSHIP TO GOD. HE WAS MOVED WITH GODLY FEAR. IT WASN'T JUST THAT HE WAS AFRAID OF SOMETHING THIS WORLD BUT HE WAS AFRAID OF WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF HE DIDN'T FOLLOW GOD'S WORD. SO HE HAD A PROPER RESPECT OF GOD. HE KEPT GOD IN HIS PROPER PLACE. HE HAD AN AWE OF GOD AND THEREFORE HE ACTED ACCORDINGLY TO THE WORDS THAT GOD HAD GIVEN TO HIM. IT REMINDS ME OF SECOND CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 7 VERSE TEN. THAT GODLY SORROW PRODUCES REPENTANCE LEADING TO SALVATION. GODLY SORROW IS VERY AKIN TO A GODLY FEAR. IN OTHER WORDS WE WOULD NEVER BE SORRY THAT WE BROKE GOD'S WORD UNLESS WE HAD SOME FEAR OF HIM. OFTEN IT IS A FEAR OF GOD THAT WILL LEAD US TO TAKE THE PROPER ACTION JUST LIKE A GODLY SORROW LEADS US TO REPENTANCE. THAT IS AN ACTION. A CHANGE OF MIND THAT WILL LEAD US TO A DIFFERENT LIFE ALTOGETHER. NOAH HAD A GODLY FEAR AND LIKEWISE HE TOOK ACTION. HE DIDN'T JUST LISTEN BUT HE DID SOMETHING WITH THE WORD THAT HAD BEEN DELIVERED TO HIM. IN VERSE SEVEN ONCE AGAIN TELLS US WHAT IT WAS THAT NOAH DID. NOAH PREPARED AN ARK FOR THE SAVING OF HIS HOUSEHOLD. THAT TOOK ACTION ON HIS PART. HIS FAITH WAS DEMONSTRATED BY THAT ACTION. WHY WAS NOAH SUCH A GREAT EXAMPLE OF ONE WITH STRONG FAITH? BECAUSE OF ALL THAT HE DID ACCORDING TO GOD'S WORD. HE ACTED, EVEN THOUGH THE FLOOD WAS 120 YEARS AWAY FROM THE TIME THAT GOD WARNS HIM. HE ACTED EVEN THOUGH THERE WAS NO SIGN VISIBLY OF ITS COMING THAT IS IN NATURE. HE ACTED EVEN THOUGH THERE WAS NO STORM ON THE HORIZON. HE ACTED EVEN THOUGH HE'D NEVER SEEN SUCH BEFORE. HE ACTED EVEN THOUGH NO DOUBT THERE WOULD BE MANY THOSE WHO WOULD RIDICULE HIM AND MAKE FUN OF HIM FOR ALL THOSE YEARS HE SPENT BEEN BUILDING THAT GREAT SHIP DESPITE THE SCOFFERS AND DESPITE ALL THOSE WHO MIGHT SPEAK AGAINST HIM. HE TOOK ACTION! IT REMINDS ME OF WHAT JAMES SAYS IN JAMES CHAPTER 2: SHOW ME YOUR FAITH WITHOUT YOUR WORKS. JAMES SAYS AND I'LL SHOW YOU MY FAITH BY MY WORKS. FAITH IS SEEN IN ACTION. AND THAT'S WHAT WE SEE HERE IN THE LIFE OF NOAH. THAT FOR THE EXTENT OF HIS LIFE AFTER GOD GAVE HIM THAT WARNING HE WAS PREPARING HIMSELF AND HIS FAMILY FOR THAT COMING FLOOD. NOAH WAS A MAN OF ACTION AND PREPARING THAT ARK WAS TRULY A REMARKABLE ACTION. IF YOU THINK ABOUT ALL THAT WENT INTO IT. THE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF THAT ARK AND THE DIMENSIONS THAT GOD SPECIFIED; THE TYPE OF WOOD AND HOW IT WAS BE COVERED INSIDE AND OUT WITHOUT PITCH. AND ALL THE ANIMALS THAT WERE TO BE BROUGHT INSIDE AND ALL THE FOOD SUPPLIES THAT HAD TO BE PREPARED FOR THEM. AND ALL THOSE DETAILS OF GENESIS 6 AND 7 - WHAT DO WE LEARN ONCE AGAIN? IF WE GO BACK TO THE ACCOUNT AS GOD GAVE IT TO US ONCE AGAIN IN THE BOOK OF GENESIS WE CAN FIND HOW NOAH RESPONDED TO ALL THESE THINGS THAT GOD TOLD HIM TO DO. JUST AS CHAPTER 6 AND VERSE 22 SAYS: THUS NOAH DID ACCORDING TO ALL THAT GOD COMMANDED HIM SO HE DID. IT'S A SHORT VERSE BUT IT SHOWS US AGAIN OF NOAH'S FAITH. NOAH DID EXACTLY WHAT GOD COMMANDED HIM TO DO. IF WE'RE GOING TO DEMONSTRATE FAITH TODAY WHAT DOES THAT REQUIRE? IT CAN'T SIMPLY BE LISTENING TO GOD'S WORD ALTHOUGH THAT'S A BIG PIECE OF IT. BUT ONCE WE HEAR THE WORD OF GOD WE LIKE NOAH HAVE TO TAKE ACTION UPON THAT WORD. BY FAITH WE WILL DEMONSTRATE PROPER ACTION BEFORE GOD. AGAIN WE MENTIONED SECOND CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 7 VERSE 10. IF WE ARE FILLED WITH GODLY SORROW WHAT WILL THE OUTCOME BE? THAT PRODUCES REPENTANCE. A CHANGE OF YOUR MIND THAT LEADS TO SALVATION.IT'S A DIFFERENT COURSE OF LIFE THAT WE EMBARK UPON WHEN WE DECIDE TO OBEY GOD'S COMMANDS TO BECOME CHRISTIANS IN THE FIRST PLACE AND THEREFORE IT'S A LIFE OF ACTION LIVED FOR GOD ALMIGHTY. HEBREWS CHAPTER 12 IN VERSE 28. WE ARE TOLD THERE TO SERVE GOD ACCEPTABLY WITH REVERENCE AND GODLY FEAR. NO, IT'S NOT'S ONCE YOUR SAVED YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING. OR ONCE YOU ARE SAVED YOU CAN TAKE A NAP AND NOT WORRY ABOUT YOUR LIFE. NO, ONCE YOU HAVE SALVATION BY OBEYING GOD'S PLAN YOU HAVE TO CONTINUE TO LIVE FAITHFULLY UNTO THE POINT OF DEATH. WE GOT TO LIVE ACCORDING TO GOD'S WIL. IT'S WHAT YOU FIND, NOT JUST OF NOAH, BUT OF EVERY OTHER INDIVIDUAL IN HEBREWS CHAPTER 11. THEY ALL ACTED BY FAITH. WE FOLLOWING THEIR EXAMPLE SHOULD DO THE VERY SAME THING EVEN THOUGH WE DON'T KNOW WHEN JESUS IS COMING - EVEN THOUGH WE DON'T KNOW WHEN THIS EARTH WILL BE DESTROYED ON THAT SAME DAY. WE STILL HAVE TO TAKE ACTION IN THE PRESENT BECAUSE WE WAIT FOR GOD TO FULFILL HIS FUTURE PLANS. WE WAIT FOR FOR GOD TO INDEED KEEP HIS PROMISES AS HE HAS SO INSTRUCTED US IN HIS WORD. WE'VE GOT TO TAKE ACTION BY FAITH. FINALLY AS WE CONSIDER THE LIFE OF NOAH THERE WAS A GREAT REWARD. NOAH WAS REWARDED BECAUSE HE FOLLOWED GOD'S WORD. WE CAN UNDERSTAND HIS LIFE AS WE CAN FIND HERE IN HEBREWS CHAPTER 11 VERSE SEVEN THESE WORDS. IT SAYS: THAT AS HE PREPARED THAT ARK FOR THE SAVING OF HIS HOUSEHOLD BY WHICH HE CONDEMNED THE WORLD AND BECAME HEIR OF RIGHTEOUSNESS WHICH IS ACCORDING TO FAITH. THERE NOAH CONDEMNED THE WORLD BY HIS FAITH. IN OTHER ORDS THERE WAS A DISTINCTION BETWEEN NOAH AND HIS FAMILY AND THOSE WHO WERE OF THE WORLD WHO WERE NOT LIVING ACCORDING TO GOD'S PRECEPTS. DOING RIGHT WAS SEEN BY NOAH'S FAITH THAT WAS PUT IN PRACTICE. DOING RIGHT WAS THAT WHICH CONDEMNED WRONG.

REMEMBER GOD WHEN HE ALSO MADE A STATEMENT AS HE ASKED A QUESTION ABOUT JOB - HAVE YOU CONSIDERED MY SERVANT JOB? WOULDN'T THOSE WORDS BE ALSO FITTING CONCERNING THE LIFE OF NOAH HERE? CONSIDER NOAH AND HIS LIFE BEFORE GOD AND HOW FAITHFUL THAT HE WAS LIVING. NOAH WAS A RIGHTEOUS MAN. HE WAS CREDITED AS BEING RIGHTEOUS BECAUSE HE OBEYED GOD. HE PREACHED GOD'S WORD ALSO (1 PETER CHAPTER 3 AND VERSE 20) AND YET WHILE NOAH WAS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS IN CONTRAST TO THE WORLD AROUND HIM IT WAS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF WICKEDNESS BECAUSE THEY WEREN'T LIVING ACCORDING TO GOD'S STANDARD. SO BY NOAH'S LIFE POINTING OUT WHAT WAS THE RIGHT AND TRUE WAY OF GOD THE WORLD WAS CONDEMNED BECAUSE IT DIDN'T MATCH UP TO GOD'S STANDARD SEEN IN THE LIFE OF NOAH. NOAH FURTHERMORE BECAME AN HEIR OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. THAT IS HE WAS THE ONE BY FAITH HE WOULD RECEIVE HIS REWARD ACCORDING TO GOD. HE RECEIVED HIS REWARD ALSO IN PART IN THIS LIFE BECAUSE HE AND HIS WIFE AND HIS THREE SONS AND THEIR WIVES THOSE EIGHT SOULS WERE SAVED ON THAT VESSEL, THAT GREAT SHIP. THE SAVING OF HIS HOUSEHOLD WAS PART OF NOAH'S REWARD BUT WAS THAT ALL OF IT? I DON'T BELIEVE SO BECAUSE HEBREWS CHAPTER 11 SAYS: THAT ALL THESE HEROES OF FAITH WERE LOOKING FORWARD TO SOMETHING GREATER THAN JUST A REWARD IN THIS LIFE. THEY WERE LOOKING FORWARD TO HEAVEN TO COME. AND SO THEY WOULD ALSO BE REWARDED BY THEIR FAITH WITH THAT HEAVENLY HOME SOMEDAY. FAITH AS WE CONSIDER IT WAS A PART OF NOAH'S LIFE. IT WASN'T AN ABSTRACT OR LIFELESS OR COLD FAITH BUT RATHER IT WAS ALIVE. IT WAS A FAITH THAT WAS ACTIVE EVERY SINGLE DAY AND BECAUSE OF THAT'S NOAH WOULD RECEIVE HIS GREAT REWARD FROM GOD. LIKEWISE TODAY WON'T WE RECEIVE REWARD IF WE LIKE NOAH ARE INDIVIDUALS WHO LIVE FAITHFUL LIVES? IN OTHER WORDS WE HEAR GOD'S WORD - WE LISTEN TO WHAT IT SAYS AND WE TAKE ACTION JUST LIKE NOAH TOOK ACTION WHAT IS THE END? THERE IS A REWARD. HEBREWS CHAPTER 11 AS WE STUDY ABOUT NOAH ONE VERSE PRIOR TELLS US THIS: WITHOUT FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE HIM. FOR HE WHO COMES TO GOD MUST BELIEVE THAT HE IS AND HE'S A REWARDER OF THOSE WHO DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM. BY FAITH ARE WE SEEKING THAT GREAT REWARD OF GOD?



CLOSING COMMENTS

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WHAT A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF FAITH WE HAVE IN NOAH, A MAN ACCORDING TO GOD WHO WAS PERFECT IN HIS GENERATION. MAY WE AS WELL STRIVE TO BE COMPLETE IN OUR GENERATION, THAT OTHERS MAY KNOW GOD THROUGH US AND OUR EXAMPLES, AND THUS DESIRE TO KNOW AND LEARN HIS WILL UNTO OBEDIENCE.