Title: The Ark & The Flood
Text: Gen 6.9-7.24
Introduction: What has happened…
- God’s perception – he sees the wickedness of man; 6.5; we’re bad, but not at this place! Two main areas here:
- The men were violent and vicious
- Sensuality was rampant
- There was a combination of both; v 4
- God’s pain – he’s sorry and regrets – godly qualities man has
- God’s plan – wipe ‘em out! God will wipe out the entire pre-dilluvian period. Tonight, we’ll look at this even in greater detail;
- We see here how a soul is saved from destruction
- We see the kind of a person who saved – he’s not perfect!
Note the Chiasm:
1st half 150 day rise of the waters – a ‘de-creation’
2nd half 150 day recession of the waters – a ‘re-creation’
Noah is a refurbished/revived Adam
– both walked with God
– both are recipients of the promised blessing
– both are made caretakers of the animals
– both father three sons
– both are workers of the soil
– both sin from the fruit of the tree
– both father a wicked son under a curse
Moses also had some parallels to Noah
– Ark; Exodus 2.3 (basket); both pitch covered
– The Red Sea a microcosm of the flood; God preserving his people
The Implications for us: this is a carefully constructed chronicle with massive theological implications.
– What’s the Main point? It’s not the flood; it’s not the judgment; it’s a story about a man who is saved in a lost world!
– How can I preach the gospel from this text? Grace; God’s favor; righteousness (6.9; 7.1); judgment;
– How does this text help me know and love God?
I. Three characteristics of Noah: V 9-10; righteous, blameless, walked with God;
- Righteous: not because he was perfect, not of his own accord, he was righteous because he believed God. Gen. 15.6; not works, not inherent, only because he believed God; Heb. 11.7; By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. So, as a righteous man, one who believed God, he is…
- Blameless – not perfect, but blameless. Just like Abraham he is credited as righteous because he believes, trusts God. 3rd, he
- Walks with God, like Adam, like Enoch.
app.: a faithful man, just the opposite of the corrupt and evil men we see earlier in Ch. 6; and here in v 11-12;
exp.: 2 Peter 2.5 – Noah was also a preacher of righteousness; κῆρυκος; herald, whose duty it is to make public proclamations; not a popular thing to do!
app.: Military Chaplains have been told by the NAMB that they cannot participate, perform, etc. at gay ceremonies. Two choices, resign or find another sponsor; Chaplains in the military can’t tell gays they’re in sin; Counselors in California can’t tell gays their in sin! We’re not where Noah was, but we’re moving there quickly!
II. The Ark of the Covenant
- Salvation by floatation:
- God speaks and his message is framed with judgment.
exp.: rd v 13; 17; The size of this thing would have been unbelievable. Contemplate with me: no tractors, no sawmills, no cranes, just Noah and his sons. For 300 years! 1.5 football fields in length;
- God speaks and a covenant of salvation is established.
exp.: rd v 18-21; we’ll see the specifics at the end of the flood in 9.8-17; Contemplate with me Noah’s Obedience.
- God speaks and Noah obeyed!
exp.: During the long century of building; rd v 22; during the gathering of the animals rd 7.1-5 (rd v 9); when the floods began; rd 7.11-16; Compare: Gen 2.16; 3.11; 3.17; There appears to a compare and contrast going on here;
app.: this is truly amazing to me! consider his obedience:
- Building the ark required planning, engineering, organization, strategy – for a century!
- When the 450ft of foundation was laid, can you imagine the jokes? Think of how many jokes we come up with for a president’s 4 or 8 years in office. Can you imagine 100 years!
- 450ft long is hard to hide. 75 ft wide- a football field is 53’ wide. It was basically the height of a 4 or 5 story building. It would be hard to hide!
- Beyond the ridicule and derision, the wicked, evil generation must have demonized him! Remember 2 Peter 2.5; His explanations for why he was doing what he was doing must have outraged these people. The only explanation for his survival is that God protected him.
- I wonder, since they couldn’t kill him, because God was obviously protecting him, did they persecute him and his family in any way? Did they mess with his work, wood, tools, his mind?
Transition: Yet, through it all we read: Noah was obedient to all that God commanded him.
2. Death by Deluge.
exp.: rd v 17-20; here is a picture of a violent, torrential flood. Colorado has nothing on this! It’s like a gnat in a washing machine! Here we see our 1st sub-point:
- This flood is Universal: There are some who believe this flood was geographically specific. Here is my problem with that.
- The Bible doesn’t say that. It communicates all and everything. 6.7, 12, 13; 7,
- The OT doesn’t contradict a universal flood.
- The NT writers concur with a universal flood.
- Jewish scholars through rabbinical tradition have held to a universal flood.
- Church History held to a universal flood.
- Indeed, only in the 19th century do we find contradiction.
- This death is Universal; save Noah and his family, save the animals God spared, all of creation is destroyed. There are no survivors! Rd v 21-24; Do you think there were people who were angry with God because they hadn’t been warned? 1 Peter 3.20; for 100 plus years God was patient with men. Listen to Peter in 2 Peter 3.5-7;
Transition: So, what then is the message?
Is it about a big flood? No, not so much;
Is it cute story for children with animals and boats and rainbows? No, not so much.
I think this story is a message of hope for those who need to know how they can be saved. Who can be saved? It is the righteous people, who by their obedient lifestyles, believe that what God tells them is true. You know they believe it because their lives prove it.
Observations & Implications:
- Hebrews 11.1: Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Doesn’t that describe Noah? Does that describe you? Are you living your life in obedience – in the face of ridicule and derision and possibly persecution?
- Hebrews 11.6: And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
- Hebrews 11.7: 7 By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.