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Wednesday, April 24, 2013
"Surviving the Days of Noah"
"Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men: but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences" II Corinthians 5:11.
Jesus said, "And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man" Luke 17:26. He is referring to the days of His revelation, or return, being similar to the days in which Noah lived before the flood destroyed the world. Jesus gives a clear picture of what society was like in those days. There was an overabundance of eating, and drunkenness; there was an overabundance of marriage and divorce; and there was violence and demonic control. This condition had continued for many centuries in the world and was the "normal" way of life when Noah was born. Yet, Noah navigated a totally corrupt world and had a family upon whom God could shower favor. Do you want this kind of family?
There is no doubt that we are currently living in the "last days." I believe we are in the last minutes of the last hour of the last days. Therefore, we are in the days similar to the days of Noah. Eating and drinking are in an overabundance these days, as well as marriage, divorce and remarriage. Violence and demonic control are the headlines on every front page, every day. So what are Christians to do? How do we, like Noah, survive our society? How can our families have God's favor showered on them? What did Noah do?
? Noah had faith in God's Word. "Noah was a just man" Gen. 6:9. Just means "righteous, vindicated by God; right in conduct." To be a just man Noah had to have faith in God. "The just shall live by his faith" Hab. 2:4. Faith in God gave Noah access to God's grace. Noah was justified by faith, and he lived according to his faith. This means he lived a just life, a righteous life, because he was saved.
? Noah had unblemished integrity. "And perfect in his generations" Gen. 6:9. Perfect means "whole, complete, and unblemished." He married a wife that was not of the wicked society, and their children were raised differently than the rest of the world. His "generations" were unblemished by the corruption in the world. They were separated by conduct from the rest of society. Noah didn't get divorced. His boys didn't marry ungodly girls that drew their hearts toward the world. Noah's family stood out from the corrupt world.
? Noah walked with God. Gen. 6:9. Noah was going God's direction! He was in fellowship, unity and agreement with God, and God with him. "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" Amos 3:3. Noah's family life was in agreement with God! He was not walking "according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience" Eph. 2:2. Perhaps God had given Noah a lesson on Eph. 5: 1-10 while they were on a walk. Noah listened to God's Word and walked in obedience to it.
? Noah got the whole family working for the Lord. "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" Heb. 11:7. "While the ark was a preparing" I Peter 3:20. Noah got his family involved in preparing a vessel of salvation from the flood. They were busy building God's work according to His instructions. Noah also preached to that corrupt world while they were busy building the ark. "And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly" II Peter 2:5. Noah led his family into working and witnessing!
Here is the instruction manual for "Surviving the Days of Noe." Check up on your life, and see if there is any adjustment that needs to be made. We don't have much time to get ourselves in line before Jesus comes again! "Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men: but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences" II Corinthians 5:11.