Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord
6:7-9 "And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from
the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and
the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But
Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. These are the generations of
Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah
walked with God."
above passage is an amazing testimony of the grace of God. God had
determined to destroy man whom he had created for it had repented him
that he made them. Moreover, we read earlier in the chapter the general
condemnation of all mankind that "every imagination of the thoughts of
their heart was only evil continually and that all flesh had corrupted
its way upon the earth. Since this was a general condemnation of all
mankind, it would have included Noah. Yet, later in the above passage
we read where Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and
Noah walked with God. How did Noah go from being corrupted and
condemned with all of mankind unto being just and perfect and walking
with God? The answer is found in the statement "But Noah found grace in
the eyes of the LORD."
have thought that Noah found grace because he was a just man and perfect
in his generations and that he walked with God. However, had that been
the case, Noah would have merited his deliverance from the flood. His
deliverance would not have been by grace (unmerited favor of God) but
rather by his works. The fact is Noah found grace before he was just
and perfect and walked with God. It was only because of the grace of
God that Noah was just and perfect in his generations and that he walked
by nature totally depraved. This depravity was handed down from
generation to generation originating with Adam who transgressed the law
of sin and death in the Garden of Eden. A man is incapable of
delivering himself from this state of total depravity. He dwells in
this state and is bound to his flesh nature of depravity until he is
born of the Spirit of God. The new or Spiritual birth is totally and
solely brought about by the grace of God through the spoken voice of the
Son of God: John 5:25 "Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is
coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of
God: and they that hear shall live."
the only way that any man can be just before God is that he has been
washed in the blood of Jesus. This too is by the grace of God and not
by the works of man. Noah lived a long time before Christ came into the
world, yet the blood of Jesus was applied to Noah to make him just
before a just and holy God. This was brought about by the covenant of
redemption that God made with himself before the world began. This
covenant is stated in Rom. 8:29, 30: "For whom he did foreknow, he also
did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might
be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did
predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also
justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified." Based on the
work of God in this covenant we read in verse 33, 34: "Who shall lay any
thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is
he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen
again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh
intercession for us."
because of this covenant work of God that Noah was brought into a state
of righteousness with God and that he was able through the miracle of
the effectual calling of God to walk with God.
is said of Noah that he was a preacher of righteousness. This too is by
the grace of God. God calls whom he will to preach and he gives them
the gifts and ability to preach by his grace. He also has given them
what to preach by his grace.
Provision made for
those on the Ark
6:21 And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt
gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them."
and his family and for the animals on the ark God made provision for the
inhabitants of the ark during their journey. God does likewise for his
children. He makes provision for them to have spiritual food for their
journey here on earth. God told Peter: John 21:15-17 "So when they had
dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me
more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love
thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the
second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him,
Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my
sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest
thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time,
Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things;
thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep."
Likewise, Paul instructed the elders at Ephesus in Acts 20:28 "Take heed
therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy
Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath
purchased with his own blood."
Moreover, Peter commanded the elders in 1 Peter 5:1-3 "The elders which
are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the
sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be
revealed: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight
thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of
a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being
ensamples to the flock."
one of the main duties of a gospel preacher to provide spiritual food to
the children of God by preaching the word of God unto them.