There is nothing new under the sun.
People cheat their customers. This practice has been going on for thousands of years.
People hold grudges and harass each other. This practice has been going on for a long time.
People get married and divorced like they are trying to set a record. This practice has been going on for some time.
For us to walk with God, then we are to avoid these practices. Plus there are other practices, like gluttony, drunkenness, and laziness, that we would want to avoid. Very few people are able to avoid every single practice that separates us from God.
But Noah did. Well, he mostly avoided those practices. We read that Noah found favor with God. How did this happen? Noah is described as being a “righteous man, blameless in his generation.” It is even written that “Noah walked with God.” If that was written about Noah, then what could be written about our faith in God?
Last May I asked our congregations who in the Bible inspires their faith. Over the next six weeks we will be looking at some people in the Bible who inspire our faith. Who knows how many people we can inspire with our faith? Who knows how many people over the years have been inspired by Noah?
A. What a time in which Noah lives! (Genesis 6:1-6)
- Wickedness was widespread
- It even enveloped heavenly beings (angels/sons of God)
- Jesus reminded the disciples, that “they were eating & drinking, marrying & giving in marriage” (Matthew 24:38)
- God was grieving over the wickedness of the people
- I imagine God is grieving over the wickedness of people today. We are doing the same things, enticing heavenly beings, eating, drinking, marrying, and giving in marriage. What a time in which we live! God was saddened that he needed to cleanse the earth of such wickedness. There was one whom God instructed to show the way to live. It was Noah.
B. How did Noah avoid the wickedness of his time?
- God told the prophet Ezekiel that Noah was righteous (Ezekiel 14)
- Noah’s righteousness is demonstrated by Noah doing all that God commanded him
- It appears that Noah had integrity (blameless)
- It appears that Noah lived his relationship with God (righteous)
- Noah did not live alone. He made the choice to please God. Beyond that, Noah saw his relationship with the Lord as an integral part of his life. Much like his great-grandfather Enoch, Noah walked with God. His father Lamech said that Noah “would bring us relief from our work and from the toil of our hands” (Genesis 5:29). How else are we to know relief from our work the toil of our hands unless we do all that God commands us?
C. How can we avoid the wickedness of our time?
- Righteousness is our goal – doing what is appropriate, right for the relationship
- Being blameless is our vision – (Read Psalm 15:2-5)
- Living our relationship with God is our way of living – walk before God
- We live with God, even during these wicked days. We make our choice to please God. Our relationship with God is the centerpiece of our lives.
100 years after Noah became a father, he entered into the ark. The rains came. The fountains of the deep burst open. The wickedness of the land was cleansed in a year long flood. But Noah, his wife, his sons, and their wives, eight in all, were saved through the water. Noah was delivered because he walked with God.
For us today this means we follow Jesus. God saves us through his Son. God saves us through faith in Jesus. God cleanses us from all wickedness when we believe in Jesus.
If we want to have faith in God, then having faith like Noah would be good. Then we see how walking with God is how we live a baptized life.