Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God’s Plan? Part 6

This entry is part 6 of 45 in the series Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God's Plan?

Recap of Part 5: Enoch was taken because he “walked with God”. He prophesied: Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him” (KJV Jude 1:14- 15). How shall Christ execute judgment upon all? “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (KJV John 12:48).

Part 6 A 500 year old man went out preaching for 120 years and tried to get the people of his time period to repent, turn toward God, and follow his way, his grace, his plan. If you haven’t figured out about whom I speak, I’ll give you another hint. He had a boat. A giant boat. Yep, I speak of the preacher, Noah. “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith” (KJV Hebrews 11:7).

He literally took on the world with his preaching. He was called faithful, a preacher of righteousness, an heir of righteousness, finder of grace, and he walked with God. I wonder how he kept his head up. Odds are most people who preach think about numbers. We want to convert them all. Noah preached for 120 years and he saved eight souls. “…When once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water” (KJV 1 Peter 3:20). So, the real question is, was Noah disappointed with numbers? We seem to be today. If there aren’t enough people in the pews we feel disappointed. Is this what God wants for us? Is it really about numbers?

I often found encouragement from Joe Wilson. He too, was often disappointed with the numbers game, but would say “we preach the truth, or in other words, we plant the seed, but God gives the increase. We are not responsible for the soil. We are responsible for the seed”. Christ taught the parable of the sower and the seed and said: Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience” (KJV Luke 8:5-11). We preach the word of God and should be satisfied in that. Noah knew the rain would come, he knew the world would be destroyed, he knew he had to save his house, he knew he had to lean on God who provided the plan, he built a tomb (the arc), he followed the pattern God gave him, he remained faithful, he put his confidence in the Lord, he trusted, he knew God would be his salvation, he knew one way into the arc (one door), he had one light (one window), he preached one message, and eight souls were faithful. This reminds me of a verse of scripture: “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (KJV Ephesians 4:4-6). I’m pretty sure God isn’t after numbers. He is after those who truly love him the way he showed his love. Not a love that says what about me, but a love that says: how can I help you. Noah might have had some ego issues as some of us do, but he served God and it was enough for him. We should learn the faith of Noah, serve the Lord as he did, save our family, and the Lord shall be our reward. Have contentment in the Lord.

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