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…
I. LOOK AT THE SIMPLICITY AND STRENGTH OF NOAH'S FAITH.
1. The Divine word predicted what seemed unlikely to happen.
2. The fulfilment of this prediction was long delayed.
3. The belief of the prediction was opposed by the ungodly atmosphere in which he lived.
II. NOTICE THE RIGHTDOING WHICH NOAH'S FAITH ENABLED HIM TO FULFIL.
1. The discharge of arduous duties. Building, peopling, stocking the Ark.
2. The endurance of severe trials. Scorn and mockery from his contemporaries.
3. The rebuke of a wicked world. "Preacher of righteousness."
III. REMEMBER THAT THE RIGHT-DOING BY FAITH IN NOAH'S CASE REVEALS THE POWER FOR ALL RIGHT-DOING. Have you hard things to do? You need faith.
1. Faith in the grace of God. That is, in your acceptance by Him through Christ. The love in that is the sufficient motive for right-doing.
2. Faith in the character of God. God is good, wise, faithful, loving. He cannot, therefore, call us to any duty or experience which is not in harmony with what He is.
3. Faith in the word of God. That what He has promised (of help, &c.) He will certainly perform. That is encouragement and support in right-doing. Conclusion. Where did Noah get this victorious faith? Faith comes from knowing God; the more we know Him the better we trust Him; we know Him the more the more we are with Him.
Parallel VersesKJV: 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.
WEB: By faith, Noah, being warned about things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared a ship for the saving of his house, through which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.