Noah Walked With God

Genesis 6:9

"Noah walked with God."  The Bible tell us so.  It had been a long time since God had such a close companion on earth.  The last man who walked with God had been Enoch, but he had been removed by rapture seventy years before Noah was born.  Right after we are told that Enoch walked with God, we are told of the birth of Noah's sons.  Noah was about five hundred years old when his firstborn, Japeth was born.  So it had been a long time since God had been able to find a successor to Enoch.  

The world was already a wicked place, and it went on becoming worse until it was totally corrupt.  Every imagination of the thoughts of men's hearts was only evil continually.  Moreover, the world was filled with violence (Gen. 6:5).

But Noah "found grace in the eyes of the LORD" (Gen. 6:8).  This leads us to think of Noah as a person.  God said to Noah, "Thee have I seen righteous" (7:1).  Noah was born in sin, just like everyone else, a child of Adam's fallen race.  But there came a day when he was counted righteous by God (Rom. 4:3).  Righteousness is not something that we acquire by doing good; it is something imparted to us by God when we believe (vs. 5).  "Abraham believed God," we read, "and it was counted unto him for righteousness" (vs. 3).  Something similar took place in the experience of Noah, and God wrote it into his book:  "Thee have I seen righteous."  God had looked into the faces of millions of people.  He had peered into their hearts, looking for a righteous man.  He found only one.  His name was Noah.  The name means "rest."  God found Noah to be a restful person.  The name also suggest "comfort."  Noah had about him the characteristics of the comforter.  Such was Noah as a person.    

We think, also, of Noah as a preacher.  Noah is most famous, of course, because he built the ark, a place of refuge from the wrath to come.  Peter reminds us, however, that Noah was also a preacher of righteousness (2 Peter 2:5).  When Paul preached righteousness to Felix, that wicked man trembled (Acts 24:25).  We read of no such reaction to Noah's preaching.  The people had long since become gospel hardened.  Noah preached for a long time, one hundred twenty years., without a single convert to add to the roll.  There came a day, however, when he preached for the last time.  Perhaps his last sermon was preached at the funeral of Methuselah, whose death rang out the knell of doom over that old evil world.  Methuselah's father was the prophet Enoch.  He gave his son a prophetic name:  "When he dies, it shall come" was what people said when they pronounced Methuselah's name.

Finally, we think of Noah as a parent.  Noah had no success with this world's multitudes, but he had great success with his sons.  He saw them all, along with their wives, safely inside the ark.  The the door was shut, and an eerie week passed during which nothing happened.  But, at last, the first great drops fell from the sky, and the waters all over the world began to rise.  The ark drifted away from its cradle and out upon the rising waves.  A stab of lightening pierced the gloom.  Noah counted up his passengers.  All was well.  At least his family had believed.   

May our own circle be as unbroken as Noah's was in that day when God, once more, sends His wrath abroad.  May all be in the Ark (Christ) saved from the judgment storm.

 

This devotional taken from "100 Devotions for Pastors & Church Leaders" written by Dr. John Phillips and published by Kregel Publications.  Used by permission.

 

 

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