Friday, 3 April 2009


Genesis 6:1-8:22
By the time of Noah, the sin that had started in the Garden of Eden had spread with man and overtook the whole world. Adam and Eve had been told to be “fruitful and multiply”, Gen 1:28. They did that, but so too had sin. Note Gen 6:5-8. In the whole of the sinful earth God only found Noah to be blameless, Gen 6:9, and it was he who God chose to be the saviour of mankind at that time.

In this passage about Noah we can learn a lot about sin. What it is; the consequences of sin and how to avoid it. We read in Gen. 6:5, “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Wickedness and evil thoughts are at the root of all sin. See 1 John 4:3, James 1:13-15, Rom 3:23, Rom 6:23. Noah was pleasing to God because he was blameless, he walked with God, he was faithful and he was obedient.

God promised Noah that there would be a flood that would cover the whole earth and destroy all living things. That is hard for us to comprehend today, how much more for Noah? Up until this point it seems that it had not rained, “But a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground” Gen. 2:6. Noah believed God and did what He had told him, “Thus Noah did; according to all that God had commanded him, so he did” Gen. 6:22.

We see here that faith is not simply believing, it is in the doing as well, see Heb 11:7, James1:22, James 2:17.

The Ark was big! If we take note of Gen 6:15 and remember that a cubit is the length of a man’s arm from fingertip to elbow. God’s design was 300 cubits in length (135 m); 50 cubits in width (22.5 m); it had three stories and it was 30 cubits high (13.5 m). It would have taken a LONG time to build, but Noah was patient. Some say it took him 120 years to build! Then we consider that patience during the flood, see Gen 7:17, 24. During all this Noah was patient.

We need to learn patience from this man. This is not something that comes easy and it goes against how many live their lives. See 1 Cor13:4, Gal 5:22, 2 Tim 2:24, James 5:7-8

Noah in the New Testament
The New Testament teaches us many lessons from the life of Noah. Jesus uses Noah and his time as a mark of His return, Matt 24:37-39. We are reminded about faith, Heb 11:7. We are taught about salvation, 1Peter 3:20-21

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