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Sunday, May 17, 2020
Hebrews 11:7 ...”by faith Noah…. Prepared an ark to the saving of his house, by which he condemned the world...
I have read or heard that many dozens of times but as I read it the other morning the word “condemned” really caught my attention. I thought, wait a minute, it was God who condemned the world, pronouncing judgment because “every imagination of the thoughts of man’s heart was only evil continually.” How is it that Noah condemned the world? So I looked up the word -Katakrino (Greek)
Krino – to distinguish, choose, give an opinion, judge, conclude, decree, determine.
The prefix Kata means down and creates a strengthened form of the word. It’s not just a thumb down, but two thumbs down – a very strong judgment of condemnation. It implies the fact of a crime or the imputation of a crime.
That’s pretty much what I expected to find, but it doesn’t answer my question.
Vine’s Dictionary of N.T words points out the metaphorical use of the word –
Matthew 12:41-42 “Queen of the south will rise up and condemned this generation.”
Also Luke 11:31-32. Verse 32 - “men of Nineveh shall rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it… and
Hebrews 11:7 Noah
What’s the point? Their good example, doing right, obeying God in contrast to those around them. The Queen of the south traveled a long distance to hear the wisdom of Solomon while the people of Jesus’ day ignored one greater than Solomon.
The Ninevites repented at the preaching of Jonah and One greater than Jonah was ignored and rejected.
Noah preached and practiced righteousness while he prepared the ark -
– The world ignored him.
In each case, the peoples’ guilt stands in contrast to the rightness of our examples.
So my next question is – who have you condemned recently?
I heard a song this morning that said, “Watch your step, the world may not hear what you say, but they see what you do.”
Make sure it makes them recognize their guilt.
Blessings – have a great week!
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