April 20, 2020
Good morning Salties and friends,
I hope you are doing well and you were blessed by our Sunday service. After our little detour into Micah we’ll get back into our study in Genesis 6.
We left off last time talking about verses 8 & 9 which are the key to understanding Noah’s place before God. First, he received favor from God, the Hebrew word for grace. Then in verse 9 he was declared a righteous man because he received that grace. He rose above the rest of humanity because he was chosen by God. Like any of us saved by grace he could trace all that was good in him directly to the sovereign will and love of God.
Verse 9 gives us God’s description of Noah and the order is in increasing spiritual maturity. First that he was a righteous man which we know is because he received God’s grace. The writer to the Hebrews calls him “an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith,” so he was a man of faith. He is also called blameless, not that he never sinned but rather meaning he is complete, according to 2 Timothy 3:17 he is equipped for every good work (building an ark?) He stood alone in the midst of the corruption all around him. Finally verse 9 says he walked with God. We talked about that in discussing Enoch, it means being in step with, going in the same direction and agreeing together.
Verse 9 teaches us that Noah was a man who lived his faith, shared his faith (2 Peter 2:5) and persevered in the midst of an evil society. May he be an example to us in this trying time as we observe Noah’s life and think about the words of the apostle Paul in 2 Cor 4:16-18 “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”