14 Jun 2014 Father’s Day Service – Dr Robi Sondereggar
The Story of Noah’s Ark
Noah Pleases God
9 This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God. 10 And Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.
The Ark Prepared
13 And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth. 14 Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch. 15 And this is how you shall make it: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits.
V22 Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did. .. Noah did everything!
What if he didn’t do the will of God?
It would have become Noah’s Park! The animals wouldn’t come. He would have to go capture all the animals. But they would keep escaping. He would build barriers and fences but it wouldn’t keep them in! Ultimately, it would make Noah feel disillusioned and discouraged.
When we do things in our own strength, in our own logic and vision, we often do not get the results that we anticipate.
People would often say they are hopeless. Hopelessness is not having no hope, but having LESS hope.
To have no hope is the moment life is over. So why do people experience less hope or hopelessness? When there is a lack of vision.
Counterfeit hope comes in response to being sure of what we can see.
When we do things to get results that we can see with our own eyes using our own strength and logic and reason, we become spiritually blind.
When God tells you to do something, even if you can’t see the reason or results, just do it and don’t give up. Build God’s ark not a park. But if you continue to do things in your own strength then just give up, you’re only going to get counterfeit hope and not the result God wants.
21 There are many plans in a man’s heart,
Nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand.
God could have saved the animals in a thousand different ways, but He chose this way to save them, using Noah.
People who are spiritually blind are typically unaware. That’s when we see in the natural too often. See things through God’s eyes and you will see in a different perspective.
The moment Peter shifted his perspective and focus off Jesus to the water, he sunk down.
You can learn a lot from snowboarding lessons! In snowboarding, there are some important lessons to learn:
#1 Where you look and where you point is where you go.
#2 As you gain speed, when you lean forward, you gain control.
Because if you lean to the back, your weight will go to the back and you will gain more speed instead.
When you are facing trials and are going out of control, lean in to God! Not lean away from God!
#3 Lean on the edge and trust that the edge will hold you.
Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
8 Now the king of Syria was making war against Israel; and he consulted with his servants, saying, “My camp will be in such and such a place.” 9 And the man of God sent to the king of Israel, saying, “Beware that you do not pass this place, for the Syrians are coming down there.” 10 Then the king of Israel sent someone to the place of which the man of God had told him. Thus he warned him, and he was watchful there, not just once or twice.
11 Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was greatly troubled by this thing; and he called his servants and said to them, “Will you not show me which of us is for the king of Israel?”
2 Kings 6:8-11
Stop looking with your natural eyes, but spiritual eyes, trusting God and the edge of the Holy Spirit to help you.
V15 And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” … When the king saw the enemies he panicked and became hopeless. Why was he feeling hopeless? Because he was seeing with natural eyes
V17 And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. … then Elisha prayed to God to open the King’s eyes!!
Your spiritual blindness is simply your inability to see how much God cares for you.
V19-23: 19 Now Elisha said to them, “This is not the way, nor is this the city. Follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom you seek.” But he led them to Samaria.
20 So it was, when they had come to Samaria, that Elisha said, “Lord, open the eyes of these men, that they may see.” And the Lord opened their eyes, and they saw; and there they were, inside Samaria!
21 Now when the king of Israel saw them, he said to Elisha, “My father, shall I kill them? Shall I kill them?”
22 But he answered, “You shall not kill them. Would you kill those whom you have taken captive with your sword and your bow? Set food and water before them, that they may eat and drink and go to their master.” 23 Then he prepared a great feast for them; and after they ate and drank, he sent them away and they went to their master. So the bands of Syrian raiders came no more into the land of Israel.
Sometimes we think we know the solution like how the Syrians thought capturing Elisha was the solution. And we do things in our own ways. But instead we get blinded and captured.
Sometimes we need to be blind to what we can see so that God can show us something that we cannot see. To see things through God’s eyes, sometimes we have to become blind, to close our own eyes. We become blind in the natural so that we can see in the supernatural.
That’s why we close our eyes when we pray! Prayer pulls us into vision.
But when we lean in to God and he opens our supernatural eyes, and we expect death or punishment, instead God gives us love and grace. Just like how the king of israel gave a feast to them. And they turned from their wicked ways and stopped raiding Israel.
Close your eyes and see things through God’s eyes! Be obedient, even though it may not make sense to you. Lean in to God. And he will give you grace and love and everything you need.
Thus says the Lord…
So what did he say?
It’s who we go to for instructions, not so much what we do. Are we wholly obedient?
All things work together for good…
Your success is not determined by your results, it’s determined by your resolve. When you trust God in his goodness, it’s then that you see a new reality.
When you obey God and say yes and you go, you’re already successful.
People get discouraged when they look at their results, not their resolve.
Noah’s ark was built on land, by vision, and it floated on-site.