Prologue, And God…Finding Favor Genesis 6:1-22

In Genesis_____ we traced the ungodly line of Cain, then in Genesis 5 the godly line of______. This shares that there are only two paths for humanity, one_______ Way in Jesus Christ, the other path is______ leading to destruction. We either serve the Lord or live in rebellion. Now, most have had some___________ to seek a mate outside of the faith. To this Paul writes, 2 Corinthians 6:14~What_____________ can a believer have with an unbeliever? What_________ ground can idols hold with the temple of God? For we, remember, are ourselves living temples of the living God, as God has said: ‘I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be my people’. (JBP) Genesis 6:3~Then the Lord said, My______ shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years. (ESV) God is watching_____________ spread across the earth like a cancer. So, what do we do when something is growing out of control? We get negative, we get rid of it. Genesis 6:7~So the Lord said, I will blot out man whom I have created…for I am sorry that I have made them. (ESV) One man, Noah, is God’s choice for starting over. His life reveals three requirements for Finding Favor: Different, ________________, Devoted.

1) Be Different (6:8-12) Genesis 6:8~But Noah found _______ in the eyes of the Lord. (ESV) Notice the word but. This word reveals a contrast between Noah and his contemporaries. Noah is________, he is a righteous man meaning he is a man of integrity. Genesis 6:9~…Noah walked with God. (ESV) God chooses Noah simply because he is different. Walking with God makes all the__________ in our lives. 

2) Be Dependable (6:13-21) Genesis 6:13~And God said to Noah, I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth. (ESV) Understand the gravity, this is not just a boat. As Noah builds the Ark, with every________ of the hammer he is putting a nail in the coffin of humanity. Genesis 6:16~ Make a roof for the ark, and finish it to a cubit above, and set the door of the ark in its side. Make it with lower, second, and third decks. (ESV) This__________ would be used is for ventilation, removing, light, it is not just a design element. Genesis 6:17~For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth…(ESV) Imagine that you were Noah, taking all the Lord said in. Where would you have gotten hung up?____________________ Genesis 6:18~But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. (ESV) It stands as a binding covenant of salvation. Noah, I AM is going to save you!

3) Be________ (6:22) Noah’s life is a demonstration on faithfulness. Genesis 6:22~Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him. (ESV) Noah is on a ______ year clock, counting down to the flood. His task is to build an ark and preach righteousness. For twelve decades, Noah proclaimed the Lord without_____ single convert. 
Take-A-Step: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Grace at Work

In the Ten Commandments, no work is prohibited on the Sabbath (Exodus 20:8-11). The purpose of the command is to rest and worship. God said to take the day to pray and play. Therefore, the priests could not perform their priestly duties on the Sabbath (Numbers 28:9-10: 1 Chronicles 9:32). That’s why Jesus asks in Matthew 12:5~Or have you not read in the Law how on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath and are guiltless? (ESV) Then, Jesus tells them do you know who you are talking to? Matthew 12:6~I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. (ESV) They were furious. Why? They didn’t understand because they weren’t in a relationship with God, they just lived by rules. 

The Pharisees are so caught up in Jewish regulations and rituals they miss the whole point of the temple. Many people miss the whole point of going to church. Being in church is not something to check off a list or to ease our conscience, rather, the church is about the community preparing itself for the Messiah. Jesus is greater than the temple because the temple was just a symbol of what He would do on the cross. Paying our ransom by dying in our stead. Hosea 6:6~For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings. (NIV) Jesus was saying these fellows are hungry, and they are out here trying to win people to the Lord. I wish you knew what mercy was, understood mercy. Mercy is kindness or goodwill towards the miserable and the afflicted, joined with a desire to help them. It is having active compassion. Want to kill passion? Get legalistic. Want to curb enthusiasm? Get legalistic. Want to kill churches? Get legalistic. Ephesians 2:4~But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy (ἔλεος eleos), (NIV) What people need today, is not our legalistic expectations, rather what is needed is the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the power that brings salvation. (Romans 1:16) That’s All the Change we Need, Jesus Christ at work in us. 

Today, where in your life is the Lord working on you? If you’re not sure then take a few moments to ask, survey your life for the tender areas and take note of what the Lord is saying about these places. Then ask the Lord to help you change what needs to be changed so you can look more and more Christlike. As believers and faith practitioners, we must never forget the catchy words of the Hemphills—He’s still working on me, To make me what I need to be, It took him just a week to make the moon and stars, The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars, How loving and patient He must be, ’Cause He’s still workin’ on me. As you give yourself each day to the Lord. May you look more and more like Him who saved your soul.

Made New

You have heard me teach many times that Sundays are to be our pray and play days. How we are to spend time in the worship and learning of our God, as we share a day set aside for our health, a special time to spend with our family and friends, as God intended. When we arrive at Matthew 12, we find Jesus leading His disciples on the mission of God, not even breaking for lunch. This means the disciples are hungry and looking for something to eat. Jesus leads them right through a cornfield where they began a little dutiful snacking on nature’s God-given bounty. Well, as always seems to be the case, people are watching and then they start yammering about how these hungry disciples are violating the Sabbath. That’s when our Lord stops to address this moment.

Matthew 12:3~He (Jesus) said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, and those who were with him: (ESV) The Word is sharing the Word, as Jesus teaches the legalistic what God intended for His people. Young David, heir to the throne (1 Kings 16:13) and his mighty men were hungry in (1 Samuel 21:1-6). Matthew 12:4~how he entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him to eat nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests? (ESV) After being offered in the tabernacle, showbread was to be eaten only by priests. However, God did not punish David, because human need is always more important than symbolic regulations. That is the point of the Good Samaritan. The Sabbath was never intended to make people suffer or go hungry; it was intended to better our lives because we get so busy we just won’t rest. 

Mark 2:27~Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. (NIV) The Pharisees had perverted the Sabbath to the point it was no longer a day of rest but had become a day of frustrating regulation. Exodus 20:8~Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. (ESV) The Lord then shares you don’t work, kids don’t do chores, servants don’t serve, not even your livestock. However, over time the rules were piled on. For example, Jews could only walk three thousand steps on the Sabbath and they didn’t have a pedometer. Also, picking up anything weighing more than a dried fig was considered work and not allowed on the Sabbath. I know that your weight of figs maybe a little rough these days so, let me help. It only takes 44 dried figs to make a pound. That seems pretty insignificant, and one of the reasons the Law of Ole Mo was so heavy and hard to live by.

Why not take a break from the burdens others place on you, and give those burdens to Jesus who said in Matthew 11:30~For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. (NKJ) Why not make time today to do as we are commanded in 1 Peter 5:7~Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (NIV) Just let go. Yeah, you will still have to cook dinner and do dishes, but you won’t have to live with worry or anxiety. Isn’t Jesus just the best.