The patriarchs Adam
and Seth were dead by the time Noah was born but all the others were
still alive. His great-great-grandfather Enoch had been taken alive to
heaven, but he had left behind written records of his experience with
God and the account of the fallen angels who infiltrated humanity and
created a hybrid race.
It is obvious that
Noah walked with God but there is no record of what he did during his
first 500 years on earth. The Bible indicates that his father, Lamech,
worked in agriculture and had his own land. Noah must have been involved
in the family business, and for him to build the ark, indicates that he
wasnít a poor person, but wealthy enough to be hire workers and purchase
material for the ship that was the size of a WWII aircraft carrier.
Noah became a
preacher and a prophet when God spoke to him at the age of 500. It had
never rain on the earth up to this point. So when God told Noah the
earth would be flooded, it was hard to believe. The ship was to be build
on dry land far from lakes or oceans. It would take an enormous number
of trees which would have to be cut down and shaped into planks,
necessitating hiring workers to help with the construction of the ship.
For the next 100
years, Noah supervised the building of the boat while he preached
repentance and warned of coming judgment. He was rejected by everyone,
including his own siblings and extended family members. Out of 600
million people, only his wife, his sons and their wives stood with him.
Noah had faith in God and believed that God had told him the truth.
After 100 years, God
spoke to Noah and told him to enter the ark with his family. The Lord
sent all the animals in just seven days and it must have been painful as
Noah realized judgment was imminent for the earthís population.
Then it began raining
and for the next five months the ark drifted on the waters that covered
the earthís surface. It would take another five months for the waters to
recede. Noah and his family spent nearly a year on the ark and his faith
never wavered until he stepped off the ship onto dry land.
Something happened to
Noah when he saw silt covering everything and the bones of the people
who had drowned and he decided to do what so many people did prior to
the flood Ė he start drinking. He used his skills to plant a vineyard
and made wine which he used to get drunk.
Noah lived for
another 350 years after the flood, but there is no records of him
preaching and teaching like he had done previously. He didnít warn the
new generation to stay away from sin and idolatry. My personal thinking
is that Noah was devastated from the death of so many people and reached
the point where he didnít care anymore.
He spent 600 years
living for the Lord. He had faith that God would save him and his family
from the judgment. But after the flood was over, he lost all desire to
serve God and just sat around getting drunk.
Grief destroyed Noah's relationship with God and his descendants were
enamored by what the Devil had to offer. How many Christians today have
become disillusioned like Noah and just donít care anymore?
Print out the sermon outline and let's examine the
Scriptures together Sunday morning at 9:00 AM PST.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor John S. Torell