St. John's Lutheran
God's Word Alone Saves!
Genesis 7:11-18 New International Version
11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. 12 And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights. 13 On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark. 14 They had with them every wild animal according to its kind, all livestock according to their kinds, every creature that moves along the ground according to its kind and every bird according to its kind, everything with wings. 15 Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark. 16 The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord shut him in. 17 For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth. 18 The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water.
Tuesday - June 15
Noah believed God. He had faith. This is an important point! What is faith? It is the trust or belief that what God has said (spoken) is actually true! Noah had to trust that God was actually going to flood the earth. Belief or faith in the truth of God’s word led Noah to actually build a giant ark well before any sign of rain clouds was in the forecast. True obedience comes from faith. What saved Noah? How would Noah know about the coming flood or know what to do about it? God spoke to him and he believed God’s word! As Martin Luther put it: ““One thing, and only one thing, is necessary for Christian life, righteousness, and freedom. That one thing is the most holy Word of God, the gospel of Christ.” God’s word alone saves.