Summary: When God flooded the earth, He brought judgment on the world and at the same time brought Divine Renewal. Noah was an example of Faith. Sermon inspired by a book written by Ruben Shelly.
Judgment To Renewal
Text: Genesis, Chapters 6-9
Every year, from late summer until early fall, we experience what the weather reporters call “Hurricane Season”. It’s amazing how far the science has developed in predicting and understanding hurricanes over the years.
Many lives are saved today because of this science. Think about the early warnings people get now, compared to the days when Galveston Island was with by a hurricane, which killed over 3,000 people. That event resulted in the building of the Galveston seawall in order to save lives from the powerful storm surges of hurricanes.
Now suppose—just suppose—that you were living in South Florida before all this science was available. There were no hurricane charts or maps—no T.V. weather people to tell you about a storm that was coming, or where it would likely make landfall. There was no science to let you know whether or not you should evacuate. You are totally on your own.
O.K.—Now, suppose someone tells you a hurricane is coming—but you don’t really know what a hurricane is! Are you with me so far? Then suppose that same someone tells you to build a big box boat—but you’ve never seen a boat, so you’re not an experienced shipbuilder. In fact, you’re a farmer!
So, you look around at your neighbors, and they don’t seem to care that a hurricane is coming—they just go about their lives in the same way they’ve been living. They don’t make any preparations for the coming hurricane.
You know that building a big box boat is going to take a long time and will demand a great sacrifice. Plus, you will have to quit farming and become a full-time shipbuilder. You know your neighbors are going to ridicule you when you explain why you’re doing it!
Would you do what the person told you? Would you believe a hurricane was coming and build that boat?
I think whether or not we did what the “person” told us would depend on who the person was—if we believed them—and most important, do we trust them?
If we didn’t believe that person, we probably wouldn’t build the boat. However, if we did believe and trust that person, well, then we would build that boat!
In the Bible, we’re told about a real person who was faced with that dilemma. It wasn’t a hurricane that was coming—it was a great flood that was coming to destroy the world. The man’s name was Noah, and the Hebrew writer says this about him in Hebrews 11:7—
---7---“By Faith, Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which He condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.”
In today’s study, we come to Noah and the great flood. Most of you who come every week know that we started a series of lessons from the Book of Genesis.—the “Book of Beginnings”.
If we want to know more about Noah, this great man of faith, we must go back to the beginning—back to the Book of Genesis. We find the story of Noah in Genesis, Chapters 6-9.
A good teacher normally begins a class by reviewing what has been previously discussed. Let’s review the first 5 chapters, beginning with Genesis 1:1---1---“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…”