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NOAH

Welcome again to the message. Last week I went over a story in the Bible that I mentioned might be a little basic and that it would be easy to miss the depth in it. It was about David and Goliath. This week I’m looking at another basic story in the Bible-the story of the flood and of Noah. Turn with me to Genesis chapter five. In this chapter we find the heritage of Noah from Adam. At this early time in man’s history you will see that men lived for hundreds of years. Many people don’t believe this as it doesn’t fit into their theory of evolution. They think that man is evolving and growing longer years and living healthier lives. On the contrary-man lived much longer before the flood. Sin caused death to come into the world.

            There is a theory that one of the reasons men lived so long is that there was a mantle layer in the earth’s atmosphere that protected us from the radiation of the sun. The Bible does say that up until this point in history there had been no rain (Gen 2:5-6). There was a mist, maybe similar to the dew we see today, that rose from the ground and watered the plants. If this theory is true and men lived extremely long lives, it might explain why some skulls found are not shaped like ours-extended growth. Nevertheless, we must go by what the Bible says. I did a study one time and charted a graph on a timeline from Adam until Noah. I was amazed to find that Adam lived until a few years before Noah was born. Seth was alive when Noah was born. This goes for Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel and Jared. Enoch was taken by God before Noah was born but Methuselah and Lamech were alive when Noah was born. The most interesting thing I found was that Methuselah and Lamech, Noah’s father and grand-father, were alive during the building of the ark. Methuselah died the year of the flood and Lamech just before the flood.

            Noah had an incredible heritage that was able to testify of the creation and fall of man. Other men in the world at that time had forgotten that God created them and fell away from Him. In this short time from the creation, man had devolved into evil creatures. In Genesis chapter six and verse five it says that the only thing on man’s heart was evil continually. When he woke up, he thought of evil. All day long he had only evil on his mind and the next day it was the same thing. God saw that the only way to save His creation was to begin again. His plan was to salvage the precious creation with one family.

            Have you considered the power of one family? What about yours? If there was a world to save, could God use your family? What about a country that needed to be saved? Could God do it with you? If there was a city that needed revival, could God count on your family to deliver it? One family can do a lot. Noah’s family saved the world.

            God found Noah, and Noah alone to be righteous before Him. The Word says he found grace in God’s sight (v8).  Imagine the world going from a perfect creation to the pitiful condition it was in with only about two-thousand years going by. God had a plan that His Son would redeem the world. Man was destroying the world much quicker than God’s timetable. I often think that if God had not stopped the pattern that was taking place we would not be here today. I know that sounds far fetched but many today believe man could destroy himself with nuclear weapons and that’s not so hard to believe. Sin is much more destructive that any weapon man ever made.

            This plan of God’s was to have a man (Noah) build a large boat (the ark) and put his family onboard along with two of every species of animal. This didn’t mean he needed two of every breed we now know. I have several breeds of animals and they all go back to a common ancestor of their kind. My Yorkshire Terrier and Daschund go back to one pair of dogs (or possibly wolves) on the ark. A lot of people see all the kinds of animals today and say that there is no way a boat the size described in Genesis would hold them. Noah only needed one pair of elephants, not a pair of every type. Another point that people miss is that Noah didn’t have to have adult elephants, juvenile ones would do fine. 

            With this thought, every type of animal would easily fit on board with room to spare. Why do I say this? Look at verse Genesis 6:3. God said that man would have one hundred and twenty years to repent. Look at it again. God gave a period of grace to mankind to be saved and it was during the years that it took Noah to build the ark. God surely left room on board for anyone who would believe.

            Many civilizations have a belief of a worldwide flood. The scientists who theorize that the world is millions of years old use the layers of the world as a timetable. They theorize that each layer contains things from that time period, and the deeper layers contain older civilizations. Animals found in a layer above animals below it are said to have lived after them.  Fossilized animals and plants are categorized as living during time periods by this. This sounds like a good theory until you find a tree that extends through several layers. How did trees stay standing while hundreds of years of sediment fell around them and then become fossilized? I don’t know what you think but I have a theory too.

            I believe the Bible is accurate and that the fountains of the deep caused a massive, catastrophic event that stirred sediment up. This sediment was mixed up with the life at that time and everything settled on the bottom in a thick layer of mud, sand, rocks, etc. Some trees were still standing and extended through the layers. Have you ever captured creek water and shook it up in a jar? There will be layers form after it settles and the heavier things will be at the bottom.

            There is another thing that scientists haven’t explained (to me, at least). How does a complete animal get fossilized by simply dying? When an animal dies here on the farm we have to bury it. The reason is that the carcass will deteriorate and scavengers will come and break down the remains. Why weren’t these things destroyed before they were fossilized? It seems to me that the Biblical story of a flood answers all these questions. Evolution does not.

            Let me go back to something I said earlier. I mentioned that men lived for hundreds of years before the flood. Man’s theory of evolution says we started from slime and every so often (in a million year time period) the creature mutated into another form. Two swimming animals became two crawling animals. Then the two crawling animals began to walk upright and so on. This theory concludes that man’s DNA would be growing and increasing each generation. The problem is that genetic material is lost, not gained. Have you ever used a copy machine where you copied a copy? Where I work I keep an original marked so that I can make copies of it and not of lesser quality forms. A copy machine is a good illustration of how genetic material doesn’t quite get carried through. A copy of a copy of a copy is never as clear as the original. Well, enough of my own deductions. You have to decide yourself. For the sake of time, I would like to point out what the New Testament says about Noah.

            In Hebrews chapter eleven Noah is listed along with the great men and women of faith. I often refer to this chapter as the Hall of Faith. Look at verse seven. It says that Noah was warned of things that had not taken place yet and was moved by fear to build an ark to save his family. People no longer fear God or His judgment, do they? Even with all that is going on around us we have a society that ignores the signs of His coming that many of us see.

            Would you like to know why men can’t accept the flood? It’s because they would have to admit that God’s judgment took place. They would rather believe that things just happen so that they can live their lives the way that they want them. Believing in God means accountability. It’s the old adage of the ostrich with his head in the sand. Babies play this game too. If I can’t see you then you’re not here.

            Look at that verse in Hebrews again. It says that Noah condemned the world by his actions. By building an ark and believing in God he created a place where others had to make decisions. They had to decide if Noah was insane or if God really was about to destroy the world. Now that I think of it, that’s why people get so mad at Christians. They live a life that means others around them must make a decision. Christians are either insane or God is really about to do something.

            Noah believed so strongly that he became a fool in the eyes of all those around. His faith would not allow him to live otherwise. For fear of the flood he dedicated one hundred and twenty years of his life building a boat where there was no water. It had never rained before and so his belief that God would change the worldwide environmental conditions exhibited extreme faith.

            Think about it: people who don’t believe in God and believe that we came from evolution have much more faith than we do as Christians. The theory of evolution is based on conjecture and there has never been one missing link found. A dog has never evolved into a cat. A fish has never evolved into a dog. While my Yorkshire Terrier is small, he came from a large ancestor wolf. DNA shows this.

You might ask, “What difference does in make”? The answer comes in Second Peter three. In verse three Peter says that there will be scoffers in the end times and that they will deny that there even was a flood (v5-6). Noah was a man, just like you and I. He believed in God and lived differently than the rest of the world. For a hundred and twenty years he was mocked. Then came that great day when the ark was shut and sealed. The skies darkened and the rain fell. Men and women began to beat on the side of the ark, but it was too late.

            There is a great day coming in which Jesus will return. I sincerely believe His return is soon. On that day men will go about their lives as if it would continue forever. Here are Jesus’ words about His second coming——

Matthew 24:37-39 “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.  For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,  and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. “

Friend, they chose to believe that life would go on. It won’t. Jesus will come again and some will be left behind. Will it be you? Just as there really was a flood, there really is a second coming of our Lord. Give your heart to Him today. His grace was a hundred and twenty years for the generation of the flood. His hand is outstretched to you today.

Prayer-Father, there are some even now who scoff at what I say. They mildly brush off the Holy Spirit’s voice asking to come in. I pray for those who are nearest eternity that they would accept Your grace today. I pray that Your word would bring life to those who need it right now. Save the lost from destruction.

                                    In Jesus’ Name—Amen

paul

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Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

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