The full “Noah Meaning for Pastors” of a generation can only be realized under specific conditions.
The Noah commission for a pastor requires the preaching of righteousness.
Also, it means that the pastors knows that the clock of God’s righteous judgement for sin is set… and that Matthew 24:21-22, and 37-38 need to be preached, loud and clear:
“21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.“
“37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”
Genesis six reveals that Noah was one of the only righteous men in his lifetime. The imagination of his thoughts of his heart was NOT evil continually in a world that was full of rampant corruption (for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the Earth), violence, and out of control wickedness of man.
Only Jesus is sinless, and He justifies us by faith through grace. Noah walked with God per Genesis 6:9. He had a relationship with God and earnestly looked forward to Jesus’ advent through Genesis 3:15’s prophecy of the seed of the woman crushing the head of the serpent. Walking in that promise is beautifully expounded on by Hebrews 11:7.
After all, men began to call on the name of God from the time of Adam teaching Cain and Abel to do so in Genesis 4.
7By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.”
This pastoral generation has many pastors of that mantle of spiritual authority
Many have been my pastoral leadership and mentors. They are “Good Shepherds.” This pastoral generation may turn out to be the pastoral Noah Generation that sees the coming of the Lord in the clouds. In my last blog post I alluded to this possibility.
“Noah” kind of Rest
The natural question any pastor who feels this as part of their ministry is,
Can this level of spiritual warfare be sustained?”
I recently noticed something peculiar about the Genesis 5 Genealogy of the first ten noteworthy patriarchs (I do not believe that any generations are “skipped”).
Enoch, and Noah are the only two patriarchs in whom God saw fit to share details concerning their lives, and the special work of faith that merited them to be mention within the faith chapter of Hebrews, Hebrews 11.
21 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah:
22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:
24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.”
And Genesis 5:28-29
28 And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son:
29 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.”
I cannot say logically that because “God found grace in the eyes of the Lord” that Noah (whose name means “rest and comfort”), automatically gave him “rest and comfort.” That would be falling into the trap of the fallacy of association.
Many of the good things said about Noah from Genesis 6-7, Hebrews 11, and 2 Peter 2:5 can be modeled by pastors and Christians alike. Real rest, peace, and comfort of the Holy Spirit come in the power of the Holy Spirit, and connection to Jesus. He is the vine.
Rest comes through daily prayer and devotion. A pastor is prepared for spiritual battle through the peace and comfort of doing as Noah did:
- Being justified by Christ (in the case of Noah, he eagerly awaited the first advent of the Messiah, while we eagerly await the second advent of the Messiah in the clouds).
- Walking with God
- Fearing God
- Saving one’s house
- Becoming heir of the righteousness which is by faith
- Being a preacher of righteousness
Noah walked with God & Lived with God
God was in the ark because he told Noah and his family to “come” into the ark. Noah breathed in God’s peace in daily communion with God’s presence. This is “breathing in and breathing out” of God’s peace is something that my pastor has recently preached about, so I am writing about it here.
The Bible doesn’t say that Noah had the shekinah glory shine on his countenance as it does concerning Moses. So, I cannot say that Noah spoke with God, face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. But, I can say that God was with Noah in spirit and truth. I can speculate that Noah felt the presence of God.
We have the same experience when we breath in the presence of God through daily prayer and devotion. We breath out the presence of God in being in the world, but not of the world sharing the gospel and waging spiritual warfare. Those things are the “breathing out” of the peace and presence of God.
I made a vlog from the outpost settlement here at Pastor Planet to share the revelation from God about His peace in Noah’s Ark and the Christian home.