Noah: as good as the book??

Today’s Readings:            Genesis 5:28-7:24 and 1 Timothy 6:3-10

No I haven’t seen the movie … I may be in the minority but I do know many who have, and there seems to be a wide range of reactions and responses. Some were disappointed by how far removed it was from the bible story; more fantasy than truth. For others, the ‘Hollywood angle’ on the big screen brought to life the enormity of this epic event in the history of the world, and some classic one-liners which provided much food for thought and opportunity for conversation.

Whatever your reaction to the movie, there is no denying the significance of the themes that run through as threads (not just in the movie, which I hear to be true), but in the reading of these couple of chapters today.

As we pick up this part of scripture, what is strikingly obvious from the start is the level of depravity and corruption mankind had reached; extremely sobering given the enormous anger expressed by God which resulted in his decision to destroy his creation!!!

The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. Genesis 6:5-6

But even as far reaching as the evil extended, there was a glimmer of hope which showed God’s mercy.

But Noah found favour in the eyes of the Lord. Genesis 6:8

Why?

Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. Genesis 6:9

What a profound statement which requires much stopping and reflection. Imagine what life was like for Noah and his family living in such contrast to the REST OF SOCIETY. Yes, this is about UPPER CASE and bold; a text which shouts the reality of living totally surrounded by a people and a culture which was as stark a contrast as black against white; light that highlighted just how dark the people had become.

There is no description in the scriptures of what unfolded for Noah and his family across the weeks and months and probably years it took to complete the outrageous task of building the ark. But it doesn’t take much to imagine the mocking, scorn, rejection and probably persecution they faced.

All this simply points to a man; yes a very, very old man who had faith in his God; a God who is to be believed, even when everything seems to verge on the edge of the ridiculous. The work of Noah’s hands was an expression of his faith because he knew the heart of a God who was both just and loving.

Noah did everything just as God commanded him. Genesis 6:22

Noah heard the encouraging voice of God above the shout of the crowd; the steadiness and stability of God which would have kept him focused on the task at hand.

For us, there are many similarities to Noah …. and I don’t mean the rain or flooding.

I know I certainly face personal challenges every day living in a world which brings many distractions which can pull me away from the call God has on my life. And I never go through a day without hearing about the depravity of mankind in the way people treat each another; little or no respect for the weak or vulnerable; little or no respect for life; little or no respect or love for the other person.

But like Noah, we worship a God whose grace empowers us to wake up each and every day to whatever he brings across our path; from the ordinary response of compassion to the extreme acts of daring he calls us to bolding step into on his behalf.

Pray with me that each day God will grant us the ability to step out confidently on the path he sets before us, no matter how outrageous the goal may be because you never know if and when it might be about ‘building an ark’!!!!

KD

 

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6 thoughts on “Noah: as good as the book??

  1. Thank you Karen, what you say is just so true! Reading the newspapers, seeing / hearing news reports, it is so incredibly distressing to see what people can do to each other . I also pray that God will show us what He will have us do each day, the courage to obey Him and give us the appropriate words to speak!!

    • Hi Ros Amongst all the distress in the world, we know we worship a God who is still, and will always be in control. At just the right time, he will once again bring order out of disorder, but in the mean time, yes, it’s about what we do with each day and those he brings across our path. How we today, can be the same light Noah must have been to his community. Bless you KD

  2. No, I haven’t seen the movie either….although I would like to. But I am in that group of people who finds the big screen can bring to life the enormity of this type of epic event. For many years I have collected Noah’s Ark ornaments, books and jewellery. I think my love for all things Noah stems from a lovely Noah’s Ark book which I had as a small child and my parents used to read to me.
    So often the story of Noah is represented in our society by simplified trinkets and children’s picture books. But what a time of fear and horror this must have been for all but Noah’s family (although I bet they found it pretty scary too!) What a great man of faith Noah must have been living in that dark society. And imagine living with all those animals, big and small, in a confined space.on the ark.(One dog is about all I can handle.)
    This was indeed an epic event, but as Karen points out, “Noah heard the encouraging voice of God above the shout of the crowd; the steadiness and stability of God which would have kept him focused on the task at hand.”
    And I love the way Karen concludes.:
    “Pray with me that each day God will grant us the ability to step out confidently on the path he sets before us, no matter how outrageous the goal may be because you never know if and when it might be about ‘building an ark’!!!!”
    Thanks Karen.

    • HI Lindy Thank you for your encouragement, and the reminder of how easy it is for us to trivialise the truths of scripture with what we have around us; ‘boxing’ God into things that can detract from the enormity of the call on our life and WHO God is. May we each encourage one another in our walk, always pointing each other to the truths of scripture, particularly when it highlights our own contradictions …. And like you, the mind simply can’t process what it meant with all the animals on board and the hugeness of the vessel. We must be careful not to get caught up in the how part (as the bible doesn’t tell us the how …. how did he cut down and prepare all the timber required????) but rather, we need to focus on the WHY, which is where the bible is very descriptive. Bless you – may we keep praying together KD

  3. Thank you Karen. I wonder at what point God said,” Enough is enough”? Then He took matters into His own hands by destroying the earth and its people. What about now?? Surely as we look around us we too can see that the inclination of mans heart is evil. I wonder what’s stopping God from ending it all tonight? Maybe it is because we have loved ones that aren’t saved yet. Maybe it’s our prayers that even though we long for Jesus to come back there are still those whom God is waiting for to come to Him in repentance and faith. There is work to do and He has given this task to His church.
    Go and make disciples……..

    • Connie I think your last statement is correct. We know that Jesus return will come like a thief in the night, but until that time, yes we have work to in taking the promises of God to the ends of the earth, with part of that our own back yard. What a privilege it is that He would call us to be the answer! The church! KD

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