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09 September 27, 2015, Gensis 6 & 7, God Saves

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09 September 27, 2015, Gensis 6 & 7, God Saves

  1. 1. Genesis 6:8-18, 7:11-14 God Saves September 27, 2015 First Baptist Church Jackson, Mississippi USA What’s the number one thing? The Glory of God! http://pabloperez.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/the-glory-of-god-2.jpg 1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV 31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KFOtNWjTX5s/UdT_aGKSebI/AAAAAAAAAB0/ieKqL_IsJHg/s960/1031-wallpaper-slide-v2.gif September Memory Verse: Psalm 86:11 NIV 11 Teach me Your way, LORD, that I may rely on Your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Your name.
  2. 2. Please Pray For The Pastor Search Committee Ross Aven Rodney DePriest Laurel Ditto Susan Lindsay Chris Maddux Joe Young Paul Moak, Jr. (Chairman) French Camp Academy http://thehowellfamily.yolasite.com/resources/French%20Camp%20sign.jpg Date Time Opponent/Location/Score 10/02 7:00pm Starkville Academy 10/09 7:00pm @ Nanih Waiya (Louisville, MS) 10/16 7:00pm Noxapater 10/23 7:30pm @ Durant 10/30 7:00pm Ethel (Ethel, MS) Lee Thigpen, the FBJ Community Director, challenged every adult Sunday School class to be engaged in one service project in Metro Jackson before we celebrate Global Missions Week November 6-8, 2015. Lee has complied Service Project Opportunities that we as a Sunday School class can connect with. We may contact Lee Thigpen at 601-949-1932 or lthigpen@fbcj.org to discuss areas of service.
  3. 3. Share your faith with one person each month and build a relationship with them, so they will become a believer in 2015 as God uses you to plant seeds with that person. Luke 19:11-27 http://beavercreekchristian.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/becoming-a-disciple-maker.jpg How have you seen God at work during the week? http://www.tillhecomes.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/God_At_Work.jpg Sunday http://tse2.mm.bing.net/th?id=JN.YeZK4m9R0ZovA7PRca4vag&pid=15.1 Joe Young teaches: Genesis 8 & 9 October 4, 2015 First Baptist Church Jackson, Mississippi USA
  4. 4. http://www.marionbible.com/assets/images/feasts.gif Feast of Tabernacles 2015 Sunday Evening, September 27 thru Monday Evening, October 5 Jesus may have been conceived by the Holy Spirit on December 25th but there is strong evidence to suggest that He was born during the Feast of Tabernacles (shepherds abiding in the fields and no room for Him in the inn). The Feast of Tabernacles celebrates God’s provision during the 40 years in transient housing in the wilderness but it also celebrates the coming thousand year reign of Christ on Earth. Ezekiel 37:26-28 NKJV 26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them, and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore. 27 My tabernacle also shall be with them; indeed I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 28 The nations also will know that I, the Lord, sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.”’” Ezekiel 37:26-28 NKJV Revelation 21:2-4 NKJV 2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:2-4 NKJV
  5. 5. Today Genesis 6:8-18; 7:11-14 God Saves http://www.jesuscoffeebreak.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Noah_slide16-9-e1394735867394.jpg Matthew 24:37-39 NKJV 37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Matthew 24:37-39 NKJV Luke 17:26-30 NKJV 26 And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: 27 They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28 Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; 29 but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed. Luke 17:26-30 NKJV http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pZLIGzGDzos/UVVImaNr2qI/AAAAAAAAFDc/O_tYlUki5_c/s640/days+of+Noah.jpg
  6. 6. Genesis 6:8-18; 7:11-14 God Saves Genesis 6:8-18 NKJV 8 But Noah found grace (favor) in the eyes of the Lord. Noah Pleases God 9 This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just (righteous) man, perfect (blameless) in his generations. Noah walked with God. 10 And Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. http://gatewayinternationalpublishing.com/shem_ham_and_japheth.png 11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. http://media.farsnews.com/media/Uploaded/Files/Images/1393/11/28/13931128000678_PhotoI.jpg
  7. 7. 12 So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. http://realtruth.org/images/western_paris_violence-apha-110129jpg.jpg 13 And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth. http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/10/2b/ba/102bba963cd59ae5bff0f90162682d9b.jpg 14 Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch. http://tse3.mm.bing.net/th?id=JN.Negnx5AmRTkmV3GLFvBDPQ&w=291&h=188&c=7&rs=1&qlt=90&o=4&pid=1.1
  8. 8. 15 And this is how you shall make it: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. http://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=JN.IsCR0h1e1/oxezs0GHZrjA&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0&r=0 16 You shall make a window for the ark, and you shall finish it to a cubit from above; and set the door of the ark in its side. You shall make it with lower, second, and third decks. http://i2.wp.com/www.ancient-code.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Ark_Of_Noah.jpg?resize=618%2C464 17 And behold, I Myself am bringing floodwaters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7i98zGIYtKs/T8d4syGzUxI/AAAAAAAAFYY/73bTLiA6dJU/s1600/Noah+flood.jpg
  9. 9. 18 But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark—you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.” Genesis 6:11-18 NKJV http://www.turnbacktogod.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/i-learned-from-noahs-ark.jpg Genesis 7:11-14 NKJV 11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. http://www.wnd.com/files/2012/06/Brown33.jpg 12 And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights. 13 On the very same day Noah and Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark— 14 they and every beast after its kind, all cattle after their kind, every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, every bird of every sort. Genesis 7:11-14 NKJV Bible Exposition Commentary BE Series - Old Testament The Bible Exposition Commentary – Pentateuch.
  10. 10. http://cdn.answersingenesis.org/img/prod/primary/lg/00-5-036.jpg http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m262/dkkev/genealogy2.png
  11. 11. The Flood came 4,317 years ago in 2302 B.C. which was 1656 years after the creation of Adam in 3958 B.C. http://kevinwilkening.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/noah-2.jpg http://www.ebibleteacher.com/sites/default/files/images/1/Noahs%20Ark%202%201024.JPG?1308107765 http://www.arkdiscovery.com/images/Ark-diagram.jpg
  12. 12. Except for the increase in violence and crime, the times were pretty good. http://www.truthministries.tv/files/In%20the%20days%20of%20noah.jpg People were "eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage" (Matthew 24:38), and life was going on as usual. http://extraordinaryintelligence.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/ancient-jewish-wedding-customs.jpg When friends met at wedding feasts they laughed about Noah and his family ("Imagine building that big boat on dry land!") and talked about Enoch, the man who suddenly disappeared ("Strangest thing I ever heard!") and discussed Methuselah, the world's oldest man ("He'll die one of these days, mark my word!"). Methuselah was Noah's grandfather, and Noah knew that when he died, nothing stood in the way of God's judgment falling on a wicked world. The name, Methuselah, means “his death shall bring judgment” and traditions says he died seven days before the beginning of the Great Flood. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ylidBUjVbDc/S8SC_zNoNQI/AAAAAAAAAnE/jlbiuhBFxmE/s640/CLIMATE+CHANGE+at+the+TIM E+OF+NOAH.jpg
  13. 13. The meaning of the names of the ten pre-flood (antediluvian) patriarchs: http://www.christiamanity.com/images/Whats-in-a-Name.jpg http://www.bible-codes.org/images/Slide1-names-bible_small1.JPG God/Adam = Jesus "The God-man Seth is appointed; Enosh a mortal man Kenen of sorrow is born!" Mahalalel "The Glory of God Jared shall come down and Enoch teach that Methuselah His death shall bring Lamech the grieving Noah comfort and rest!" "The God-man is appointed; a mortal man of sorrow is born!" "The Glory of God shall come down and teach that His death shall bring the grieving comfort and rest."
  14. 14. What kind of a person was Noah? He was a believing man who walked with God & was the tenth and last of the pre-flood Patriarchs. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4GL8Da9I_Hg/UzlN5JQevAI/AAAAAAAAaCg/Y5bsCiDa53A/s1600/bible+noah.jpg Noah wasn't a minor character in the story of redemption; he's mentioned fifty times in nine different books of the Bible. http://220lily.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/mcconnellnoahll.jpg One Man's Faith, One Man's Family http://web.ccbce.com/multimedia/BLB/images/bible_images/Moses/noah_sacrifice1.jpg For over a century, Noah had been warning people about the coming judgment, but only his own family had believed him and trusted the Lord.
  15. 15. Then Methuselah died and things began to happen. God was merciful and waited for his people to turn to Him again; Methuselah's name is a WARNING for what was to come if people didn't turn from their sins. That's why God allowed Methuselah to live so long, because of God’s mercy. When God took his life away - that is when the flood began. Noah was a "preacher of righteousness" (2 Peter 2:5) during the building of the ark, yet only "eight souls were saved" (1 Peter 3:20) so apparently, the people of his day didn’t want to hear it (just like today). God had promised that "the seed of the woman," Eve (Genesis 3:15) would one day destroy Satan, and ever since then, Satan, in his hatred for God and His image in man, had schemed to thwart God's plan (Genesis 4:7, 6:2). Furthermore, man thought of "only evil continually" (Genesis 6:5) and "the earth was filled with violence through them" (Genesis 6:13). If left unchecked, there soon would be no survivor of Eve remaining. Certainly the extensive violence took the lives of many. Animals became violent and bloodthirsty and wars must have been rampant as man's sinful nature had full sway. Would we not be correct in assuming that the violence was directed toward believers most of all? • Perhaps Noah had many converts over the years, and the only ones left were the eight mentioned. This may have been what happened to Methuselah. Perhaps he was the last martyr, and when he was killed, God's patience was over. In order to preserve mankind, and in particular Eve's lineage through whom the Redeemer would one day come, God's justice was finally unleashed. • Dr. John D. Morris is the President of the Institute for Creation Research. • Cite this article: John D. Morris, Ph.D. 2006. How Did Methuselah Die?. Acts & Facts. 35 (12).
  16. 16. The Flood was not only an episode of judgment, it was also a time of God's grace and salvation. http://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.Mf2f3acb7ea31c45c9f88b4748de461eeo0&pid=15.1 Noah and his family, and two representatives of each "kind" of land-dwelling, air-breathing animal (seven of each "clean" kind), were protected and preserved on board Noah's Ark. Outside of the ark, "all in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died" (Genesis 7:22). http://bocsupportnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/noah_ark_people_drowning_2.jpg Genesis 6:8 NKJV 8 But Noah found favor (grace) in the eyes of the Lord. Noah was a righteous man (v. 9; 7:1). This is the first time the word "righteous" is used in the Bible, but Noah's righteousness is also mentioned in other places (Ezekiel 14:14, 20; Hebrews 11:7; 2 Peter 2:5). Noah's righteousness didn't come from his good works; his good works came because of his righteousness. Like Abraham, his righteousness was God's gift in response to his personal faith.
  17. 17. Both Abraham and Noah believed God's Word "and it was counted to them for righteousness" (Genesis 15:6; Hebrews 11:7; Romans 4:9ff; Galatians 3:1ff). The only righteousness God will accept is the righteousness of Jesus Christ, His Son (2 Cor. 5:21); and the only way people can receive that righteousness is by admitting their sins and trusting Jesus Christ to save them (Romans 3:19-30; Gal. 2:16). 2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. Isaiah 64:6b NKJV 6b And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; Noah must have learned this important truth from his father Lamech (Genesis 5:28-29), who learned it from his father Methuselah, who learned it from his father Enoch. How important it is to teach our children and grandchildren how to trust the Lord! http://biblicalproof.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/teach-your-children-the-word-of-god.jpg Noah was a blameless man (v. 9). If "righteous" describes Noah's standing before God, then "blameless" describes his conduct before people. "Blameless" doesn't mean "sinless," because nobody but Jesus Christ ever lived a sinless life on this earth (1 Peter 2:21-22). Blameless means "having integrity, whole, unblemished."
  18. 18. It was used to describe the animals acceptable to God for sacrifice (Exodus 12:5; Leviticus 1:3, 10). Noah's conduct was such that his neighbors couldn't find fault with him (Philippians 2:12-16). Philippians 2:14-16 NKJV 14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. Philippians 2:14-16 NKJV The person who is right before God through faith in Christ ought to lead a life that is right before people, for "faith without works is dead" (James 2:14ff). Paul warned about "unruly and vain talkers and deceivers...who profess that they know God, but in works they deny Him" (Titus 1:10, 16). Noah wasn't that kind of person. Noah was a man who walked with God (Genesis 6:9). • His great-grandfather Enoch had "walked with God" and was suddenly taken to Heaven and rescued (Raptured) from the impending judgment of the Flood (Genesis 5:24). Noah walked with God and was taken safely through the judgment. Enoch modeled a godly way of life for Methuselah. • Methuselah must have passed it along to his son Lamech who shared it with his son Noah. Genesis 5:24 NKJV 24 And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him. http://gracecommunity.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Enoch.jpg
  19. 19. Genesis 5:24 The Message 24 Enoch walked steadily with God. And then one day he was simply gone: God took him. Genesis 5:22&24 The Amplified 22 Enoch walked [in habitual fellowship] with God 24 And [in reverent fear and obedience] Enoch walked with God; and he was not [found among men], because God took him [away to be home with Him]. Hebrews 11:5-6 NKJV 5 By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:5-6 NKJV How wonderful it is when generation after generation in one family is faithful to the Lord, especially at a time in history when violence and corruption are the normal way of life. The life of faith and obedience is compared to a "walk" because this life begins with one step: trusting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. This step of faith leads to a daily walk, a step at a time, as the Lord directs us. He commands us to: "walk in love" (Ephesians 5:2), "walk as children of light" (Ephesians 5:8), "walk in the Spirit" (Galatians 5:16, 25), and to "walk circumspectly [carefully]" (Ephesians 5:15). A step at a time, a day at a time, we walk with the Lord; and He guides us into His will and blesses us with His wisdom and strength. http://www.laboringinthelord.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Walking-With-God.jpg
  20. 20. It is interesting that the Bible tells us there was only one door to the Ark (Genesis 6:16). • Similarly, there is only one way to enter into a relationship with God. • Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). For those who believe in Him, Jesus is our one entrance into God’s redemptive grace. Jesus said: John 10:9 NKJV 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. Noah was an obedient man (Genesis 6:22; 7:5,16). One of the major messages in Scripture is that we must not only hear God's Word but we must also obey it (James 1:22-25). Because Noah was obedient to the Lord, his "house" wasn't destroyed when the storm came (Matt. 7:24-27). • It wasn't easy for Noah and his family to obey the Lord, because the rest of the population was disobeying God and rebelling against His will. According to Enoch, they were ungodly people committing ungodly deeds in ungodly ways and speaking ungodly words against the Lord God (Jude 15). Whether it has to do with sexual abstinence, using alcohol and drugs, or joining gangs and breaking the law, we hear a great deal today about "peer pressure." The fear of the sneer of the peer. Anybody who has ever developed godly character has had to fight against peer pressure, including Noah and his family, Abraham and his family, Moses in Egypt (Hebrews 11:24-26), and Daniel and his friends in Babylon (Daniel 1). Resisting peer pressure means not only saying a determined no to people but also a dedicated yes to the Lord (Romans 12:1-2). http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2012/171/5/2/romans_12_2_by_blugi- d546yv4.jpg
  21. 21. Most people know that Noah built an ark. What they may not know is that he also built a godly character and a godly family. Had it not been for Noah's godly family, Abraham wouldn't have been born; and without Abraham, would there have been a Jewish nation, the Bible, and the Savior? http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_rprFZdC2ik/TvH9-2DUNqI/AAAAAAAABjk/5F9sMFYFlJ8/s1600/Genealogy+of+Jesus.jpg A faithful man who worked for God (Genesis 6:14-22) “The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him; and He will show them His covenant” (Psalm 25:14). When you walk with God, He speaks to you through His Word and tells you what you need to know and to do. http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/21/a6/cd/21a6cdb2ea14f6d9c09cf109660c5939.jpg John 8:47 NKJV 47 He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.”
  22. 22. Christians are more than just servants who do His will; we're also His friends who know His plans (John 15:14-15). https://youthandlife.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/whatafriendtop.jpg?w=540 John 15:14-15 NKJV 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. Building an ark (Genesis 6:14-17). God told Noah what his task was: to build a wooden vessel that would survive the waters of the Flood and keep Noah and his family safe. Genesis 6:22 NKJV 22 Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did. If the cubit mentioned was the standard cubit of eighteen inches, then the vessel was 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. http://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=JN.llAc0VIDkdpeNeFmSde1NA&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0&r=0
  23. 23. It had three decks, one door, and a series of small windows eighteen inches high right under the roof, providing light and ventilation. https://cdn-assets.answersingenesis.org/img/articles/am/v2/n2/ark-layout.jpg http://www.rtgmin.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/noah-symbolic.jpg The three decks were divided into compartments (Genesis 6:14) where the various animals would be kept and where Noah and his family would live. This vessel was designed for flotation, not navigation.
  24. 24. It was a huge wooden box that could float on the water and keep the contents safe and dry. http://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=JN.dZ4GuksM%2bdCPaWaI2PYk0g&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0&r=0 Dr. Henry Morris calculated that the ark was large enough to hold the contents of over 500 livestock railroad cars, providing space for about 125,000 animals. http://gabrielsreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Animales-llegan-620x330.jpg Trusting God's covenant (Gen. 6:18). This is the first use of the word "covenant" in the Bible. • The word appears often in Scripture because the covenant concept is an important part of God's great plan of redemption. God would explain His covenant to Noah after he left the ark in Genesis 8:20- 9:17. http://www.rtgmin.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/ark-outside.jpg
  25. 25. A secure man who waited on God (Gen. 7:1-24) "Do not be like the horse or like the mule," God counsels in Psalm 32:9, and Noah obeyed that counsel. The horse sometimes wants to rush ahead impetuously, and the mule wants to drag its feet and stubbornly stay back; but Noah walked with God and worked for God and let God arrange the schedule and work through him. It is as dark a mile ahead of the LORD as it is a mile behind Him. Walk with Him daily! https://godshotspot.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/34ed8-walk.jpg A week of waiting (vv. 1-10). Since the rains started on the seventeenth day of the second month (Gen. 7:11), it was on the tenth day of the second month that Noah and his family moved into the ark at God's instruction (v. 1). During that final week before the Flood, they finished gathering the animals and putting in their supplies. They followed the Lord's instructions, trusted His covenant promise, and knew that there was nothing to fear. At the end of that final week of preparation, Noah and his family obeyed God's command and entered the ark, and God shut the door and made it safe (Gen. 7:16). (Noah may have fallen down in the ark but he could never fall out of the ark.) OSAS
  26. 26. They didn't know how long they would live in the ark, but the Lord knew, and that's really all that mattered. "My times are in Your hands" (Psalm 31:15, NKJV). One year and ten days later, the same God opened the door and invited them to come out to live on His freshly cleansed earth (Genesis 8:16). http://papergiftsforestefany.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/pixabay-rainbow.jpg?w=812 Genesis 7:11-14 NKJV 11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 12 And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights. 13 On the very same day Noah and Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark— 14 they and every beast after its kind, all cattle after their kind, every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, every bird of every sort. Genesis 7:11-14 NKJV The day of reckoning (7:11-24). The Flood was God's judgment of a wicked world. God opened the floodgates of heaven so that torrential rains came down, and "all the springs of the great deep burst forth" (v. 11, NIV), so that even the highest mountains were covered by water (v. 20). God had waited for over a century for sinners to repent, and now it was too late. "Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near" (Isaiah 55:6).
  27. 27. The rain stopped after 40 days, which would be on the twenty-seventh day of the third month (Genesis 7:12). However, the water continued to rise for another 110 days and reached its peak after 150 days (v. 24). At that time, the ark rested on a mountain peak of Ararat (8:4). It would take 150 days for the water to recede (v. 3), which takes us to the twelfth month, the seventeenth day. Two months and ten days later, Noah and his family left the ark and set the animals free (v. 14). From the day that God shut them in, they had been in the ark a year and ten days. A patient family. In spite of the devastation on the outside, Noah and his family and the animals were secure inside the ark. • No matter how they felt, or how much the ark was tossed on the waters, they were safe in God's will. Patiently they waited for God to complete His work and put them back on the earth. https://tse4.mm.bing.net/th?id=JN.SWGZWmfntc0y2q8GiDjSVw&pid=15.1 It is "through faith and patience" that we inherit God's promised blessings (Hebrews 6:12; 10:36), and Noah was willing to wait on the Lord. • Peter saw in Noah's experience a picture of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ (1 Peter 3:18-22).
  28. 28. 1 Peter 3:18-22 NKJV 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, 19 by Whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20 who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. 21 There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 Who has gone into Heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him. 1 Peter 3:18-22 NKJV The earth in Noah's day was immersed in water, but the ark floated above the water and brought Noah and his family to the place of safety. http://www.westarkchurchofchrist.org/library/ark2.jpg This was, to Peter, a picture of baptism: death, burial, and resurrection. • The earth was "dead" and "buried" because of the water, but the ark rose up ("resurrection") to bring the family through safely. Jesus died, was buried, and arose again; and through His finished work, we have salvation from sin. Peter makes it clear that the water of baptism doesn't wash away sin. It's our obedience to the Lord's command to be baptized (Matthew 28:19-20) that cleanses the conscience so that we are right before God. • The British expositor Alexander Maclaren said: For a hundred and twenty years the wits laughed, and the "common-sense" people wondered, and the patient saint went on hammering and pitching at his ark. • But one morning it began to rain; and by degrees, somehow, Noah did not seem quite such a fool.
  29. 29. http://images.christianpost.com/ipost/full/1983/days-of-noah-and-flood-jpg-2.jpg?w=259&h=194 The jests would look rather different when the water was up to the knees of the jesters; and their sarcasms would stick in their throats as they drowned. • So is it always. • So it will be at the last great day. The men who lived for the future, by faith in Christ, will be found out to have been the wise men when the future has become the present, and the present has become the past, and is gone forever; while they who had no aims beyond the things of time, which are now sunk beneath the dreary horizon, will awake too late to the conviction that they are outside the Ark of safety, and that their truest epitaph is, "Thou fool!" We know from Noah’s account that God is the Creator, that sin has consequences, and that judgment is coming. • The people of Noah’s time lived how they wanted to live up until the Flood took them. • They never took the time to repent of their wickedness. http://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=OIP.M18fcb15d999f4afacd4204b681901188H0&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0&r=0 The Bible warns us that a second judgment is coming—this time by fire (2 Peter 3:7).
  30. 30. People are turning from God, rejecting Him as Creator, and putting themselves in His place. God continues to be longsuffering, as He was in Noah’s day, but there will come a time when judgment will come. • During Noah’s time the question was, “Were you standing in the boat or standing out in the world?” There was no hope of survival for the people outside of the Ark, God’s means of physical salvation. • In Noah’s day grace came in the shape of an Ark. • Today grace comes in the shape of a Cross. The only way a person can be saved from the eternal consequences of their rebellion against God is to turn from that sin and trust in the Savior Jesus Christ— the way, the truth, and the life. Where do you stand? The Plan of Hope & Salvation John 3:16 NKJV 16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 14:6 NKJV 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Romans 3:23 NKJV 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 6:23a NKJV 23a For the wages of sin is death,  Death in this life (the first death) is 100%.  Even Jesus, the only one who doesn’t deserve death, died in this life to pay the penalty for our sins.  The death referred to in Romans 6:23a is the second death explained in Revelation 21:8.
  31. 31. Revelation 21:8 NKJV 8 “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Romans 5:8 NKJV 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 6:23b NKJV 23b but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Revelation 21:7 NKJV 7 “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.”  Romans 10:9-10 explains to us how to be saved. Romans 10:9-10 NKJV 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:13 NKJV 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” If you have questions or would like to know more, please, contact First Baptist Church Jackson at 601-949-1900 or http://firstbaptistjackson.org/contact/

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