By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear (reverence), prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
I heard another powerful message this Sunday as our preacher preached a message about faith from Hebrews chapter 11. As always, I eagerly awaited to see if what might jump out at me. Sometimes it's a verse, and other times it is a thought that comes to mind during the sermon. This Sunday it was Hebrews 11:7.
First of all, chapter seven says that Noah was warned of things not seen as yet. However, he trusted God. God has also given us a warning, or should I say several warnings. We can and should be seeing His word being fulfilled each day. Can't we see the storm clouds forming?
But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Matthew 24:37
So, what did Noah do after God's warning?
He moved with fear (reverence), prepared an ark to the saving of his house.
What are we doing? Are we regarding, with reverence, the warnings from God to save our household. Noah also pleaded with others year after year while he built the ark. Today, there is A Cry For Revival! (Click to read this post)
The storm clouds are gathering. Are Heaven's angels holding shut the flood gates of the wrath to come? How long before the Lord says, "Son, go get your children."?
Are we sheltered inside the Ark? Is our family inside? Are others there because of our witness? How many of us think it's okay to run in and out of the Ark? We don't need to say, "Lord, hold my spot, and I'll be right back." just so we can go indulge in sin. Have we obeyed God's instructions?
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thess. 5:9
Hebrews 11:7 goes on to say that by obeying God, Noah condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
Meaning, that Noah didn't care about the things of this world, or what others thought. Instead, he trusted God, obeyed God, prepared, and tried to save countless others.
And when that day came, Noah and his family were saved from the wrath.
You may find it interesting to know that Noah's Ark, The Ark of The Covenant, and the Mercy Seat were all made from Gopher wood. The interesting point to this is that the Ark of The Covenant represented God's presence among His people. Pitch was used to seal Noah's Ark, and the Hebrew word for pitch is actually “atonement.” What a great analogy. The Ark was sealed and the door closed by God Himself, which is indicative of the fact that salvation is fully a work of God and we have to enter in through faith believe in Christ.
In the following chapter, Hebrews 12, we see what lesson we can learn from Noah and many other heroes of the faith.
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses(such as Noah), let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. Heb. 12:1
Keep in mind that as it was in the days of Noah...
there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God,
wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.