Sunday, 5 February 2012

Hall of Faith: Noah (Hebrews 11:7)

Today's Hall of Faith character is Noah. Yes, Noah and the Ark! Everyone knows about that! You know, the ark, the animals, the Flood, the rainbow, etc... Since childhood we've all just loved it. But guess what! I think I love this account more now than I probably ever did when I was a little child. That's because I know now how deep and serious it was, as well as amazing.

After Cain killed Abel, God gave Adam and Eve another son. They called him Seth. He grew up to be like Abel - a man who feared God. Now there were two main family lines on earth: the line of Cain (representing those who were of the world, who were ungodly) and the line of Seth (representing those who were children of God). The entire Bible is full of that tension between the sons of light and the sons of darkness. This also continues till today. 

The years pass and those of the line of Cain grew more and more wicked. For several generations there was a difference between the Cain Line and the Seth Line. As time went on, however, the Seth line began to intermingle with Cain's line. They took on their ways and soon became like them. They lost touch with God, their Creator. They forgot God's instructions. They became violent and wicked (see Genesis 6). The only person on earth who kept himself and was not defiled by all of this was Noah. The Bible says that God saw Noah was just, 'perfect in his generation', who walked with Him (Genesis 6:9). What a wonderful thing for God to look and see us perfect in His sight. He sees that when we are clothed with the Righteousness of Christ. Amen! 

When God saw the wickedness, He regretted that He created man (see Genesis 6:6)! However, He wanted to save Noah. So He told him He was going to destroy the whole earth with a Flood. God told Him to build himself a huge ark and take with him his wife, his three sons, and their wives, as well as, two of every kind of animal, male and female, and seven from the clean animals. 

In Hebrews 11:7 it says that 'By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, 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.' 

Noah believed God and obeyed Him when it was not the popular thing to do. Can you imagine! He was the only really Godly man on earth! It reminds me of the words of the song: 'Though none go with me, I still will follow'. 
Noah really had faith in God. He built the ark contrary to all human reasoning. Building a ship on dry land! Yet, he feared God and trusted His Word and that's what saved him, his family, and all mankind. He did not look to the seen and visible, rather he looked to the unseen, which is eternal (see II Corinthians 4:18).

Give us Lord that faith. To trust you and obey you without wavering and always look to that which is unseen which will last forever. Amen!

Learn More:
I highly recommend watching this classic movie about Noah. It follows the Biblical account closely. Though, I think the actual ark was much bigger, and perhaps a little bit more orderly:) 


AnneKatherine said...

Hey girl! I just found your blog. This is my favorite color of purple and I listen to the soundtrack from Emma almost every single day!

Following you gfc! <3 AnneKatherine @

Great job on this post!!

Joy said...

This was an encouraging post, Sarah, that really blessed my heart. Thank your for sharing the story of Noah, may we have that faith and obedience that he had, and to walk uprightly in an ungodly world. He is faithful!

By the way, I just LOVE your new blog design and you did a great job =D.

In His love,

Sarah said...

Hi AnneKatherine,
Thanks for your encouragement. Glad you like my blog design. I love that colour, too. The Emma soundtrack is very pretty, I agree.

God bless,

Sarah said...

Dearest Joy,
I'm glad this post has blessed you. Yes, may the Lord give us the faith of Noah.
Thanks for your encouragement.
Glad you like my blog design.

in Him,

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

ah Sarah truly we are blessed of the LORD to have the freedom to learn such blessing form it rick wealth of those saints who have gone on before as ensamples to us in all that they said and did - may we likewise be living epistles seen and read of all men! and worthy of our dear LORD and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Just on another note you will see a change next week (or this week, God willing) on the text and there is a reason- other than what you said - but what you said started the chat between my lord and I! still need prayer as you will see by the latest PS or rather PPS on the post,
love in Him, Shaz.xx

Sarah said...

Dear Shaz,
Yes, the stories of saints that have gone before us truly encourages my faith.

I'll continue praying for the Lord to guide you in this verse project. May He truly inspire you.

love in Him,

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there Sarah just letting you know to pop across to my blog for a wee something - nothing bit love and every blessing Shaz.x

Maddy said...

Dear Sarah,

This post was such a blessing to read. Truly, Noah had faith and obeyed the command of the Lord even when it seemed contrary to human reasoning... he was trusting in the Lord wholeheartedly, and not leaning on his own understanding.
Amen, may we have such faith which is the gift of God, in His infinite mercy.

Thank you for sharing, sister, and I look forward very much to your next Hall of Faith post, Lord willing.
Love Maddy

Sarah said...

Amen, Maddy. May the Lord give us that faith.

love in Him,

Danielle said...

I also love how Noah was a flawed man who still misunderstood God, but ultimately had the faith to follow God, and that was counted to Him as obedience!

(Sorry for the delayed reply to this post; I'm catching up on my feed reading :D)

Sarah said...

Yes, Danielle. I agree with this. We need to trust and have faith in God, even when we don't understand Him. He always does everything well. He is to be trusted.
in Him,

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