Continuation from Chuck Foreman’s sermon 1/15/12 given at First Christian Church of Phoenix
God prophesies the ultimate victory of mankind over Satan, the Serpent in Genesis 3:15:
“And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
Paul refers to this same OT verse in his letter to the Church in Rome in Romans 16:20:
The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.
Here’s what I want you to understand—from the moment of man’s first sin, God intervened to rescue mankind from the destruction our enemy has in mind for us. This rescue includes Nature too. Romans 8:19-24:
For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved.
Ultimately, Jesus Christ is the Hero of God’s Story—the Hero who came to save us all from the eternal consequences of our sin.
But all thru history, up to this very moment in time, God has been looking for ordinary people, devoted to Him, whom He can use in His rescue plan. II Chronicles 16:9a:
“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.”
Act 1, Scene 3: The Different Man
Within just a few generations, mankind had plummeted into the depths of moral decay & corruption. The bottom had fallen out of South, things had gotten so bad. Genesis 6:5-7 is the first account in the scripture of God experiencing regret and grief. Divine Grief—Genesis 6:5-7
So the Lord God had decided He’d had all He could take. The demise of humanity was imminent. But then, right in the middle of this hopeless scene, when all seemed lost, God stops dead in his tracks. Someone had gotten His attention—one man, a different man. His name was Noah. Genesis 6:8
What was it about this guy, Noah anyway? Well, here’s the account of Noah…
Tell: (slide) The Account of Noah—The Different Man, Genesis 6:9-22
So back to our original question: What was it about Noah?
Genesis 6:8 “Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.”
- Righteous (vs.9)
- Blameless (vs.9)
- Walked with God (vs.9)
- Entered into a Covenant Relationship with God (vs.18)
- Obeyed God (vs.22)
Could you be another Noah for your generation, for your family, for your work place, your neighborhood?
Seriously, could you be one who would catch God’s eye as He surveys the earth for someone different, someone who stands apart from the rest of the pack?
Which of these 5 characteristics of Noah could you do or be? How many out of 5? Let’s start at the bottom, in the Deep South, where things tend to go, and work our way up.
- Righteous? Here’s where we always rule ourselves out. Listen, R & B aren’t about being perfect, they’re about faith & the simple willingness to repent like David, & to earnestly seek God like Noah. (Rom. 3:21-22; Heb. 11:6-7)
- Blameless? (Psalm 51 David was able to pray this prayer because of who he was—he was willing to repent. — I Samuel 13:14)
- Walk with God? (Psalm 119:11; James 4:8a; Galatians 5:22-25)
- Covenant with God? (Luke 22:20) God has established a covenant of forgiveness in exchange for faith with every Xian. Do you really believe? Do you trust that Christ’s death paid for your sin—that God will forgive you?
- Obey? (I Samuel 15:22) Story of Saul… (In Noah’s day, no one obeyed!)
Here’s what I want you to get about Act 1 of God’s Story—The Creation & the Fall of Man: When everything was heading south, Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord! So can you! The eyes of God Almighty are searching for you, to see if your heart is fully devoted to Him—because He wants to strengthen you—to rescue you not destroy you! That’s what God’s Story is all about!
I’m gonna ask you the most important question you’ll ever be asked, right now:
When all is said and done, how will Your Story read?
You can start re-writing your story today…
- Have faith in God and let Him declare you righteous—like Noah.
- Turn from your sin and let Him call you blameless—just like Noah & David.
- Start walking with God each day, like Noah did.
- Remember the Covenant God made with you to forgive you and save you.
- Determine that regardless of what the rest of the pack of corrupted humanity is doing—You are going to Obey your God!
And I promise—You will find favor in the eyes of the Lord! Right On!
Soli Deo Gloria!
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