Captain Noah And His Unsinkable Faith

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Hebrews 11:7
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  1. INTRODUCTION
    1. We cannot overemphasize the importance of faith.
    2. The story of Noah and the ark is not a myth but a factual account.
      1. According to historians, archeologists and anthropologists, all of the great groupings of the world in ancient history tell of a flood story.
      2. The flood account in the Bible is a literal fact.
      3. Jesus believed the flood account.
        1. Matthew 24:37
    3. There are great truths about Noah’s faith found in Hebrews 11:7 that can help keep our faith afloat in these treacherous days.
  2. THE WARNING HIS FAITH BELIEVED (Hebrews 11:7)
    1. God warned Noah about the flood.
      1. Noah had never seen rain nor a flood.
        1. Genesis 2:5-6
      2. The idea of rain was foreign to Noah, but he had a word from God.
    2. Romans 10:17
      1. Without a word from God, we cannot have faith.
        1. Without a word from God on a matter, we have no basis for a Biblical faith.
        2. Faith is not a leap in the dark; it is a step into God’s light.
      2. We must hear from God.
        1. We do not name it and claim it.
        2. We believe it and receive it because God has named it and we claim it.
          1. God does the naming, and we do the claiming.
    3. Hebrews 11:1
      1. The word “hope” does not mean maybe or perhaps or wish; it means bedrock assurance.
      2. The word “substance” has the idea of something beneath us that we can stand on.
      3. Hebrews 6:19
      4. We get this assurance from the word of God; God speaks.
    4. God communicates His word to us in two ways:
      1. The written Word
        1. The 66 books of the Bible
        2. This is the total revelation of God.
      2. The rhema Word
        1. This means “an utterance.”
        2. This is not merely the written word, but a word that God communicates personally to our hearts.
        3. Ephesians 6:17
          1. Jesus took a word from the Word and used it as a sword when Satan tempted Him in the wilderness.
            1. Matthew 4:4
        4. When God takes the truth of the Bible and makes that truth to you, when you get a personal word from the Word that applies to you in a given situation, God is speaking to you.
        5. God still speaks today.
          1. God has His written Word that is once and for all settled.
          2. God also speaks to us personally.
            1. This is when we find faith growing in our lives.
        6. Romans 10:14
          1. A literal translation of this passage says, “How shall they believe in Him whom they’ve not heard?”
          2. In order to believe God, we don’t just hear about Him; we hear Him.
          3. God takes His Word and speaks to our hearts.
        7. 2 Timothy 1:12
        8. Faith is believing God.
    5. Noah’s faith resulted in fear.
      1. Hebrews 11:7
      2. Fear of the Lord is the foundation of faith.
      3. The problem in our society today is that there is no fear of God.
        1. Romans 3:10-18
        2. Jeremiah 2:19
      4. When Noah believed God, he feared God.
      5. Fear and faith are inseparably linked together.
        1. Fear sees God’s power, holiness and justice.
        2. Faith sees God’s lovingkindness, grace and mercy.
      6. The fear of God is not a cringing dread of God; it is love on its knees.
      7. Proverbs 22:4
        1. There are nine things that the fear of God will do for our lives. Here are some of the riches, honor and life that come through the fear of the Lord:
          1. Godly living
            1. Proverbs 16:6
          2. Godly knowledge
            1. Proverbs 1:7
          3. Godly wisdom
            1. Proverbs 9:10
          4. Godly contentment
            1. Proverbs 15:16
          5. Godly worship
            1. Psalm 5:7
          6. Godly salvation
            1. Psalm 85:9
          7. Godly confidence
            1. Proverbs 14:26
          8. Godly insight
            1. Psalm 25:14
          9. Godly deliverance
            1. Psalm 33:18-19
    6. Noah was a man of faith because he feared the Lord.
  3. THE WORK HIS FAITH ACHIEVED (Hebrews 11:7)
    1. Having heard from God, Noah got busy.
      1. Noah obeyed God.
    2. James 2:20
      1. To work without faith is presumption
      2. To have faith without work is pretense.
      3. Faith and work is power.
    3. True faith is more than intellectual belief; it is belief with legs on it.
    4. What we truly believe, we live by.
    5. We do not have faith if we do not obey.
      1. We must obey God even when we don’t understand.
        1. Noah had not seen a flood, but he had a word from God and he obeyed.
    6. Noah was a man of faith; therefore, he prepared an ark to the saving of his family.
      1. We are in danger of losing our children if our faith is a mere intellectual or doctrinal faith.
      2. Our children see the difference if our faith is not a practical living faith that is obeying God.
        1. Genesis 19
          1. Lot was a saved man, yet he ingratiated himself with the people of Sodom and lost his family.
        2. The religion or faith that does not begin at home does not begin.
          1. We should live out our faith in Christ before our families.
        3. Mark 5:19
  4. THE WICKEDNESS HIS FAITH PERCEIVED (Hebrews 11:7)
    1. Noah lived in a wicked society.
      1. Days of secular philosophy
        1. Genesis 6:5-6
          1. The word “imaginations” in this passage means “philosophies.”
          2. Today’s college campuses are filled with secular philosophies.
      2. Days of scientific progress
        1. Genesis 4:17
        2. The people were building great cities in this day.
        3. Today’s society is also marked with scientific progress, such as genetic engineering, virtual reality, the internet, etc.
      3. Days of social plagues
        1. Genesis 6:11-13
        2. Today’s social plagues include terrorism and violence.
      4. Days of sexual perversion
        1. Genesis 6:5
        2. Jesus linked the days of Noah with the days of Lot.
          1. Luke 17:26-30
          2. When Jesus Christ comes again, the days of Noah and Lot are going to be replicated.
    2. In all of the wickedness that Noah perceived, he lived and preached and obeyed God.
      1. The peopled did not listen to him, but Noah continued to build the ark and preach.
        1. Ezekiel 3:7
        2. Ezekiel 2:5
  5. THE WEALTH HIS FAITH RECEIVED (Hebrews 11:7)
    1. Noah was made righteous in the sight of the Lord by faith.
      1. Hebrews 10:38
      2. Genesis 6:8
        1. Noah was saved, not by works, but by grace.
        2. This passage marks the first time the word “grace” is used in the Bible.
    2. Noah went through much heartache, pain and difficulty in building the ark; the cost was great.
    3. Noah went into the ark a pauper; when he came out, he owned the earth.
      1. Matthew 5:5
    4. The ark is also an illustration of salvation; it’s a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ.
      1. Genesis 7:1
        1. God invited Noah to “come” inside the ark.
        2. God was inside the ark.
      2. Genesis 7:16
        1. There was a window on top of the ark and a door on the side.
        2. Noah was in charge of the window; God was in charge of the door.
          1. We can look daily to God, but we have been shut into the Lord Jesus Christ.
      3. The ark was sealed on the inside and outside with pitch.
        1. “Pitch” is the same word that’s translated “atonement” in the Old Testament.
        2. Not one drop of water could come through this pitch.
      4. The ark is a picture of what happens when we become Christians, when we come into the Lord Jesus.
        1. When we come into Jesus, God shuts the door.
        2. We’re sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.
        3. Not one drop of judgment can come to the child of God who is saved by Jesus.
  6. CONCLUSION
    1. Are you in the ark today?
    2. Do you know Jesus personally? If not, you can pray to Him today by asking Him to come into your life.
    3. Call upon Jesus today. Repent (turn) from your sins, and turn to Jesus. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and acknowledge Him as Lord of your life.
      1. Romans 3:23
      2. Romans 10:9-10
      3. Romans 10:13
      4. Acts 16:31

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