Flood Faith (3 of 4) by Jeff Strite

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Flood Faith (3 of 4)
Series: Building Faith
Jeff Strite
Hebrews 11:7

o Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark.
o Noah didn't wait for his ship to come in, he built one.
o Stay fit. When you're 600 years old, someone might ask you to do something REALLY big.
o Don't listen to critics -- do what has to be done.
o Speed isn't always an advantage. The cheetahs were on board, but so were the snails.
o Remember that the ark was built by amateurs and the Titanic was built by professionals.
o Don't miss the boat.
o No matter how bleak it looks, if God is with you, there's always a rainbow on the other side.

APPLY: That, of course, is humorous list of some of what someone felt were lessons we could learn from Noah and the Ark. But there ARE many Biblical lessons that God would teach us:

• Peter, for example, wrote that the flood served as an example of our salvation. He told about the people who "disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also- not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ" (I Peter 3:20-21

• Peter also told us that the flood was a lesson that was meant to show us that "if (God) did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah… if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment." (II Peter 2:5 and 9)

• Jesus said Noah's experiences should be a warning to us. Just as they did in those days, people will be eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage (Matthew 24:38), when Jesus comes in judgment.

• In fact Peter explains: "…in the last days scoffer ...

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