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                                                  liberty bible church          1/7/07 P.M.

By Tom Zobrist

“a trip of wooly mammoth proportions”

Genesis 6:9-7:5

introduction

Illus. of all the work relocating a family. So many details, sometimes you wonder on whether it is worth it or not. The same is true with missions trips that churches take. They take a lot of work, planning, preparation, and finances. It is worth it? We know that it is, but sometimes it seems as though the prior work is too much to make it worthwhile. If you think you have experienced big preparations, you haven’t seen anything yet. Tonight, we are going to look at a trip of mammoth proportions. As a matter of fact it is a trip of wooly mammoth proportions.

OPEN to passage.                                       

                                               

Prop. In this passage, we learn from Noah how to handle major life changes.    

Open in PRAYER.

PREVIEW the passage. Several weeks ago we saw that he world was growing more and more sinful. Cf. 6:1-8 to get the context. Noah’s life was about to change and he was going to take a trip of wooly mammoth proportions. What do we do when faced with major changes in life?

  i. be ready to go if called vs. 6:9-13

Illus. of being on worldwide mobility in the A.F. We had to be ready at all times. We never knew when we would be required to go. Noah had no clue that God would call him to a major change, but he was ready nonetheless. What did he do to be ready.

a. we must walk the god

            What does that mean?

V 9a     1. Noah family line was given in chapter 5. In recent generations, many had wandered from God had intended for them. But, Noah was different than many that had come before him.

V 9b    2. He was a just man. He was “perfect.” This means he was a man of integrity. He was a man who could be trusted. Much different than the immoral men that were predominant on the earth at that point in time. He was a man who walked with God. He was obedient to God’s commands and served Him in all that he did. He was not self-centered but God-centered in all that he did.

V 10    3. Noah raised three sons that were worthy of being saved from the moral judgment that was about to come upon God’s creation. Noah made himself and his family ready to call when God called by walking with God. We will not hear the call of God if we are not walking with God and obeying His Word. This made Noah different from the world.

b. the rest of the world may choose to sin

V 11a   1. All of creation was corrupt. The judgment that was a moral judgment. All of humanity had wandered far from God.

V 11b  2. All sorts of sin and violence were prominent on the earth. So much so that God could not tolerate it any more.

c. the world will be held acountable at some point

V 12    1. God was not ignorant of man’s ways and they were not to change without God intervening.

V 13    2. So God would start over again, if you will. This section of Scripture is very important. It makes clear that man cannot get away with sin forever. This must have been a traumatic experience for Noah and his family, to realize that everything and everyone that they knew was destroyed for all eternity. This seems like a harsh judgment, but God is willing to do what is necessary to bring holiness to the world. We can find encouragement here because good will win out over evil. God is sovereign over creation and His will must be done. He makes distinctions between the righteous and the unrighteous. How are we made righteous today? GOSPEL There will be a separation between the saved and the unsaved for all eternity.

Trans. True believers need to BE READY TO GO IF CALLED. We never know when God will call us to go through a major life change. To be ready means that we are walking with God. Second…

           

 ii. don’t be afraid to follow god into the unfamiliar vs. 6:14-22

Illus. of moving away to go to Bible school. We didn’t have a clue what was in store. But God blessed us through that time and still does today. Missionaries experience the same when they go to other cultures, learn other languages, etc. Noah was about to experience something no human before ever had.  

A.     a new way

V 14    1. Noah was going to be delivered from the coming flood by an ark. A large ship with “compartments” or “nests” inside. Pitch was a Tar-like substance that would have waterproofed the ark.

            2. Many believe that ships and sea going vessels were not even used up to this point. The continents had not yet been divided, so there was no need for ships. And it may have never rained before. For Noah to begin to build a “mammoth” ship in the middle of the land would have looked foolish indeed. And it was HUGE!

V 15    3. 450’ long, 75’ wide, and 45’ high.

V 16    4. It would have three decks, only one window, which served as a skylight, and one door. It certainly was not made for pleasure cruising. It was for survival only.

V 17    5. Any land creature or person not on the ark would die. 

b. A new ministry

V 18    1. Noah and his family would be spared along with…

V 19    2. Noah was to take two of every creature with him on the ark. One male and one female. How could he do this?

V 20    3. God would cause them to come to Noah to keep them alive.

V 21    4. He was to also take food for all of these animals. It would have been a huge task, but God would have given Noah the resources and the wisdom to accomplish these tasks.

V 22    5. This is a key verse and is key when we go through major life changes. He did all that God commanded him. I’m sure he was ridiculed by the sinful world, but chose to heed the Word of God.

Trans. That’s very important when facing major life changes. We need to BE READY TO GO IF CALLED and need not BE AFRAID TO FOLLOW GOD INTO THE UNFAMILIAR. He will show us the way. Along with that…

iii. trust god to provide all that is needed vs. 7:1-5

Illus. of “God’s plans done God’s way never lacks God’s supply.” This is often quoted by missionaries and mission agencies. They have to trust God daily for His provision. Noah saw God provide as well.  

a. God can deliver us from evil

V 1      1. God delivered Noah because of his righteousness. He believed and obeyed God. We do the same when we trust in Christ. We are then declared righteous in God’s sight and are delivered form sin.

V 2      2. Here is the first where we see a distinction between clean and unclean animals, large and small. Dinosaurs and wooly mammoths would have been included.

            3. Clean and unclean distinctions would later be very important to the nation of Israel. Noah was to take seven pairs of the clean and one pair of the unclean. The clean were to be worship after the flood. Cf. 8:20

V 3      4. He was also to take seven pairs of the birds. They too would be used for worship. Some believe that some of the clean were used for food as well.

b. God’s timing is perfect

V 4      1. After they boarded the ark, it did not rain or flood for seven more days. Was this a test of faith? We’re not told why. But all life was destroyed. It must have been a solemn time reflecting on what was about to happen.

V 5      2. What’s important to remember is that Noah completely obedient to God.

conclusion

What do we need to do when faced with major life changes? We need to BE READY TO GO IF CALLED. We should not BE AFRAID TO FOLLOW GOD INTO THE UNFAMILIAR, and finally we must TRUST GOD TO PROVIDE ALL THAT IS NEEDED. What does this mean for us?

1.      Major life changes could come at any time. We need to see them as God calling us to new opportunities. It could be new jobs, children, or perhaps a big trial.

2.      Just because something is different, don’t be afraid to try it. Many times we miss out because we are afraid to try something new. I.e. Missions trips.

3.      God can protect us. Nothing can touch us apart from Him. He is in complete control.

Illus. of “Everything I Needed to Know, I Learned from Noah's Ark.”

One -- Don't miss the boat.

Two -- Remember that we are all in the same boat.

Three -- Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark.

Four -- Stay fit. When you're 600 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big. 

Five -- Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.

Six -- Build your future on high ground.

Seven -- For safety's sake, travel in pairs.

Eight -- Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.

Nine -- When you're stressed, float a while.

Ten -- No matter the storm, when you are with God, there's always a rainbow waiting.

We can’t stop change, but we can be ready for it. Remember the key was that “Noah did according to all that God commanded him.” He survived a trip of wooly mammoth proportions and so can you.

pray

                                                  liberty bible church          1/7/07 P.M.

By Tom Zobrist

“a trip of wooly mammoth proportions”

Genesis 6:9-7:5

introduction

In this passage, we learn from Noah how to handle major life changes.   

  i. be ready to                                                                                                                                        vs. 6:9-13

a. we must…

b. the rest of the world may choose _________________________________________

c. the world will be held acountable at some point

           

 ii. don’t be afraid to                                                                                                                       vs. 6:14-22

A.     a new ________________________________

b. A new _________________________________

iii. trust god to                                                                                                                                      vs. 7:1-5

a. God can deliver ________________________________________________________

b. God’s _______________________________________ is perfect

conclusion

What does this mean for us?

1.       

2.       

3.       

Remember the key was that…

                                                  


 

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