Summary: 2 of 4. All on the ark escaped the destruction of the Flood. Divinely designed destruction can be escaped/avoided. But how? Escaping God’s designed destruction requires...
SUPPLANTING The LEGACY Of WICKEDNESS—Genesis 6:9—10:32
A—GOD’s REMOVAL STRATEGY—Genesis 6:9-22
Toward Removing the Legacy of Wickedness
B—GOD’s DESIGNED DESTRUCTION-II—Genesis 7:1-24
C—SALVATION(Waiting for Normal)—Genesis 8:1-19
D—EXPERIENCING The VICTORY/Response—Genesis 8:20-22
E—POTENTIAL For RESTORATION—Genesis 9:1-19
F—SAME Ol’ SAME Ol’—Genesis 9:20-29
G—The NATIONS—Genesis 10:1-32
Hurricane Irma hit south Florida September 7, 2017. Hundreds of thousands were evacuated. An official’ total of 72 people were killed by the storm. 1/4 of all homes in the Keys were destroyed. It was reported by CNN that 24 people died in the evacuation process.
*There was a FL family of evacuees who had a small farm with livestock. They had to leave all their animals behind. The brunt of the storm hit the area of their farm. They returned to find all their animals safe & unharmed!
The animals escaped unharmed. Their’s was unplanned, & unexpected...
Noah & his family’s escape was obviously miraculous, planned, calculated, & expected!
We’ve found previously that ‘Escaping God’s designed destruction’ requires Appropriate...
1. MOTION(:1, 5)
All on the ark escaped the destruction of the Flood.
All on the ark escaped God’s removal strategy(designed destruction).
Divinely designed destruction can be escaped/avoided.
How can we escape such an ordained destruction/removal?
*4 keys/requirements to escape God’s designed destruction.
2—Escaping God’s designed destruction requires...
Explanation: (:1b) Surrender
:1—“Then the LORD said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you & all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation.”
“Because”—The escape of Noah’s household is secured based upon factual reason.
In the presence of rampant apostasy, Noah lived in a manner which glorified YaHWeH as the One, true God.
YaHWeH “saw” Noah’s “righteousness.” Noah’s household was rewarded with ‘life’ because of Noah’s trust in God & his personal application of that trust in his daily life(2Pet. 2:5—“a preacher of righteousness”).
Noah lived “righteously” “before” God. Living righteously before God is living righteously continuously—Doing that which is ‘right’(eous) in God’s eyes—Knowing that God knows our very hearts!
(cf.-Lk. 16:15; Acts 1:24; 1Chron. 28:9; Ps. 44:21; Jer. 17:10)
Lk. 16:15—“And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.”
Acts 1:24—“And they prayed & said, “You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen”
1Chron. 28:9—“As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, & serve Him with a loyal heart & with a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts & understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever.”
Ps. 44:21—“Would not God search this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart.”
Jer. 17:10—“I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.”
The salvation of the family is their’s because of the righteous character of Noah. God is blessing Noah’s “righteousness” toward Him, by means of his family. Noah’s salvation alone would be devastating apart from his family.
(Cf.--Recall Rahab & her family’s salvation:Josh. 2:4a, 6, 8-14; 6:21-25).
*Do not think that this means your family’s decision to trust Christ saves you or that your personal decision to trust Christ saves your family.
*Paul tells us that an individual’s salvation ‘inserts the influence’ of God’s holiness into a family...
1Cor. 7:12-14—“But to the rest I, not the Lord, say: If any brother has a wife who does not believe, & she is willing to live with him, let him not divorce her. And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, & the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy.”
Noah’s uprightness “before” God is a sound condemnation of “this generation” in which Noah lived. But lest you think Noah to be an untouchable ‘super-saint’ or infallible, see Gen. 9:20-22(:23-27)—
Gen. 9:20-22—“And Noah began to be a farmer, & he planted a vineyard. Then he drank of the wine & was drunk, & became uncovered in his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, & told his two brothers outside.”(FYI—Ham exploited the intimacy of his father’s vulnerability).
Also note that Job was a man who lived righteously in integrity of heart before God...& both prospered & suffered horribly! The important thing is that he was faithful!
Job 1:1, 6, 8, 20-22; 2:1, 3, 9-10—“There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; & that man was blameless & upright, & one who feared God & shunned evil.”.....“Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, & Satan also came among them.”.....“Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless & upright man, one who fears God & shuns evil?”.....“Then Job arose, tore his robe, & shaved his head; & he fell to the ground & worshiped. And he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. The LORD gave, & the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD.” In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong. Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, & Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.”.....“Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless & upright man, one who fears God & shuns evil? And still he holds fast to his integrity, although you incited Me against him, to destroy him without cause.”.....“Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God & die!” But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, & shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.”