- Sermon Notes
As in the Days of Noah
When God created Adam and Eve He told them to multiply and fill the earth and subdue it. Of course we know that people lived much longer lives in those days and had many sons and daughters, so the population of the earth increased very rapidly from the days of Adam to the days of Noah.
But when we come to the days of Noah we come to a very important time because Jesus told us that the last days will be like the days of Noah. I am convinced that we are living in the last days because of what we see happening in the world today, and I am convinced that Jesus is right – that these are days like the days of Noah.
What is interesting is that the days of Noah refer to two parts – to the time before the flood (the antediluvian period) and the time after the flood when God gave a covenant of grace to Noah. What Jesus was referring to was the time period before the flood when people were eating and drinking and marrying and giving in marriage.
In other words, they were going through life as if everything was fine, everything was good, but everything was not fine, everything was not good – because there was something desperately wrong!
There are many lessons for us to learn as we go through the study of these verses.
I. Do Not Strive with God
- In these verses we read that the population has exploded exponentially and the sons of God began taking many women unto themselves and the theme of the day was wanton pleasure.
- This became the norm of society and it would have been easy to just go along with the flow, as if living this way would be just fine, but God was not pleased.
A. God doesn’t give up
- God strives with us with the truth. We allow lies to take hold of our lives and God tries to counter those lies with the truth.
Illus – When God was contending with Cain, he gave Him a warning as well as word of encouragement.
Genesis 4:7, “If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.”
- Though God was contending with them, there comes a point when God gives people over to the consequences of their actions.
App – At first we strive with God, but at some point God allows us to start striving with the consequences.
- In Corinth there was a young man who was having relations with his step mother and the church, instead of striving with the situation, was apparently accepting the behavior. But Paul had a different response…
I Corinthians 5:5, I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
- When Paul wrote to the church in Rome, he clearly showed them that God will at some point hand people over to themselves.
Romans 1:18-25 No one will have an excuse
- The good news is that God loves us so much that He will strive with man, he will contend with us because He knows that if man had their way, they would destroy themselves.
- In other words, God is no one to wrestle with – He is stronger than you are!!
Illus – When I was on the wrestling team and was asked to wrestle the best wrestler in the state…
B. God always makes a way of salvation
- Yes, God came to a point when he said it’s time to take action. But we must see that at the same time, He made a provision for their salvation.
- God asked Noah to build an ark and used the prophet Noah to proclaim the news that God had made a way to escape the impending doom.
- It’s interesting that the name Noah means rest.
Genesis 5:29, Now he called his name Noah, saying, “This one will give us rest from our work and from the toil of our hands arising from the ground which the Lord has cursed.”
- Noah is a picture of the provision of Christ. There is an impending doom that is coming upon the earth.
- As we saw in our study in the book of Revelation, there will be a destruction of the earth because of the condition of men’s hearts, but even throughout those last days, God will give an opportunity to receive the grace and mercy of the lord.
Revelation 14:6-7, And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people; and he said with a loud voice, “Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters.”
- In Genesis, Noah is a picture of rest in that which is in Christ.
- No man can work his way to heaven, no man is worthy of salvation by his own striving, the only hope is in “resting” in the work of Christ.
I Peter 3:18-22 The power of the resurrection
II. Find Favor in the Eyes of God
- Noah is a contrast to the norm. In the days of Noah it was normal to be taking as many wives as possible and to walk in violence.
- But there was one who refused to walk as everyone else was walking.
A. Walk with God
- In verse 9 it is clear that Noah was different; he was blameless in his time, he was righteous, he walked with God.
- This is such an important key to our relationship with God and is seen in those who truly understand how to have a relationship with God that goes so much further than simply being religious.
App – You can be religious and have your heart be very far from the Lord. If you’re doing religious things for the sake of religion, there will no fruit for it is dead.
Isaiah 29:15, Woe to those who deeply hide their plans from the Lord, and whose deeds are done in a dark place, and they say, “Who sees us?” or “Who knows us?” You turn things around!
App -But if you are walking with God, then you will see the fruit of that because His life is power and His power is now at work in your life!
Galatians 5:22-23, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Illus – Enoch was such a man that walked with God and God loved him so much that God simply took him up to heaven.
Genesis 5:24, Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.
- That is a relationship that is made possible because of Christ! We can now walk with God all day.
Illus – Many people have mountain top experiences that are powerful and wonderful, but wouldn’t it be even better to walk with God powerfully every day?
Illus – walking with God means that we get up in the morning with God, that we eat breakfast with God, that we drive to work with God, that we work all day with God, that go home with God, that we watch TV with God, that talk to our family with God, that surf the Internet with God, and even that we go to sleep under the care of God…
Psalm 127:1-2, Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; for it is He who gives to His beloved even while he sleeps.
B. Begin with the intent of the heart
- In verse 5, the problem is clearly seen; the wickedness was great, yes, but the reason was deeper – God saw that every intent of the thoughts of their heart was only evil … continually.
- The passions and desires that we have are absolutely critical because our passions and desires are transforming powers.
App – A.W. Tozer wrote that we becoming what we are passionate about. As he wrote, “we are becoming what we love, because love is a transforming power. Therefore what we love is prophetic of our future.”
The problem for some people is that when they were in the world, they were very passionate about living it up with the world, but now that they’re in Christ, they’re bored. Why? Because they don’t have the passion of Christ in their hearts!!
- When the scriptures describe the days of Noah as that they were eating and drinking, it means that there was a living it up – party – mentality.
- The word to us here is the same as when we studying in Revelation, Don’t buy into Babylon, or “don’t be part of the party!”
- What we need to understand is that the intention of God’s heart is that we would be filled to the full with the life that has no regrets, that is filled with the life of God.
Psalm 16:11, You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever.
- Throughout history we see that God has been calling men to return to God with their heart – that we would have a deeper relationship to God than simply honoring Him with our lips.
Isaiah 29:13-14, Then the Lord said, “Because this people draw near with their words and honor Me with their lip service, but they remove their hearts far from Me, and their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote, therefore behold, I will once again deal marvelously with this people, wondrously marvelous; and the wisdom of their wise men will perish, and the discernment of their discerning men will be concealed.”
- But if we would return to the Lord with all our heart, we will find that He is gracious and compassionate and ready to receive us unto Himself restored and renewed.
Joel 2:12-13, “Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “Return to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, weeping and mourning; and rend your heart and not your garments. Now return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate,”
- In truth, we are favored of God because we are in Christ and that is the reason He came, so that we would know the favor of God in relationship to Him through Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior.
Luke 4:16-20 The favorable year of the Lord.
Genesis 6:1-9 NASB
1 Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, 2 that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose. 3 Then the Lord said, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years." 4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.