God Saves     Gen, 6:11-18; 7:11-14     Sept. 27, 2015

 

Introduction

There are many things we do not know about God’s work.  One of the professors of Old Testament who taught the Book of Jonah began the class with these words; “How big is the God you believe in.”  Then he said, “my God does not have a problem with Jonah and the whale.”  If you do, you need to get a bigger God.  

 

1.   God Saves: Wickedness Observed.   6:11-13

A.   The Wickedness Observed . . As The Earth Is Corrupted.   6:11-12a

11 Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight, and the earth was filled with violence.

12a   God saw how corrupt the earth was,. . .”

 

B.    The Wickedness Observed . . As People are Corrupted.   6:12b-13

12b  “. . . for all flesh had corrupted its way on the earth.”

13 Then God said to Noah, "I have decided to put an end to all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence

because of them; therefore I am going to destroy them along with the earth.               

 

The corruption of the earth was caused by the corruption of the people.  God identified the earth as corrupt.

One of the identifying marks was violence.  Do you think our world is violent today?  I wonder if we are as violent as the world back in Enoch’s day.  You can see violence all over showing itself and it shocks many of us.  If God looked over our world how many righteous people would He find?  Perhaps more than at Noah’s time but it seems to be declining.  Many churches are closing Sunday Nights and do not have revival meetings anymore, but if we call for a show of hands as to how many were saved in a revival many hands go up.

 

2.   God Saves: Promise Unfolded.   6:14-18

A.   God’s Promise to Save . . Includes an Ark.    6:14-16

14 "Make yourself an ark of gofer wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it with pitch inside and outside.

15 This is how you are to make it: The ark will be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high.

16 You are to make a roof, finishing the sides of the ark to within 18 inches of the roof. You are to put a

door in the side of the ark. Make it with lower, middle, and upper decks.                               

 

B.    God’s Promise to Save . . Instructs Noah in the Details.    6:17-18

17 "Understand that I am bringing a deluge—flood waters on the earth to destroy all flesh under heaven

with the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will die.

18 But I will establish My covenant with you, and you will enter the ark with your sons, your wife,

and your sons' wives.

 

God knew how He wanted the ark to be built and He told Noah.   The length, width, and height were given to Noah.  From the roof to the sides and the placing of pitch on the inside and outside gave all the elements needed for a safe and secure trip during the entire days of the horrible rain.  The ark was save because that is how God designed it..They could not fall out and those on the outside could not break in or take away the safety

for God’s family.  Can we make a parallel with salvation today?  If God prepares it to be safe He will guarantee

it is.  He gives those who Jesus saves eternal life.  That is forever.  Amen!

 

3.   God Saves: Action Taken.   7:11-14

A.   God Saves: Action Taken.   7:11-12

11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on

that day all the sources of the watery depths burst open, the floodgates of the sky were opened,

12 and the rain fell on the earth 40 days and 40 nights.

 


B.    God Saves: Action Taken.   7:13-14

13 On that same day Noah along with his sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth, Noah's wife, and his three sons' wives entered the ark with him.

14 They entered it with all the wildlife according to their kinds, all livestock according to their kinds,

every creature that crawls on the earth according to its kind, all birds, every fowl, and everything with

wings according to their kinds.                                                                     

 

I think an interesting question can be; How does God put up with our world today?  It certainly makes you think the end is not far away.  I can hear John say, “Even so come Lord Jesus?”  God knew the day He would tell Noah and his family to go on the ark.  All the animal life according to its kind went into the ark as God chose, and the space was adequate for all of them.  He opened up the flood gates of heaven and the rain fell for 40 days and nights.  God knew how He would manage all of this.  All of these miraculous happenings have little concern to those who believe in an all powerful God.   I can appreciate those who study and work diligently to prove how Noah’s ark could hold all of those animals, the food, etc..  I personally just believe God knew it was qualified because of His design.   I know God Saves and does so according to His desire and plan.  Amen?  Amen!