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Noah and Us

by Rod Kyle

Why don't we all get along better in this post-flood world? After all, we are all related. We share a common parentage through Noah (Genesis 9:1). In fact, Noah can still teach us a thing or two if we are prepared to learn.

Consider the following:

1. Noah lived in a world immersed in violence, immorality, and unrighteousness -- Genesis 6:5, 10-12. What about our world today? Is it an improvement over Noah's day (Romans 3:11,12)?

2. Noah received a promise from God (Genesis 6:3, 17). Have we been given a similar promise (Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16)?

3. Noah did his best to live right (Genesis 7:1). Are we challenged to do the same (Titus 2:11-14)?

4. His test of faith was to build the ark (Genesis 6:22). Must we, too, be obedient to have a faith that pleases God (James 2:26)?

5. Was Noah surrounded by spiritually ignorant people who refused to do God's will until it was too late (Matthew 24:37-39)? Is this also the case in this present world (2 Corinthians 4:4)?

6. Were Noah and his family the only ones saved from the flood by being in the Ark (1 Peter 3:20)? Today, must we have a faith that leads us to be baptized into Christ's church, which is God's ark of spiritual safety today (1 Peter 3:21; Acts 2:41,47)?

What does our common forefather teach us today (Romans 15:4)? Noah's life taught lessons not lost on Jesus (Matthew 24:37-39). Jesus therefore warns us, "For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah" (Matthew 24:37). With this warning in mind, need you ask, "Where am I? In the ark or ...?"

"...upon this rock I will build My church..." Matt.16:18

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