Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 2, 2022

“Thus Noah did; according to all that God had commanded him” – “By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household”

Today’s devotion comes from Genesis 6:9-14 and 17-18 and 22.

“These are the records of the generations of Noah.  Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time;  Noah walked with God.  Noah became the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence.  God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt;  for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth.

Then God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me;  for the earth is filled with violence because of them;  and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth.  Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with rooms, and shall cover it inside and out with pitch.  … Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life, from under heaven;  everything that is on the earth shall perish.  But I will establish My covenant with you;  and you shall enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. …  Thus Noah did;  according to all that God had commanded him, so he did.”  Genesis 6:9-14 and 17-18 and 22.


Why did Noah not try to rescue more people?

Noah could have warned people and pleaded with them to repent.  Noah could have built a bigger ark and invited some of his friends onboard.  Noah could have relayed the instructions of building an ark to others so they could build their own ark.

But, what did Noah do?

“Thus Noah did;  according to all that God had commanded him, so he did.”  Verse 22.

“But I say to you in truth, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the sky was shut up for three years and six months, when a great famine came over all the land;  and yet Elijah was sent to none of them, but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow.  And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet;  and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.”  Luke 4:25-27.

We live in a day and age where most of the church seeks to be people-sensitive rather than God-sensitive.  Rather than taking care to make sure they preach and teach the Gospel as God provided in the Scripture, the only ark of salvation, most of the church prefers to preach and teach whatever best entertains and draws the most people.  

“But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.”  2 Timothy 3:1.

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine;  but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.”  2 Timothy 4:3-4.

There are many in church who are “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”  2 Timothy 3:7.

“But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.  You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”  2 Timothy 3:13-15.  

By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.”  Hebrews 11:7.


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