Russell Crowe as Noah? I have to admit, I was pretty excited to hear that Hollywood has produced a Biblical Blockbuster film about Noah. I had an experience while watching the preview for the first time. I was overcome with emotion. I sobbed. I really do believe I was tapping into God’s heart for all those who were lost in the flood. He cared desperately for them. It “broke his heart” the Scriptures tell us. Reminds me of when God weeps in Jeremiah for those who brought judgement upon themselves.
I went to see Noah in the theatre and while they “got a lot o things wrong” I thought it was a compelling and creative story. I am not one to tar and feather people for taking artistic license. Noah’s identity crisis was an interesting point of discussion as well as how the two other sons ended up with wives in the end and the family in fighting that happens in every family. Very creative!
I am also aware that the writers and producers were pulling largely from the book of Enoch (which interestingly at least part if not the whole is validated by inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Ever read the book of Jude?) and other extra biblical writings and “histories”. I have read portions of these extra books and find them interesting.
As I read through Genesis (reading thru the Bible in 90 days) I was struck by how much history is covered in such a short time. Two thousand years in first twelve chapters! That’s one-third of earths entire history and not many details are given until Abram is mentioned. Then we become involved in this one mans story and the subsequent story of his descendants. But I’m getting ahead of myself. This blog is about Noah.
“Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God.” (Genesis 6:9 NLT)
Does this shock anyone else? Noah was the only one walking in close fellowship with God? Out of an estimated billion people, Noah was the only one?
At first I got all bent out of shape about the odds involved here. I mean if only one out of a billion love God, then what chance do you think you have? What chance do I think I have? But then I realized this was man centered thinking (as most of our thinking is), instead of realizing that God is on the job and “he who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it”.
God had this to say about society at that time of Noah:
“The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. So the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart… Now God saw that the earth had become corrupt and was filled with violence. God observed all this corruption in the world, for everyone on earth was corrupt.” (Genesis 6:5-6, 11-12 NLT)
When you ponder the account of the flood do you think about the heartbreak God endured? Or do we pity the wicked fools who died and blame God for condemning fellow human beings like that? How would we be today if God judged the world again (as he indeed will)?
I am reminded of something I posted right after Osama Bin Ladins death on facebook: “Regarding Osama Bin Laden, I liked that someone posted a verse from Ezekiel 18:23: “Do you think that I like to see wicked people die? says the Sovereign LORD. Of course not! I want them to turn from their wicked ways and live.””
There was a prophecy surrounding Methuselahs death. His name means “his death shall bring”. He died the year the flood came, I believe this wasn’t in the flood but just before it. His life was a sign. He was the oldest recorded human ever to have lived. 969 years old. This is a picture of the mercy of the Lord. God is long-suffering. He waits as long as possible before bringing the judgement he never even wanted to bring in the first place. He extended Methuselahs life on and on and on to give people more time to repent and find salvation.
Another Scripture that points to the mercy of Jesus:
“So he (Jesus) went and preached to the spirits in prison – those who disobeyed God long ago when God waited patiently while Noah was building his boat. Only eight people were saved from drowning in that terrible flood.” 1 Peter 3:19-20 NLT
I believe this speaks to Jesus extending redemption and the message of salvation to all those who perished in the flood. God gives us all way more chances than we deserve.
A while ago I remember sobbing at one of the closing scenes of “What Dreams May Come”. Robbin Williams character goes to hell in search of his wife who had committed suicide. He was determined to stay with her and to try to instill faith and hope in her that could set her free. At the time I watched that movie I was in a personal hell of my own and to think that Jesus was right there wooing me back to redemption was an absolutely beautiful thought.
Why was Noah the only one left? After giving this some thought, I suspect that this violent society had likely hunted down and killed everyone else who walked with God. Why didn’t they kill Noah? I mean he was a huge target, never far from his giant ark.
They were probably having way too much fun mocking him day after day. I bet there was a fresh audience every day to come see the madman who was building his ark far from any body of water.
Noah had a firm grasp of reality (aka faith) that caused him to build a ship far from any body of water because God told him to!
Would you do that? Would you be Noah or among the masses who mocked him?
There are plenty of mockers today aren’t there? There are those who mock Christians for believing that God created the world and only in six days. They ridicule people for insisting that the Bible teaches us that Homosexual behavior is a sin like all the rest and must be repented of. They roll their eyes at people who say that we are living in the last days and that God’s judgement is coming again as it did in Noah’s day.
SO, WHAT IS YOUR ARK?
What would God have you do in these last days before Jesus returns? What is your “ark”? Are you experiencing a close fellowship with God that you are able to hear from him, and what he would have you do?
I am praying for a close fellowship with God. I hope you are seeking this as well. May we all escape the matrix of this corrupt society and its worldview and read the Bible and gain a firm grasp of reality (faith) to follow Jesus and obey him in all he would have us to do.
So again I ask, what is your ark?