Wrestling with Truth July 3 2011

We are continuing our trek through the Old Testament.  Today we addressed the topic of SALVATION as presented in Genesis 6:5-22.  (Some ideas paraphrased from Colin S. Smith.)

(Gen 6:5 NIV)  The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.

So far the OT has shown us that there are two paths or patterns that people exhibit in life.  One leads toward God and the other away from him.  We see the bent of the family of Cain away from God and that of Seth toward God.

In the line of Seth, we find Noah, who is described as a comfort to the struggling people.

(Gen 5:29 NIV)  He named him Noah and said, “He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the LORD has cursed.”

Within sinful humanity, Noah is righteous and finds grace in the eyes of the Lord

(Gen 6:8-10 NIV)  But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.  This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God.  Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.

(Gen 6:13 NIV)  So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.

(Gen 6:22 NIV)  Noah did everything just as God commanded him.

Questions for reflection:

  • Did Noah find grace or did grace find Noah?
  • What does the flood represent?
  • What does the Ark represent?
  • When will judgement come?
  • In what sense was Noah a preacher?  (cf. 2 Pet 2:5 NIV)

What are the big theological themes?

  • GRACE IS AMAZING
  • THERE IS DELIVERANCE THROUGH FAITH — FAITH IS GRACE PUT INTO ACTION
  • RIGHTEOUSNESS IS AVAILABLE TO US BY GRACE AND THROUGH FAITH
  • WE CAN FIND A PLACE OF SAFETY “IN CHRIST”
  • THIS SAME GOD WHO SPOKE IN NOAH’S DAY IS SPEAKING TODAY

(Heb 11:7 NIV)  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.

G. Campbell Morgan speaks of God’s patience and his persistence.  1.  God does not act until it is necessary for his highest purposes.  2.  But nevertheless, God does act.

WHAT IS YOUR ARK? . . . . WHO IS YOUR ARK? . . . . TLT

P.S.  Have a look at this “NOAH” link – – –

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIDa1yb_WUY

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