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A Different Man

Gen 6:5-8

Noah was different from the rest of the known world at this time: Notice the events just prior to this. In chapter 5 read about death. In chapter 6 we read that God saw the wickedness of man. In chapter 7 we read that God gave Noah, a different man, an assignment.

God saw something in Noah that made him stand out head and shoulders above everyone else. What was it that made Noah so different? What was it that made Noah stand out in a sinful world in the eyes of God? God saw was Noah’s faith! A faith that produced works. Notice with me, (James 2:19-26)

Want to be a man or woman of God used by God? Then you must be different from the world. (IJohn2:15-17) Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. (James 4:4) Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

What made Noah so much different from the rest?

I. Noah Was Different in His Heart: (Gen 6:5-8)

    1. Noah believed in the prevailing grace of God. 

       A. While everyone else was swallowing in sin Grace was

            reigning in Noah’s heart

  2. Noah believed in the promises of God. (Gen.3:15)

      (Rom. 10:9,10,& 13) (Mt.11:28)

      A. God would have us to be people of faith:

      B. God would want us to be different in trusting him

      C. While the rest of the world was doubting, God, Noah was

           trusting God

   3. Noah believed God would preserve a godly people

      A. Here we have the doctrine of first mention: of grace and mercy

II. Noah Was Different In His Walk (Gen 6:9)

    1. World’s walk (v. 5, 11, 12)

        A. Filled with violence

        B. Filled with corruption: (Isa. 53:6)

        C. Filled with pleasure seekers (II Tim. 3:4)

    2. Noah’s walk

        A. Noah is the second to have said ‘walked with God’ – Enoch

             was the first

        B. Noah’s walk was a righteous walk

       C. Noah’s walk was a just walk.

       D. Noah’s walk was an obedient walk (7:5)

       E. Noah’s results, of walking with God (7:23)

          1. Noah had a godly influence on his family

               a. They saw God in Noah’s devotions

                b. They saw God in Noah’s decisions

                c. They saw God in Noah’s difficulties

                d. God saved Noah and his family

    3. Our walk

         A. Should be as Noah’s.

         B. We need to walk with God: (Col 3:1, 2)If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

        C. We need to take our eyes off worldly things and focus on 

             heavenly things

III. Noah Was Different In His Standing: (Gen. 6:8) (Heb 11:7)By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

    1. World’s Standing

        A. Condemned by God (6:13)

        B. God’s judgment Pronounced

        C. Our world today condemned by God (II Peter 3:10-13)

    2. Noah’s Standing

        A. A justified man (justified by faith)

            1. Noah declared right by God

        B. A Saved Man

           1. The Ark

      C. A Blessed Man

      D. A Used Man

  3. Our Standing

     A. We too must be justified by faith.

         1. We are saved by grace through faith. (Eph. 2:8-9)

    B. We too must live by faith (Rom. 1:16-17)


Sam was my best dog, ever. A field trial dog who found birds and pointed them with contagious enthusiasm, Sam taught me the joy of becoming part of nature. If his point said a bird was hiding in a clump of bushes, it was there. He was so much more than a bird dog, though. Often we'd share together lazy lunches in an abandoned apple orchard, and the snooze that followed. Late one afternoon, Sam and I became separated. Neither of us was familiar with the area. I called and whistled. No sign of Sam. I had to get back to town for an important appointment. But how could I leave Sam? If he finally came back and I wasn't there, would I lose him for good? Then I remembered a trick an old dog trainer had passed on. I unbuttoned my jacket, removed my shirt and laid it on the ground under the branches of a small bush. I worried all night.

But when I returned the next morning there was Sam curled up with his nose under the sleeve of my shirt. He looked up and wagged his tail. "Where've you been friend?" his eyes seemed to say. "I've been waiting for you all night. But I knew you'd come back." Later I wondered. When I get lost, do I have the trust to look for some part of God's word and curl up in it? To wait patiently, knowing that my Friend will find me if I just have faith in him?

Be Different From The World