Victoria Fellowship Church
International & Interdenominational
Bible Study Worksheet – October 18, 2015
Theme: Heroes of Faith
Topic: Noah- The Lonely Righteous
Main Texts: Genesis 6:5-22; 7:1-5
Key Verse: Hebrews 11:7 – By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear
built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the
righteousness that is in keeping with faith.” (NIV)
Last Sunday in discussing the offerings by Cain and Abel under the topic “The Acceptable Offering”, we noted that:
An offering to God should be an expression of our implicit faith in Him as the source of all we have and are, and a symbol of our complete submission to Him
We offer various offerings to God – money, materials, time, praise and worship, and ourselves. It is possible to offer any of these to Him unacceptably.
Offering of our first fruits to God has a special place in His heart and brings His special blessings
This Sunday as we continue in our study of Heroes of Faith, we will be looking at Noah under the topic “Noah – The Lonely Righteous”. If Noah lived in our day he would most probably have been considered a lunatic – building an ark in the belief that the world was coming to an end! Key learnings should include:
It takes an ear that listens to the Unseen, and an abiding faith in Him, to live in righteousness where unrighteousness is the norm around us.
When we choose to live in righteousness among the unrighteous, our righteous living continually makes the unrighteous ill-at-ease, even if they do not openly acknowledge it. The people of Noah’s day felt condemned by his righteousness.
The world in which we live is much like Noah’s, the warning about what is to come is just as present, and our calling is no different from Noah’s. Noah lived at a time when wickedness was the norm. Man thought and did evil with impunity. We are told that “The LORD regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.” (Gen 6:6, NIV). Sometimes, one is inclined to think that the world is returning to the days of Noah – with all the evils around us: robberies, murders, homosexuality, character assassinations, etc. Actually, things were worse in the days of Noah. Today, we at least have some laws through which evil doers can be punished – and those act as a deterrent. But in the days of Noah, there were no such laws. Imagine one man in such an environment choosing not to do evil. Concerning him, we read: “But Noah found favour in the eyes of the LORD … Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.” (Gen 6:8-9).
a) What are the key challenges in living a different life from what is considered the norm in our environment?
b) Why, despite the challenges, would one want to live a very different life from those around him or her? It is noteworthy that despite living a very different life from those around him, Noah was “blameless among the people of his time”. In other words, even those wicked people of his time among whom he lived found him blameless.
c) What could be going on in the mind of a wicked person that would make him testify that a righteous person is indeed righteous, and what does this tell us about when we seem to be alone in our pursuit of righteousness? (Note the words “By his faith he condemned the world…” in our key verse.)
Compare the prevalence of evil in the world today with the situation in Noah’s time, before the flood. Henry Thoreau once said, “If a man does not keep in step with his companions it may be because he hears the beat of a distant drummer.” It indeed requires an abiding confidence in the unseen to stubbornly stay different from those around us. Noah “ridiculously” kept in step with this “Distant Drummer” when he began to build the ark as instructed by the “Distant Drummer”. He endured mockery by those around him.
d) What similarities and differences do you see between the pervasiveness of evil in Noah’s day (before the flood) and the present day?
e) Noah responded “in holy fear” and built an ark when “warned about things not yet seen”. What warnings do we have today about things “not yet seen”?
Father, I desire to be known for consistently walking in the faith. Grant me the courage and faith to walk with you even when I am the only one doing so among many. In Jesus’ name. Amen.