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A Storm is Comming
Scripture: Genesis 6:5-17; 1 Samuel 15:29; Isaiah 5...
Track 11 of in the series
Running time: 59 minutes, 30 seconds.
Our last lesson looked at the world and what it had become before the days of Noah. What happened was much worse than just man disobeying. As we looked into the scriptures, something terrible happened that caused God to be alarmed and to no longer allow man to continue on. In fact, what happened caused God to even regret that He even made man. To me that is a stunning statement to read knowing what God had given up so we could have a relationship with Him.

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Mike Nobis Speaker: Mike Nobis
Sunday School Teacher, Former Elder at Madison Park Christian Church. Mike is President of JK Creative Printers & Mailing in Quincy, IL. He is married to Pam and has three children, Tom, Tyler and Jennifer. Mike has three grandchildren: Ryne, Ivy and Alicia.

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A Strom is Coming

Our last lesson looked at the world and what it had become before the days of Noah. What happened was much worse than just man disobeying. As we looked into the scriptures, something terrible happened that caused God to be alarmed and to no longer allow man to continue on. In fact, what happened caused God to even regret that He even made man. To me that is a stunning statement to read knowing what God had given up so we could have a relationship with Him.

Genesis 6:5-8 (NIV) The LORD saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. So the LORD said, "I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth--men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air--for I am grieved that I have made them." But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.

There is a phrase in this passage that caught my eye and made me wonder what it meant. The word usage for the word “grieved” is the word that is also used for “repent”. It gives us the idea that God was changing his mind over the decision he made to create man. But before we jump too far ahead, we learn from Samuel a very important fact. Samuel tells this to Saul as he told him that God will turn the kingdom over to another.

1 Samuel 15:29 (NIV) He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a man, that he should change his mind."

How do we reconcile the statement in Genesis 6 and 1 Samuel 15:29? The answer is fund in verse 8.

Noah will be the beginning of a pattern that will happen a number of times throughout the Bible. When all things look grim and it looks as though no one is faithful to God, we are reminded that there is always a remnant of people or in this case, one person who is faithful through who God can carry forth his plan. In a world that was totally corrupt, one man stood alone that God found favor with. But it wasn’t because Noah was absolutely perfect; he too was a sinner, it was because God gave grace to mankind through him. This is the first time grace is introduced into scripture.

Genesis 6:9-10 (NIV) This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.

Who does Noah sound like? Enoch. What is the lesson we can take away from this fact about Noah in our own lives?

So what do we know about Noah the man? Notice the consistent Biblical order:
• First, Noah found grace
• Because of this grace he was considered a “just man”. He was declared to be righteous.
• Because of this he was perfect on his generations or complete as far as God’s records are concerned.
• Because of this he was able to walk with God.

We will see this pattern play out all through scripture and ultimately to our generation through God’s grace. Salvation in any era is exactly the same way.

By sovereign grace, received through faith, the believer in God is justified before God and declared to be complete in Him.

We also know that Noah was a preacher of righteousness (2 Peter 2:5) even though no one responded to his preaching. The only ones who survive the flood is his wife, his three sons and their wives. Hebrews 11 states that Noah was a faithful man. In fact, it is only Noah who has their description in Hebrews 11 begin and end with the phrase “by faith” verse 7.

Do any of you have a slight doubt that the Ark really existed? How about a worldwide flood? If you do, what makes you doubt?

To many in our modern world, the Ark and Noah are merely legendary and the story of the animals being saved also is nothing but a story for children. How can any adult when reading the account actually believe that this story is real? But to the later writers of scripture, Noah was taken seriously and was treated as historical fact.

Isaiah 54:8-9 (NIV) In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you," says the LORD your Redeemer. "To me this is like the days of Noah, when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth. So now I have sworn not to be angry with you, never to rebuke you again.

Twice Ezekiel mentions Noah as one of the three most righteous men in all of history (Noah, Daniel and Job). The writer of Chronicles as well as Luke, includes Noah in the official genealogy of Christ. 2 times Peter refers to the times Noah lived in and most importantly, Jesus accepts the account of Noah, the ark and the flood as historical fact. And as mentioned earlier, he is listed in the Hall of Fame of faith.

Genesis 6:10 (NIV) Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.

Here is where we need to be careful, some assume that Noah had only three sons before the flood. But it could be that the three sons were the only ones Noah had that survived the flood or were close enough to their father that his life affected theirs. We just don’t know and to the account found in scripture, it doesn’t really make a difference if he had other sons or daughters. What the focus is on are Noah and his three sons because from them came the table of nations that we will study in a few weeks.

Genesis 6:11-13 (NIV) Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. So God said to Noah, "I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.

What is fascinating about these verses is, verse 12 is the exact middle verse of chapters 1-11. Not only is man totally corrupt, the earth is also. What started out as this beautiful creation, something God saw as very good, has turned into a totally corrupt existence. Both the earth and the people living upon it had to be destroyed. Some critics believe that only the people were destroyed but that is not what the Hebrew states.

The Ark:

Genesis 6:14-17 (NIV) So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. Make a roof for it and finish the ark to within 18 inches of the top. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish.

As we read this, what are three unbelievable things to consider if you were Noah? What would they be? 1) The size and capacity of the ark itself and how to build such a large vessel. 2) The realization that everything and everyone is going to perish. 3) God was going to bring a flood. Up until this point, the earth had never received rain so a flood was probably a foreign thought.

Statistics of the Ark:

• It was built for seaworthiness. Noah’s ark carefully balanced the conflicting demands of stability (resistance to capsizing), comfort (seakeeping), and strength. In fact, the ark has the same proportions as a modern cargo ship. Scientist state that the ark and its proportions could handle 100 ft. waves and hurricane like winds and not get knocked around very much.

• Was the ark the biggest ship ever built? The diagram uses the longest estimation of what a cubit was. Most believed the Hebrew cubit to be 18”. This diagram uses 20”.

• It had ramps and three levels. Wind-driven waves would cause a drifting vessel to turn dangerously side-on to the weather. However, such waves could be safely navigated by making the ark steer itself with a wind-catching obstruction on the bow.

There are a couple interesting things to also note. The ark was to be covered by pitch (or covering), both inside and out. The Hebrew word for the pitch used here is the same word that is found in Leviticus 17:11 which means “atonement”. Here is the first time the word and idea of atonement is used. This pitch provided a perfect covering for the ark to keep the waters of judgment out just like the blood of the lamb provides a perfect atonement for the soul.

Finally, the ark had one door on its side. There was only one door in which the animals could enter and leave the vessel. Once the animals started to stream inside the ark, there would be no other place to go than deeper into the ark. It is not certain but the concept of the “one door” is used several times in the Bible. Maybe this is some sort of “type” of the Christ. He is the one way to the Father’s house (John 10:7-9). He is the one door to the resting place for His sheep. That one door is the only door in which the sheep can come in and out of the presence of the shepherd.