"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; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by FAITH"
King James Version by The Holy Spirit through Moses
with notes by Katie Stewart
The Book of Genesis
Chapters 5:28 - 9:19
AMECH LIVED AN HUNDRED EIGHTY AND TWO YEARS, and begat a son: 29 And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed... 32 And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth."
Noah was "called... with an holy calling, not according to [Noah's] works, but according to [God's] Own Purpose and Grace, which was given us IN Christ Jesus before the world began" (2Timothy 1:9).Noah's "purpose", preordained by God, was to demonstrate that God's "comfort" delivers a righteous people "IN Christ Jesus" from a sinful, "cursed" people who are WITHOUT "Christ Jesus". "Comfort" may not have been the word we would have first chosen to describe Noah's involvement in the world-ending event known as "The Flood".
"Judgment" definitely comes to the forefront of choice guesses as to what Noah's name could have meant. "A preacher of Righteousness" describes what Noah "preached" for, but by its very nature, also declares what Noah "preached" against.
But Scripture records for Eternity the fact of Noah's name, and the meaning of Noah's name. Noah was to be God's "comfort" from the curse or "cursed". Noah was named "Comfort" to reveal the "rest" we have IN the Salvation Ark of Jesus Christ.
5146h. Noach from 5117; "rest," patriarch who survived The Flood. --from "Strong's Concordance"
The Hebrew for "Noah" is "rest". Noah rested ABOVE the judgment-- not
in it. Noah and his ark are a type for Christ and His Rapture.
Just "as" Noah, "so shall" Christ.
Just like "the ark", so is the Rapture.
Judgment was about to fall on the sin-filled world of that day.
And judgment is about to fall on the sin-filled world of today.
nd it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the Earth, and daughters were born unto them, 2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose."
The LORD wants us to take special notice of the type of sin that was the most common just prior to the world's judgment. "The sons of God" thought so little of the Almighty that they would actually join themselves in the most intimate way, to God's enemies. God's people are NOT to choose their spouses from among the ungodly. We are talking about two separate worlds, with opposite motives, antagonistic values, and NO common ground. Men obey God-- in ALL things-- or they don't. There is no middle ground. There are no shades of gray. There is only Divine Light, or darkness forever.
Marriage is to be a sacred union, where two people are joined together BY GOD into one.
If a servant of the LORD disobeys God and marries an unbeliever, assuredly, they will have problems.
The rebellious act of one who "confesses with the mouth" (Romans 10:10) the LORD Jesus, to sinfully make physical union together with one who defies God, makes spiritual union with God impossible.
IF the LORD's servant repents, there is hope.
But, because there was no repentance, in
Noah's day (nor in our own), for the fact that "the
sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives
of all which they chose", there was no
"3 And the LORD said, My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years."
This was the length of time, "an hundred and twenty years," that God gave Noah to build the ark before judgment fell on the disobedient.
"4 There were giants
in the Earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto
the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men
which were of old, men of renown.
5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the Earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And it repented the LORD that He had made man on the Earth, and it grieved Him at His heart. 7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the Earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth Me that I have made them.
8 But Noah found Grace in the eyes of the LORD.
9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. 10 And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth."
Noah, being "perfect", gave his finite 100% in the same manner that God gives His infinite 100%. [Read more on "perfection": "An Urgent Call to Christian Perfection, Or, An Exposition of the Doctrine of Christian Perfection" ---New Window by Tom Stewart.]
"11 The Earth also was corrupt before God, and the Earth was filled with violence. 12 And God looked upon the Earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the Earth."
"13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before Me; for the Earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the Earth."
"14 Make thee an ark
of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without
with pitch. 15 And this is the fashion
which thou shalt make it of: the length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits,
the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. 16
A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in
a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the
side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it. 17
And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of
waters upon the Earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from
under heaven; and every thing that is in the Earth shall die.
18 But with thee will I establish My Covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee. 19 And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. 20 Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the Earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive. 21 And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them. 22 Thus did Noah; according to ALL that God commanded him, so did he."
The reason the LORD made a Covenant with Noah was because He knew Noah to be a faithful man, one which would keep a Covenant with Himself. "Thus did Noah; according to ALL that God commanded him, so did he." FAITH in God causes faithfulness in man. FAITH is the foundation and "substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1). "Without FAITH it is impossible to please Him [the LORD]: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a Rewarder of them that diligently seek Him" (6). When a man, woman, or child comes to God in FAITH, and believes whatever God says by doing whatever God commands then "God is not ashamed to be called their God" (16). God enters into Covenant with His people, and never fails to do as He promised. A covenant is a two-way agreement-- not just an unconditional promise. God has "prepared for them a City" (16), "a Better Country, that is, an heavenly" (16) in beauty and majesty, with "a far more exceeding and Eternal weight of Glory" (2Corinthians 4:17). And that's just God's part after this present life is over. His part is also to be with us, and in us ("Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us" [Matthew 1:23]), in this life until the next.
Our part in being faithful to God and the Covenant we make with Him, is to love Him enough to believe and obey Him-- no matter what comes.
Noah loved the LORD so much that he believed what God told him, and did what God told him to do.
nd the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before Me in this generation. 2 Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female. 3 Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the Earth. 4 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the Earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the Earth.
5 And Noah did according unto ALL that the LORD commanded him. 6 And Noah was six hundred years old [six = the number of man, i.e., "Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six " (Revelation 13:18)] when The Flood of waters was upon the Earth. 7 And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of The Flood. 8 Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the Earth, 9 there went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah. 10 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of The Flood were upon the Earth.
11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 12 And the rain was upon the Earth forty days and forty nights.
13 In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark; 14 They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the Earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort. 15 And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life. 16 And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in."
Everything that God said would happen, did happen. The animals, "two of every beast after his kind" walked into the ark "unto Noah". "Two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life" from over the "face of the Earth", gathered at the ark and entered on "the selfsame day" that the rain began to fall! Seven days before the rain was to begin, God gave warning. "For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the Earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the Earth." Noah had to wait a whole week, the clock ticking the countdown, until the most impossible thing in the whole world was to happen! Mockers and scorners must have tried his FAITH in God. They always do, "saying, Where is the Promise of His Coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the Creation" (2Peter 3:4). "An hundred and twenty years" in the making, those last seven days must have been quite a trial. After building the most unusual vessel in the world, hoping to load it with the biggest collection of animals, reptiles, insects, etc., in the world, and then expecting a worldwide flood to wipe out all of humanity not on that vessel-- Noah's FAITH was then tested with a WAIT! And Noah passed his test with a sure FAITH in what God had told him. "And the LORD shut him in."
"17 And The Flood was forty days upon the Earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the Earth. 18 And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the Earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters. 19 And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the Earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered. 20 Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail..."
[cu•bit: n. 1. An ancient unit of linear measure, originally equal to the length of the forearm from the tip of the middle finger to the elbow, or about 17 to 22 inches (43 to 56 centimeters). Middle English cubite from Latin cubitum cubit, elbow.] --from "American Heritage Dictionary. "Fifteen cubits" equals 21.25 to 27.5 feet.
"...and the mountains were covered. 21 And all flesh died that moved upon the Earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the Earth, and every man: 22 all in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died. 23 And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the Earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark. 24 And the waters prevailed upon the Earth an hundred and fifty days."
As the door of the ark closes by the hand of God, Noah's test continues. It's difficult to appreciate just what Noah must have felt, but the LORD gives us a record of what happened that we might try. Being "of like passions" (Acts 14:15) as Noah, how would you feel if you knew:
Noah was a man of FAITH. He believed God. And since
"of a Truth I perceive that God is no
respecter of persons" (Acts 10:34), I know, that as the LORD later said of David, "a man after Mine Own Heart, which shall fulfil ALL
My will" (Acts
13:22), so would He feel about Noah also, or
of any child of His that obeyed in FAITH.
nd God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the Earth, and the waters asswaged; 2 the fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained; 3 And the waters returned from off the Earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated. 4 And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat. 5 And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen."
Noah's FAITH in God was not confounded.
"God remembered Noah," and left us His Record that we also would have FAITH in Him and be "remembered" by Him.
it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark
which he had made: 7 And he sent forth
a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the
Earth. 8 Also he sent forth
a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground; 9
But the dove found no rest for the sole of
her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face
of the whole Earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in
unto him into the ark."
Just like "the ark", so is the Rapture. Both require patience. Both are meant to rescue the righteous.
Side Note Number 1: David Stewart-- "The Mind of Christ reveals circumstances which we share with Brother Noah. The one circumstance that interests me at this moment, is that of waiting 'upon the LORD'. 'And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His Salvation' (Isaiah 25:9)... Noah knew he had 120 years to prepare his Ark. That's more than a lifetime to most modern men. He had to wait for the LORD to fulfill His Word for more than the length of time it takes us to be born and to die of old age! 'Wait on the LORD, and keep His way, and He shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth' (Psalm 37:34,9). That, by itself, shows what an amazing quality of perseverance this diligent man, Noah, possessed! 'Watching thereunto with all perseverance' (Ephesians 6:18). 'The hand of the diligent shall bear rule' (Proverbs 12:24). And did Noah 'bear rule'? He 'prepared an Ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world.'"--from "They That Wait Upon The LORD: Part 1: Noah" ---New Window by David Stewart.
"10 And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark; 11 And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf [a symbol of peace] plucked off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the Earth. 12 And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more. 13 And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the Earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry. 14 And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the Earth dried.
15 And God spake unto Noah, saying, 16 Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons' wives with thee. 17 Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the Earth;that they may breed abundantly in the Earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the Earth.
18 And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him: 19 Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the Earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark. 20 And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in His heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. 22 While the Earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease."
When Noah "took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar", it must have taken a great amount of FAITH. Just think, the Earth had just been cleansed from any viable land-based food sources, and now you are going to take some of that precious animal cargo that is to "breed abundantly in the Earth, and be fruitful, and multiply", kill it, and offer it on an altar. Noah was grateful! Noah believed that of "every clean beast, and of every clean fowl" that had entered the ark by sevens, i.e., "of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female... of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female", that part of the "sevens" were to be used for sacrificial offerings to the LORD. And when the time came to offer those animals, Noah's obedience demonstrated his FAITH, his love, and his gratitude. And from Noah's time until our's, there has always been "seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night". Therefore, the LORD accepted Noah's sacrifice of thanksgiving, and it was truly "a sweet savour"! For "without FAITH it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a Rewarder of them that diligently seek Him" (Hebrews 11:6).
nd God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the Earth. 2 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the Earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the Earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. 3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. 4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat. 5 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man. 6 Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made He man. [For more concerning "the image of God made He man", please read, "What the Bible Says About Abortion" ---New Window by Katie Stewart.] 7 And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the Earth, and multiply therein."
Side Note Number 2: Tom Stewart-- "According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN, food production must double in order to have enough food for the 7.8 billion people expected by 2025. And, in 2050, India is projected to have slightly more people than China-- if the LORD should tarry. 'For yet a little while, and He that shall come will come, and will not tarry' (Hebrews 10:37).
The All Wise God certainly knew man's prospects when He gave the command to 'be fruitful, and multiply' (Genesis 1:28). Because ungodly man holds the 'Truth in unrighteousness' (Romans 1:18), the fruitfulness of having children that God intended to be a blessing for him, has become his curse. 'Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is His reward' (Psalms 127:3). 'If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto My Name, saith the LORD of Hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart' (Malachi 2:2). But, could not the All Powerful God have miraculously multiplied the planet's resources to have supplied man's needs, if they had walked in obedience? Certainly. 'Thou gavest also Thy Good Spirit to instruct them, and withheldest not Thy manna from their mouth, and gavest them water for their thirst' (Nehemiah 9:20).
But, in the Providence of God, the Eternal God understood that rebellious mankind would reach a conclusion, beyond which He would not allow them to continue. 'Because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that Man [Christ Jesus] Whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised [Jesus] from the dead' (Acts 17:31). It was a belief of the Early Church, as written in the extra-biblical Epistle of Barnabas, that man's time on this planet corresponded to the Creation Week. 'But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the LORD as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day' (2Peter 3:8). 6,000 years compared to the first six days of the Creation Week, while the Millennium (Revelation 20:4) would correspond to the Seventh Day or Sabbath; thus, some have termed it the Sabbath-Millennium Theory. 'And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made' (Genesis 2:2)." --from "Be Fruitful And Multiply: World Population Reaches 6 Billion" ---New Window by Tom Stewart.
"8 And God spake unto
Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, 9 And
I, behold, I establish My Covenant with you, and with your seed after you; 10
And with every living creature that is with
you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the Earth with you; from all
that go out of the ark, to every beast of the Earth.
11 And I will establish My Covenant with you; neither shall
all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there
any more be a flood to destroy the Earth."
God created the Earth. All that was created, God called "very good".
And all that was created was in harmony with God, and functioned in the physical ways God had uniquely designed for each of them. Creation fulfilled the purposes which God had ordained, i.e.,
1. providing much pleasure and enjoyment for Himself, "Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created" (Revelation 4:11)., and,
2. providing man with an abundant environment that was complete and wonderful in every way, "28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the Earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth. 29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the Earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. 30 And to every beast of the Earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the Earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so" (Genesis 1:28-30).
The Earth was the highest "good" God could do for man in providing a place for him to live. On this side of Heaven, the Earth shined as the most beautiful "home" ever. It was absolute perfection-- until man sinned.
Mankind is the only puzzle piece in the whole of Creation that is moral in character. Only man was created in God's image, having a free will to understand and choose that which is right in God's sight and that which is evil. "Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good" (Romans 12:9). It is ONLY man's wicked choices that FORCE the LORD's hand to mar, and even destroy, the wondrous world He lovingly created.
The LORD must judge sin. In fact, "the LORD is known by the Judgment which He executeth" (Psalm 9:16).
Just as the LORD judged sin in Noah's time, so will He judge again in our time-- not "by the waters of a flood", but by a "great Tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be" (Matthew 24:21) [For more on the soon coming Tribulation, see the section of our website entitled, "Timeline" ---New Window].
God said, This is the token of the Covenant which I make between Me and you
and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: 13
I do set My bow in the cloud, and it shall
be for a token of a Covenant between Me and the Earth."
A covenant is a two-way agreement, a contract, made between two or more individuals. A covenant is not just an unconditional promise made by one individual. ALL parties in a covenant must uphold their word by performing what each promised. Only then can a covenant be valid. But if one party fails, the covenant is violated and made void.
Everything that science has discovered reveals only a tiny, finite particle of the structure, imagination, and beauty found in the Infinite Mind of God. In God's Covenant with the Earth, the Earth's part is to be in conformity with God's will and design. The Earth, not being moral, agrees with God because it can do nothing else but agree. The Earth fulfills its obligation to the Covenant made by God through operating in the physical laws God gave it, i.e., gravity, energy, the mechanics and physical properties of all natural phenomena. Scripture reveals the covenant relationship that Creation has with its Creator.
In Creation, the LORD's handiwork is in concert with its Creator.
1. The stones can cry out His praise.
2. The Earth helps His people.
3. The sea, the fields, and the woods are in one accord with His plans.
4. The wilderness and hills rejoice in His bounty.
And in Judgment, nature bends under the strain of man's sin and agrees with "the Judge of All the Earth" (Genesis 18:25).
"14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the Earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: 15 And I will remember My Covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.
16 And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the Everlasting Covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the Earth.
17 And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the Covenant, which I have established between Me and all flesh that is upon the Earth. 18 And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan. 19 These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole Earth overspread."
The fact that there are three main shapes of skulls which define the races of the world prove that "the three sons of Noah" repopulated the Earth, "and of them was the whole Earth overspread".
Man, being moral, must uphold the Covenant by right moral actions to God's righteous moral Law. When man breaks God's Law, he proclaims the worthlessness with which he views God's Law. It is not his delight, nor does he respect It anymore than he delights in or respects the One Who authored It.
If man doesn't regard God or His Law, then he obviously doesn't regard any Covenant offered by God. And when that happens, all contracts are off. [Read "Salvation Always Conditional" by C. G. Finney ---New Window]
When the people of the Earth are so completely evil, and God sees "that the wickedness of man [is] great in the Earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart [is] only evil continually", then "it repent[s] the LORD that He had made man on the Earth, and it grieve[s] Him at His heart." Judgment must follow. God is Faithful, and requires His people to be full of FAITH. "The Father seeketh such to worship Him" (John 4:23).
Side Note Number 3: Tom Stewart-- "Solomon's prayer... indicates the understanding that Israel's godly king possessed of the character of God... 'There is no God like Thee, in Heaven above, or on Earth beneath, Who keepest covenant [i.e., performs His agreement or contract] and mercy with Thy servants that walk before Thee with all their heart' (1Kings 8:23). Whatever else that could be said of the Living God, Solomon knew that Jehovah keeps His Word, which binds Him to the Saints with an ironclad covenant. 'Know therefore that the LORD thy God, He is God, the Faithful God, which keepeth covenant [Hebrew, berith] and mercy with them that love Him and KEEP His Commandments to a thousand generations' (Deuteronomy 7:9). Of course, all that remains, is for man to be correspondingly faithful at keeping his word to God." --from "Keeping Covenant" by Tom Stewart.
We have been "warned of God of things not seen as yet".
Jesus is the Ark of Salvation for you and those in your house. Trust Him. Let Him draw you inside and allow the Father to shut you in, away from, and above The Judgment.
"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;
by the which he condemned the world,
and became heir of the righteousness
which is by FAITH"
(Hebrews 11:7 ).
Next in the "Stories of Faith" series
For more "Covenant" related material, please read:
Charles G. Finney's lectures in "The Oberlin Evangelist" ---New Window, in particular,
God keeps His Word, and expects the same of us.
"And he said, LORD God of Israel, there is no God like Thee, in Heaven above, or on Earth beneath,
Who keepest covenant and mercy with Thy servants that walk before Thee with all their heart"
by Tom Stewart
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