December 14, 2016

There was a time when God decided to take away all men from the earth that He have made; because the men of the world were evil, and did evil continually. But even in those bad times God saw one good man. His name was Noah. Noah was blameless in his generation, standing out among the people of his day. While humanity were spreading evil, He walked with God, and talked with him. Noah had three sons; their names were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth. God was about to send judgment upon the world for its wickedness, but He extends His saving grace to Noah and his family.

God told Noah how he might save his life and the lives of his sons. Noah was obedient to God’s commands, and as best as he was able and understood them at that time. Consider that Noah and his generation more than likely had never seen rain before, yet God tells Noah to build a large seagoing vessel nowhere near a body of water. Noah’s trust in God was such that he promptly obeyed. Throughout the long delay of the coming judgment, Noah continued to faithfully obey the Lord.

God said to Noah, “The time has come when all the men and women on the earth are to be destroyed. Every one must die, because they are all wicked. But you and your family shall be saved, because you alone are trying to do right.” God’s purpose in the flood was not to destroy people, but to destroy wickedness and sin.

Noah and his wife, and his three sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, with their wives, went into the ark. And God brought to the door of the ark the animals, and the birds, and the creeping things of all kinds; and they went into the ark. And Noah and his sons put them in their places, and brought in food enough to feed them all for many days. And then the door of the ark was shut and no more people and no more animals could come in.

In a few days the rain began to fall, as it had never rained before. It seemed as though the heavens were opened to pour great floods upon the earth. The streams filled, and the rivers rose higher and higher, and the ark began to float on the water. The people left their houses and ran up to the hills; but soon the hills were covered, and all the people on them were drowned. After forty days the rain stopped, but the water stayed upon the earth for more than six months, and the ark with all that were in it floated over the great sea that covered the land. Then God sent a wind to blow over the waters, and to dry them up.The first thing that Noah did when he came out of the ark, was to give thanks to God for saving all his family when the rest of the people on the earth were destroyed. He built an altar, and laid upon it an offering to the Lord, and gave himself and his family to God and promised to do God’s will.

God then created a rainbow to appear in the sky, and he told Noah and his sons that whenever they see the rainbow, they should remember Him and his promise. Noah is an example of a life of faith. Noah’s life shows us the eternal truth that we are saved by grace through faith. Noah was righteous, but he was not sinless. Noah pleased God and was saved because he loved and obeyed God with his whole heart. Noah obeyed everything God commanded him to do, and trusted God in moments of hardship. As a result, Noah’s life was an example that if we live our lives according to God’s will, He always keeps His promises.

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