The Righteousness of Noah –
The temporary Sunday School teacher was
struggling to open a combination lock on the supply
cabinet. She had been told the combination, but
couldn’t quite remember it.
Finally she went to the pastor’s study and
asked for help. The pastor came into the room and
began to turn the dial.
After the first two numbers he paused and
stared blankly for a moment.
Finally he looked serenely heavenward and his
lips moved silently.
Then he looked back at the lock, and quickly
turned to the final number, and opened the lock.
The teacher was amazed. “I’m in awe at your
faith, pastor,” she said.
“It’s really nothing,” he answered. “The
number is on a piece of tape on the ceiling.”
Today we kick off our new series: Faith of our Fathers.
Over the next few weeks we will dig into some of the OT
greats who have inspired generations of people to follow
God by faith even when they can’t see what God is
You are probably familiar with the 11th Chapter of
Hebrews. It’s known as the Hall of Faith.
It’s where we find the key verses on faith and where we
see many of the men and women God used over the
years to accomplish His plan for the salvation of the
Each week we will begin by looking at these verses.
Hebrews 11:1-2,6 “Now faith is the assurance of
things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
For by it the men of old gained approval.”
And now v.6 “And without faith it is impossible to
please Him, for he who comes to God must believe
that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who
Faith is believing even though we can’t see.
None of the OT greats we are about to observe knew
exactly what God was going to do, they simply had faith
It’s trusting that God knows what He is doing and that
His plan is better than our plans.
Without faith we simply can’t please God.
As Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:8 we are saved by grace
With that, let’s talk about Noah.
Genesis 6 is where Noah’s story begins.
Follow along as I read the first 7 verses of
God made man in His image and called everything He
had made very good.
Then sin entered the world. Notice how Moses describes
the sinfulness of man in v.5 “every intent of the thoughts
of his heart was only evil continually.”
God was even sorry that He had made man.
But then we read about Noah
Faith of Noah
Watch how the next verses describe Him
Genesis 6:8-9 “But Noah found favor in the eyes of
the Lord. These are the records of the generations
of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in
his time; Noah walked with God.”
Noah found favor with God
Remember who else found favor with God? Mary
The Bible also described him as;
Righteous – in right standing with God, he was the only
Blameless – means complete or having integrity
Walked with God – remember Adam walked with God in
Noah stood in stark contrast to everyone else in the
world. He stood out among everyone else. Imagine how
he must have been treated as he lived his life out in front
of a world who had rebelled against the loving God who
Sometimes it can seem sort of vague to say that
someone was righteous. How do you know for sure?
Is there a way to verify it?
Obedience of Noah
Noah proved his righteousness through his obedience.
Three times God tells Noah what to do and three times
Build an Ark – Genesis 6:14 “Make for yourself an
ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with
rooms, and shall cover it inside and out with pitch.”
God told Noah exactly what size, what type of wood and
how many levels the ark was to be.
And the obedience – Genesis 6:22 “Thus Noah did;
according to all that God had commanded him, so
Let’s take a moment to consider this.
God told Noah to build a boat bigger than a football field
because He was about to make it rain, something that
they had never seen or heard of before.
And Noah did it.
Imagine what the evil people of the world were saying to
him as he found the gopher wood and started
constructing things just as God had instructed him. Day
after day building all three levels of the ark, waiting for
the promised rain that would destroy everything and
everyone on earth.
You know this took quite a long time as well – Peter
writes this in I Peter 3:20 “…when the patience of
God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the
construction of the ark, in which a few, that is,
eight person, were brought safely through the
Second, God told Noah to:
Enter the Ark – Genesis 7:1 “Then the Lord said to
Noah, ‘Enter the ark, you and all your household,
for you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me
in this time.’”
Did you notice that. It wasn’t that all of Noah’s family
was righteous, he alone was the righteous one, but God
spared his whole household, his wife, 3 sons and their
And once again, Noah obeys God.
Genesis 7:5 “Noah did according to all that the Lord
had commanded him.”
Noah followed the instructions God gave him exactly as
he was commanded.
Then the rain came and the entire face of the earth was
covered in water. It rained for 40 days and 40 nights.
And it took months for the water to subside; 150 days
and the ark rested on the mountains of Ararat.
Then after 40 more days Noah opened the window and
sent out a raven.
Then he sent out some doves until they didn’t come back
and he knew that the water was gone from the earth.
Finally, God told Noah when to:
Exit the Ark – Genesis 8:15-16 “Then God spoke to
Noah, saying, ‘Go out of the ark, you and your wife
and your sons and you sons’ wives with you.’”
God also told him to bring out all the animals that were
on the ark each by their own family. Sounds like chaos,
but we know that God is not a God of Chaos, so I’m sure
all the animals went out in an orderly fashion. I bet it
was quite a sight to see!
And once again, Noah obeys God
Genesis 8:18 “So Noah went out, and his sons and
his wife and his son’ wives with him.”
It seems pretty cut and dried, but the point is that Noah
obeyed God. It wasn’t by accident that God selected
Noah. He was righteous, He walked with God, God knew
he was going to do exactly what was asked of him.
God’s Covenant with Noah
In Genesis 9:9 and 9:11 we read of God making a
covenant with Noah. This is the first mention of the word
covenant in the Bible. A covenant different from a
contract because a contract can be broken. When God
makes a covenant, it’s a promise that can’t be broken.
His word is final and what He says He does.
God promised Noah that He will never destroy the earth
by water again. And He gives evidence to Noah with the
sign of a bow in the sky. Every time the bow is in the
cloud God will remember His promise to every living
creature on earth, that He will not destroy them by water
How does God want us to apply the Scripture today?
As I mentioned earlier righteousness is proved by
As followers of Christ we must be known for our
obedience to Him and His commands.
Oftentimes people try to ignore either what God’s word
says or what they know He is telling them to do.
Our response to this message is to:
Strive for Obedience
We aren’t going to be perfect, only Jesus is perfect.
But, we are filled with the Holy Spirit.
He is living inside of us to
Remind us of His word
Having this in mind, how do you know when God is
He speaks through His word, through prayer, through
dreams, and countless other ways.
Will you listen to Him and seek to obey as Noah did?
But, remember, Noah wasn’t perfect.
At the end of the 9th chapter there is a story of Noah
getting drunk on wine and getting naked in his tent.
This didn’t exclude Noah from the kingdom of God.
Remember how the writer of Hebrews described him?
Noah became an heir of the righteousness which is
according to faith.
We too, when we trust in God by faith because of His
grace are saved.
Aren’t you thankful for the righteousness of Noah?