In Hebrews 11:7, we read that “It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before.” Why did God choose Noah to start the human race all over again? If you were God, what kind of person would you choose?
Message by Todd Lester – September 18, 2016
2 Chronicles 16:9 The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.
Genesis 6:5-8 The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. So the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart. And the Lord said, “I will wipe this human race I have created from the face of the earth. Yes, and I will destroy every living thing—all the people, the large animals, the small animals that scurry along the ground, and even the birds of the sky. I am sorry I ever made them.” But Noah found favour with the Lord.
GOD USES PEOPLE WHO …
1. ARE AVAILABLE
Mark 1:17-18 Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed him.
2. DARE TO BE DIFFERENT
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God.
Genesis 6:11-12 Now God saw that the earth had become corrupt and was filled with violence. God observed all this corruption in the world, for everyone on earth was corrupt.
Genesis 6:9 He walked in close fellowship with God.
3. FOLLOW HIM COMPLETELY
Genesis 6:22 So Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.
Genesis 7:5 So Noah did everything as the Lord commanded him.
4. NEVER GIVE UP
Genesis 6:3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not put up with humans for such a long time, for they are only mortal flesh. In the future, their normal lifespan will be no more than 120 years.”
Genesis 9:20-25 After the flood, Noah began to cultivate the ground, and he planted a vineyard.One day he drank some wine he had made, and he became drunk and lay naked inside his tent. Ham, the father of Canaan, saw that his father was naked and went outside and told his brothers. Then Shem and Japheth took a robe, held it over their shoulders, and backed into the tent to cover their father. As they did this, they looked the other way so they would not see him naked. When Noah woke up from his stupor, he learned what Ham, his youngest son, had done. Then he cursed Canaan, the son of Ham: “May Canaan be cursed! May he be the lowest of servants to his relatives.”
Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord (Lyrics), by Tennessee Ernie Ford
The Lord looked down from His window in the sky
said I created man but I don’t remember why
Nothin’ but fightin’ since creation day
I’ll send a little water and I’ll wash ’em all away.
the Lord came down to look around a spell
there He found Noah behavin’ mighty well
that is the reason the Scriptures record
Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
The Lord said Noah there’s gonna’ be a flood
there’s gonna be some water and there’s gonna be some mud
Take off your hat Noah and take off your coat
Get Ham, Shem and Japheth and build yourself a boat.
Noah said Lord I don’t believe I could
The lord said Noah get some sturdy gopher wood
You never know what you can do till you try
Build it 50 cubits wide and 30 cubits high.
Noah said there it is, there it is Lord
The Lord said Noah it’s time to get aboard
Now take a creature, a he and a she
And of course Mrs. Noah and the whole family.
Noah said Lord it’s gettin’ mighty dark
The Lord said Noah get these creatures in the ark
Noah said Lord it’s beginnin’ to pour
The Lord said Noah hurry up and shut the door.
Well, the ark rose up on the foot of the deep
And after 40 days Mr. Noah took a peek said
We ain’t movin’ Lord where are we at
The Lord said you’re sittin’ on a Mount Ararat.
Noah said Lord it’s gettin’ mighty dry
The Lord said Noah see My rainbow in the sky
Take all the creatures and people to earth
don’t be more trouble than you’re worth.
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