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I know that this is longgggg overdue. I promised that we would post our weekly bible studies and open them up for discussion. I know! I know! I promised to post the first one on February 12th. Well, HERE IT IS! Our first study is on Noah…my OH MY, there is A LOT TO LEARN FROM THIS MAN! I hope this Bible study blesses you as it has blessed Kenton and I.
Build My Ark! – Lessons from Noah
Story Location: Genesis 5 – 9
Call: Save the World from Annihilation!
In these chapters we meet Noah. Noah was a descendant of Seth. Seth was God’s gift to Adam and Eve after Cain murdered his baby brother Abel. The Bible tells us that Seth’s line was godly. It was through this line that the Messiah would eventually be born. Chapter 6 introduces us to the widespread corruption that had overtaken the children of God. They were a wicked and perverse people and God had had enough of them.
Despite God’s anger with the people, He was able to find one that He could rest His eyes on and smile. Coincidentally, Noah’s name means “rest”. Gen. 6:8 tells us that “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.”
Read Gen. 6:9 and answer the question below.
What three things caused God to be pleased with Noah?
Verse 8, tells us that Noah found favor with God. To find favor with God means to find grace in the eyes of the Lord. God was indeed angered by the conduct of His people, but he was able to put His anger to rest when he looked at Noah. Wouldn’t you love to be a resting place for the Lord? In verse 9, we are told why the Lord was pleased with Noah. Noah was a JUST man, PERFECT in his generations and Noah WALKED with God. So what does this all mean?
Noah was JUST.
According to Matthew Henry’s commentary on the Bible, to be just is to be justified before God by faith in the promised seed; for he was an heir of the righteousness which is by faith, (Hebrews 11:7) and He was sanctified, and had right principles and dispositions implanted in him; and he was righteous in his conversation, one that made conscience of rendering to all their due, to God his due and to men theirs. (2 Corinthians 1:12). To put it simply, Noah did everything he was suppose to do and lived an exemplary life. He treated his neighbors right, he treated his children right, and he treated his wife right. Centuries later, Jesus would recognize this as the greatest commandment. Love thy neighbor as thyself. Because Noah lived this commandment, God was pleased enough to forewarn him of an impending flood that would annihilate human kind. What impending tragedies or catastrophes would God forewarn us of if we would just live right?
As leaders, we must learn how to live right. We cannot lead others if we don’t know how to treat others with love and respect. You can’t be the head of the gossip committee and expect God to have you lead his people. You can’t have hate in your heart towards another human being and expect God to allow you to teach His children. How we treat others gives insight to our spiritual life. If we have truly been transformed by God and have truly come to know God, we will treat our fellow human beings like God.
This is a very important part of a leader’s ministry. People do not care for what you have to say if you are not living by what comes out of your mouth. How can you teach others to love one another if you hate your brother? You can’t teach what you don’t know.
Noah was PERFECT in his generations.
He was perfect, not with a sinless perfection, but a perfection of sincerity (Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Bible). Noah was sincere. Sincerity means a lot to God. Even human’s place high value on another person’s sincerity. Think back on the last time you had an argument with someone. How did it feel when they came up to you and said sorry under their breath while rolling their eyes then just walked away? Did you take it seriously? Children are notorious for this. Apologizing to their parents and admitting that their parents were right is like asking them to jump off a bridge. Like us, God doesn’t want us to come to Him like he has a chain around our necks; He wants us to be sincere.
When we come before the Lord whether for forgiveness, worship or service, we need to come with a sincere heart. God doesn’t look at the outward appearance, He looks at the heart. So although you may be able to fool your colleagues into believing that you are a sincere Christian leader, God sees your heart and what goes on in the heart of man will eventually come to light. Noah’s sincerity pleased God.
Noah WALKED with God.
He was not only honest, but devout; he walked, that is, he acted with God, as one always under his eye. He lived a life of communion with God; it was his constant care to conform himself to the will of God, to please him, and to approve himself to him. (Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Bible) Noah had a REAL relationship with God. I place an emphasis on the word REAL because many have a form of godliness. Many Christians have perfected the pious act but have no real depth to speak of. He communed with God. This meant that there was an ongoing line of communication between God and Noah. Noah was a man of prayer. A man who sought the will of God in all of his decisions (He acted with God. He was constant to conform himself to the will of God).
A leader must have a relationship with God; a relationship where you won’t take a single step without ensuring that it is within God’s will for your life. Because we are called to be leaders, we have an obligation to align our lives with the will of God and when we are out of alignment, we must be willing to conform to His will. Whether you want to admit it or not, many are watching you and you do not want to lead them down the wrong path just because you wanted to go your own way. Being in the front-line may look good and have its perks, but the fact of the matter is you are responsible for the souls of Gods children. That is not a JOKE!
Noah was OBEDIENT.
Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did. – Gen. 6:22. This scripture informs us that Noah obeyed the will of the Lord without any contest. He didn’t bombard God with 21 questions. He just did as he was told. The task given to him warranted a few questions like, why are we building a boat on dry land? How will we get it to sea? Did you say flood? We haven’t seen a drop of rain in ages (if ever). Yet, the Bible tells us that he simply obeyed the will of God.
Let’s be honest with ourselves. Many of us would have downright questioned whether we were hearing from God. We would have questioned God so much that He would have just flooded the Earth with us in it. The level of obedience displayed by Noah is a characteristic that we should all strive to develop and perfect. Obedience to the will of God can save both your life and that of your family. If at any moment Noah chose to go in the opposite direction, he AND his family would have been eliminated.
Noah was a FAMILY man.
In Genesis 7:7 we read that Noah, with his sons, his wife and his sons’ wives went into the ark. Let’s stop here for a minute. Noah’s sons were married and heads of their own households. Yet, they were obedient to their father. What does this say about Noah? He knew how to manage his household and it clearly showed in their willingness to follow his lead even when he was leading them to build an ark on dry land. Now these weren’t the days where you could build a boat on dry land and use sophisticated machinery to take it to the shore. There was no way to take this huge wooden cruise line to any body of water. So, Noah actually believed that a flood was coming and so did his sons.
Now I don’t know about you, but if my daddy came home and told my husband and I that we were going to build a ship in the middle of Times Square, I would immediately take him to get checked and have my pastor come over for a laying of hands. Yet the Bible tells us that his sons obliged and fulfilled their duties despite the off the wall task. God places a great emphasis on a leader knowing how to manage his household.
In 1st Timothy 3:5, the Apostle Paul states:
For if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will take care of the church of God? -(NKJV)
Ouch! I know that cut deep for many of us. As leaders, we are often led to believe that spending all of our time and energy in the church leading God’s flock constitutes for the lack of attention we give to our families. Unfortunately, I have witnessed many powerhouse leaders lose the souls of their own children. Many leaders will fall into this trap if we do not make a conscious effort to balance our lives.
Balance is a key ingredient in a leader’s life. Without it, everything around us will eventually crumble. Leaders must learn to balance their ministry, their family and personal time. Too much of one and none of the other will prove detrimental to your ministry. God will hold us into account for the one’s He has placed in our immediate care. Your spouse and your children are your first priority. Ladies, don’t just sit there and point at the men. We are guilty of this as well. Some of us get so caught up in our ministries that our husbands have been thrown under the bus and our children barely see us.
As ministry leaders, we must be exemplary heads of our families as well.
So to summarize it all up, we must:
1. Be Just – Do all that God requires us to do
2. Walk with God – Not just on SUNDAYS/SATURDAYS @ CHURCH!
3. Perfect in our generations – we must be sincere followers of God
4. OBEDIENCE! – We must do ALL that God asks us to do
5. Care for our Families (BALANCE) – can’t lead the church if you can’t lead your family (don’t roll your eyes @ me. I didn’t say it, Apostle Paul did.)
Well, that’s the end of part one of our weekly Bible studies…
What do you think?
What’s your insight on Noah?
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Great things are happening here at Break-Free Daily Devotions. In order to better equip ourselves to write the inspirational messages that we send to you every morning, Kenton and I have decided to dig deeper into the Word of God by spending 15-30 minutes every night studying a topic of choice. This month, we have decided to study the Apostle Paul and his teachings.
Starting on Friday February 12th, 2010 @ 10pm, we invite you to join us for a posting on what we have studied for the week. We pray that you will join us in our study by submitting your insights, comments and questions. God Bless You all and we look forward to hearing from you.