Noah's FaithVolume 1, Number 5
Created Date: February 1, 2004
Posted Date: February 1, 2004
Vol 1 - No 5, January 31, 2004
Noah's faith in the Word of God.
The account of Noah and the days in which he lived are found inthrough 10:32. Since the purpose of this study is to investigate faith in the Word of God we won't go into all the details of this account. However, it is important to note , 11 & 12 to understand the environment in which Noah lived. That passage speaks of the people living whose "every imagination of the thoughts of the heart was only evil continually," "The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth."
In the midst of all this was one man who had faith in Gods Word, as we learn from"But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God" and from "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."
We saw in study No 3 the account of Cain and Abel and that God required a blood sacrifice for sins and this requirement by God for the covering of sin/s continued from the time man was ejected from the Garden of Eden until the time of the flood. This was the age of conscience and, like faithful Abel and Enoch, Noah, by faith, would have had to offer such sacrifice/s to cover his sins. Also, we note fromthat like Enoch, Noah "walked" with God. But God had a different and unique Word for Noah, he was to build an ark to save his family from a flood that would cover the world of that time and kill all who were not in the ark.
Here, in our examination of faith we must ask; what proof did Noah have that the earth would be covered by a flood of water? The earth had been watered by a mist each morning and it had never rained before so Noah did not know what this meant, much less what a flood was. He had never experienced rain or flood. What proof did Noah have that building such a structure as an arc and getting into it would save him from rain and flood? Never had such an ark been built? What evidence presented itself to Noah that everyone would be killed in the predicted rain and flood if they were not in the arc? The answer to both these questions, of course, is that Noah had only the Word of God, which to Noah, was the substance or title deed of his knowledge that the flood would occur, it was the evidence that getting into the arc would save him from death.
As evidenced by the fact that only Noah and his family built and boarded the ark, there was no one else on earth that believed it would rain or flood. The Word of God flew in the face of the evidence observed by everyone around Noah. Noah stood alone in believing God's Word that the destruction, which could not be seen was going to happen, and the only salvation to be hoped for was to build and board an ark.
We know this from, which instructs as to faith: "Now faith is the substance (or title deed) of things hoped for, the evidence (or the proof) of things not seen."
As a postscript we must note fromthat the economy of human government changed after the flood. Whereas before the flood men and animals were vegetarians, God ordained meat eating, as evidenced by verses 2 - 4: "And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat." Before the flood, man lived according to his conscience. After the flood God ordained human government, as we learn from verse 6: "Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man." And, we see from the story of his drunkenness, Noah's personal conduct was less than perfect.