Text: Hebrews 11:7
Title: “A Faithful Father”
A hard-working single dad named William Jackson Smart was the inspiration for the creation of Father’s Day. His wife died in 1898 while giving birth to their sixth child, and the Civil War veteran was left to raise the children alone in rural Washington.
In May 1909, Smart’s daughter, by then a married woman named Sonora Dodd, heard a sermon enumerating the virtues of motherhood. It was Mother’s Day, a new American holiday that had begun the previous year. Sonora decided to honor her dad’s dedication to his children by seeking to have a Father’s Day designated on the calendar. The day caught on, but it wasn’t permanently established as an annual holiday in the US until 1972.
We honor our godly fathers by obeying their instruction. And we should pray for all dads to recognize their God-given role of training in the home. —JDB
We’re thankful for good fathers, Lord,
They’re special gifts from You;
Help us to show we honor them
By what we say and do. —Sper
I. Faithful in His Walk with God
Turn – 2 Chronicles 16:9
Note – Noah lived in perhaps the most wicked age in history. No one worshiped God. All the people worshiped idols and pursued their own sinful pleasures. Noah’s neighbors were evil; every person he came in contact with ridiculed the very thought of being faithful to God. Every temptation imaginable was abundantly available to Noah. How oppressive such an environment would have been to a righteous person! No matter how ungodly the environment you may be in, God will always find you and walk with you.
A. A Walk of Faith
Note – Noah was a just man… the just shall live by faith.
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Note – v7
Note – Being warned of things not seen as yet.
17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Turn – Genesis 6:18
B. A Walk of Obedience – Genesis 6:22
Note – Obedience is Faith in Action
Note – “moved with fear”
Fear = Greek – eulabeomai
1) to act cautiously, circumspectly,
2) to reverence, stand in awe of
Note – paying attention to detail
Note – This is mentioned to show that he acted not from a fear of losing his life, but from the fear of God; and hence that fear is here properly attributed to faith.
Note – He was a Father who started and stopped at the prompting of God.
Quote – Our talk talks and our walk talks but our walk talks louder than our talk talks.
II. Faithful in His Work for God
A. In the Building of the Ark
Note – It was a detailed work
Turn – Genesis 6:14-17, 19
B. In his Warning
Turn – 2 Peter 2:5
Note – for 120 years he did not have any single convert but he was faithful in warning people about the coming judgment.
2 Timothy 4:1-3
1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
Turn – Matthew 24:37-39
Note – He was faithful even if he didn’t feel like it. It was a faithfulness that flowed from his faith-filledness.
III. Faithful to His Wife and Family – Heb. 11:7
7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house;…
A. To the Saving of his House
Gen. 6:18; 7:23, Matthew 7:24-27
Note – We can also apply this to a home not just to a physical house.
Note – Noah was wise because he followed the Word of God.
7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
B. Consistent in His Example to Them
Ill – An Influence of Faith and Obedience
Ill – A Christlike example is a father’s greatest gift to his children.
Turn – Joshua 24:15 (Joshua)
Turn – Genesis 18:19 (Abraham)
How blessed are the children
Who in their fathers see
The tender Father-love of God,
And find their way to Thee.
THE BRIDGE BUILDER
An old man going a lone highway,
Came at the evening cold and gray,
To a chasm, vast and deep and wide,
Through which was flowing a sullen tide.
The old man crossed in the twilight dim,
the sullen stream had no fears for him,
But he turned when safe on the other side,
And built a bridge to span the tide.
“Old man!” Said a fellow pilgrim near.
“You’re wasting your time building here,
Your journey will end with the ending day,
You never again will pass this way again,
You’ve crossed the chasm deep and wide
Why build this bridge at even tide?”
The builder lifted his old grey head.
“Good friend, in the path I have come he said,
There follows after me today
A youth whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm which has been as naught to me,
To that fair haired youth may a pitfall be,
He too must cross in the twilight dim,
Good friend I’m building this bridge for him.”
Ill – A life lived for Christ is the best inheritance we can leave our children. Great fathers not only tell us how to live—they show us and prepare the way.