Today, we’ll look at God’s first endeavor to PRESERVE mankind from death with the story of Noah. God wills that no one perish – taking no joy in the death of the wicked. God always acts in our best interests. Then, He asks us to respond in submissive trust.
I. TWO IMPORTANT PRINCIPLES WE NEED TO REMEMBER:
- God is a God of patterns. This has been evident from the beginning.
- Exodus 20.8-11. The Sabbath was a pattern they were to follow.
- Joshua 1.7-8. Was Joshua’s compliance with God’s instructions expected?
- Deuteronomy 6.2b-6 – There is no dichotomy between love and obedience.
- Romans 15.4 – things written in former days were written for our instruction….
- God communicates with us the same way we communicate with each other.
- We TELL someone what we want.
- We SHOW someone what we want and how to do it.
- We IMPLY what we expect others to get by what we say or show.
- The responsibility is on us to interpret what God has communicated properly.
- How is the pattern of PRESERVATION seen in Genesis 6?
II. HOW GOD COMMUNICATED WITH NOAH:
- 6.13 – A Warning. Judgment/destruction is coming.
- 6.14-16 – Instructions/commands. Make an ark, etc.
- 6.17 – Warning repeated. God is very clear in stating His intentions.
- 6.18 – God’s covenant with Noah. Also, see Noah’s responsibilities.
- 6.22 – Noah’s obedience demonstrates the highest level of faith.
III. GOD’S INSTRUCTIONS ARE ALWAYS GIVEN IN THE CONTEXT OF GRACE.
- Genesis 6.5 – This is the ultimate progression of sin. Evil continually.
- 6.6-7 Tells us God’s decision. It’s over. Mankind is finished.
- 6.8 – But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. See also 6.9.
- 6.22 – Noah did this: he did all that God commanded him. A heart of gratitude.
- In scripture, the good news of what God has done ALWAYS precedes the exposition of what people must do.
- God wishes for no one to perish eternally – 2 Peter 3.9.
- God is a saving God – Titus 3.4-6.
- He has delivered us from sin’s penalty – 2 Corinthians 5.17-19.
- Jesus has made the once-for-all sacrifice for our sin – Hebrews 9.12
- This is what God has done. How will you respond to His grace? Will you heed His instructions?