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sermon: Leadership and Covenants (Part Fifteen)

John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 12-Nov-16; Sermon #1350; 65 minutes

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The quality of leadership makes a difference in the morality and well-being of a nation. That insight explains why the quality of family leadership trickles up to civic and governmental leadership. Noah, while not a warrior or king, was nevertheless a stellar model of parental leadership, teaching by example (rather than authoritarian bluster) obedience to, and faith in, God. This blue-collar worker doggedly assembled a boat during persistent ridicule from his sophisticated, 'progressive' neighbors. God placed Noah in the same league with Job and Daniel in terms of character, decidedly elite company. Although not the most charismatic figure in the Bible, Noah demonstrated steadfast faith as God bounced him and his family around like ping-pong balls in a dramatic, terrifying ark ride. Noah, the first man with whom He made a covenant, was also the first man to personally witness God's judgment, as he came to realize there was no dickering games with God. The purpose of God's covenants has never altered from the beginning (Adamic or Edenic covenants); mankind's responsibility toward these covenants has never altered from the beginning. Salvation has never been a matter of works, but always a matter of grace, which should promote good works rather than license to commit more sin. The covenant God made with Noah reaffirmed the Adamic and Edenic covenants (sealed with the sign of the rainbow) and therefore applies to every human being and to all creatures.

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Adamic covenant Animals to fear man As in the days of Noah Death penalty Deuteronomy 29:29 Earthquakes and gushers of water Edenic covenant Establishment of human government Family leadership I Corinthians 10:13 Flood waters Genesis 1; 6: 1-22; 9:1-10; 14:12 Grace John 7:13 Hebrews 11:1-2 Hollywood's casting of Noah Jude14-15 Lord comes with 10,000 saints Luke 17:26 Man's Noah chic Covenant Quality of leadership Rainbow Ralph Waldo Emerson Romans 8:7 Sacrifices Secret things belong to God Self-Reliance "An Institution Is The Lengthened Shadow

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