Summary: This sermon is to remind the church of the importance of revering God and his command.
THE REVERING FAITH OF NOAH
My brothers and my sisters, I have reason to believe that there is a shortage of people that revere or fear God and His word. It is evident because of not only the things that the so-called unbelievers do, but because of what many of those who attach themselves to the Lord’s church do. The world eats drink and is merry, and many in the church do the same. The world curses, swears, plays the lottery and does other worldly things. But some that are in the church does it to. Mind you, I know that the bible tells us in James 4:17, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good and does it not, to him it is sin.” But there are some that know this scripture and have elected to do as they please. The only way to tell those who just attend church from those who revere the Lord, is that you will find the revering ones diligently seeking to please the Lord, and the others diligently seeking to please themselves.
As we look at the Lord’s champions of Faith in this eleventh chapter of Hebrews, we will not only see their names and hear their stories, but we will also see the type of faith they exhibited. The first three verses gave us the description of faith. But the rest including the two we just completed, shares with us the types of faith they had;
• Abel in verse four had: Worshiping faith v.4
• Enoch in verses five and six had: Walking faith vv.5 & 6
• Noah had: Working faith v.7
• Abraham had (Part I): An Obedient, Hopeful Faith, vv.8-10
• Sarah had: An Impossible Faith, vv.11-12
• The Patriarch had: Waiting Faith, vv.13-16
• Abraham also had (Part II): A Sacrificial Faith, 11:17-19
• Isaac had: A Repentant Faith, 11:20
• Jacob’s Faith was: A Worshiping Faith, 11:21
• Joseph had: An Undying Faith, 11:22
• Moses’ Parents had: A Loving, Fearless Faith, 11:23
• Moses had: A Self-Denying Faith, 11:24-28
• Israel’s Faith was: (Part I): A Delivering Faith, 11:29
• Israel’s Faith also was (Part II): A Conquering Faith, 11:30, and
• Rahab had: A Saving Faith, 11:31
All had and acted upon the faith that they had in God.
So today let’s venture into Noah’s reverential faith and see how the Lord knew that Noah revered Him, but also to see in his reverence an obedience that would move God.
First of all . . .
1. NOAH BELIEVED GOD’S WARNING (v.7a)
“By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet moved with fear,”
Just recently BET programed a series of documentaries called “Exalted.” They are documentaries of the lives of people who through the grace of God received icon status. Just recently they showed the documentary of a preacher who received such a status but while he was there he changed his doctrinal beliefs. He started to believe in the Doctrine of Inclusion that Jesus died once for all mankind whether they accepted Him or not. He also believes that God is too merciful and loving to condemn those who he had saved according to this Doctrine of Inclusion, to send them to hell for eternal damnation. This my brothers and sister are the classic example of someone not believing the warning of God.