God’s Plan

Genesis 6

Remember when we came to this point in the history of creation and Mankind the one thing that seems to stand out is the absence of the Godly. Fact of the matter things were so bad God Himself was drawing a line.

The truth had not been silenced throughout these years, God had as He always has His witnesses. Adam lived 930 yrs. Seth 912. Enosh was still around even when Noah was born. They had the truth but they refused and distorted the truth to fit their lust.

But God had a plan. His plan was a man.

  • A Man.
    • Because we are wired with a sinful nature we have to be careful not to mistake His plan as the flood.
      • The flood is and was not the master plan. It was in the plan but not The PLAN.
      • God’s word states. (2Pe 3:9) ¶ The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
    • God’s desire has never been to destroy His masterpiece, His creation.
      • Since the time of the original sin God set in motion THE WAY of redemption.
      • Now in direct contradiction to God’s plan the devil’s desire is to accuse, deceive, and destroy god’s creation.
    • If not the flood then what?
      • A man! God chose Noah to be a witness for Him.
      • All throughout history God has chosen His Moses, Abraham’s. He has called out His Elijah’s and His Daniels.
      • He invited Matthew and John. Dr. Luke and Phillip. In doing so He placed a call upon their lives that nothing in this world could rival.
    • God still invites His creation to be part of the redeemed.
      • He then uses us to be witnesses for Him.
    • Noah lived in a time darker than any of us have ever seen our thought of.
      •  The sinful world was all around him but wasn’t in him.
      • God recorded for the world to see. (Ge 6:8) ¶ But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
    • Today we hear a lot of how hard it is to live righteous. To pursue Holiness.
      • What was different about this man, Noah, that even in a day where sin was more vocal than today, lived in a way that God took notice?

Let me share with you 4 things about this man.

  • He was forgiven.
    • The bible says he found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
      • Grace is unmerited favor. Something we cannot earn. Something we don’t deserve.
    • He wasn’t Godly because he came from a long line of godly men. God has no grandchildren.
      • He was godly because he found for himself eternal life from the generous overflowing grace of God.
    • Though being raised in a godly home, one has a better chance of knowing God. It is no guarantee.
      • No more than being raised in a garage makes you a car or being raised in a tree makes you a nut.
    • Noah, like us today had to make his own choice about God.
  • He was perfect, just.
    • Meaning justified or righteous.
      • His trusting God made his sin as if it never happened.
      • He lived righteous in an unrighteous world.
      • He lived by God’s standard in a world with no standards.
    • He was perfect.
      • In this sin sick, sin indulged, sin infused world, here we see a man living without blemish, sold out to the One he call Lord.
  • He walked with God
    • This wicked lust filled Canaanite civilization failed to attract him.
      • We trust what has authority over our lives.
      • He found greater attraction in God and therefore his life revolved around Him
    • We like to use this same terminology today but it is obvious it carries a far different meaning. Our Walk with God.
      •  In Noah’s depiction it means his life orbited around God and the things of God.
      • God really was the center of his universe.
      • It wasn’t a question of what the world thought or said. It had no authority over his life.
      • We trust what has authority over our lives.
      • God had complete authority over Noah’s life.
  • He was Faithful
    • (Heb 11:7) 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.
      • NOT YET SEEN!
      • There had never been rain before
      • There had never been an ark before.
    • Remember the prophet Isaiah?
      • (Isa 55:8-9) For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. (9) For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
      • Because Noah took God at His word, trusted Him fully though he had no idea what God was talking about.
      • He followed His directions.
  • Recall if you will the question, what was different about Noah?
    • We see there was really nothing Noah had that we are not offered today.
      • We can be forgiven
      • We can really walk with God.
      • We can be justified and perfect in our standing with God
      • We can even be faithful
  • God’s plan was a man.
    • A man who preached the righteousness if God and invited people to come and know Him personally.
      • Sound familiar?
    • For 120 years Noah took the time to share God’s invitation to those who gather at this monstrosity.
      • A side note: ever notice the things God used to gather folks?
      • An ark, slavery, kings. Jesus used fish and bread, healings and miracles.
    • Noah had specific instructions on how to build an escape for the coming wrath.
      • All the people had to do was first believe there was coming wrath, then believe Noah’s ark was The Way of escaping it.
    • While the world was busy rejecting God and any notion that He was in charge.
      •  Noah was demonstrating his faith by building the ark.
      • Simply being obedient to what he knew
  • The plan.
    • The plan was salvation through judgement.
      • In the account of the flood we have a picture of the coming cross.
      • The same water that brought death to those who refused to believe and come into the ark. Lifted the ark and all those who came into it were saved.
    • The cross.
      • The same instrument of cruel, humiliating, horrifying, punishment and death that our Savior was nailed to and crucified.
      • Brings life to all those who come before it and believe.
  • Today God is still using men and women. Boys and girls.
    • Preachers and politicians, deacons and doctors.
      • Mechanics and moms, farmers and friends,
    • Those who like Noah have found grace in the eyes of the Lord by taking God at His word.

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