Noah’s story, will it become our story
Matt 24:38-39 "For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark," and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”
Noah’s story is one of separation as he kept himself and his family from the defections and corruption of the society he lived in. He gave a testimony to all those who would ask about the boat he was building, not doubt being mocked as it was being built. The people watching him do this year after year for their whole lives until it was completed.
From when he was born his father Lamech called his name Noah, saying, "This one will comfort us concerning our work and the toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD has cursed." After he begot Noah, Lamech lived five hundred and ninety-five years, and had sons and daughters. So all the days of Lamech were seven hundred and seventy-seven years; and he died. And Noah was five hundred years old, and Noah begot Shem, Ham, and Japheth.” (Gen. 5:29-32)
Gen 6:1-3 Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. And the LORD said, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years."
Here we have the conflict women were being taken by force and God gave mankind 120 years and we will not strive with him in his corruption
As Noah’s sons were born 100 years before the judgment the world its people were deep in sinful practices ignoring what they once knew of their maker.
Gen 6:5-8 Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the LORD said, "I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them." But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
Gen 6:9-13 This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God. And Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, "The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
God singled Noah out because of how he lived. He did not participate in the wickedness of the people he grew up with.
Gen. 7:1-2: ‘Then the LORD said to Noah, ‘Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation.’ You shall take with you seven each of every clean animal, a male and his female; two each of animals that are unclean, a male and his female’
Noah being called righteous would mean he worshipped God and sacrificed (as Job is called righteous). There was the distinction of clean and unclean animals. When Noah enters the ark he is told to bring seven of the clean animals (for his sacrifices) and 2 of the unclean (Gen.7:2; 8:20). Each extra clean animal was for sacrifice.
Gen 7:1 Then the LORD said to Noah, "Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation.”
The whole time Noah was tested in his faith as he built the ark.
Heb. 11:7 “By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.”
Not understanding about the coming flood, Noah is instructed to build a large boat on land and he does so by faith. We see the whole world destroyed by the flood sent by God; only Noah and his family survive with the animals.
2 Pet 2:5 and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly;
The boat was a witness as Noah himself preached of a judgement coming and none repented because they were so wicked and in rebellion to God, just as we see in our day as it progresses to become worse.
“The wickedness of the human race had for a long time provoked the wrath of God. A cause of their unrighteousness was the intermarriage of the "sons of God" and the "daughters of men." Jehovah resolved to destroy the human race, but He allowed a respite of 120 years, during which time Noah sought to bring the people to repentance <Gen. 6:1-9; 1 Pet. 3:20; 2 Pet. 2:5>. Thus Noah was "a preacher of righteousness," exercising faith in the testimony of God and condemning the world by the contrasted excellence of his conduct. (New Unger's Bible Dictionary)
Noah showed he was righteous. After the flood the first thing Noah does when he steps on dry land is sacrifice: “Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar” (Gen. 8:20). Noah knew what to do as he kept the faith that was passed down from Adam; as he had been doing this before the flood.
Ez.14:13 "God speaks to Ezekiel on a land that sins against him, that He will judge their food supply. V.14 "Even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness," says the Lord GOD.”
God renews the covenant he had with Adam “So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.” (Gen 9:1) And makes a new covenant (Gen. 9:9-13) never to destroy all flesh by a flood again. In this covenant God gave a sign or token; the rainbow which is with us today as a reminder of God ending the flood.
Peter states in 1 Pt. 3:20-22: “who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. There is also an antitype which now saves us-- baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him”
Noah and his family were NOT spiritually saved by the water, but were physically saved from the flood, which was a judgment. Their deliverance came by building the ark and going inside it, which they did because of their faith. Noah showed that he had possessed faith by being obedient and building the ark.
The antitype: “figure” (baptism) speaks of our identification with Christ who has saved us - He was the type of “ark” of Noah's salvation. The ark is used for the believer's salvation from judgment by being in Christ. “The like figure which now saves us” in typology it depicts Christ as our Atonement for sin. Noah was safely enclosed in the ark by God closing the door (“clothed” with the ark); we are told to be “clothed” with Christ.” Scripture makes it clear it was God who “saved” Noah from the waters.
From the beginning man was a recipient of God’s grace. The Bible mentions 5 specific people grace was given to in the Old Testament Noah (Gen. 6:8); Abraham (Gen. 18:3; 24:27); Lot (Gen. 19:19); Jacob (Gen. 32:10; 33:5); and Joseph (Gen. 39:21; 43:29). Noah was saved before he ever built the ark. He had “found grace in the eyes of the Lord” (Gen. 6:8). Noah had no actual evidence of an approaching flood since no one had ever seen it rain or flood, but he believed God. And he built the ark by God's instructions, lived through men mocking him and was saved from the deluge with his family (Gen. 6:13-22; 7:23). That is grace that God bestows on those who obey Him (faith) even though they may not understand what is taking place at the time.