SURROUNDED BY WITNESSES! (Part #4) 8-25-2013

posted Aug 24, 2013, 6:36 AM by Dale Barnes

“By faith, Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that come by faith.” (Heb.11:7 NIV)

These were days of great wickedness, mens hearts were continually evil, and the earth was filled with violence.(Gen.6:5,11-12) In the midst of all of this, there was a man who walked with God. (Gen.6:9)  Noah found favor with God, and the Lord spoke to him about the flood that was coming to bring judgment and destruction to the people.  

There was no sign of a flood. Yet, Noah, because he believed what God had told him began building the ark.  It took 100 years to construct the ship, with no sign of a flood.  Peter called Noah “a preacher of righteousness.” (2 Pet.2:5)  I am sure he warned the people many times of the coming disaster.  Ten, thirty, fifty, eighty years passed, and Noah had to endure the ridicule and rejection of the people.  When the ark was finished, Noah and his family entered, God closed the door and Judgment began.(Gen.7:16)

The Bible tells us that God is patient, but there will be a time when after many, many warnings, God will shut the door of salvation and his anger and judgment will come on this earth.  It is so important to stop and consider God’s offer of escape.  Men in high places are telling us that “there is no God; there is not judgment to come; man controls his own destiny.”  
However, the Bible, which has stood the test of time, tells us of God, his eternal judgment, and of his way of salvation through Christ. Noah trusted God and was saved. We can also trust God and be saved.