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NOAH FOUND COMFORT AND REST
The name "Noah" comes from the Hebrew word "Noach" which means "give comfort, make to rest, quiet resting place." What does that mean? The name "Noah" means to find rest in Christ. We only find that rest when Christ is formed in us.
Noahs father foresaw the rest and comfort that would be obtained through that Spirit of Christ being formed in His son. He pointed out how this visible preaching would be a comfort to his generation. Noah had the comfort and rest that would be his visible preaching. GEN 5:28-29 says, "And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son: And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed." Wherein was the comfort? It was Christ formed in him.
See how this rest is a visible preaching as we see in the prophesy of the coming Messiah; that prophesy centered in that same rest. In ISA 11:10 we find the prophesy, "And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign [a beacon or sign, something visible] of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious." The ensign was a visible sign for the people. We see the same thing in the name of Noah. It is something visible.
We see this fulfilled in those who have Christ formed in them in MAT 11:28, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." What is the end result of our Christian fruition? It is to find rest for our souls.
The Fathers delight in the obedience of the Lord Jesus Christ is seen in PHI 2:8-11, "And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
Noahs obedience delighted God. It is noteworthy that Noah found rest for his soul by delighting in the will of God. In GEN 6:8-9 we read, "But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God."
The Fathers delight in the obedience of the Lord Jesus is obvious as we see from the Fathers first words spoken about His Son after He began His public ministry in MAT 3:17, "And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." How was the Father well pleased? It was in Jesus perfect obedience. Are you and I going to have Christ formed in us? It is not possible if we are walking in rebellion to the revealed will of God. Will we earn salvation by good works? No. Where is our evidence that we have Christ formed in us? Do we have the Spirit of Christ? The spirit of perfect submission to the will of God is our evidence of the outworking of the grace of God, i.e., having Christ formed in us.
How did Noahs walk of life reveal that Spirit of Christ formed in him? We see this in GEN 7:5 where we read, "And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him." He did whatever the Lord commanded; he had a holy reverence for the will of God.
Noahs walk showed that the mystery of Christ formed in him could be seen by the world. We also see this testified by the world about our Saviour in LUK 23:47-48, "Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man. And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things which were done, smote their breasts, and returned." Do you see what the centurion and others saw? They knew; it was a visible preaching.
The Lord said of Noah he was "perfect in his generations," which signifies that he was not contaminated by the sin and ungodliness of the surrounding world. Are you and I living in a generation, as the Lord Jesus Christ said, that are "as in the days of Noah"? Are we walking with Christ formed in us? If we are, we will remain unspotted from this present evil world.
Think of how this points to the perfect humanity of our Saviour who was "made flesh" but was not shaped in iniquity nor conceived in sin. He was conceived by the Holy Ghost. HEB 7:26 says, "For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens." Now the vital question facing us is: Is Christ in us? Is Christ in you? He is holy, harmless, and separate from sinners. Do we mingle our lives with the things of this life? If we do, Christ is not formed in us. Can we walk in filthiness, in vulgar language, and do the things we know are contrary to the will of God? If we do, we do not have Christ formed in us, because Christ is holy, undefiled, and not contaminated by the generation in which He lived.
The virus of sin did not contaminate our Saviour. He was "perfect in His generation." This is what Jesus refers to when He says in JOH 17:4, "I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do." Amen.
Jesus calls us, oer the tumult
Of our lifes wild, restless sea,
Day by day His sweet voice soundeth,
Saying, "Christian, follow me."
As, of old, apostles heart it
By the Galilean lake,
Turned from home and toil and kindred,
Leaving all for His dear sake.
Jesus calls us from the worship
Of the vain worlds golden store,
From each idol that would keep us,
Saying, "Christian, love me more."
In our joys and in our sorrows,
Days of toil and hours of ease,
Still He calls, in cares and pleasures,
"Christian, love me more than these."
Jesus calls us, by thy mercies,
Saviour, may we hear thy call,
Give our hearts to thine obedience,
Serve and love thee best of all.
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