Bella Vista Church of Christ

Vacation Bible School

7/16/18 Adult Class

Randall Caselman

 

Adventures With Noah

 

This week... Our study will be the same as the children’s classes Adventures With Noah...From Genesis chapters six through nine.

 

Let me suggest that if you really want to get into the study that you read these four chapters this week... Genesis six through nine.

 

We’ll have two sessions each evening...

• Our plan is to show a video during the first class period... Tonight’s video will start by rehearsing the Biblical account of Noah.

 

• Tomorrow night... We’ll look at the Ark itself... How it was built... What it may have looked like.

 

• Tuesday... We’ll learn how all the animals could have fit in the Ark...

 

• Wednesday we’ll try to answer the question... Was this a local or global flood by looking at the evidence supporting the Biblical account for a global event.

 

Several years ago... I did a series of sermons on our HEROES of our faith... After my lesson on Noah… Somebody laid a paper on my desk titled... Lessons I learned from Noah and his Ark...

 

As I give these to you… I want you to think of a Scripture or Biblical principle that affirms each… Here they are...

 

1. Don’t miss the boat...

 

2. Remember that we are all in the SAME BOAT...

 

3. Plan ahead... It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark...

 

4. Stay fit... Who knows... When you’re six hundred years old, God may call you to do something really big... Really important...

 

5. Don’t allow critics to discourage... Just get on with the ministry God has assigned you...

 

6. Always build your future on high ground...

 

7. So that you don’t become lost on the way… It’s best to travel in pairs...

 

8.  Speed isn’t always an advantage... The snails were on board with the cheetahs...

 

9. When you’re stressed out from a big responsibility... Just sit back and float awhile...

 

10. Remember following God’s instructions makes a difference... The Ark was built by amateurs... The Titanic by professionals...

 

11. No matter the storm... When God is aboard... There’s always a rainbow waiting...

 

12. Always share your space with others... God created us for relationship... Fellowship.

 

I hope you will remember these... In fact we’ll repeat them during the week.

 

I don’t know whether you knew this or not... But Roger Staubach... Who led the Dallas Cowboys to a Super Bowl championship in 1971 never got the opportunity to call his own offensive plays. Coach Landry sent in every play...When he told Roger to pass the ball... He did exactly as he was told... When Coach said to hand it off to the tailback... Again Staubach did as he was told.

 

Coach Landry told Staubach... Only in an emergency situation was he to ever change the play... Landry reiterated... It had better be an emergency... And you had better make the right call.

 

Even though Roger greatly respected Coach Landry... His pride told him that he should be able to run his own plays. Toward the end of his career... Staubach made this statement... When I faced up to the issue of obedience... Once I learned OBEDIENCE... there was… Harmony... Fulfillment... and Victory in the game.

 

Class...When we make up our mind to obey God... No matter the requirement or consequences.. Like Roger Staubach... Life will be filled with... Harmony...Fulfillment.. And victory… Amen?

 

Here in Genesis six through nine we have one of the most well-known narratives in the Bible... That of Noah and the flood.

 

There are many Lessons to be learned from this narrative... But when all is said... It was Noah’s obedient faith that saved him and his family... Obedience is our primary lesson for tonight.

 

God’s creation goes from being very good to being despised in God’s eyes... Because of their growing sin problem...

 

Since the temptation and fall of Adam and Eve in the garden... Sin had escalated... God could no longer tolerate the growing sin issue.

 

Scripture tells us in Genesis 6.6 that God was repentant... Sorry He had made man... So sorry that He not only vowed to destroy mankind... But also His animal and plant world.

 

However...There was one man who was saved because of his righteousness.

 

Scripture tells us that… Noah found grace and favor in the eyes of the Lord.

 

That’s an interesting phrase... Genesis 6.8... But Noah found Grace & Favor in the eyes of the Lord.

 

I remember only one other man… In all of the Bible… Who this phrase is used to describe... That’s Moses in Exodus 33.17... I am pleased with you and I know you by name.

 

The words translated I am Pleased with you are translated... Reads... You have found grace in my sight in our King James.

 

Well...What qualified Noah and Moses to find grace and favor in the eyes of God?

Our text says in Genesis 6.9... 

Noah was a just man...

• Perfect in his generation...

• Noah walked with God...

The English Standard Version reads... Noah was a righteous man blameless in his generation... For Noah walked with God.

 

Let’s see here what it means to be... Just... Righteous... Blameless.. Perfect... Words used to describe Noah and his walk with the Lord.

 

First... What does it mean to be just and righteous...

It was David... In Psalm 119... Who said... All your commandments are right and righteous.

 

Righteousness is as simple as our doing right... Keeping His commandments... learning and Walking in truth.

 

It was Jesus who said... You shall know the truth... And truth will set you free... Sanctify them through Your truth...Your Word is truth.

 

So...  If all God’s commandments are righteous... Becoming… just... righteous... Blameless... In God’s sight... is...Learning His truth... keeping his commands... Walking in His truth.

 

Secondly... Noah was perfect... Was Noah really perfect?

What does Scripture mean when it says Noah was perfect?...  Is anybody perfect?

We all know that Noah was not perfect as we use the word in our culture today.

WHY?... Because the Book of Romans tells us that... We’ve all sinned... That there is none righteous... No not one.

 

Righteous...Perfect... Just... In this passage is not speaking of Noah’s sinlessness...For he was like the rest of us... He sinned... He was not without flaw... But according to the Hebrews’ Writer…

noah’s Faith in God…

• His Agreeing with God...

• His trying to walk with God...

• Trying to keep His commandments...

made him… righteous... Blameless... Perfect.

 

I think Paul speaks of this same... Just... Righteous... Blameless... Walk... In Philippians 2.14 & 15... Listen... Do all things without murmuring and arguing, so that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.

 

Paul is not demanding perfection... But he is admonishing us to do our best to walk as Jesus walked.

 

Class...The purpose of Jesus’ coming was to… cleanse our sins... Make us... Just... Righteous... Blameless... Perfect...In God’s sight through His blood shed on the cross.

 

How is that possible...

Romans 8.1... There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus... Are we in Christ?... Have we put on Christ... Been clothed with Christ in New Testament baptism?

 

Galatians 3.26-27 says... We are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all who were baptized into Christ have put on Christ... Have been clothed with Christ.

 

Again…We gotta ask… Are we in Christ?... Have we been baptized into Christ?

 

1 John 1.7 reads... If we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son continues to cleanse us from all sin.

 

As baptized believers... Are we striving to walk in the light of truth... Walk as Jesus walked... Then we are... Just... Righteous... Perfect... Blameless...In God’s eyes.

 

No wonder we hear God say... Come now... Let us reason together... Says the Lord... “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

 

Here it is class... There is no reason tonight that you and your preacher should feel any pains of guilt... Because God has provided a way for us to be sinless... By the Blood of Jesus.

 

Don’t go home tonight with guilt... Get rid of it... All of it… Through His blood.

 

And here is the good news about Noah and his perfection.

The Hebrews’ Writer tells us that the blood of Jesus not only flows to us... Cleansing our sins... Making us... Perfect... Sinless... Forgiven... But it also flowed back in time toward Noah and the righteous of the Old Testament Forgiving just men... The Writer says... Making Just Men Perfect!... That people included people like… Noah… Abraham… Isaac… Jacob… Joseph… Moses… and other of the Old Testament!!

 

Thirdly... We note what it means to walk with God.

WOW... How many of us tonight can say we’re walking with God?

 

It is interesting to note that Amos tells us that two cannot walk together unless they agree... Noah agreed with God... That’s obedience... Isn’t it?

 

Obedience is agreeing with God to the point that we… walk with Him… Obey Him

 

Don’t tell me you believe in God... Unless your faith compels you to walk with Him.

 

What does it mean to walk with God?... To walk in the steps of Jesus!!

 

Indeed… Jesus was God in the flesh... So if we walk as Jesus walked... We’re walking with God... Amen?

 

It’s just that simple... To walk with God is to walk as Jesus walked.

 

Paul tells us what this looks like... Walking with Jesus is having His... Heart...Mind... Attitude... Disposition... And behavior.

 

So... The question becomes...

• How much like Noah are we?...

• Are we walking with God...

Really?

 

Number four... Let’s talk some more about Noah’s obedience.

Hebrews 11.7 says... By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.

 

Since Noah found favor grace in the sight of the Lord... Because of his faith... Noah is given a way to escape the flood... Build a boat...

 

Now we’re not talking about… A raft... A canoe... A bass boat... Even a pontoon...God gave Noah the dimensions for a craft that was large enough to hold two of every species of creatures on the earth.

 

Listen to these dimensions...

• 450 to 500 feet long... That’s one-and-a-half football fields...

• 75 to 80 feet high... About the height of a five-story building...

• The Ark is the largest wooden frame structure in the world… With three decks... It had over 100,000 square feet of space...

• This boat had 1.5 million cubic feet of storage space... It would have held more than 500 railroad boxcars.

 

Now we understand why God gave Noah and his family plenty of time to build the Ark and gather the creatures and supplies for this adventure.

 

It appears that Norah worked 120 years on this project... He obeyed God to the letter... In every detail... And was rewarded for his faithful obedience.

 

Here it is class... We too can be like Noah... God has promised heaven to our faithful obedience...

 

Listen to Jesus... In my Father’s House are many rooms...Many abodes... I go to prepare a place for you... And if I go to prepare a place for you... I will come again so that where I am there you may be also.

 

To Paul in Galatians 6.9... Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

 

To James 1.12... Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

 

Revelation 2.10... Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I’ll give you the crown of life.

OK... Let’s note some lessons we can learn

from this introductory lesson about Noah…

 

First... Don’t miss the boat...

It’s amazing that the world will be found unprepared for the judgment day coming... Just like the world was unprepared in Noah’s day.

 

Luke 17.26-27 tells us... Just as in the days of Noah… People will be eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.

 

Are we ready?... Really?...

If Jesus was to come tonight at midnight... Is there something you and I need to do?

• Are we in the boat?...

• Are we in Christ?...

• Have we been clothed with Christ?...

• Are we being sanctified by His Word?...

• Are we walking in the light of His truth?...

• Are we acknowledging our sin?...

• Are we faithfully obeying God’s commands?... His righteousness?

 

Class... Don’t throw these questions out...

 

These questions are not just rhetorical redundant thoughts to occupy space in this lesson... They’re questions for us to... Seriously... Soberly... Intently... Consider to see if we are safely in the boat of the saved... Amen?

 

Number two... We must stay fit and busy...

Interesting isn’t it... That Noah was 500 years old when God called him to build the Ark. That means that Noah was not only Spiritually Fit... For a man past the middle of his life... He was physically fit... Fit enough to work at this project for another one hundred-twenty years... Amazing!

 

This tells me... I need to be a good steward of my body...Because God may call me to do something physical...

• A building project...

• Caring for widows & orphans...

• Cooking meals for the poor...

• Keeping some teenagers during Jeff’s Teen Service Week…

• Perhaps going on a mission trip... etc.

 

Can I say this and you not become upset with me... When do we retire or resign spiritually or physically from hearing and responding to the call of God?

 

Can you give me the name of one Bible Faithful Obedient person... Just one... Who Scripture tells us retired or resigned from hearing or responding to God’s voice… EVER!!

 

I’m serious... We still… Hunt... Fish... Play Golf... Tennis... Travel...Enthusiastically attend our favorite sporting events... Support our team... Work for our favorite service club or charity... But we’ve resigned from Kingdom Ministry... Noah shames us here.

 

Here are some Scriptures to affirm this point.

 

Again 1 Corinthians 15.58... Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm.Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord,because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

 

2 Timothy 2.15... Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

 

1 Thessalonians 5.17... Pray continually.

 

Hebrews 6.10 from the ESV... God does not overlook the work and love you have shown for His name as you have served the saints.

 

Hebrews 12.1... Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no-one will see the Lord.

 

Revelation 2.10... Do not be afraid... Some of you will be put in prison… Some will suffer persecution… Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.

 

May God help us to stay fit physically and spiritually... Fit in heart and mind... Fit emotionally… Determined to say yes to God when He calls... And to remain faithful to that calling so long as we live... AMEN?

 

Thirdly... We are saved by grace through faith.

I want you to notice Genesis 7.16... The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah... Then the LORD shut him in.

 

Noah built the Ark... But God shut the door.

What good would it have done to build the Ark if God had not sealed them safely inside... The door was shut from the outside... Their salvation was a work of God.

Their salvation... Like ours… Was a gift from God... For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God... Not by works, so that no-one can boast...

 

Listen...

• It is God who so loved us that He sent His only begotten Son...

God who demonstrated His love in that while we were yet sinners... Christ died forus the ungodly...

• It was and is God who draws us to Him...

• It is God who adds us to the church...The body of the Saved...

 

Ours is to have faith... To believe to the point that we will... Like Noah... Obey God’s commands to the letter.

 

This brings usto our final point... Obedience is necessary... essential to our salvation.

 

Genesis 6.22 tells us that... Noah did everything just as God commanded him.

 

Genuine Biblical Faith requires that we be obedient to what we know,,,

Faith comes by hearing the Word of God... When we hear... We know... Faith is obeying what we know...

 

How can we miss Hebrews 11.6 & 7... Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him... For by faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.

 

Don’t let the religious world fool you...

 These verses tell us beyond doubt that... Faith includes obedience...

• That we become an heir of righteousness when we through faith are obedient.

 

It was Jesus who said... If anyone loves me… he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.

 

We’ve gotta stop for the evening... Come back tomorrow night...

In the first session we’ll view a video on the Ark...

 • How it was built...

 • What it must have looked like.


May God bless our study together!