Summary: Noah set an example that the church needs to follow today
LESSON’S FROM NOAH
A. Many people write the flood and Noah’s ark off as a fairy tale
B. His life was one of faith, righteousness and endurance that still has a legacy today
C. Noah is one of the greatest men in the Bible
D. Noah’s life is a measuring stick we can look back to, to see how we are doing.
E. There are some important lessons we can learn from Noah
-All I will ever need to know I learned from Noah. One, Don’t miss the boat. Two, Remember that we are all in the same boat. Three. Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark . Four, Stay fit. When you’re 600 years old someone may ask you to do something really big. Five, Don’t listen to critics, just get on with the job that needs to be done. Six, Build your future on high ground. Seven, Speed isn’t everything, the snails were on board with the cheetahs. Eight, When you’re stressed, float awhile. Nine, Remember the Ark was built by amateurs, the Titanic by professionals. Ten, No matter what the storm, when you are with God there’s always a rainbow waiting.
II. AS IT WAS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH
A. The “Days of Noah” - Luke 17:26-27 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
B. Those will be the most wicked and spiritually careless days ever
C. The “Days of Noah” that Jesus referred to were not the days before the rapture, but the days preceding His second coming
-think of how evil and careless this world will become after the rapture
D. We are in the days leading up to those days and many Christians are getting caught up in it
E. Noah was a “Just man”, “Perfect in his generation” and “walked with God”
-signs of last days - hearts of many grow cold, evil men and seducers become worse, perilous times
F. We are encouraged by Noah to live a godly life in an ungodly world
III. NOAH BROUGHT REST TO THE LAND
A. The meaning of Noah’s name - Gen 5:28-29 And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son: And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed.
B. Noah’s life brought a rest to the earth from the curse of sin which would have destroyed humanity
C. Noah is a type of Christ
-1 Pet 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
D. Just as Noah’s life brought a rest to the earth from sin, Christ brings rest to the soul of man
E. Every time the church reaches a soul with Christ, that soul gains a rest from the destruction of sin
IV. NOAH DIDN’T GIVE UP
A. God told Noah to build an ark - 540’L x 90’W x 54’H
B. The ark had to be built to God’s specific details without power tools and precut, treated lumber
C. During this time Noah was mocked, ridiculed, called crazy and insane, etc (it had never rained)
D. For over 100 years Noah labored, not quitting, not getting discouraged and only 8 people were saved
E. Noah’s work encourages us to be faithful to what called us called us to do, don’t give up
-we may be ridiculed and mocked for what we believe and for what the Word of God teaches but we must be faithful to it
-Jude 1:17-18 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
-2 Pet 3:3-4 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
F. Noah didn’t quit, because he believed what God told him
-Heb 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.