â€œBy 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.â€ (Hebrews 11:7)
Noah was indeed a man of mighty faith, believing Godâ€™s word even about â€œthings not seen as yet,â€ preparing for a worldwide flood in a day when God had never yet even â€œcaused it to rain upon the earthâ€ (Genesis 2:5). Noah was â€œa preacher of righteousnessâ€ (2 Peter 2:5) to an unbelieving world for at least 120 years (Genesis 6:3), â€œwhile the ark was a preparingâ€ (1 Peter 3:20), without gaining any converts except his own family.
But why would he have been â€œmoved with fear”? Noah was surely not afraid to die! He had â€œwalked with Godâ€ (Genesis 6:9) for 600 years (Genesis 5:32; 7:11) before the Flood, and he was certainly not afraid to die and go to meet the Lord now.
Evidently it was for â€œthe saving of his houseâ€ that he was afraid, realizing that his own children would soon be engulfed by the awful spirit of unbelief and wickedness that pervaded the antediluvian world if they could not somehow be delivered from it. So he â€œprepared an ark,â€ and his house was saved. â€œCome thou and all thy house into the ark,â€ said the Lord, â€œfor thee have I seen righteous before me in this generationâ€ (Genesis 7:1). Although they could easily have refused, they all chose to follow Noah.
In a like manner today, God speaks to the head of each house: â€œBelieve on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy houseâ€ (Acts 16:31). A consistent example of obedient faith set by a godly father (or mother, if necessary) almost inevitably results in his (or her) children also trusting in the Lord for salvation. Every caring parent should resolve that, â€œas for me and my house, we will serve the LORDâ€ (Joshua 24:15). HMM