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October 6 – Noah the righteous (part 1)

“By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.” – Hebrews 11:7

Scripture reading: Genesis 6:9-22

We don’t get very far in the Bible until we see that the world has become increasingly corrupt. It seems that sin and corruption spread as quickly as the human race filled the earth. In the midst of the wicked, there was one found to be righteous, named Noah. Though Noah, like all of the other heroes of faith was a sinner (cf. Genesis 9:21), yet, he believed the Lord.

As a righteous man, Genesis 6:9 tells us, Noah listened to the Lord. He built an ark in order to preserve life on the earth. He was to take his wife, his three sons and their wives on the ark, along with two of each of the animals. The Lord gave Noah the exact specifications for this ark. It was a huge undertaking, especially in Noah’s days. But he did it. Noah heeded the warning of the Lord. We are all descendants of Noah because Noah believed the Lord.

The world in which we live mocks the idea of any real danger in the future, in a similar way that Noah’s neighbours must have mocked him. The urgency of the gospel is that the storm clouds of the flood are on the horizon; the time is near. Will you be in the ark when the rain begins to fall?

Suggestions for prayer

Ask the Lord to give you faith in what is not seen and to take God at His Word. Pray also for your unbelieving neighbours, that they might heed the call of the gospel.

Rev. Steve Swets was born and raised in NW Indiana. He graduated from Mid America Reformed Seminary in 2007, and he is currently the minister at Redeemer United Reformed Church in St. John, Indiana. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at

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