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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Genesis 6:22

Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.

For further study - Genesis 6:1-22

I realize that I do not every minute of every day do all that the Lord has directed me to do through His Word. As I come to our key verse for today, having read the extended portion as well, I am even more frustrated with myself. This man Noah is known throughout the world as a man who did all that God had commanded him to do.

I am humbled by how Noah lived his life in a day that was much more ungodly than our day. I know this is true because Jesus said in Matthew 24:37 that He would come back to earth in a day when it was as Noah's day. Jesus has not come back so our days are not yet as bad as Noah's day.

Take a moment and think about our key verse again as we consider what the Lord told Noah was going to happen and what He told Noah He wanted him to do. Verse 13 tells us the conversation between Noah and God.

Noah heard from God that the Lord was going to destroy all of humankind with the exception of himself, his wife, their three sons, and their son's wives.

Now that would have blown me away, but Noah continued to listen to the instruction that God was giving him, in light of the coming judgment. God, in this same conversation, would tell Noah that the boat, the Ark, which he was to build would protect his family and two of each kind of animal on the earth. The boat was to protect them from the judgment that was coming - a worldwide flood, verse 17.

Can you imagine what Noah might have thought? What is a "flood?" What is "rain" that will cause the flood? Until this time in history, there had never been rain - thus no flood had ever happened - like what Noah was hearing about.

Noah was given exact instructions on how to build the Ark, verses 14-16. Noah was given 120 years to prepare the Ark and to warn all of humankind, verse 3. And the end result was that only 7 people believed him. Those seven were his wife, his three sons, and their wives.

What a testimony that Noah had, those closest to him were those who believed him and were spared the judgment. Once again I am in awe of Noah, a man who in this situation did all that the Lord commanded him to do.

One final thought. Keep in mind what Jesus said in His Olivet Discourse,Matthew 24:37. As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the days that the Lord will return.

If you read Genesis 4-10 you can determine how it was in those days. Genesis 11 is focused on Babylon, the location of a one world religion and one world government, which is how it was in Noah's day.

By the way, Biblical Babylon is modern-day Iraq. The world today is focused on the same part of the world that it was in Noah's day was. We could well be in the day of His return.

PRAYER THOT: Lord, help me to be a man like Noah and do all that You direct me to do.