Hello! How is everyone? How did you survive your week? Spring has officially sprung! Hooray for spring, However, there is a possibility of snow again by Monday night into Tuesday here in the Northeast. It is what it is. God is in control of all things-including the weather.
Speaking of weather related matters, I understand a new movie is coming out about Noah. I’m sure most people are aware of the story of Noah, but, for those who do not take the Bible literally, Noah was a real person. His name is first mentioned in Genesis at the end of chapter Genesis 5:32 and his story all the way through chapter 10. Let me give you some info regarding God’s Book, the Bible; there are 66 books in the Bible. It starts at Genesis and ends with Revelation. By chapter 6 God is already grieved by His creation of mankind because of their evil hearts and behavior. The sinfulness of mankind is so rampant that God decides that the only way to cleanse all of His creation is to bring a great flood upon the earth to destroy the wickedness that continually exists before Him. “Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. The Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.” (Genesis 6: 5-7) Again, all of this transpired very quickly since God created the earth, the animals and mankind. The Bible states that Noah was a righteous man and He walked with God. That means he had an intimate relationship with God and found grace (favor) in God’s sight. “But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.” (Genesis 6:8)
“Then God said to Noah,“The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth. Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with rooms, and shall cover it inside and out with pitch.” (Genesis 6:13-14) “Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall perish. But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.” … “And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. Of the birds after their kind, and of the animals after their kind, of every creeping thing of the ground after its kind, two of every kind will come to you to keep them alive. As for you, take for yourself some of all food which is edible, and gather it to yourself; and it shall be for food for you and for them. Thus Noah did; according to all that God had commanded him, so he did.(Genesis 6:17-22)
This would take Noah and his three sons 120 years to build this ark. God gave Noah specific instructions how to build this. He gave him the measurements and what type of wood to use. I want you to know that at this point in time the people never saw rain. Their water supply was already provided by way of springs and pools from the ground. As Noah and his sons were building the ark, Noah was telling the people of the coming judgement that God had told him. People must have thought of him as crazy. “Prepare to come in to the ark” “What’s an ark?” “What’s a flood?” “God wouldn’t do that to me. He loves me!” “Why are you wasting your time building that thing?” “There’s no end coming that we need to prepare for!” God in His mercy warned the people of the judgment that He was going to bring. All they had to do was agree with Noah and go with him into the ark-but, nobody did.
When Noah completed building the ark, God gave Noah instructions again to now go and get two of every animal and birds to bring them into the ark. Do you see that God was saving them and bringing them into the ark? He wasn’t going to re-invent His creation; rather, He was preserving His creation (including Noah’s family) for their new life after the ark. After this was done, God told Noah and his family to come into the ark. “And the Lord said to Noah, Come with all your household into the ark, for I have seen you to be righteous (upright and in right standing) before Me in this generation.” (Genesis 7:1) Just for your information, the way God had Noah build the ark, there was only one door to get into the ark -just one way to enter into the salvation of God. After Noah and his family went into ark, the door to the ark was open for seven more days.”For after seven more days, I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights; and I will blot out from the face of the land every living thing that I have made.” Noah did according to all that the Lord had commanded him.” (Genesis 7:4-5) That means even though the people had seen the completion of the ark and the protection it provided, they still refused to enter in even though Noah pleaded with them to come. Then God shuts the door. “On the very same day Noah and Shem and Ham and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark, they and every beast after its kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, all sorts of birds. So they went into the ark to Noah, by twos of all flesh in which was the breath of life. Those that entered, male and female of all flesh, entered as God had commanded him; and theLord closed it behind him.”(Genesis 7:13-16) God shuts the door of the ark to keep Noah and his family secure in their salvation in God as well as the door keeps out those who refused to receive God’s promise. In the same way Jesus is the door to our salvation “So Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. (John 10:7-9) Noah was a type of Christ -he provided and eternal escape for people as well, but, nobody wanted it either.
It is always the love and mercy of God that is extended to mankind. However, God does come to a point of grief when we do not learn and follow his ways. That’s why Jesus must say, For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation: (2 Corinthians 6:2)
As you walk Every Day With Grace, know that God loves you and has made a way of escape should you choose receive it.
In Hi Love,
I found some interesting food for thought regarding Noah:
Noah’s Ark Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah’s Ark…
ONE: Don’t miss the boat.
TWO: Remember that we are all in the same boat.
THREE: Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.
FOUR: Stay fit. When you’re 60 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.
FIVE: Don’t listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
SIX: Build your future on high ground.
SEVEN: For safety’s sake, travel in pairs.
EIGHT: Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
NINE: When you’re stressed, float awhile.
TEN: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.
ELEVEN: No matter the storm, when you are with God, there’s always a rainbow waiting.