Bible Study On Noah: A Great Leader In The Bible
What can we learn from the story of Noah? Well, we can all agree that Noah was a great leader in the Bible. Let’s take a deeper look into the story of Noah in the Bible and see what characteristics he possessed that we could apply to our lives.
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The story of Noah can be found in Genesis chapters 6 - 11.
The Story Of Noah Summary
The beginning of chapter 6 starts by telling us the earth began to multiply and daughters were born, but it tells us the sons of God saw the beautiful women and took them as their wives.
God was not pleased. He said in verse 3 My spirit will not put up with humans for such a long time for they are only mortal flesh. In the future, their normal lifespan will be 120 years.
Now there is a lot of speculation about who the sons of God were, and I won’t get into all the thoughts around it because that is not what we are focusing on today. But we can see that this was not what God wanted based on what He said.
As a result of the sons of God and the women getting together, this produced what the Bible calls mighty men. I was curious so I looked it up in my Strongs concordance and it refers to giants and tyrants obviously that was not God’s plan.
God saw that wickedness was in the heart of humans and that everything they thought or imagined was evil. God was heartbroken and at that point, He was sorry that He ever made humans. He decided that He was going to wipe out the human race and every living thing.
Think about it, look at how this world is now and the extent of evil that we see each day on the news and other media outlets. But God is showing us mercy right now and giving us a chance to repent and make it right before the rapture takes place.
Verse 8 says…but Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
What does that mean? Grace is favor and acceptance. Noah found favor and acceptance in the eyes of the Lord.
Why Did God Choose Noah?
Noah was a righteous man. The Bible says that he was the only blameless person living on the earth at the time. But here is the important part, Noah walked in close fellowship with God.
Although Noah was righteous, I’m sure it doesn’t mean that Noah was perfect, but he loved God with His whole heart. How can we show God that we love Him? By obeying Him. Jesus said if you love me then obey my commandments.
Noah And The Flood In The Bible
11 Now God saw that the earth had become corrupt and was filled with violence.
12 God observed all this corruption in the world, for everyone on earth was corrupt.
13 So God said to Noah, “I have decided to destroy all living creatures, for they have filled the earth with violence. Yes, I will wipe them all out along with the earth!
14 “Build a large boat from cypress wood and waterproof it with tar, inside and out. Then construct decks and stalls throughout its interior.
Then God goes on to tell him the size… let's skip down to verse 17.
17 “Look! I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing that breathes. Everything on earth will die.
18 But I will confirm my covenant with you. So enter the boat—you and your wife and your sons and their wives.
19 Bring a pair of every kind of animal—a male and a female—into the boat with you to keep them alive during the flood.
20 Pairs of every kind of bird, and every kind of animal, and every kind of small animal that scurries along the ground, will come to you to be kept alive.
21 And be sure to take on board enough food for your family and for all the animals.”
22 So Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.
In chapter 7 the boat was ready, and God told Noah that it was time for them to get into the boat. They entered the boat just as God commanded and after seven days the floodwaters came and covered the earth and continued for 40 days and 40 nights, and covered the earth for 150 days.
In chapter 8 God sent a wind to blow across the earth and the floodwaters began to recede. Noah waited patiently for God to tell them when to leave the boat.
20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and there he sacrificed as burnt offerings the animals and birds that had been approved for that purpose.
21 And the Lord was pleased with the aroma of the sacrifice and said to himself, “I will never again curse the ground because of the human race, even though everything they think or imagine is bent toward evil from childhood. I will never again destroy all living things.
22 As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.”
Wow-what a great story, Noah was truly a great leader in the Bible. Let me end by giving you a few qualities or characteristics that Noah possessed that we could apply to our lives.
Lessons Behind Noah’s Ark
He walked in close fellowship with God
For us, that would be praying, reading the Bible, studying, and meditating on the Bible.
He was obedient
Noah did everything that God told him to do. We need to do what God says in His Word and be obedient. We shouldn’t only be hearers of the Word but doers of the Word as well.
Noah was patient
He patiently waited on God while building the boat and while in the boat. I know that we want everything instantly, but we need to wait for God’s timing its always perfect.
He trusted God
Noah had faith in God. I was meditating on the verse where it says to take every kind of animal into the Ark. Could you imagine being confined with lions, bears, scorpions, and cheetahs? Etc. Really think about it.
He had to believe that God would take care of him in the confines of this boat. It wasn’t like when Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden before the fall of man and sin…this was after. Animals were no longer peaceful. Noah had to completely trust God.
That’s how we need to live daily, believe what the Word says, put action to it and trust God to do His part.
He did what was right...alone
God decided to destroy the entire world except for Noah and his family, which means that everyone else was doing wrong, but Noah and his family stood alone and did what was right in the eyes of the Lord.
No matter who may criticize you or perhaps you may have lost family or friends because of your belief in Jesus. It doesn’t matter stand strong and do what is right before the Lord, you will be rewarded.
Noah was truly a great man of God in the Bible, and we can learn so much from his life and apply it to our own. The best part is that we don’t have to do this alone, we have the Holy Spirit within us to help us and guide us along the way.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you to apply these characteristics to your life, it may not happen overnight, but start and be consistent and the Holy Spirit will help you.
If you came across this article and you’re not a believer or you were a believer and you strayed away from God and you want to make Jesus, the Lord of your life say this prayer:
Jesus come into my heart. I turn my back on sin and I repent, and I trust in you. I confess that Jesus Christ is my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you, Jesus, for saving me. I accept by faith the free gift of salvation in Jesus’ name. Amen.
If you prayed that prayer, then you are saved, congratulations and welcome to the family of God. I will give you the advice that my pastor gave to me, you need to pray which is talking to God, that is how you build your relationship with Him.
He loves you and cares about everything that concerns you. Read your Bible every day. Go to church, find a Bible-believing church and tell someone that you are saved.
I pray that the Lord would give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.
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