Children’s Study – Noah, Part 3

Children’s Study – Noah – Part 3

“Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness”

by Victor Torres

Hello children. Today, we continue the study of the story of Noah. From the first two parts of the study, we have learned the following:

In part 1 – “By Faith Noah Moved with Fear” we learned that:

Faith is something we must have to make God happy.

Words in the Bible have a positive and a negative meaning. We learned the positive meaning of fear. We learned that it is good to fear God and our parents. It is not good to fear the rejection of others.

In part 2 – “Noah was Blameless in his Generation”:

We learned how God sees all flesh, that it is lacking (“all come short”), it is sinful (“no good thing dwells in it”), it is corruptible and its desires are against the desires of God.

We also learned that we don’t have free will. It is God who causes us either to obey Him or to disobey Him. Noah obeyed God only because God had mercy on him and his family. The rest of the world got destroyed but eventually, God will show them mercy, too.

We learned the meaning of the spiritual code words “sons of God” and “daughters of men”. We learned that being “sons of God” is wanting spiritual things, and being “daughters of men” is wanting material things, the things of this world.

Let’s continue the story of Noah:

Gen 6:7 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.”

(Kid Q) What does God mean by “blot out man and animals” that He created?

“Blot out man and animals” means God will destroy all flesh. As we will see later, this is God’s plan all along.

Gen 6:8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.
Gen 6:9 These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.
Gen 6:10 And Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
Gen 6:11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence.
Gen 6:12 And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.
Gen 6:13 And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

Kids, when we read the story of Noah, and any other story in the Bible, I want you to remember that it is and all other stories, are the story of two persons, the old person and the new person.

Other translations refer to them as the old man and the new man. The old person is what we are first, and then we become the new person.

Keeping this in mind, let’s take a look again in what we learned from the earlier parts of the study, and see how we are first the old person and then we become the new person.

In part 1 – “By Faith Noah Moved with Fear” we learned that:

Faith is something we must have to make God happy.

The old person in us don’t want to believe the Bible. A lot of people doubt that the story of Noah was even real. More and more people call it a myth or a folk tale. That’s why the Bible asks this question:

Luk 18:8  …when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

When Jesus Christ returns, He will find only a few people who truly believe Him, just like in the days of Noah.

Mat 24:37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
Mat 24:38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark,
Mat 24:39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

One day Jesus Christ will come and will judge all people. But before that, His judgment begins with those who believe Him.

1Pe 4:17 For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?

Right now, God is converting a few people into the new person. Noah is a type of the new person. Do you remember who is the new person?

1Co 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.

The second man or the new person is the Lord from heaven, Jesus Christ. He is what the elect will become.

That is what judgment does, destroying the first man who “is of the earth, earthy”. After the old person is destroyed, then the new person is born (you probably have heard of the term “born again”).

Eph 4:22 For you ought to put off the old man (according to your way of living before) who is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,
Eph 4:23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind.
Eph 4:24 And you should put on the new man, who according to God was created in righteousness and true holiness.
Eph 4:25 Therefore putting away lying, let each man speak truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.

Let’s read the verses above from the CEV, which is easier to understand:

Eph 4:22 You were told that your foolish desires will destroy you and that you must give up your old way of life with all its bad habits.
Eph 4:23 Let the Spirit change your way of thinking
Eph 4:24 and make you into a new person. You were created to be like God, and so you must please him and be truly holy.
Eph 4:25 We are part of the same body [the body of Christ which is being converted “to be like God”, the new man first]. Stop lying and start telling each other the truth.

Words in the Bible have a positive and a negative meaning. We learned the positive meaning of fear. We learned that it is good to fear God and our parents. It is not good to fear the rejection of others.

The old person in us is afraid to be rejected or hated by others. When I first learned that celebrating holidays and birthdays is a sin, I was afraid my family and friends would reject me if I stopped celebrating them, so I continued to celebrate them. But now that God has given me the fear of Him, I am not afraid anymore that my family and friends will hate me. I fear losing my relationship with Him more than I fear losing my relationship with my family or my friends:

Mat 10:37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.

We all love our father or mother or our family more than Him at first. If you are one of the elect, little by little, your love for Him will grow more than your love for your family or your friends. That doesn’t mean you won’t love your family anymore. What it means is you won’t disobey His commandments just to make your family happy.

Joh 3:30 He [the new person] must increase, but I [the old person] must decrease.”

In part 2 – “Noah was Blameless in his Generation”:

We learned how God sees all flesh, that it is lacking (“all come short”), it is sinful (“no good thing dwells in it”), it is corruptible and its desires are against the desires of God.

The first man (old person) is as earthy as it can be. He or she loves the world and everything that the world has to offer. We are naturally proud of the things of this world, but this is what the Lord tells to the old person in us:

Jer 9:23 Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches,

Aren’t those the things that we are proud of first? Wisdom, power, fame, glory, riches?

We are not naturally proud of knowing spiritual things, like the spiritual lessons we teach you in these Bible studies.

But this is what He tells the new person to be proud of:

Jer 9:24 but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.”

We also learned that we don’t have free will. It is God who causes us either to obey Him or to disobey Him. Noah obeyed God only because God had mercy on him and his family. The rest of the world got destroyed but eventually, God will show them mercy, too.

As we said above, the old person is as arrogant as can be. We would never admit that we don’t have a free will unless God has opened our eyes to this truth.

If God has blinded our spiritual eyes, we will cling on verses that says “God repented…”, and will try to prove free will using them, until God opens our eyes.

Joh 9:39 Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.”

So you see kids, Jesus is not only giving “eyes to see” to His elect, He is also blinding the rest of the world which is not part of His body.

The new man in us is happy to know that a loving God has written everything we will do even before we are born.

Psa 139:16 …Even before I was born, you had written in your book everything I would do.

Let’s look at some more of your questions:

(Kid Q) Were the people in Noah’s family also righteous people of God?

We learned last time that there is no one righteous, “no not one”. So like Noah, his family were sinners too, but God had mercy on them, so they were saved with Noah.

There is only one person who did not sin, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ.

Now, we’ll answer another one of your questions:

(Kid Q) Why was Noah and his family saved, and not just Noah?

The answer is hidden in this verse:

2Pe 2:5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

As you have probably noticed by now, the Bible is full of code words. The earth, heaven, birds, fire. All these words are used by God as code words. He does this so that His elect are the only ones who will understand His words. Remember He blinds the whole world and gives understanding to His elect.

God also uses numbers as code words. The numbers in the Bible mean something. There’s a reason why God had it written: “but saved Noah the eighth [person] a preacher of righteousness”.

2Pe 2:5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

God could have easily had it written as …but saved Noah and his family. But He chose to have it written as … Noah the eighth [the word person is not in the original Greek] a preacher of righteousness. God must be telling His elect something that He doesn’t want the world to know at this time.

Of course, Noah was one of the 8 people saved on board the ark. Noah and his wife (that’s 2) and his 3 sons and their wives (that’s 6), so that’s a total of 8. That’s how the rest of the world understands this verse. They know the obvious answer that it is because God has planned to use Noah’s sons and their wives to fill the world with people again.

Gen 9:1 God said to Noah and his sons: I am giving you my blessing. Have a lot of children and grandchildren, so people will live everywhere on this earth.

Gen 9:18 Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, came out of the boat. Ham later had a son named Canaan.
Gen 9:19 All people on earth are descendants of Noah’s three sons.

But the elect knows the not so obvious answer. They know that the number 8 is code word for the new person. The new person is Jesus Christ as we have learned earlier.

So what does that have to do with the question: “why was Noah and his family saved, and not just Noah?”

The answer is that our Lord also has a family. Here He is introducing who His family is:

Mat 12:46 While Jesus was still speaking to the crowds, his mother and brothers came and stood outside because they wanted to talk with him.
Mat 12:47 Someone told Jesus, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside and want to talk with you.”
Mat 12:48 Jesus answered, “Who is my mother and who are my brothers?”
Mat 12:49 Then he pointed to his disciples and said, “These are my mother and my brothers!
Mat 12:50 Anyone who obeys my Father in heaven is my brother or sister or mother.”

So the not-so-obvious answer to the question “why was Noah and his family saved, and not just Noah, is that God is telling us that He will save Christ and His spiritual family (the elect) first.

God does this by judging Christ’s family first, also called the household of God in this verse that we read above:

1Pe 4:17 For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?

The last part of that verse asks “what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?” We know the answer to that. They will be judged too, and they will also learn righteousness.

Isa 26:9 …For when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.

How does God speak to people?

God speaks to us through His messengers, the people that God has sent to preach the gospel. In the old testament, we were not told that Noah preached to the people around him. But in the new testament, we are told that he did preach.

2Pe 2:5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

When Noah was preaching to the people around him, we are also told that it is our Lord Himself who was preaching through Noah.

1Pe 3:18 For Christ also once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, indeed being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the Spirit;
1Pe 3:19 in which also He went and preached to the spirits in prison,
1Pe 3:20 to disobeying ones, when once the long-suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared (in which a few, that is, eight souls were saved through water);

This is an important thing to know, kids. When a member of the elect is preaching to you, you better listen up. Because the Bible tells us that it is Jesus Christ Himself who is talking to you when someone who is a part of His body is talking to you.

Why does it say He “went and preached to the spirits in prison”? Some churches teach false things like the purgatory where dead people’s spirits remain where they have a chance to be saved if they listened to Jesus Christ’s preaching to them. That is not what the Bible teaches. When you die, your spirit goes back to God, and your body goes back to dust. You are not aware of anything, so Jesus can’t preach to you until you are resurrected.

We know who Jesus was preaching to because we are told who in the next verse:

1Pe 3:20 to disobeying ones, [when was this preaching being done?] when once the long-suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared (in which a few, that is, eight souls were saved through water);

So that’s who Jesus was preaching to; the disobedient people in the days of Noah, while Noah was preparing the ark. Here are verses in the old testament which confirm to us who are the spirits in prison referred to in 1Pe 3:19:

Isa 42:6 I the LORD have called thee in righteousness [the people that He sends to preach], and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles [unbelievers];
Isa 42:7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.

So according to Isaiah 42:7, the spirits in prison are those people who are blinded by our Lord. They “sit in darkness out of the prison house”. When we are prisoners of our sins, we are “spirits in prison”.

You see how God has made the Bible hard to understand by using code words. That’s why people who are not part of the body of Christ, who don’t really understand the Bible, twists the words of God. The Bible says that these people who twists the word of God “destroy themselves”.

2Pe 3:16 Paul talks about these same things in all his letters, but part of what he says is hard to understand. Some ignorant and unsteady people even destroy themselves by twisting what he said. They do the same thing with other Scriptures, too.

The preaching of the elect will never be popular in this world. Noah preached for 120 years, and yet he was not able to convince anyone to join him and his family in the ark. How do we know Noah preached for 120 years?

Gen 6:3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

The Lord preached through Noah for 120 years, and yet no one listened to Him. Now we come to another one of your questions which is related to this topic:

(Kid Q) What if people don’t want to listen to the faith that we share with them?

As kids, you are not ready yet to preach the gospel to people. The only way you can preach right now, which is a very effective way, is to be a good example to those around you. Work hard in every task that your parents give you. Never cheat on your tests or your homework. Always be respectful and kind to others. These are just some of the ways you can preach to others.

But when someone asks you to share your faith with them, feel free to share these studies to them. If they have any questions, forward them to your parents or to me.

But don’t be disappointed if they don’t like what you believe. As I have said, what we are teaching you will never be popular in this world.

Joh 15:18 If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.

The world hated our Lord and His teachings, don’t expect anything different from them today.

Luk 17:26 And as it was in the days of Noah, so it also shall be in the days of the Son of Man.
Luk 17:27 They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark; and the flood came and destroyed them all.

“They ate, they drank” are code words for believing false teachings.

“They married wives, they were given in marriage” is the same as marrying “the daughters of men” in Genesis. These are code words for loving the world and material things more than loving the Lord and spiritual things.

Next week, Lord willing, we will learn the spiritual lesson behind the words: “and the flood came and destroyed them all”, and also answer some more of your questions.

Quiz:

Identify who is being described below. The old person or the new person.

1. He fears God and his parents.
2. He is afraid of being hated by others.
3. He believes in free will.
4. He believes that God controls everything, including whether we will obey Him or not.
5. He belongs to the “sons of God”. He wants spiritual things.
6. He belongs to the “daughters of man”. He or she wants material things.
7. He is described with the code words, the earth, earthy, or dust.
8. The number 8 is used as a code word for him.
9. He is the first one to be judged by God.
10. He is the last one to be judged by God.
11. He is blinded by the Lord, so he can’t understand the Bible.
12. The Lord gave him the ability to understand and preach the Bible.
13. The world hates him.
14. The world loves him.

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