In Lockdown With Noah


Last time we saw Adam and Eve being infected with a disease far worse than Covid-19. They were infected with sin and what we’re going to see today is that this infection quickly began to spread all over the world.

As a result, God became deeply troubled in his heart.

“The LORD saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The LORD regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.” Genesis 6:5-6

Imagine how bad the earth was because of people’s sins.

Imagine preaching for 120 years but no one listens to you, no one believes you.

What do you think he’s been preaching for those 120 years?

I can imagine he told people over and over again that a great flood is coming because of their sinfulness and they need to repent.

Jesus tells us what the people were up to before the actual flood came.

‘For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away.’ Matthew 24:38-39

I can imagine the people saying, rain, flood what are you talking about?

Remember they’ve never seen rain before, what’s rain?

Life carried on as normal, but then the flood came. When we think of the events of Noah, we often ask why would God destroy everyone?

The truth is, people didn’t have to die, they had a choice. They could listen to Noah and be saved or ignore him and die.

“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights. On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark. They had with them every wild animal according to its kind, all livestock according to their kinds, every creature that moves along the ground according to its kind and every bird according to its kind, everything with wings. Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark. The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the LORD shut him in.” Genesis 7:11-16

I can imagine the people asking Noah, what are you building?

Are you nuts, have you lost your mind?

I can imagine people laughing at him and mocking him and his family.

Imagine the people outside screaming and wailing.

Imagine people shouting Noah we’ve changed our minds, we want to come in the ark, but it’s too late, God has closed the door.

Noah may not have understood what God’s plan was, but he had only one thing in mind, and that was to obey God.

“And Noah did all that the LORD commanded him. Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters came on the earth. And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood.” Genesis 7:5-7

Imagine the stench from the animals when Noah and his family were stuck in the ark for just over a year.

Imagine the noise from all the animals.

Imagine when Noah and his family got out of the ark.

‘Then God said to Noah, “Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you—the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground—so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number on it.” Genesis 8:15-17

Imagine the smell, of the dead carcasses floating around. The world’s biggest cemetery.

God provided a way for everyone to be saved and these people could have been saved if they had listened to Noah and boarded the ark. And the same is still true today.

‘In it, only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.’ 1 Peter 3:20-21

God provides us with a way to be saved from eternal damnation. Noah and his family had to be in the boat to be saved, and we too must be in Christ to be saved.

And it’s at the point of baptism that person comes into Christ. As the water of the flood cleansed the earth, the blood of Jesus cleans us from our sins.

‘In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.’ Ephesians 1:7

Important Life Lessons From Noah’s Ark

‘But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.’ Matthew 24:36-39

1. Don’t miss the boat. Judgment day is coming

2. Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark. Become a Christian

3. Don’t listen to the critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done. Tell others about Jesus,

4. No matter the storm, when you are with God, there’s always a rainbow waiting. Never will I leave you.

5. It’s better to be in the boat with the stench of animals than it is to be with the stench of sin for eternity.

Stay blessed, stay focused, stay in Christ.