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.
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 6:9bSo 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.
- 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
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?
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