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Scriptures are cited from the King James (Authorized) Version, unless stated otherwise.

“By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.”

Hebrews 11: 7

Genesis, chapters six through nine, gives the account of Noah’s life, the Ark and the Flood. By Noah’s day man had become very wicked. God had foreseen this corrupt condition of man, and had determined to destroy “both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air. . . . But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.” (Genesis 6: 7, 8).

Genesis 6: 9 reads, “Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.” This verse does not mean that Noah was a perfect man, for he was a fallen man, as were all of Adam’s children; but that he remained uncontaminated by the wicked conditions and influences surrounding him. Noah “walked with God,” that is, he exercised a genuine faith in God, proven by his obedience in building the Ark according to Divine instructions.

Noah’s Faith Severely Tested

This was no small test of faith either, for the Scriptures declare that up to that time there had been no rain on the earth. “For the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth. . . . But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground” (Genesis 2: 5, 6). Noah’s faith was also tested for a long period of time. From the time that God declared to Noah that a flood was coming and commanded the building of an ark, until he and his family entered the Ark and the Flood began, was 120 years.

St. Peter declares that Noah was “a preacher of righteousness” (2 Peter 2: 5). Besides building the Ark, Noah continuously warned men, even though the Flood and every indication of it tarried for 120 years. We can well imagine what persecution and ridicule Noah suffered.

Noah had a good ground for his faith: there was a clear command of God, a well-defined principle of truth and righteousness; and no blind following of foolish imaginations or vague impressions. How foolish Noah would have been to spend 120 years building an ark and warning the people, had he only imagined that a flood was coming!

Noah a Reverent Man

Our text indicates that Noah was “moved with fear” in preparing the Ark. The word “fear” in this verse means “godly fear,” as indicated in Hebrews 12: 28. Rotherham suggests “filled with reverence” as a better translation. Rather than Noah’s being moved by fear in the ordinary sense, the Greek text indicates that he was piously disposed.

One episode in Noah’s life has astonished some Christian people – his intoxication following his drinking the wine from his vineyard (Genesis 9: 20, 21). In Noah’s defense, his intoxication was after the Flood and was purely accidental. The Flood itself changed the atmospheric conditions of our earth, with one result being the fermentation process. Noah’s drinking of the wine was evidently contrary to all his experiences preceding the Flood.

Type of Christ

St. Paul, in our text, indicates that Noah types our Lord, when he states that Noah “became heir of the righteousness which is by faith,” for our Lord is undoubtedly the great Heir of the righteousness which comes to us by faith.

Jesus Himself compared the days of Noah before the Flood with the days of the Son of man before the Time of Trouble. In the first instance, only Noah and his family knew of the impending flood; the people knew not, but proceeded as usual, marrying, planting, building, eating and drinking. Similarly, during the time of Christ’s presence in the end of this Age, the only ones who know of His presence or have a clear apprehension of what is coming, or why, or the outcome, are the Lord’s people. Others know not. (Matthew 24: 37-39).

Following the Flood, Noah was given the power to replenish and reorganize society. Likewise, following the great Time of Trouble, the Christ, Jesus the Head and the Church His body, will receive the power to replenish and reorganize society; and that glorious work will result in blessing all the nations of the earth (Galatians 3: 8, 16, 29).