Friday, June 25, 2021

Learning Grace From Noah

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Genesis 6:8 (KJV) “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord."

Just some generations after God created man, the whole earth was filled with evil, the earth was so evil that non was exempted except the family of Noah. This got God fed up that he decided to wipe out every living thing on the surface of the earth, he did this by sending a flood of water which drowned everything living except Noah, his family, and the living things that were with him. But why were they spared? They were spared because Noah found grace in the eyes of God right? What was so special about him? Why was it just him? What about others or was it just a random selection by God? These and more are the questions that someone may be asking.

When Jesus was confronted with the question of divorce in Matthew 19:7-8, he responded by telling them what God's intention for marriage was in the beginning. Just like Jesus did, we will also examine what grace is in the beginning; at its first mention. 

In Genesis 6:1-7, the entire human race was corrupted and God decided to wipe them out, but Noah found grace (Gen 6:8). One may quickly think that Noah was only lucky, but a careful examination of his life, however, reveals the contrary. He knew something that differentiated him from every other person, he lived a righteous life (Gen 7:1). Not only did he live righteously, he was also a preacher of righteousness (2 Peter 2:5).

You see, before grace spared Noah from being destroyed, it taught him how to live righteously first. We therefore can conclude that living righteously is the proof that one has found grace and its result or benefit is an exemption from destruction (salvation).

If the grace you have found is such which promises an escape from hell (destruction) but never teaches righteousness, what you have found is not the same as what Noah found.

Go into today knowing that, “the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world" (Titus 2:11-12 KJV).

Prayer: By the grace of God, I deny ungodliness and worldly lusts. I will live soberly, righteously, and godly in Jesus’ name. Amen!

—Dr. Emmanuel James

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