Noah – Faith-filled Obedience

James River Church – Sermon Notes – David Lindell

Gen 6:5 – The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. (Genesis 6:5 NLT)
Gen 6:13-22 – So God said to Noah, “I have decided to destroy all living creatures, for they have filled the earth with violence. Yes, I will wipe them all out along with the earth! “Build a large boat from cypress wood and waterproof it with tar, inside and out. Then construct decks and stalls throughout its interior. Make the boat 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. Leave an 18-inch opening below the roof all the way around the boat. Put the door on the side, and build three decks inside the boat—lower, middle, and upper. “Look! I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing that breathes. Everything on earth will die. But I will confirm my covenant with you. So enter the boat—you and your wife and your sons and their wives. Bring a pair of every kind of animal—a male and a female—into the boat with you to keep them alive during the flood. Pairs of every kind of bird, and every kind of animal, and every kind of small animal that scurries along the ground, will come to you to be kept alive. And be sure to take on board enough food for your family and for all the animals.” So Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him. (Genesis 6:13-22 NLT)

  • How will Noah respond?
  • Will you walk by faith, in obedience to God’s word – or not?
  • Does my obedience make a difference in the larger picture of life, church, life-groups, work-life, culture-at-large?
  • What difference will my obedience make in the larger scheme of things?
  • There is a direct correlation between obedience and God’s blessing on your life.

Heb 11:7 – By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. (Hebrews 11:7 ESV)

  • It is interesting to note that Noah doesn’t speak:
  • The story isn’t about Noah – It is about God. 
  • God is the Hero of the story-Not Noah…
  • The story is focused on God’s word and Noah’s response/obedience/faith.

James 1:22 – Don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.

  • How do you respond to God’s Word?

3 Keys to Faith-filled Obedience:

1. Heed God’s Warning

  • What is your default response to God’s warning/word?
  • Is it fear…of God’s wrath because you are afraid of judgement
  • Is it to hide?
  • Is it to respond in excitement?
  • Noah doesn’t respond in fear.
  • God is after our hearts – first and foremost – before our obedience.
  • Faith filled obedience produces reverent fear. (Good fear)

Heb 11:6 – God rewards those who fear him.

  • If you have trouble obeying God’s word question your motivation for obedience.
  • Judgement or Reverence

Gen 6:9 – Noah was a righteous man…He walked with God.

2. Heed God’s Word

  • Noah didn’t understand what God was talking about, but he began work anyway.
  • The word for Ark, in Hebrew, means box.
  • Noah needed to build a very large box – that floats.

Gen 6:14-16 – Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch. This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark 300 cubits, its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits. Make a roof for the ark, and finish it to a cubit above, and set the door of the ark in its side. Make it with lower, second, and third decks. (Genesis 6:14-16 ESV)

  • It took 4 guys 120 years to build it…A massive project.
  • Scripture displays Noah’s response…He did it.
  • Noah obeyed God.
  • He did not offer excuses

Gen 6:22 Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him. (Genesis 6:22 ESV)

  • Puritan John Owen: “No obstacle can stand in the way of faith, when it fixeth itself on the almighty power of God.”
  • Noah is juxtaposed with the evilness of the world around him.

3. Proclaim God’s way

Heb 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. (Hebrews 11:7 ESV)

Gen 6:8,9 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God. (Genesis 6:8, 9, ESV)

  • In the midst of his culture and generation Noah is a blatant contrast.
  • Noah preached by deeds not words – acta-non-verba

Luke 19:41 – When He drew near to the city, he wept over the plight of it.

  • Speaking of Jerusalem Jesus desire is to see faith restored.
  • Jesus first desire is repentance and renewal, not destruction and judgement.
  • Don’t let fear of judgement or fear of peers get in the way of your own personal proclamation of faith.
  • Let your reverence for the Kingdom of God compel you to proclaim the gospel through word and deed to both your immediate and extended circles of influence.


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