All right, let's turn to Hebrews chapter 11...Hebrews chapter 11 and we're going to look at Noah and the work of faith, the great story of Noah is summarized in one verse, verse 7 of Hebrews 11, "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."
Now one of the things you would note from that is you just read a Bible verse that condenses Genesis 6, 7, 8 and 9...in that sense, it is a very cryptic verse, it assumes that you know the story. And that's a fair assumption because after all, this book was written to whom? To whom? Hebrews. They knew the story, they were extremely familiar with the story. In fact, the whole chapter is cryptic, the references to Abel, brief. The references to Enoch, brief. The references to Noah, brief. A little more detail with regard to Abraham and Sarah, references to Moses relatively brief, references to others, brief. And in verse 32, you just have names, Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, the prophets.
So the assumption here is that these people know the Old Testament. They're familiar with these characters and their stories. And certainly every Jew was familiar with the astounding story of Noah. Noah is the next in the list of faithful men, men whose lives were marked by faith. I remind you that James said, "Faith without works is dead." What he meant by that is true faith is supported by action. And Noah is certainly the classic illustration of that fact in the Old Testament. His action of faith is in some ways more remarkable than anyone else. The Bible everywhere and always teaches that men come to God by faith alone and then go on to live in faith, that simply means to take God at His Word and trust in that Word as true. Never by works or self-effort, or ceremony, moral achievement do you reach God.. You always come to God by faith. It has always been so, it has never been any different....