Week 5 - June 9th, 2019

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Week 5 - June 9th, 2019

Hebrews 11:7 “By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of righteousness that comes by faith.” 


Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Faith That Endures For Kids



DAY 1

Hebrews 11:7 “By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of righteousness that comes by faith.” 

One of the first things we might notice about Noah is his large-scale obedience. Elisabeth Elliot said: “How many momentous events in Scripture depended on one person’s seemingly small act of obedience?” But in this man’s life, the obedience required of him was huge. He spent 120 years building this boat, not knowing when the flood would come, but trusting God to do what He had said. He got up every day probably being mocked and isolated from his peers, bearing the weight of the judgement coming upon them, all while seeking to warn them of it, and continuing to build the boat. His whole life was changed, and he whole heartedly bought in. Genesis 6:22 says “Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him,” and Genesis 7:5 says “And Noah did all that the LORD had commanded him.”

So, while what we immediately see is obedience, and Hebrews 11:7 that: “in reverent fear [he] constructed an ark,” it goes on to say that he “became an heir of righteousness that comes by faith” (emphasis added). Because he believed, he obeyed. His obedience was the visible proof of his faith in God. If he didn’t believe what God had said, he would not have spent his life the way he did. His actions followed his faith.

This is how we are called to live. We are called to believe God, but it doesn’t stop there. James 1:22 says: “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” and in 2:17 “So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” If we truly have faith in Him, obedience will follow. Our lives, like Noah’s, will be shaped by what God has told us, and we will obey because we believe. Elisabeth Elliot also asked “Does it make sense to pray for guidance about the future if we are not obeying in the thing that lies before us today?... Rest assured: Do what God tells you to do now, and depend upon it, you will be shown what to do next.” Our faith in God is shown through whether or not we obey in light of the things He has told us. In the hard places of your life where you struggle to obey, ask yourself if you really believe the things He has told you.

Heavenly Father, thank you for the example of Noah. Thank you for the flesh and bone picture of a fallen man like us who loved You and trusted You in a radical way that changed his entire life and those of many others. Help us to have a deep and abiding faith in You that spreads into every corner of our lives. Help us to trust and obey. In Your Name we pray, Amen.



DAY 2

Hebrews 11:7 “By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of righteousness that comes by faith.”

Through Noah’s obedience, Hebrews 11:7 says that he “became an heir of righteousness that comes by faith.” An heir is someone who gains, not by merit, hard work, or action but through relationship. Noah’s salvation, and ours, comes to us not because of our actions or earning power but because we are adopted sons and daughters of God. It is a free gift because of our relationship with Him.

Noah watched as every single person he knew, outside of his family, died violently. His only protection was the ark provided through God’s word and covenant with him. Jesus is the ark of the New Testament. He holds us and shields us from the terror of God’s judgement and by His merit and strength carries us heavenward to God.

Don’t forget today that He is the holder of the covenant. All of the strength and power required is in His hands and all we must do to be saved is to trust Him. Trust Him with your eternity, trust Him with your daily struggles, trust Him as the author and finisher of your faith, and the one who will always do what He has promised.

Lord Jesus, thank You for being trustworthy. Thank you for coming down from heaven and dying a brutal death so that You could be our ark and shield us from all the wrath and judgement we deserve. Help us to trust you in faith and to live according to what we believe. Hold us close and point us back to You, daily. In Your Name we pray, Amen.



Day 3:

Hebrews 11:7 “By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of righteousness that comes by faith.”

The nice, easy thing to think about in this story is the redemption of Noah and his family. The part we normally leave out of the illustrated children’s versions is the reality that millions upon millions of people died because of their rebellion and sin against God. Although this sounds incredibly shocking to us, we have to remember that every single person who has ever lived deserves this fate. Every one of us. And the reality is that for everyone who rejects Jesus as Lord, their judgement is just as imminent as Noah’s peers was in his time.

As believers, we should be in the trenches like Noah was. In 2 Peter 2:5 Peter called Noah “a herald of righteousness.” He was preaching to his friends, being discounted and mocked, ignored. But to Noah, it was all worth it because he believed God. He knew that what God said was true and that judgement was coming. What did it matter if he was rejected and scorned? He was doing battle to try and save lives.

Everyone we see around us who doesn’t know Jesus as their Savior and Messiah is in the same desperation position as the entire world of Noah’s time. Every sin ever committed will be paid for: by Jesus or by the sinner. Telling the story of Jesus is an urgent daily need. Christian, I urge you not to close your eyes to those around you who are on their way to judgment. Just like Noah, what does it matter if you are reviled or rejected, if you are in the business of telling the world who Jesus is and what He has done? You are offering life giving bread to those on the brink of starvation.

Atheist Penn Jillette: “If you believe that there’s a heaven and a hell, and people could be going to hell or not getting eternal life, and you think that it’s not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward… how much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate somebody to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?...I mean, if I believed, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that a truck was coming at you, and you didn’t believe that truck was bearing down on you, there is a certain point where I tackle you. And this is more important than that.”


Lord Jesus, help us to see and feel the urgency in telling the lost about Your gift of salvation. Help us to break free of our habits and routines where we keep our eyes focused inward and spiral in self-centeredness. There is nothing more important in this life than proclaiming the truth of the gospel. We pray that Your word would be so heavy on our hearts that love for the people around us would make it impossible for us not to tell them about You and everything You have done. Thank you for Jesus, the salvation that He has brought, and for the opportunity to tell others how they can be adopted into Your family. In Your Name we pray, Amen.



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