BUILDING BOATS IN THE DESERT
Flannelgraph Series, Week 1
Sunday, June 5, 2016
- We are taking a grown-up look at the BIG stories of the Bible
- Noah’s name means, “rest” or “he will comfort us”
- God is grieved by what humanity has become
- God decides to hit the reset button and start over – identifies Noah as someone who was RIGHTEOUS, BLAMELESS, and FAITHFUL
- Noah found FAVOR (grace = unmerited favor) in the eyes of God
TEXT: Genesis 6:14-22 (#4)
“So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high.
- How big was this boat?
- Cubit = 18” / 450’ x 75’ x 45’
- Volume inside = 569 boxcars
- Animals the size of sheep = 125,000
- 17,000 in the Omaha Zoo / 7.5 Omaha Zoos
- Another ship of this scale wasn’t built until the 1800’s
Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubit high all around. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks.
I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you.
You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.”
Noah did everything just as God commanded him.
- Noah didn’t just build an ark, he built it God’s way
- He did EVERYTHING exactly the way God commanded him to
- In the NT, the writer of Hebrews tells us why:
- By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. – Hebrews 11:7 (#843)
PRINCIPLE: Obedience leads to God’s favor
- Noah: If I’m going to do this, I’m going all in. I’m going to do EVERYTHING God tells me to EXACTLY the way He tells me to do it
- This was a 120-year project (Genesis 6:3; 1 Peter 3:20) / 43,800 days
- While he’s doing this, he’s warning people – but they don’t listen
- “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all. – Luke 17:26-27 (#731)
- to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, – 1 Peter 3:20 (#852)
Obedience is a marathon, not a sprint. But it’s worth it because obedience leads to God’s favor.
FAITH IS REQUIRED
- “By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen…” – Hebrews 11:7 (#843)
- Never seen a flood / rarely saw rain / may never have seen a boat
- “Most of us will only follow to the point of precedence.” – Mark Batterson
- If you are a Christian / obedience requires faith / things Jesus taught
- Turning the other cheek instead of striking back
- Serving others instead of being served
- Giving instead getting
- Denying instead of gratifying yourself
LIFE’S GREAT QUESTION
- Korczak Ziolkowski / End of your life: “Did you do what you were supposed to do?”
- Are you doing what you are supposed to be doing?