Noah is a fascinating person we much admire for, had it not been for him, all of humanity as well as all living creatures would have been completely washed away in the worldwide flood. God was contemplating wiping out everyone from the face of the earth, because, “The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually,” (Gen. 6:5, New American Standard Bible, NASB).
But, thank God, there was one righteous man, Noah, and his family who were spared. For “Noah found favor [grace] in the eyes of the Lord,” (v. 8). And, following God’s instructions, Noah built an Ark or huge boat that saved him, his family, and the animals that entered it from total destruction.
You can learn many lessons from Noah. Here are several witty ones that someone listed…
Don’t miss the boat.
We are all in the same boat.
Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.
Stay fit. When you’re 600 years old, someone may ask you to do something big.
Don’t listen to critics; just do the job that needs to be done.
Build your future on high ground.
For safety’s sake, travel in pairs.
Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetah’s.
When you’re stressed, float a while.
Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.
No matter the storm, when you are with God, there’s always a rainbow.
Noah is one of our heroes of faith. While everyone else undoubtedly thought Noah and his sons were nuts for building this huge, odd-looking structure on dry ground, they kept working on their boat building project day after day. While the mass of humanity was flooded with corruption and violence (Gen. 6:11-12), Noah and his three sons were faithfully getting read for the big flood of water that was going to cleanse the earth of this evil.
Hebrews 11:7 says, “By faith, Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prpared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.”
When God saw that Noah was a man of faith and integrity, God knew that Noah would follow his instructions. This example shows that God will reward anyone who honors and obeys him in faith (Heb. 11:6).
To have faith, however, doesn’t mean we are without flaws or weaknesses. As a reminder of this fact, even Noah’s imperfections are exposed when he got drunk one day (Gen. 9:20-21). But this, too, is a lesson that teaches how we must always keep on our guard, continually praying to our Father in heaven, “forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors,” and pleading, “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,” (Matt. 6:9-15).
Noah’s role of building the Ark and being saved from the Flood waters are symbolic of our salvation. The Flood was a type of God’s judgment upon the ungodly people of the world. The Apostle Peter cited the Flood as an example of the reality of God’s retribution: “[God] did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly,” (2 Pet. 2:5).
What we can learn is that because of God’s judgment or justice, he is able to rescue us from the disaster that ungodliness brings just like he did for Noah and his family (2 Pet. 2:9). One day, the earth will be cleansed of sin with fire just as it was once cleansed with water (2 Pet. 3:3-13).
And let that be a warning to those heading for disaster—that is, those who are NOT living in faith and virtue including, “those who indulge in the flesh in its corrupt desires and [those who] despise authority…” according to Peter (2 Pet. 2:10).
Noah and the Ark illustrate how we are saved from eternal condemnation by obeying the command to be baptized [immersed] in water. First Peter 3:20-22 says,
(20) “…who once were disobedient , when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water. (21) And corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, (22) who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, after angels and authorities and power had been subject to him.”
God wants to save us from eternal condemnation (2 Pet. 3:9). He is patiently waiting to see us enter the “Ark” of safety, Jesus Christ, by being buried into Christ’s death under the waters of baptism, and coming up alive in the power of his righteousness, having our sins washed away through God’s forgiveness and grace (Acts 2:38-39; 3:19-21; Romans 6:4-11).
Those who have entered into Christ at conversion are reminded to remain faithful, looking eagerly for the return of our Lord and his eternal kingdom, even as we live in a world of sin and corruption today. Although humanity has always had its dark periods of evil, it will get worse according to the scriptures (2 Timothy 3:1-7, 13).
We are told that in the last days before Jesus comes to restore all things, social conditions will be like it was in the days of Noah. In Matthew 24:37-39, Jesus said,
(37) “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. (38) For as in those days which were before the flood they were eating and drinking, they were marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, (39) and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so shall the coming of the Son of Man be.
Noah’s day teaches us that we need to be ready, unlike those who did not get themselves ready when the Flood was sent upon them. The vast majority of people in the world today remain in ignorance of the times in which we’re living which points to the nearness of his glorious return (2 Pet. 3:3-4). Jesus warned, “For the Son of man is coming at an hour when you do not think he will,” (Matt. 24:44).
Noah and what happened when the Flood came teaches us that we can’t afford to have our heads buried in the sand. We must not make the mistake of going about our own daily routines, like they did in Noah’s time, without knowing what is going on in the world and what God’s Word teaches. Our duty and privilege is to be about the work of building our lives in Christ, proclaiming the Good News, in preparation for the Great Day that WILL come.
Let’s give a listen to Tennessee Ernie Ford in, “Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord,” https://youtu.be/rDtjBeIktJ4
Good News to YOU!