Sermon Notes October 2, 2011 FBCam
Grace When You Need it Most
Genesis 6:8-22
During the Hurricane, news cameras were there to capture a rescue of a man and his daughter.
Hanging onto a tree, less than 100 yards from raging water that would have swept them away.
RESCUED just in time.

Gen 6:8 But NOAH found FAVOR in the EYES of the LORD
For us: “God is seeking to POUR OUT HIS FAVOR to someone in desperate need”

God was WAITING to BLESS SOMEONE
I. NOAH.
Why did Noah receive God’s favor?
A. Gen 6:9
1. “Righteous man.”
a. His OUTWARD behavior
b. He obeyed God in a difficult time
2. “Blameless”
a. Unblemished by his culture
b. Perfect. “Complete or sound” (BDB)
c. “above reproach” 1 Timothy 3:2 “Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,”
d. Howard Hendricks, “a man of integrity has nothing to hide. He has nothing to prove, and he has nothing to lose except his wholeness and testimony.”
3. “Walked with God.”
a. Enjoyed fellowship with God reserved for the righteous.
b. SIMILARITIES between ADAM and NOAH
(1) both walked with God
(2) both received a promise
(3) both were caretakers of the lower creatures
(4) both fathered three sons
(5) both worked the soil
(6) both sinned by eating fruit
(7) both fathered a wicked son cursed by God
c. God was STARTING OVER AGAIN with Noah

B. Hebrews 11:7-8
1. “Warned about things not yet seen.” A man of faith and obedience
2. “Lived in holy fear” reverence for God
3. “Built an ark to save his family” trusted God more than earthly wisdom
4. “Condemned the world.” demonstrated that there was still a righteous man on earth
5. “Became the heir of righteousness.” Received his reward
GOD is WAITING to BLESS SOMEONE

“God is seeking to POUR OUT HIS FAVOR to someone in desperate need”
II. Found Favor
A. The story of the FLOOD is not only a story about judgment. It is also a story about GRACE.
B. Translation:
1. KJV: Grace
2. NIV, ESV, “Favor”
3. “a heartfelt response by someone who has something to give to one who has a need.” TWOT
4. 69 x in OT
5. Usually in reference of the favor of men. Genesis 33:8 “Esau asked, “What do you mean by all these droves I met?” “To find favor in your eyes, my lord,” he said.”
6. Sometimes, to find the favor of God. Proverbs 3:34 “He mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble.”

C. FAVOR and EYES of the LORD often combined.
1. Abraham to the Angel of the Lord. Genesis 18:3 “He said, “If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, do not pass your servant by.”
2. LOT to the angels. Genesis 19:19 “Your servant has found favor in your eyes, and you have shown great kindness to me in sparing my life.
3. MOSES asks for favor. Exodus 33:13 “If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.””

D. God’s Grace reached us at JUST THE RIGHT TIME
1. Romans 5:6 “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.”
2. Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

III. In the EYES of the LORD
A. Theme in Genesis
1. Gen 1:31 “The Lord saw all that he had made….”
2. Genesis 6:5 “The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.”

B. The Lord is LOOKING for someone to bless!
We already examined that GOD IS WATCHING to JUDGE SIN (Gen 6:2)
He is ALSO WATCHING to REWARD the RIGHTEOUS

1. DAVID. 1 Kings 15:5 “For David had done what was right in the eyes of the Lord and had not failed to keep any of the Lord’s commands all the days of his life—except in the case of Uriah the Hittite.”
2. KINGS of ISRAEL.
3. THOSE who FEAR HIM. Psalm 33:18 “But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,”
4. The RIGHTEOUS. Psalm 34:15 “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry;”
5. SEVEN EYES of the LORD roam the earth. Zechariah 4:10 ““Who despises the day of small things? Men will rejoice when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. “(These seven are the eyes of the Lord, which range throughout the earth.)”
6. 2 Chronicles 16:9 “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.
7. EYE on the RIGHTEOUS. 1 Peter 3:12 “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.””

8. JESUS is watching. Revelation 1:14 “His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire.”
9. Revelation 19:12 “His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself.”

10. We will GIVE ACCOUNT. Hebrews 4:13 “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”

C. God is WAITING to BLESS SOMEONE
1. Someone who will STAND in the GAP. Ezekiel 22:30–31 ““I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.

2. Someone who will STAND UP for his community. Genesis 18:32 “What if only ten can be found there?” He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.””

3. Someone who needs COMFORT. Luke 13:34 ““O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!”

4. Someone who is ready to give generously. Malachi 3:10 “Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”

5. A Soul Winner to REWARD with FRUIT.

6. A SINNER in need of GRACE

Great Depression
NYC Mayor Fiorello Laguardia (sermoncentral.com)
One bitterly cold night in January of 1935, the mayor turned up at a night court in an area that served the poorest ward in the city.

LaGuardia had dismissed the judge for the evening and took over the bench himself.

Within a few minutes, a tattered old woman was brought before him, charged with stealing a loaf of bread.

She told LaGuardia that her daughter’s husband had deserted her, her daughter was sick, and her two grandchildren were starving.

But the shopkeeper, from whom the bread was stolen, refused to drop the charges.

“It’s a real bad neighborhood, your Honor.” The shopkeeper told the mayor.
“She’s got to be punished to teach others around here a lesson.”

LaGuardia sighed. He turned to the woman and said, “I have got to punish you.

The law makes no exceptions ten dollars or ten days in jail.”

But even as he pronounced sentence, the mayor was already reaching into his pocket.

He extracted a bill and tossed it into his hat saying, “Here is the ten dollar fine which I now remit; and furthermore I am going to fine everyone in this courtroom fifty cents for living in a town where a person has to steal bread so that her grandchildren can eat.

Mr. Bailiff, collect the fines and give them to the defendant.”

The following day the New York City newspapers reported that $47.50 was turned over to a bewildered old lady who had stolen a loaf of bread to feed her starving grandchildren, fifty cents of that amount being contributed by the red-faced grocery store owner.

While some seventy petty criminals, people with traffic violations, and New York policemen, each of whom had just paid fifty cents gave the mayor a standing ovation.

Phillips Craig And Dean – “He’ll Do Whatever It Takes”
You don’t know just how far away from home I’ve been
She said, as she looked into my eyes
Could it be I’ve strayed beyond Mercy’s outstretched hand?
And now His grace no longer stoops To hear my cry
You see, I just wanna know Tell me how far will He go?
Will He still reach for me inspite of where I’ve been?

He’ll do whatever, whatever it takes
His grace reaches lower than your worst mistakes
And His love will run farther Than you can run away,
He’ll do whatever it takes

I’ve heard His love is patient, that He always hears a prayer
And that His love will follow you despite the miles
My best years of life I wasted. Why would He even really care?
What have I to give that He would find worthwhile?
You see I just wanna know tell me how far will He go?
Will He still reach for me inspite of who I am?