17 For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die.
18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons' wives with you.
19 And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every sort into the ark to keep them alive with you. They shall be male and female.
20 Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground, according to its kind, two of every sort shall come in to you to keep them alive.
21 Also take with you every sort of food that is eaten, and store it up. It shall serve as food for you and for them."
22 Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.
2Peter 2:5 if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly;
It’s very interesting that Peter calls Noah a “herald of righteousness”. What does this
One of the common myths of Christianity is that Noah preached to the people to warn
them of the upcoming flood and subsequent destruction, and they rejected the message.
However, Genesis 6 reveals that God gave Noah specific instructions
regarding the dimensions of the ark, and who or what would be preserved within it.
There was never any room for anyone or anything else. Prior to the flood, there is no
The only instance we find Noah speaking is in Genesis 9 when he curses his son
Canaan, and blesses his other two sons Shem and Japheth.
20 Noah began to be a man of the soil, and he planted a vineyard.
21 He drank of the wine and became drunk and lay uncovered in his tent.
22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brothers outside.
23 Then Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned backward, and they did not see their father's nakedness.
24 When Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him,
25 he said, "Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers."
26 He also said, "Blessed be the LORD, the God of Shem; and let Canaan be his servant.
27 May God enlarge Japheth, and let him dwell in the tents of Shem, and let Canaan be his servant."
All of this occurred long after the flood as Noah planted a vineyard and partook of the wine made of the grapes of that vineyard. Planting, harvesting, fermentation etc.; all of this took months or more to accomplish. It should be noted that Noah’s words are a prophetic uttering of God’s plan for salvation in Christ as son of man, as Shem is an ancestor of Jesus of Nazareth.
It is the foretelling of the redemption of a remnant of mankind comprised of a remnant of both jew and gentile, long before such terminology and distinction actually existed. (Romans 11:1-36 and 16:25-27; Eph 2:11-3:12)
So again the question arises; how did Noah become a “herald of righteousness”
That is answered by the word of God found in Hebrews:
Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.
Noah became a herald of righteousness by becoming an “heir” of that righteousness. How did he become an heir? In the same way as Abraham and all the redeemed;
Genesis 15:6 And he (Abram/Abraham) believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.
John 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad."
Noah, Abraham, indeed all of the elect and regenerate saints found in the “old testament”, heard the word of God and believed, and their faith was accounted to them as righteousness. They were sinners as all men are. God declared them to be righteous. God imputed His righteousness to them in and through Christ.
Noah’s obedience both saved the world, and condemned it.
All of this speaks of Christ and the redeeming of the elect. The entirety of the old testament, i.e. the law and the prophets reveal Christ in copy and shadow. (1 Peter 1: 8-25)
16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.