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Noah – A Righteous Man.


Noah – Profile of Noah from the Old Testament Book of Genesis:

In a world taken over by evil, violence and corruption, Noah was a righteous man.

However, Noah wasn’t just a righteous man, he was the only follower of God left on the earth.

The Bible says he was blameless among the people of his time.

It also says he walked with God.

Living in a society saturated with sin and rebellion against God, Noah was the only man alive that pleased God.

It’s hard to imagine such unwavering faithfulness in the midst of such godlessness.

Over and over again, in the account of Noah’s life we read, “Noah did everything just as God commanded.

” His life of 950 years, exemplified obedience.

Since the wickedness of man had covered the earth like a flood, God decided to start over again with Noah and his family.

Giving very specific instructions, the Lord told Noah to build an ark in preparation for a catastrophic flood that would destroy every living thing on earth.

You can read a Bible story summary of Noah’s Ark and the Flood here.

The ark-building project took longer than the average lifespan today, yet Noah diligently accepted his calling and never wavered from it.

Appropriately mentioned in the book of Hebrews“Hall of Faith,” Noah was truly a hero of the Christian faith.

Noah’s Accomplishments:

When we meet Noah, we learn that he is the one and only follower of God remaining in his generation.

He goes on to become the second father of the human race.

As an architectural engineer and shipbuilder, he put together an amazing structure, the likes of which had never before been built.

With the project length spanning 120 years, it was quite a notable achievement.

Noah’s greatest accomplishment, however, was his faithful commitment to obey and walk with God all the days of his life.

Noah’s Strengths:

Noah was a righteous man.

He was blameless among the people of his time.

This does not mean Noah was perfect or sinless, but he loved God with his whole heart and was fully committed to obedience.

Noah’s life revealed qualities of patience and persistence, and his faithfulness to God did not depend on anyone else.

His faith was singular and unshakable in a completely faithless society.

Noah’s Weaknesses:

Noah had a weakness for wine.

In Genesis 9, the Bible tells of Noah’s only recorded sin.

He became drunk and passed out in his tent, making himself an embarrassment to his sons.

Life Lessons:

We learn from Noah that it is possible to remain faithful and pleasing to God even in the midst of a corrupt and sinful generation.

Surely it wasn’t easy for Noah, but he found favor in God’s eyes because of his remarkable obedience.

God blessed and saved Noah, just as he will faithfully bless and protect those of us who follow and obey him today.

Our call to obedience is not a short-term, one-time call.

Like Noah, our obedience must be lived out over a lifetime of faithful commitment.

Those who persevere will finish the race.

The story of Noah’s drunken transgression reminds us that even the most godly people have weaknesses and can fall prey to temptation and sin.

Our sins not only affect us, but they have a negative influence on those around us, especially our family members.

Hometown:

The Bible doesn’t say how far from Eden Noah and his family had settled.

It does say that after the flood, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat, located in present-day Turkey.

Referenced in the Bible:

Genesis 5-10; 1 Chronicles 1:3-4; Isaiah 54:9; Ezekiel 14:14; Matthew 24:37-38; Luke 3:36 and 17:26; Hebrews 11:7; 1 Peter 3:20; 2 Peter 2:5.

Occupation:

Shipbuilder, farmer, and preacher.

Family Tree:

Father – Lamech
Sons – Shem, Ham and Japheth
Grandfather – Methuselah

Key Verses:

    Genesis 6:22
    Noah did everything just as God commanded him. (NIV)Hebrews 11:7
    By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. (NIV)

 

Noah’s Ark and the Flood – Bible Story Summary.


Scripture Reference:

Genesis 6:1 – 9:17

Noah’s Ark and the Flood – Story Summary:

God saw how great wickedness had become and decided to wipe mankind from the face of the earth.

However, one righteous man among all the people of that time, Noah, found favor in God’s eyes.

With very specific instructions, God told Noah to build an ark for him and his family in preparation for a catastrophic flood that would destroy every living thing on earth.

God also instructed Noah to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, along with every kind of food to be stored as food for theanimals and his family while on the ark.

Noah obeyed everything God commanded him to do.

After they entered the ark, rain fell on the earth for a period of forty days and nights.

The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days, and every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out.

As the waters receded, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.

Noah and his family continued to wait for almost eight more months while the surface of the earth dried out.

Finally after an entire year, God invited Noah to come out of the ark.

Immediately, he built an altar and worshiped the Lord with burnt offerings from some of the clean animals.

God was pleased with the offerings and promised never again to destroy all the living creatures as he had just done.

Later God established a covenant with Noah: “Never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.

” As a sign of this everlasting covenant God set a rainbow in the clouds.

Points of Interest from the Story:

• God’s purpose in the flood was not to destroy people, but to destroy wickedness and sin.

• With more detail, God instructed Noah to take seven of every kind of clean animal, and two of every kind of unclean animal.

Bible scholars have calculated that approximately 45,000 animals might have fit on the ark.

• Genesis 7:16 interestingly points out that God shut them in the ark, or “closed the door,” so to speak.

• The ark was exactly six times longer than it was wide. According to the Life Application Bible study notes, this is the same ratio used by modern ship builders.

• In modern times researchers continue to look for evidence of Noah’s Ark. Check out this article by Joe Kovacs from © WorldNetDaily.com on the “Ararat Anomaly.”

• Do you believe in Noah’s Ark and the Flood? Join the ongoing discussion on the Christianity – General forum.

Question for Reflection:

Noah was righteous and blameless, but he was not sinless (see Genesis 9:20-21).

Noah pleased God and found favor because he loved and obeyed God with his whole heart.

As a result, Noah’s life was an example to his entire generation.

Although everyone around him followed the evil in their hearts, Noah followed God.

Does your life set an example, or are you negatively influenced by the people around you?

 

Book of Genesis.


Introduction to the Book of Genesis

Book of Genesis:

The book of Genesis chronicles the creation of the world—the universe and the earth. It reveals the plan within God’s heart to have a people of his very own, set apart to worship him.

Author of the Book of Genesis:

Moses.

Date Written:

1450-1410 B.C.

Written To:

The people of Israel.

Landscape of the Book of Genesis:

Genesis is set in the Middle East region. Places in Genesis include the of Garden of Eden, the Mountains of Ararat, Babel, Ur, Haran, Shechem, Hebron, Beersheba, Bethel and Egypt.

Themes in the Book of Genesis:

Genesis is the book of beginnings. The word means “origins” or “beginnings.” It sets the stage for the rest of the Bible, telling us God’s plan for his creation. Genesis reveals the nature of God as Creator and Redeemer; the value of a human life – created in God’s image and for his purpose; the terrible consequences of disobedience and sin – separating man from God; and the wonderful promise of salvation and forgiveness through the coming Messiah.

Key Characters in the Book of Genesis:

Adam and Eve , NoahAbraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob, Joseph.

Key Verses:

    Genesis 1:27
    So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (NIV)
    Genesis 2:18, 20b-24
    The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” …But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. 

    The man said,
    “This is now bone of my bones
    and flesh of my flesh;
    she shall be called ‘woman,’
    for she was taken out of man.”

    For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. (NIV)

    Genesis 12:2-3
    “I will make you into a great nation
    and I will bless you;
    I will make your name great,
    and you will be a blessing.
    I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you I will curse;
    and all peoples on earth
    will be blessed through you.”
    (NIV)

Outline of the Book of Genesis:

  • Creation – Genesis 1:1-2:3
  • Adam and Eve‘s Story – Genesis 2:4-5:32
  • Noah’s Story – Genesis 6:1-11:32
  • Abraham‘s Story – Genesis 12:1-25:18
  • Isaac’s Story – Genesis 25:19-28:9
  • Jacob’s Story – Genesis 28:10-36:43
  • Joseph’s Story – Genesis 37:1-50:26

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