Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord

            Gen. 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." 

            The 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." 

            Some 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 with God. 

            Man is 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." 

            Further, 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." 

            It was 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. 

            Later it 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

            Gen. 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."

            For Noah 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."

            It is 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.