Genesis – First, God.
We have heard the story of Noah throughout our childhood. Even those who don’t go to church know obout Noah and the rainbow. But do they know about God, the One who shut the door to all that was defiling to Him. Do they know God shut the door to protect a righteous, faithful man called Noah and his family from the ravages of evil. The world was full of evil as we read in the previous chapter. Imagine the worst evil that happens in our world and know that it happened then, too. And God was heartbroken.
Try to take your mind off the child version of Noah and the ark and think of God, first and only. Noah was not a perfect man but he “walked with God”, trying to follow what he thought God wanted him to be. But it was God who is the “hero” of this story. It was God who shut the door to evil and saved Noah and his family.
Read and note all that God did….
Next God said to Noah, “Now board the ship, you and all your family—out of everyone in this generation, you’re the righteous one.
2-4 “Take on board with you seven pairs of every clean animal, a male and a female; one pair of every unclean animal, a male and a female; and seven pairs of every kind of bird, a male and a female, to insure their survival on Earth. In just seven days I will dump rain on Earth for forty days and forty nights. I’ll make a clean sweep of everything that I’ve made.”
5 Noah did everything God commanded him.
6-10 Noah was 600 years old when the floodwaters covered the Earth. Noah and his wife and sons and their wives boarded the ship to escape the flood. Clean and unclean animals, birds, and all the crawling creatures came in pairs to Noah and to the ship, male and female, just as God had commanded Noah. In seven days the floodwaters came.
11-12 It was the six-hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month that it happened: all the underground springs erupted and all the windows of Heaven were thrown open. Rain poured for forty days and forty nights.
13-16 That’s the day Noah and his sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth, accompanied by his wife and his sons’ wives, boarded the ship. And with them every kind of wild and domestic animal, right down to all the kinds of creatures that crawl and all kinds of birds and anything that flies. They came to Noah and to the ship in pairs—everything and anything that had the breath of life in it, male and female of every creature came just as God had commanded Noah. Then God shut the door behind him.
17-23 The flood continued forty days and the waters rose and lifted the ship high over the Earth. The waters kept rising, the flood deepened on the Earth, the ship floated on the surface. The flood got worse until all the highest mountains were covered—the high-water mark reached twenty feet above the crest of the mountains. Everything died. Anything that moved—dead. Birds, farm animals, wild animals, the entire teeming exuberance of life—dead. And all people—dead. Every living, breathing creature that lived on dry land died; he wiped out the whole works—people and animals, crawling creatures and flying birds, every last one of them, gone. Only Noah and his company on the ship lived.
24 The floodwaters took over for 150 days.
WHAT DID GOD DO?
God told Noah exactly what to build to protect him when the time came to destroy evil.
God encouraged and affirmed Noah, “…out of everyone…you’re the righteous one.” Can you imagine God saying that to you?
God planned the survival of the animals He created with a plan to take them on board.
God brought the animals TO Noah. Noah did not have to round them up and bring them in. God took care of that.
God brought the rain. Humankind had not seen rain before this time on earth.
God made it rain from above and wells from below to explode for over a month, causing the depths of the waters to cover the earth…25 feet above the highest mountain.
God told Noah exactly when to board the ark before causing the waters to erupt.
God’s created waters were used to cleanse the earth of all evil. Everything not in the ark of protection…died.
God allowed on Noah and his family to live so life on earth could begin anew.
WHAT GOD STILL DOES FOR US…
John 16-18 “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.
19-21 “This is the crisis we’re in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God. Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light and won’t come near it, fearing a painful exposure. But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is.”
ALLOW GOD TO SHUT THE DOOR TO EVIL FOR YOU
Turn to God and leave the world thinking and behaving behind. Believe on Him and be saved.
Thank you for shutting the door to evil that would have destroyed my life. You did that for me many times. Thank you for saving my soul. Thank you for protecting me from evil and delivering me just in time from the temptation to go my own way. Thank you for your rescue, Jesus. Continue to shut the door to all that will harm me. Continue to transform me as I walk with You. I want to be more like You and a lot less like the world. Thank you for your love, mercy and grace. YOU are God and I am not.
In Jesus Name, Amen