But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. ~Genesis 6:8
Noah’s name is found 44 times in the Bible. We find him the focal point of Gen. 6-8, and listed in the Hall of Faith of Hebrews 11. Noah is most prominently associated with the construction of the ark. What stands out to us this morning about Noah is that he found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
We see Noah and his conversion.
“These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.” Noah’s world was described as greatly wicked, corrupt and filled with violence. The imagination of the thoughts of man’s heart was only evil continually. In spite of this, Noah is described as a just man and perfect in his generations. Noah received the righteousness which is by faith. As we will see, when God told him to build the ark this pointed him to a saving faith in God. Being just means that he was justified by faith. Noah was a saved man! Noah believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness. We are saved by grace through faith. He recognized that God loved him and he placed his faith in God for his salvation.
We see Noah and his commission.
“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 was commissioned to prepare an ark. The ark became a symbol of salvation which by grace through faith. The ark pointed to coming judgment and God’s beckoning to the world to repent from their sins and turn to God. He gave his life to his commission. He was faithful in his commission until it was completed. We have a commission to preach the gospel and to be flaming witnesses of God’s wonderful grace. Notice he moved with fear in his witness. Does coming judgment move you with fear?
We see Noah and his calling.
“And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;” God called Noah as a preacher. As he built the ark, he called the men and women of his world to repent and come with him into the ark. The ark was a symbol of the cross. It was pitched within and without. The word for pitch is the same word for atonement. For over 100 years he faithfully preached the message of salvation to his world. He was mocked, ridiculed and shunned. Yet, his message, his methods and his motivation remained unchanged. There may have been times when he felt lonely, but he kept focused on his message.
We see Noah and his conservation.
“And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood… And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the Lord shut him in.” Noah and his family entered into the ark and after they were all in, the Lord shut them in. The ark became a haven of security for Noah. However, the same ark became a source of condemnation to the world. When God shut the doors, it was too late for anyone else to enter. Noah and his family were safe!
Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Don’t limit God’s grace from abounding in your life. Where sin abounds, grace did much more abound!
Have a grace enriched God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Leviticus 26-27