Summary: The Character of Noah

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The character of Noah

A grandchild sitting on her grandfather’s lap listening to the Bible story of Noah’s Ark, asked "Were you in the Ark, grandpa?" He chuckled and replied, "Why, no I wasn’t." There was a pause, and the child looked up at him quizzically and asked, "Then why didn't you drown?"

Some of you might remember a few months back I read something that sister Nancy sent me on Facebook

it said Everything I need to know about life I learned from Noah’s Ark.”

Here are the 11 things the author had learned:

1. Don’t miss the boat.

2. Remember that we are all in the same boat.

3. Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.

4. Stay fit. When you are 500 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big. The point to that is that in God not in the retirement market!

5. Don’t listen to critics, just get the job done.

6. Build your future on high ground.

7. For safety’s sake, travel in pairs.

8. Speed isn’t always an advantage, the snails were on board with the cheetahs.

9. When you stressed, float a while.

10. Remember the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic was built by professionals. 11. No matter the storm, when you’re with God there’s always a rainbow waiting.

By now you have all probably already figured out that this evening we are going to be looking at One of the most widely known stories in all of Scripture.

Even people who have never read a verse of Scripture have most likely still heard the story of Noah’s Ark.

It ranks right up there with David and Goliath,

Daniel and the lion’s den,

and the three Hebrew children in the fiery furnace

It’s one of the all-time favorites of many children.

You know There’s something kinda neat about an old man who built a huge ship on dry ground to house two of every kind of animal in preparation for the greatest rain storm ever seen.

There’s something spectacular about that.

There’s something memorable about “40 days and 40 nights.”

There’s something about a ship that landed on the top of a mountain that sticks in your mind.

It’s a great story of Scripture.

The best thing about this story is that it isn’t just a story.

It’s not just some made up fairy tale.

And it’s isn’t a nice little legend to tell the kids.

The story of Noah’s Ark is completely true.

And it is a story that has many lesson for people of all ages

In fact, I believe there are several lessons that we can learn from the story,

not the least of which is the lesson of complete obedience.

Can you imagine being 500 years old and hearing God say, “OK, get up and build a boat.

I know there isn't any water anywhere near here, but it’s going to rain.

I know you’ve never seen rain before, but there’s going to be a lot of it.”

Another lesson we could gather is that of complete faith.

Can you imagine not only agreeing to build a boat at the age of 500,

but also continuing to build that boat for 100 years in the midst of ridicule and the laughing of others

“What are you building a boat for you fool?

There’s no water.

Rain? What’s rain?

You think that thing is going to keep you safe from a bunch of water that’s supposed to flood the whole world?

Yeah.” Noah was a great man of obedience and faith.

But this evening I’m not going to direct our focus to those things about this story.

But I want to direct your attention to one short verse towards the beginning of this whole story.

And I want to talk to you about an aspect of this story that maybe you haven’t heard a whole lot about when it comes to Noah’s ark.

I want you to look at Gen. 6:9.

Here, I believe, is a verse that summarizes what Noah is all about.

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