Learning from Noah

noahs ark

 

I had the privilege of visiting Noah’s Ark with my family.  Not the original ark.  I am not THAT old!  We toured the full-scale replica of Noah’s Ark that was built in Kentucky.  It was truly a sight to behold.  Three stories of exhibits explained how Noah would have been able to house and care for the animals and his family aboard the world’s first and largest lifeboat.  A lifeboat is a ship built and kept for use in emergency, and Noah experienced at least two emergencies in his day.

The most obvious emergency was the impending flood.  God told Noah to build an ark in preparation for a worldwide flood.  God even provided the dimensions for the boat.  It is painful to consider the devastation of that flood.  Even a regional flood of a river is capable of destroying entire communities.  The flood of Noah was surely a sight nobody would want to behold.  Even God’s heart was moved to promise He would never again flood the entire earth (Gen 9:11).

The second emergency was more serious than the flood.  This emergency was the sin of man.  I wonder if the people of Noah’s day ever understood.  What were they thinking as the waters began to rise?  Surely each one cried out for a place on the boat, but did anyone regret their sin?  This struggle continues today.  We all want good things from God, but do we also embrace His holiness and reject our sin.  I fear that few people truly appreciate the horror of our sin.

Sin is the root of everything we hate: disease, death, divorce, pain, and suffering.  Each of us hates the consequences of sin, but the child of God must learn to hate sin itself.  We obey God because He is good and lovely.  We hate sin because it opposes our good Father.  Is there sin in your life?  Is there something in your life that opposes the goodness of God?  Please listen to the distant cries of those who perished in the floodwaters.  Jesus, the Son of Man, could return at any moment.  Repent and turn to God before it is too late for you.

Matthew 24:37-39 – “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.