enough, the patriarch is compared by Ezekiel with two other great men from the Old Testament, Daniel and Job. Ezekiel includes Noah in a list twice when he talks about outstanding examples of righteousness. What is startling about this mention is that Daniel is out of the normal chronological order. One would expect the order to be Noah, Job, and then Daniel. Since the order is not chronological, and since the list is mentioned twice, and since list order is often important in the Bible, there must be some other reason for the deviation. Since Ezekielís context is the lack of righteous in Israel which will eventually lead to the departing of the glory of God, the order must list from greatest to least examples of righteousness with which the readers would identify. Each man had to survive a test of his righteousness during the day in which lived. Jobís test was great but the environment he was in was not as taxing on righteousness as was Danielís. Daniel was taken at an early age and put into a secular, political, enemy environment which covered the rest of his life. In comparison, Jobís test lasted a very short time. However Noah faced testing in a day and age so bad that God chose to destroy it (Gen 6:5-7). It covered a span of time lasting almost half again as long as Danielís whole life.

C. Peter mentions that God was patient in Noahís day while Noah fulfilled his calling as a preacher of righteousness (I Pe 3:20; II Pe 2:5). Because Noah walked with the Lord, it was relatively easy to predict where he was going. We need people who are going with the Lord. They are not always easy to follow, but it is fairly easy to tell where they are going. Noah followed God. Jesus said, "Follow me," while Paul said, "Imitate me inasmuch as I follow Christ" (Mt 16:24; I Cor 11:1). When you walk with the Lord , you will be a comfort because people will know where you are going .

D. Someone has said, Happy is the one who walks so close to God that he leaves no room for the devil. --(29) 132.85 Perhaps here it would not hurt to make our prayer the words of that old Negro spiritual Just A Closer Walk With Thee.
Just a closer walk with Thee;
Grant it Jesus, if you please.
Daily walking close with Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, Let it be.

I am weak but Thou art strong.
Jesus keeps me from all wrong.
Iíll be satisfied as long,
As I walk, let me walk, close to Thee.

Through this world of toil and snares,
If I falter, Lord, who cares,
Who with me my burden shares?
None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee.
Hymn 398, PRAISE!

II. PEOPLE ARE A COMFORT WHO DO WHAT THE LORD SAYS.

A. Noah did what God said (Gen 6:22). This included going obediently into the ark (Gen 7:6).

B. Hebrews records that Noah was moved with faith (Heb 11:6-7). Faith accepts God at His word and acts on that acceptance. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Noahís