Finding ‘GRACE’ in the SIGHT of GOD
January 2 Bible Reading: Genesis Chapters 4-6
"But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God. And Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth." (Gen 6:8-10)
This is the first occurrence of the word ‘grace’ in Scripture. Its root meaning is “to bend or stoop,” that implies unmerited favor of a superior person to an inferior one. Noah found ‘grace’ in the sight of God and was forewarned to build an ark. Noah was saved by ‘grace’, an act of divine sovereignty. His response was to do everything that God had commanded (v. 22), an act of human responsibility, and built an ark to save his own family from death and judgment. Noah is testimony to the fact that God has always chosen His own as an act of pure ‘grace’ and that eternal salvation is because of His initiative.
Noah did not find favor with people since he condemned the world by his life and preaching but instead found ‘grace’ in the sight of God. When the rest of the world was wicked, Noah kept his integrity. He was a just man as he lived a holy life through right principles and was righteous in his conversation and conduct. He was not only honest, but devout in his attempt to please God and do the will of God. God looks down upon those with favor who sincerely look up to Him with an eye of faith!
God saved Noah, as He saves us, as an unconditional gift, which Christ purchased with His own blood. Even so, Noah seems to be a type of Christ: just as Noah represented his family, so Christ represents the whole family of God. Noah was saved just as any sinner is saved, by grace (v. 8) and through faith (Heb 11:7). He heard God’s Word, believed God’s promise of protection, and proved his faith by his works. There was only one way to be saved from destruction, and that was by entering the ark; and the ark had only one door. This is a picture of the salvation we have in Christ!
Noah (Gen 6:9) and Enoch (Gen 5:24) are the only two men in scripture who literally "walked with God” in the midst of wicked and sinful people. Let us also 'walk with God' daily and 'labor for the Master from the dawn till setting sun' that we may be accepted of him and find ‘grace’ in His sight alone!