Preached in Rogersville, Alabama
This evening I would like us to study The Flood of Noah. I realize that one sermon is not enough time to cover this topic thoroughly. However, I believe we can learn some important lessons that I hope will encourage you to dig deeper into this unbelievable event. I will move quickly over some points. However, I will be able to provide copies of my sermon notes to anyone who wishes them. They will also be posted on our website: oakridgechurch.com. Many teach the flood of Noah did not happen, or that it is a fairy tale or myth, or that it was simply a local flood. Let us look at what God’s says about the flood. [PP1 – Outline]
1. PP2 – Facts About The
2. PP3 – Local or Universal Flood? The requirement for Noah to build a gigantic barge to "keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth" (Genesis 7:3) was unnecessary if it was a local flood. All that went into the ark, it's construction and stocking would be a waste of time (possibly 100 years) and energy if the flood were only a local event. Migration would have been a better and easier solution to the problem, for both Noah and the animals. Noah was commanded to take birds in the ark (Genesis 6:20). Birds can escape a local flood, and can migrate for thousands of miles. But none of the birds outside the ark were able to escape this flood! (Genesis 6:7)
3. PP4 – Enough Room For All The Animals?
(1) Of big species, smaller and younger animals could be taken
(2) No need to take marine life
(3) Every variety in a kind did not have to be taken [Ex: Over 200 varieties of dogs, as different as the dachshund and collie, have developed from a few wild dogs.]
(4) The majority of all animals are smaller than sheep and the
(5) Concerning the question, “How could Noah have taken care of or fed all of those animals?” God and Noah had no problem with enough food in the ark (Gen. 6:21-22).
4. PP5 – The Flood Itself -
5. PP6 – Other Flood Accounts - Since the entire human race is descended from the three sons of Noah and their wives, it is only logical that cultures have a flood story. Various stories of a great worldwide flood have been found in ancient cultures from
6. PP7 – Historical Fact - The Flood is viewed as a historical fact by the prophets, Jesus, the Hebrew writer, and Peter (Psalm 104:5-9,
1. God Takes Sin Seriously -
2. God’s Longsuffering - Up to 100 years [Genesis 5:32, 9:28-29] prior to judgement. During this time Noah was preaching (2 Peter 2:4-6,
3. God Keeps His Promises and Threats:
Promise to Noah and His Descendants - (Genesis 8:21, 9:8-17). God's promise never to send a worldwide flood again has been broken repeatedly if the flood of Noah was just a regional or local flood. God’s promise is demonstrated by His bow in the sky. Have you ever seen God’s rainbow? It is a sign of God keeping His promise! Also, notice Noah set an example that ended with his sons having a personal relationship with God.
4. God’s Way is Narrow -
5. God grants grace to those who are Faithful and Obedient -
Noah’s obedience was quick and motivated by a great respect for God (Hebrews 11:7). And Noah did not have to see something to believe God. If we have a hard time obeying God’s will, it is probably because we are not taking Him seriously.
He did exactly as God had commanded (Genesis 6:22). Noah understood that when God gives instructions, man is not permitted to add, subtract, edit, or change His commands (Proverbs 30:6;
It is impressive that Noah did not complain that God was going to execute His judgment. Noah certainly had friends/relatives who did not come in the ark, yet Noah never complained that God was being cruel or unfair. In addition, building the ark was a huge task that required tremendous dedication and hard work. Yet we have no record of any complaints from Noah.
PP9 – NOTE THAT NOAH WAS SAVED BY:
(1) Grace (Genesis 6:8).
(2) His Faith (Hebrews 11:7).
(3) A Faith that moved him to Obey God’s commands (Genesis 6:22,
(4) Water (1 Peter 3:20).
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Water was required for the salvation of Noah. Forgiveness comes when one is baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38). When you are baptized, your sins are washed away, and you come up out of the waters a new creature, a Christian, to live your life for Him (Romans 6:4)!
Like today, in Noah’s time people had similar excuses for not obeying God. Being absorbed in the cares, worries, and things of this life, and too busy to listen to the message (Matthew 24:37-39,
Noah also had to have courage. Noah had courage to believe God when the world rejected Him! Would we be that courageous? Work for a 100 years on a barge waiting for a flood that you have never seen. People making fun, ridiculing you, probably treating you as a castoff of society, and losing all your friends. We would probably be filled with the thought of “What if the flood was not going to come?” But Noah had faith and courage to stand up to the people of the world and even try to save them through preaching because he knew the flood was coming; because God said it was coming.
I am very grateful to have had the honor to speak to you this weekend. I thank you all for your love for God and for your love for the truth. I hope we see each other again. Maybe you can come up to
Maybe you are a Christian who has lost your courage or lost your faith in Jesus. Why not come back to Him and find it?
How about those of you who are not Christians today? Maybe you have thought about becoming one, but you do not have enough courage. Have the courage to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, the Creator of the Universe. True, you will need to give up practicing a life of sin. You may have to give up certain friends. You may be made fun of like Noah probably was. You may even have to temporarily overcome a fear of water. The question is, Do you want to be saved like Noah or do you want to be lost like those in the flood? I wonder if you could ask those lost in the flood now if they thought that their worldly life without God was worth losing their soul?
If you have not been baptized for the remission of yours sins, why not decide to be like Noah. Humble yourself, obey Him, and trust Him with your life! He will save your soul just like he saved Noah and his family. Please let your wishes known while we stand and sing?