Genesis 303
Lesson Twelve

 

Gen 7:1 And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation. 
Gen 7:2 Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female. 
Gen 7:3 Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth. 
Gen 7:4 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth. 
Gen 7:5 And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him. 
Gen 7:6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.

 

We are now at the point that Noah is commanded to enter the Ark. The reason he is allowed to enter into God's salvation is because he is found "righteous". This word literally means "just, lawful, to be right". Noah was found living "right" before God. This does not mean that Noah was perfect and that he "earned" his salvation. Remember in Genesis 6:8 we read that "Noah found GRACE in the eyes of the Lord". Grace means "unearned favor". So, Noah was living "right" before God, but he was not perfect. But God saw Noah's heart and extended His Grace to Noah. This is exactly the same way of salvation that we find in the New Testament. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God (Ephs. 2:8). We are saved today by God's Grace, the same as Noah.  Good works do not save us, but being saved should produce good works. Now, Noah had to enter into an "ARK" to be saved. Today, we enter into Jesus Christ.. (Romans 8:1, 1 Cor. 1:2, Gal. 3:28 and many others).

 

Then in verse two we find the distinction between clean and unclean animals. Seven clean ones, and two unclean animals were to be taken upon the ark. In our last lesson we looked at why this was the case... so they could eat the clean ones and use them for sacrifice, and still have some left for breeding as verse three states.

 

And then in verse five we read, for the second time, that "Noah did according unto ALL that the LORD commanded him." It is important to realize God repeated this statement TWICE, once here and once in 6:22. When God repeats Himself, He does it because it is very important. Noah did ALL that God commanded him to do. He didn't do part of it like most Christians today do. He didn't do only what he wanted to, or only the part he agreed with. He did ALL that God said to do. We should learn a lesson from this. In Christianity today, people think they can do whatever they want. They will follow God "part way", or as far as they feel comfortable doing, but they won't follow God ALL the way. I wonder what would have happened if Noah had only built the ark half as big as God told him to. Or , sealed it with something different then God told him to. I wonder what would have happened if he hadn't entered into the ark when God told him to, or only brought two of every animal. The end result i'm sure would not have been the same. But today we think we can "do it our way" and it will be ok. I think many of us are going to be in for a sad awakening some day. We must do ALL that God tells us to, exactly like He says.

 

And the in verse six we lean that Noah was six hundred years old when he entered the ark. This means he was four hundred when he started to build the ark. What can we learn from this. Well, we can learn that your age has nothing to do with serving God. If God calls you, He knows you can do it. It is interesting also that Noah lived in the desert, yet God told him to build a boat. They didn't even know what a boat was, but God told him to build it. It doesn't matte where you live either...if God calls you to do something, it's for a reason and He will provide a way. It's interesting to note also that Noah was a very poor person, yet he built the biggest boat known to man, out of what he had available. So, it does not matter what your color is, where you live, how rich or poor you are, or even how old you are. If you are called of God to do something, He will provide a way.
 

Answer the questions below.  If you miss a question, go back and study that portion of the class and then retake the test.  Once you have received a 100% you may proceed to the next class.  You DO NOT have to submit this test for grading.  Only the final test will be submitted.