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"By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith." Hebrews 11:7

What was God's part in this?

By Faith Noah In Reverence Prepared An Ark
For the Salvation of His Household (Hebrews 11:5)

Faith is the assurance of things hoped for...
the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

1. What is the thing hoped for...or is not seen? What Is The Thing Hoped For: 
That he and his household would not be destroyed by the flood as God had warned.
2. What is man's part, if any? Noah, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household.
3. What is God's part? God helped Noah in everything (Noah could not have done this on his own):
  • God gave Noah everything he needed for the building of the ark.
  • God brought the specific animals to be on the ark.
  • God brought the worldwide flood.
  • God saved Noah, Noah's family and the animals.
  • God allowed the flood waters to subside and for Noah to again live on the earth.
  • God did everything, except those things He commanded Noah to do (e.g., God didn't create the ark by a miracle; God let Noah build it...with God's help).
4. How did Noah have this assurance and conviction that God would save him and his household from the worldwide flood?
  1. Understand the thing hoped for...or the thing not seen.
  2. Hear God's word (Faith comes by hearing...and hearing by the word of Christ.  Romans 10:17) to understand God's power and faithfulness to His promises.
  3. Do your part, if any.

  4. Trust God that He has done what He has said...and/or that He will do what He promises.

  5. Pray that God will help increase your belief and faith (Luke 17:5, Mark 9:23-24) and give you wisdom (James 1:5).

Is it possible that Noah felt he had earned his salvation?

After a lot of work on Noah's part, did Noah think that he had saved himself by building the ark?  If you look at the first thing that Noah did after he stepped off the ark, this might answer this question:

"Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar."  Genesis 8:20 (NAS)

The first thing that Noah did was to make an offering of thanks to God.  Although Noah did a great deal of work in building this large boat, Noah must have realized that his effort was just a drop of water in the ocean compared to what the Lord had done.  But yet, if Noah had refused to obey God's command...would the Lord have saved Noah?

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