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Summary: Imagin that you are Noah and God just told you the shocking news of what is about to happen to the world. Guess what! History is about to repeat itself.

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NOAH AND YOU

We have heard the story of Noah and the Ark since we

were small children. Because of this, many conclude that this is just a children’s story and it does not involve us in any way today. How could it? This event took place several thousand years ago. What does Noah and the Ark have to do with you and I today?

Fasten your seat belt, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

You are about to find out just how much you really have in common with Noah and the Ark today. History is about to repeat itself and it directly involves you! So get ready!

I. Here are the facts taken from the story of Noah in

Genesis 6 and 7:

1. God saw that the world was becoming increasingly

wicked. 6:5-6

2. God decided that he was going to destroy mankind

and all the earth with it. 6:7

3. God saw Noah was a righteous man and He had mercy

on him. 6:9

4. God told Noah his plan for destroying man. 6:13

5. God gave Noah a way to safety. 6:14

6. Noah did what God commanded. 6:22

7. God was true to his promise and destroyed all

mankind, but spared Noah and his family. 7:23.

II. Here is how our situation is similar to Noah’s:

1. God sees that the world has become increasingly

wicked because people haven’t changed since the

days of Noah, 2 Timothy 3:1-4, and verse 13 warns,

"But mark this: There will be terrible

times in the last days. People will be

lovers of themselves...rather than lovers

of God...evil men and impostors will

go from bad to worse..."

2. God plans to destroy mankind and the world again.

Only this time, He will use fire instead of water.

The results will be complete and permanent

destruction, 2Peter 3:10-12 declares,

"But the day of the Lord will come like a

thief. The heavens will disappear with a

roar; the elements will be destroyed by

fire, and the earth and everything in it

will be laid bare."

3. God, once again, explains how we can escape

the destruction that is coming upon the whole

world. Anyone in Christ will be found safe and

will receive mercy from God. 2 Pet. 3:13-15 says,

"But in keeping with his promise we are

looking forward to a new heaven and a

new earth, the home of righteousness...

Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience

means salvation..."

In the days of Noah, only those on the ark were

promised protection, 1 Peter 3:20. Today, the

only people God promises to save are his children

who have been added to his church.

4. Now it’s your turn. Follow the Lord’s

instructions so that you will be found

safe when the wrath of God comes on the

world. "Therefore keep watch, because you do

not know on what day your Lord will come...

so you must also be ready..." Matt. 24:42,44.

5. Compare your instructions to Noah’s:

a. Noah was told to build the ark and God would

gather the living creatures that he intended

to rescue. Genesis 7:9.

b. Today, we do not need to build

an ark to protect us from God’s wrath.

Instead, we have the church, which Jesus

built for us. Matthew 16:18 proclaims,

"...on this rock I will build my church,

and the gates of Hades will not over-

come it."

c. Our job is to go into all the world, like God

did in the days of Noah, and invite all

living creatures, (this time people), to

enter into this spiritual place of safety.

It’s interesting to note that the roles of

God and Noah are reversed for us today. Back

then, Noah did the building and the Lord

gathered those who were to enter into safety.

Today, Jesus did the building and we are to

do the gathering. Luke 14:23 states,

"Then the master told his servant, ’Go

out to the roads and country lanes and

make them come in so that my house

will be full’".

6. God will once again be true to his promise and

carry out his plans. As the ark was water-

proof in Noah’s day, the church is to be "fire-

proof". The ark was physical, the church is

spiritual. It can not be burned up if it is

from God. The fire will test what is real.

"...the fire will test the quality of

each man’s work. If what he has built

survives, he will receive his reward."

1 Corinthians 3:13-15

III. You are a modern-day Noah. The situation is

much the same, only the "ark" has changed.

1. Just as Noah had to enter through that

great door of the ark into safety, so we

too, must pass through that great door in

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