Thus Noah Did - 2 of 12
July 14, 2019
The Bible is the longest book ever written with its typical 1,189 chapters, 31,173 verses and its approximate 783,137 words in the KJV which runs out to around 1,200 pages with an average sized font. It presents stories, plot twists and unexpected outcomes. It includes historical records, poetry and songs. Both descriptive and prescriptive text abound.
Yet God is singular in His desire for humanity, that each of us would be personally reunited with Him in a relationship; and He is clear about how He has made this possible.
In fact everything in scripture is about this single desire, and all of scripture brings us to the foot of the cross where all have the opportunity to arrive at a rightful conclusion with regard to who God is. That is, the reality is that God is Love (1 John 4:8), and God loved each of us first (1 John 4:19) while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8).
But the reality is that many people do not see a reason to investigate their personal need for a personal relationship with God, let alone actually accept the free gift of salvation by calling out to God in the name of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (John 6:40).
A supply without demand; a solution without a problem…this is what many think today and it’s what many thought in the days of Noah just before the rain started.
Noah built an enormous Ark on dry land, hundreds of miles from any body of water upon which it could float, over the course of approximately 120 years. He had only his family around him to help in his faithful following of God’s prompting: “Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did.” (Genesis 6:23, NKJV)
It is easier to act in faith when there is a large support group around working alongside you, and when there’s a clear need that must be met. But easy isn’t a part of faith; faithfulness is a part of faith. Just as God shut the door of the Ark (Genesis 7:16b) to preserve the future of humanity, so did He roll the stone away from the tomb of Jesus Christ (Luke 24:2) for the future of humanity and to prove His victory over death.
By faith, Noah acted and fulfilled the directives given by God, with Whom he walked (Genesis 6:9), so that one day the Savior could be born (Luke 2:11) and choose to give up His Spirit (Luke 23:46) for each one of us.