Summary: The ministry of Noah, the ministry of Jesus.
Reading: 1 Peter chapter 3 verses 18-22
• The sarcastic teacher said to his class full of students:
• "If there are any idiots in the room, will they please stand up".
• After a long silence, one student rose to his feet.
• The teacher then asked him:
• "Now then mister, why do you consider yourself an idiot?"
• The student responded,
• "Actually I don’t, but I hate to see you standing up there all by yourself."
• Tonight we are not going back to school;
• But we are going to learn some important lessons.
• Tonight our topic is ‘Learning From Noah’.
(1). The ministry of Noah
The Bible holds Noah in very high regard:
• i.e. In the book of Ezekiel chapter 14 verses 19-20;
• He gets a name check alongside Daniel and Job, two great men of the Old Testament.
• i.e. There are of course many references to the Flood in both the Psalms & the Prophets.
• i.e. Jesus himself referred to Noah (Matthew chapter 24 verses 37-39);
• i.e. He is named with the heroes of faith in Hebrews chapter 11 verse 7.
• i.e. And the apostle Peter mentions him in both his New Testament letters (2 Peter 2:5 & 3:6).
Question: What can we learn from Peter’s letter and the ministry of Noah?
Answer: Four things spring to mind:
(a). Noah warned the people (2 Peter 2:5).
• In 2 Peter chapter 2 verse 5;
• Noah is described as a “preacher of righteousness.”
• The Bible does not tell is what he preached but Jewish tradition does;
Quote: Pirke R. Eliezer, quotes Noah’s words according to Jewish tradition:
“Be ye turned from your evil ways and works, lest the waters of the flood come upon you, and cut off all the seed of the children of men.”
• Although this tradition is not inspired like the text of the Bible,
• This extra biblical source may have an important truth for us to note and to heed!
• This tradition shows Noah preaching both a warning and a means of salvation.
• So the first lesson we learn is that;
• Noah warned other people that judgement was coming!
• Likewise the first lesson to learn – the challenge for each of us:
• Is to share the message of God with the people.
• Challenge is: Christian who are you going to share the gospel with this week?
“For God so loved the world, not just a few,
The wise and great, the noble and the true,
Or those of favoured class or rank or hue.
God loved the world. Do you?”
(B). Noah was and is an object lesson (20-21).
(1). NOAH AND SALVATION.
• i.e. We are told the ark contained only one door – one way into safety and salvation.
• A Picture of Jesus Christ – the one way to knowing peace with God.
• i.e. It was God and not Noah;
• Who decided when the time was right to close the door and bring on the judgement.
• i.e. Noah and his family were saved by faith
• Because they believed God and entered into the ark of safety.
(2). NOAH AND BAPTISM,
• Peter saw in the Flood a picture (a type) of the Christian’s experience of baptism.
• The ark of course was baptised, immersed in water.
• This immersion, this baptism, this flood is a type,
• A pictures death, burial, and resurrection.
• The waters buried the earth in judgment,