Our Foundations… Really? (Part 14)

March 12, 2017

sermon date 03-12-2017
speaker Pastor Cliff Allcorn


Biblical Reference:

These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God. And Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. 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. Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch. This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark 300 cubits, its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits. 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. For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die. 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. And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every sort into the ark to keep them alive with you. They shall be male and female. Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground, according to its kind, two of every sort shall come in to you to keep them alive. Also take with you every sort of food that is eaten, and store it up. It shall serve as food for you and for them.” Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.

Gen 6:9-22, ESV

Cross References:

(in order of mention from sermon)

Hebrews 11:6-7
Deuteronomy 6:7-9
Ephesians 2:4-9
Matthew 28:19-20
Isaiah 55:8-9, 29:15-16
Deuteronomy 7:9-11

Things We Learned Last Time in Genesis…

  • That believers can and do learn even from areas of debate in Scripture.
  • That being called “Men of Renown” is not necessarily a good thing.
  • That we must comprehend God’s immutability to understand God.

Things to Learn About My Own Walk with God this Week…

  • That the redeemed Noah is completely different than the world.
  • That God’s instructions must be followed exactly.
  • That God governs mankind through precise covenants.

Important Words:

‘Make Disciples’μαθητεύσατε (mathēteusate) – A summary command to cause people “…to be a pupil, with implication of being an adherent of the teacher…” 1  So we are commanded to teach people, not just give them a simple conversion message.

Covenant:  “An agreement between two parties that specifies requirements for at least one party, and includes blessing and curses for obedience or failure.” 1

Important Term:

Norma Normans non Normata – “The Norm of Norms That Is Not Normed” This is the principle the Scripture is the measure of truth, and when interpreted correctly, cannot be corrected by any other source.

Important Quote:

The whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for His own Glory, man’s salvation, faith, and life, is either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture: unto which nothing at any time is to be added …” 3

1 William Arndt, Frederick W. Danker, and Walter Bauer, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000), 609.
2 David Witthoff, ed., The Lexham Cultural Ontology Glossary (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2014).
3 Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter I, Article VI (Emphasis Mine)