Do you know what grace is? Have you ever received something good even though you didn’t deserve it?
The Bible teaches us that every person after Adam and Eve would be born with sin inside of them. That includes you and me. We aren’t born good. We are born bad. Did anyone have to teach you how to be bad? How to be selfish, or pout, or get angry? NOPE. All that sin is inside of us from the moment we’re born. In fact, we have to be taught how to be good. How to be kind, and share, and not whine when we don’t get what we want.
The Bible also says that after Adam and Eve sinned people kept getting more and more wicked. Listen to how God describes it here in Genesis 6:
Genesis 6:5-8. 5 The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually 6 And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.7 So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
Can you hear how the sin was inside of them (“the intentions of the thoughts of his heart”)?
And can you hear how the sin was outside of them (“wickedness great in the earth”)?
And can you hear what God wants to do because of the sin of the people (“I will blot out man”)?
The people God created have become so wicked, so hateful and hurtful that they don’t love God or each other anymore. And because the people have become so bad, God will have to destroy their sin by destroying them. This is called God’s judgment. And it’s scary.
But then we hear these words of hope: But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
What do you know about Noah? Do you remember what he built (the ark)? And do you remember why he built it (the flood)?
When everyone else rejected God and his love, Noah chose to trust God and obey his command to build an ark (a really big boat) in order to save humanity in it. And in doing this, Noah will become a picture of both us and a picture of Jesus.
Like Noah, we too need to trust God’s grace. Noah was saved by God in the ark, but he didn’t deserve it. He was sinful too. Read Genesis 6:8 again. Noah didn’t EARN favor from God. He “found” or simply received God’s favor by GRACE!
And Noah is a picture of Jesus. Like Noah, Jesus would trust God. And just like Noah’s family was protected within Noah’s ark that he built for those who would love and trust God, we too are protected by Jesus when we choose to love and trust him.
The question for people in Noah’s day was: Will you admit that you have sinned and let God save you in the ark?
The question for us today is: Will you admit that you have sinned and let God save you through Jesus and his cross?
Because of Jesus we can be safe from God’s judgment upon sin.
With Jesus we can obey God like Noah did and tell others about God’s love.
DO SOMETHING TOGETHER
Make a “Grace List” together. Just like Noah found favor with God, you too have received God’s grace. Make a list as a family of some of the ways God has shown grace to you today/this week.
Listen to this “Noah” song together.
You are even better than Noah because you never sinned and never needed to be saved. Thank you for making us safe from God’s judgment by your grace.
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