Wednesday, April 2, 2014

By Faith Noah. . .

"And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exits and that he rewards those who seek him.  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 heir of the righteousness that comes by faith."
Hebrews 11:6-7 ESV

Explanation for  Hebrews 11:6-7 from The MacArthur Study Bible page 1867.
11:6  impossible to please.  Enoch pleased God because he had faith.  Without such faith is is not possible for anyone to "walk with God" or "please him" (cf. 10:38).  he exists.  The emphasis here is on "he," the true God.  Genuine faith does not simply believe that a divine being exists, but that the God of Scripture is the only real and true God who exists.  Not believing that God exists is equivalent to calling him a liar (cf. 1 John5:10). rewards. A person must believe not only that the true God exists, but also that he will reward men's faith in him with forgiveness and righeousness, because he has promised to do so (cf. Heb. 10:35; Gen. 15:1; Deut. 4:29; 1 Chron. 28:9; Ps. 58:11; Isa. 40:10).

11:7 Noah.  See Gen. 5:28-9:29; Ezek. 14:14.  unseen. See notes on Heb. 11:1,6.  The world had not seen anything resembling the great flood (not even rain; see notes on Gen. 7:11), yet Noah spent 120 years (Gen.6:3) fulfilling God's command to build the massive ark (Gen. 6:13-22).  reverent.  Noah treated God's message with great respect and awe (cf. 5:7).  His faith was expressed in obedience (cf. Gen 6:22; 7:5).  condemned.  Noah warned the people of his time about God's impending judgment (cf. 1 Pet. 3:20), and is called "a herald of righeousness" (2 Pet. 2:5).  heir of the righteousness.  See notes on Heb. 6:12; 9:15.  He who was a herald of righteousness (2 Pet. 2:5) also became an heir of righteousness.  He believed the message he preached.  Like Enoch before him (see notes on Heb. 11:5), Noah walked with God in faith and obedience (Gen. 6:9).

"because they formerly did not obey, when God's patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water."
1 Peter 3:20, ESV

Explanation for 1 Peter 3:20 from The MacArthur Study Bible page 1894
3:20 did not obey. . . in the days of Noah.  Peter further explains that the abyss is inhabited by bound demons who have been there since the time of Noah, and who were sent there because they severely overstepped the bounds of God's tolerance with their wickedness.  The demons of Noah's day were running riot through the earth, filling the world with their wicked, vile, anti-God activity, including sexual sin, so that even 120 years of Noah's preaching, while the ark was being built, could not convince any of the human race beyond the eight people in Noah's family to believe in God (see notes on 2 Pet. 2:4-5; Jude 6-7; cf. Gen. 6:1-8).  Thus God bound these demons permanently in the abyss until their final sentencing.  safely through water.  They had been rescued in spite of the water, not because of the water.  Here, water was the agent of God's judgment, not the means of salvation (see note on Acts 2:38).

Let's pray:  Dear Lord Jesus, I ask that the truth found in the Bible will be made known, and that the false gods people worship will be exposed as false.  I pray for the unsaved--especially those who beleive they are saved, but in fact are not, but are deceived by the world and their church leaders. I pray for those questioning Your existence--that they will have the courage to ask You to show them the truth.   I ask that Your favor, protection and blessing will be on Your people and I also ask that they will never be deceived and lead away from You. I say these things in Jesus' name. Amen.

One more thing...I know that this is not a painting of Noah's Ark, but it is the only "boat" I have ever painted and is meant to symbolize an ark for this post.   Have a blessed day!

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