Something About Noah
By Andy Geesey
January 1, 2008
No matter what your opinion is of the flood, we may all benefit from the lessons that can be learned from Noah's convictions.
According to the biblical account, if we figure each day as a literal twenty four hour day, which seems to have been the case when we read Genesis chapter one in the following manner...
1. Let's start off as 1, January, 0000
2. Now, as we move forward, we find some interesting recordings, taking place on 6, January, 0000-the first man Adam is created.
3. According to Gen 5:5, Adam died at the age of 930.
4. According to the bible Adam lived a long live, yet he was not the oldest man to have lived, that title goes to Methuselah who was born in 622 and died in November 1656, at the ripe old age of 969.
5. Methuselah was the grandfather of Noah, the oldest man who ever lived. The meaning of Methuselah's name meant...when he dies, it begins. What's interesting here is that the flood rains began in November of 1656, an indication that Methuselah really did live up to his name.
6. Noah would have been born on August 31, 1056. It would not be until 1536 that God would warn him of the flood that was coming. Noah had 3 sons none of which were born when he received his instructions from God. However they were all fully grown and married when they entered the ark. We know that the oldest son was 98 at that time, indicating he was a grown man and able to make choices for himself.
This shows the faith of Noah, he believed what God had said was going to happen, because he went to work and the Bible says, he began to build the ark. Noah personally believed that God was going to spare him and his family-this all took place while he knew the Judgment of God was near.
This teaches us that Noah did not stop living while building the ark. He fathered his children and taught them to have respect unto God. He taught them right from wrong and to place their trust in the Word and person of God.
Noah must have been a man of strong conviction, in order to accomplish the task that he was given. He raised his family and then lead them into the only place of safety, while all other men watched, listened, and rejected his warnings.
This also shows that knowing is not good enough, one must go further than just having a knowledge of truth. They must believe from the heart. That's what Noah did. We find this same principal in the New Testament also...
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed"
Just in these three verses alone we see the promise of God, that if you or I confess with our mouth and believe in the heart, we shall be saved.
The sinner is ashamed of Jesus, but when the sinner comes to Christ Jesus in faith, believing from the heart, he is made a new creature and is no longer ashamed. From that point on he walks, not in pride of self, but in full assurance of the promises of God. He begins to understand such verses as John 5:24, 1st John3:2, and 1st John 5:13, as personal promises from God.
In the same way that Noah believed the spoken Word of God about the coming flood and how he could be sure of escaping from the disaster, so you and I must believe in Jesus as the only answer-believing with full assurance from the heart.
Jesus said it plain in John 14:6...
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me"
Jesus never said, that he was one of the ways, or a way, but stated strongly that he was the only singular way to the Father. I believe that enough to bank on it, do you?
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