The Days of Noah
Dr. Tom Berry
Hurricane Isabel stormed ashore at
Moorehead City, NC, with sustained winds of 110 miles per hour.
It turned northward through Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.
The force of the wind weakened somewhat, but Isabel left a trail
of destruction. Jeanette and I live in Maryland on the Elk
River at the head of the Chesapeake Bay. Isabel began making
her presence known on Thursday evening, September 18th, with
strong winds and rain. Electric power was knocked out for
tens of thousands in our area. Some areas later gave the
appearance of a major battle ground.
At 2:30 am our daughter, Dianne
checked the tide level and noted that it was about fifty yards
from the shore line. At 6 am, I got up and again checked it
and it appeared to be at normal low at the base of our sea wall.
We were concerned that our basement would be flooded, but it was
The tide had risen over eight feet
and we became aware that we were experiencing a tidal surge.
About 8:30 Jeanette again checked the basement and to our dismay,
water was beginning to rise. Without electricity to run the
sump pump, we had to dig out our old generator and get it going.
After the struggle to get the generator running and the sump pump
activated, the water was rising at an alarming level. The
road to our house was now under water, and we were surrounded by
water like an island. Boats, jet-skis, and kayaks were
freely moving up and down the road. It was both awesome and
A friend brought two more sump
pumps, and our son Richard, brought an additional generator (all
of which we had to tow over in a boat). We not only fought
the flooding water all day, but things were only about two notches
short of bedlam as we tried to get our possessions out of the
rising flood water. About 2/3 of our basement area is
finished and contains a recreation room, my library with hundreds
and hundreds of books, and of course my study. The lower
shelves of every book cases and the file cabinets were under
water, including my computer CPU.
By the end of the day, we were
totally exhausted. Friends and family came the following
days to help us and we trust we have the worst behind us.
The first night Jeanette remarked, "I have been thinking of Noah
all day!".Is it any wonder that the title of my sermon for the
week is "The Days of Noah"
GENESIS 6:1; 7:1; MATTHEW 24:37.
"And it came to pass, when men
began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were
born unto them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that
they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for
that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty
years. There were giants in the earth in those days; and
also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters
of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men
which were of old, men of renown.
And God saw that the wickedness
of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the
thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it
repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it
grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy
man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and
beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it
repenteth me that I have made them.
But Noah found grace in the eyes
of the LORD. These are the generations of Noah: Noah
was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked
with God. And Noah began three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
The earth also was corrupt
before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God
looked upon the earth, and, behold it was corrupt; for all flesh
had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto
Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is
filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy
them with the earth. Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms
shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without
Matthew 24:37, Jesus said, "But
as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of
SINCERE CHRISTIANS BELIEVE THE
BIBLE RECORD OF NOAH
The Bible is the Word of God, 2nd
Timothy 3:16; 2nd Peter 1:21
1. Jesus said it was true
2. The Bible said it was true.
There is much evidence of the worldwide flood in geology and the
traditions of ethnic groups in all parts of the world.
WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THE DAYS
I. We should be aware that
God observes the thoughts and actions of men.
"And God saw..." Genesis 6:5
These were highly civilized people committing violence and
atrocities. GOD SEES AND KNOWS! Hebrews 4:`13 "Neither
is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all
things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have
A cause for concern for those who think and live displeasing to
God. A cause for job to those whose hearts are right with
God. 2nd Chronicles 16:9 "For the eyes of the LORD run to
and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the
behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him."
II. We should be aware
that God judges sin
God was "grieved" over the people's sin. Genesis 6:6.
Yet, we need to be aware that God's judgments are based on
spiritual and moral reasons. In Noah's day God's reasons
1. Intermarriage and polygamy between "the sons
of God" and the "daughters of men".
2. The resulting corruption and violence
3, The rejection of the preaching of Enoch and
Noah. Jude 14, 15 "And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam,
prophesied of these, saying, Behold the Lord cometh with ten
thousands of his saints to execute judgment upon all, and to
convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly
deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard
speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him." 1st
Peter 3:19, 20, "By which also he went and preached unto the
spirits in prison; which sometime were disobedient, when once the
longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was
a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by
4. God's purpose to preserve a godly seed to
bring the Savior into the world. One of the major purposes
of Scripture is to give us the direct lineage from Shem to Jesus
III. We should be aware
that God loves sinners and has made provision for their salvation.
The ark of safety was a divine provision.
There was only one entrance, but it was open to all.
All who entered were safe from judgment.
This was a picture of Jesus, our Ark of Salvation
IV. We should be aware
that we are saved or lost on the basis of whether we accept God's
invitation to "Come".
As a preacher, Noah both warned and invited.
Jesus still invites sinners "to come":
Matthew 11:28 "Come unto me, all ye that labor
and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
John 6:37b, "...Him that cometh to me I will in
no wise cast out."
Revelation 22:17. "And the Spirit and the
bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come.
And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let
him take the water of life freely."
V. We should be aware that
we are preserved through judgment by God's salvation and not our
Those in the ark were very aware God's judgment was falling.
They were not safe because of what they were but where they
were. We are safe when we are "...in Christ Jesus".
Romans 8:1. "There is therefore
now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk
not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."
2nd Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore if any man be
in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new."
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