"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

1/4/13

Introducing Noah: Just As the Lord Commanded

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

As I'm reading through the Bible chronologically this year, most of my posts, for now anyway, will be related to to Bible folks and situations in the early times covered in His Word. And the first person who grabbed my attention was Noah. You can find his story in Genesis 5:28-9:29. He is also mentioned in Isaiah 54:9, Ezekiel 14, Matthew 24:37-39, Luke 17:26-27, Hebrews 11:7, 1 Peter 3:20, and 2 Peter 2:5.

First, the genealogy and some facts and figures:  Noah was the firstborn son of Lamech and the grandson of Methuselah (the longest-living man reported in the Bible - he died at the ripe old age of 969). Noah was 500 years old before he had children, when he had three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. He boarded the ark at the age of 600, and he lived 950 years total.

Noah lived in tough times. The world around him was desperately wicked, and "every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time." (Genesis 6:5b) And God had had enough of it. He decided to wipe the earth clean of humanity, the animal kingdom, and the plant kingdom. Desperate measures, to say the least.

But in all the wickedness of the world He created, and that sin corrupted, there was one man who didn't turn the Lord's stomach. And that man was Noah.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. Genesis 6:9b
So God chose him, among all the people who populated His world, to survive. And his family - his wife, their three sons, and three daughters-in-law. But that was IT.

God's Word tells us of Noah's favor in God's eyes, and of his righteousness, blamelesness, and faithfulness, but it also shows us these very same things.
  • Noah spent years building a gigantic ark (450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high) with nothing but God's direction. And almost assuredly scoffers from those around him. Genesis 6:14-22
  • Noah and his family boarded the ark - before the rain started - and stayed there for a week waiting for it - because God told them to. Genesis 7:5-7, 10
  • Noah took care of the hundreds of animals on the ark without complaint - for a full year.
  • Even though the land appeared dry, and he had to be ready for a change of scenery, he did not get off the ark until God told him to.  Genesis 8:15-18
  • The first thing Noah did after getting off was offer a sacrifice to the Lord. Genesis 8:20
Sometimes, the evil and corruption of the world seems overwhelming. We might feel like Noah - the only good person left in the world. And sometimes we wonder if following Him is really worth it - or possible with all the worldly influences and temptations. But if we look to Noah, we know it is. For, despite the odds, this man of God "did all that the Lord commanded him." Genesis 6:22, Genesis 7:5

And we can do the same, with the help of the Lord, and the inspiration of Noah.

Have you ever felt like Noah? Do you find him to be an inspiration? What is your favorite part of his story?

  
Scripture Stories: Timeless Truths
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12 comments:

  1. I'm inspired by Noah's commitment. He did not fold under the scoffing. But when you said, "And sometimes we wonder if following Him is really worth it - or possible with all the worldly influences and temptations," what came to my mind was John 6:67-68. I feel like Peter when he said, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the word of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God."

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    1. I LOVE this thought about Peter, Zoe! If we continue to remember that there IS nowhere else worthy to turn, our commitment to him seems much easier - even if the whole world (it seems, anyway) is going the other way.

      Thanks for your thoughts!

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  2. I'm reading my one year chronological Bible this year too! And I read about Noah yesterday! This is gonna be great! I do think Noah is inspiring. When I really sit and think about what he must have gone through--what his family must have endured. It definitely encourages me to keep building on the promises God has given me, no matter what anyone else says or does. To be diligent. Faithful to complete the purpose given me. To work each day. You can't build an ark in a day. But putting quality time in every single day pays off. God didn't send the flood until the boat was finished. :) I love partnering with God!

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    1. Oh cool, Jess! A chronological Bible reading buddy :)

      And that timing thing is CRUCIAL to remember - and trust in, isn't it? And working toward something - taking the right next step, and the next, and the next.

      Thanks for stopping by, Jessica!

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  3. I loved your reminder of the immense patience Noah had. Oh, how impatient I am! God will give me a command or a promise, but as I wait, doubts or complaints come in, threatening to steal my joy and focus. Great post, Jo!

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    1. Don't we hate when God's answer is "wait?" I'd much rather had a yes - or even a NO! But we grow so much closer to Him while we wait. Patience is a virtue, they say - and something worth developing. So glad God will help us with it.

      Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer. I'm totally with ya on this one ;)

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  4. Love the new look of your blog and your new focus. Interesting topic. Noah is one of my fav Bible characters. And, yes, waiting is the hardest answer from God for me. I always want to take the reins and go. :)

    Thanks!

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    1. Thanks, Caroline. Noah is definitely fascinating - and the epitome of patience and trust.

      Glad you stopped by!

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  5. I love it that Noah built the Ark with nothing but God's directions. No special conferences or internet classes. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by all the things I've learned about writing. Maybe I don't know what to do first, or maybe I'm afraid I can't do it as well as I want to. Like Noah, I will resolve to look to God first for my instruction.

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    1. Looking to God first is SO important - especially with all the "noise" around us about EVERYTHING (writing included). Thanks for this extra little insight, and for stopping by!

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  6. God bless you for sharing this with us, Joanne. It's very enlightening.

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    1. Thanks, Joseyphina! I learned a lot from doing this as well. :)

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