Summary: Noah was careful who he used as role models. Noah refused to give up. Noah was sustained throughout the entire process by God.
Noah - Proof that Miracles Can Happen When
Your Life is Committed to God
Genesis Chapters 6 - 9
First of all, in this story we have to ask the question can we ignore God without consequence? And second, if we do obey God, how will he work a miracle in our life?
Noah, whose name means rest. Noah’s life brought a rest to the earth from the curse of sin which would have destroyed humanity. Just as Noah’s life brought a rest to the earth from sin, Christ brings rest to the soul of man.
Evil had grown rampant. It threatened to destroy everything that was good. Only one righteous man remained, Noah. God sent the flood to restore good upon the earth.
1) Noah Was Careful Who He Used For Role Models. Genesis 6:4; Gen. 5:22, 24.
Noah used his grandfathers, and great grandfathers as his role models. The linage of Adam’s son Seth was the linage from which Christ came. Enoch was Noah’s great, great grandfather. Enoch walked with God and was taken alive to be with God. He did not see death. Gen 5:24-32
"the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose......The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown." Genesis 6:2, 4
The Nephilim were mixed up with at least five nations of people, including the people of Sodom and Gommorha, the Philistines (Goliath was a Nephilim), a branch of the Rephaim("the giants in the city of Bashan") who were associated with Egypt used for man power in building the great stone monuments.
The Nephilim were giants, probably nine or ten feet tall. They used their physical advantage to oppress the people around them. They were an amoral or nonmoral people. They were treated as "heros and men of renown by the sons of God." Maybe somewhat put on a pedestal in their society, like the professional athlete or Hollywood star, with no morals.
If we are to receive miracles from God, we must first learn to receive God’s vision for our lives. We must be connected to Him. We must be properly related to God. Listen to how Genesis 6:9 puts it: Noah was a righteousness man, blameless in his time, Noah walked with God. If a Christian wants to experience life as God intended, then he or she had better be seeking God’s vision for his or her life because it’s vision that gives us purpose, it’s vision that drives us and it’s vision that enables us to live above mediocrity.
When we talk about vision we are referring to spiritual vision, not physical vision. Spiritual vision is not referred to in terms as normal eyesight. We are not seeing with our physical eyes. But rather, we are seeing with our spirit man. We are seeing with a heart bent toward God. We are talking about that which is given to us by God through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. We are talking about revelation and inspiration from God through the Spirit.
The type of vision I am talking about is the type of vison that produces miracles. It is the type of vision that helps you see people, circumstances, problems and solutions as God sees them. It is the type of vision that is the dominate factor that governs your life. It determines all the choices you are making. It’s what your mind naturally gravitates toward when it is not legitimately concentrating on something else. It’s what determines your friendships and your relationships that you are cultivating. It’s what your prayers are about. It’s what you dream about and are giving money toward.
Noah was careful about who he used for role models and it prepared him for God to work miracles in his life.
Application: Who do you use as your role model? What values do your role models espouse? What values do you embrace?
2) Noah Refused To Give Up. Genesis 6:22; 7:1
"Noah did everything just as God commanded him....The Lord then said to Noah, "Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation."
God had been longsuffering in His patience with man. Noah warned them for 120 years while he was building the ark.
For Noah, obedience meant a long-term commitment to a project. The project was building an ark and serving God. How does a man, for a period of 120 years, constantly preach God’s Word, Noah was able to faithfully fulfill God’s will because he had received God’s vision for his life.
Living in a world of corruption had its toll upon those who considered themselves religious. Little by little, day by day, their religious beliefs were compromised, their faithfulness to serve God became weaker and weaker, their love for God was replace by a love of the things of this world.