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Summer Devotional and Sermon Series

Week 4/Heroes: Noah

Noah is in the tenth generation from Adam and when we first encounter him, he is already around 500 years old. His father was Lamech and the name “Noah” was chosen for him as it means “rest or repose.” It was hoped that he would one day bring relief to the ground that was cursed because of the disobedience of Adam and Eve. As with Enoch, Noah is described as a righteous, blameless man who walked in faith, and as such, found favor in God’s eyes. This is important to know because the moral condition of the world had deteriorated so badly in those generations that wickedness and debauchery filled the hearts of God’s people. Noah stood out from the wicked people of the time as a light in the darkness of all the sin surrounding him.

God reached the end of His patience with the evil in the world and chose to share His plans with Noah… the one shining example of a faithful man left in the world. He spoke these words to him: “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.” The time of judgement had arrived. God had a plan and Noah was to play an important part in that plan. He and his entire family would be saved but it would take an act of obedience on Noah’s part. Noah was given specific instructions as to what God wanted him to do and by following them, he and his family would live while all others would perish.

As I was reading commentaries on Noah and his life, I came upon an interesting parallel: Here we have three groups of people… In verse 5… the wicked; In verse 8… Noah, the faithful; And in verse 18…the family of the one faithful man

What is the parallel? The wicked will perish…but because of their relationship with Noah, the one faithful man, Noah’s family will be saved. We,as believers, are like Noah’s family… because of our relationship with the one faithful and blameless man, the Lord, we are saved from the fate of the wicked.

Titus 2: 11-14 says “ For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good”

Scripture

Genesis 5: 28-32; 6: 5-8, 18

Prayer

We want to be like Noah… blameless and perfect before you, Lord, but in reality we aren’t.  We fall short, but that is where your grace comes in. Because we are part of your family, we receive your grace in place of judgement. Help us to walk in that grace with you each day as did Noah.   Amen