Looking back to Noah’s time

My mind has been running a lot on Noah and what it might have been like in his day. I think that the story of “Noah’s Ark” gets discounted because of it’s “children’s story” reputation. For some it probably has a “fairy tale” likeness. While it is most certainly a good story for children to read, or have their parents read it to them, we adults need to revisit the story from time to time and try to capture the importance and reality of the story.

For the most part, my mind has been thinking a lot about the people of Noah’s day. When we read the account in the book of Genesis, we get very little of any real details. We know that the people were very wicked and that is why God chose to wipe the then known world out. But, the mind wants to imagine what it must have been like around Noah when he was building the boat. It is speculated that it took him maybe a hundred or so years to build the boat. In any case, there was a lot of people around watching this enormous boat being built.

In 2 Peter 2:5 it says that Noah was “a preacher of righteousness”. Everyone would agree that by him building the boat alone that would be a message in and of itself. But it has to be broader than that. The word “preacher” here means ” a herald, i.e. of divine truth (especially of the gospel) – preacher”. It comes from a Greek word that also means “to herald (as a public crier), especially divine truth (the gospel) :- preach (-er), proclaim, publish”.

So, we could look at this in many different ways. Of course, we don’t have the exact account of what happened in the years that it took him to build that boat, but we do know that he was a preacher. What kind of preacher? We don’t know. But, let’s take in the fact that here he was building a boat out in the middle of no where and people must have always been talking with him, asking questions etc. In his reply, of course he would have to of said on more than one occasion, “The Lord God told me to build this”. Then of course they would say, “But why?”

All these questions that they must have had to of asked him, gave him an answer to “preach” from time to time. Maybe he would be standing on top of one platform of the boat and there was maybe 50 people around on a given day. He would lay down his hammer and began to preach that they must turn from their ungodly ways and turn to God. Of course he would tell them things like “time is short!” “the flood is coming!”. Then, he would have many opportunities to explain to them what a “flood” was.

We don’t have any account of it raining before this great flood. So, how can you explain “rain” to someone who has never seen it before? How could they comprehend rain, let alone how it would “pile up” so to speak.

How about explaining to them that the flood waters would also be coming from the “fountains of the great deep?” (Gen.7:11)

So, maybe he got so tired of explaining the same thing to people, over and over again, that he would hold weekly sessions for those who would want to come and listen. However, the word does say that they were “busy” with life as usual. So, if that be the case, maybe it was like today. The street corner preacher preaches to hundreds of people passing by. Only a very few stop to listen. They are going, and busy with life. However, just like in Noah’s time, they passed by and heard some words. Maybe, just the right words that would judge them in the end?

I could go on and on here, but I want to close with the thoughts of what must it have been like when it came down to the very end. When the waters first started? Their thoughts? “Maybe he was right” “We now we see the rains that he described to us” “Wow! This water doesn’t seem to be going away!” “Maybe this guy was right after all”.

How about when the rains started and Noah went about his work of gathering up all the animals? “Hey! You aren’t really going to take all these animals away from us, are you?” Were there people who pleaded with him while he was busy doing God’s will? I would think so.

How about, once they got inside the boat, and God “shut them in?” (Gen.7:16) Where were the people then? How were they “held back?” Did the giants of those days play a part here?

Let the mind go here for a moment. The door closes. Oh the sound of that one enormous door shutting! Once shut, it could not open until the time appointed. What about the people outside? Your heart must care about them Noah, right? But, they had been warned for how many years? They saw Noah building that boat for how many years? How many times did they pass by? How many times did they hear the Gospel?

By this time the water is about three feet up the side of the boat. Men, women and children are all gathered around the sides of the boat. The door is closed. Men are trying to figure out how they can get inside. They believe him now in their desperation. Time is of the essence. Down on the far end of the boat, they are hitting the sides with what appears like a “ramrod”. It is swinging back and forth, ramming the side of the boat. The harder it is rammed, the faster it comes back. Can you imagine the sound inside the boat? What about all the animals? Were they just sitting there quietly? This boat must have had some divine design built into it. Did God know that it was also going to have to be unable to be “broken into?”.

Wait! Look! way over to the left. They have brought what looks like a “ladder”, and they are climbing to the top to see if they can get in that way. Stand back and look! I see some men running around on the top looking for a door or window and yelling, “let us in! let us in!” “We believe you now Noah!” “let us in! let us in!” “Please!, Please!”

By this time, the waters are getting deep. There are dead bodies all around. Of course, no body knows how to swim. There are still some that are holding on to the boat in hopes of salvation. They remember that Noah had warned them over and over that it was going to be “raining” for 40 days. This was just the beginning.

As the hours pass by and the water increases, now just about everyone is gone into eternity. What Noah had preached, had come true. The next days would see all perish outside the boat. The smell of death was beyond comprehension. Lost into eternity forever. Separated from salvation.

Jesus said, “And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.” (Lk.17:26-27)

Just like in Noah’s time, God gives time to repent, but it doesn’t last forever. When the end comes, the end comes, and the door is shut.

What about you? Do you believe in the salvation that God has provided through his Son, Christ Jesus? Are you in the boat?


4 Responses to “Looking back to Noah’s time”

  1. brian Says:

    Richard- great insight. Very simple story to understand the drama involved. The story is pregnant with the gospel of Christ. He is that ark, and mankind will drown in their sin and good works, unless they do humble themselves to trust in Gods one way of salvation. Since they never saw rain they never believed in their judgment; they probably never saw their sin either, and therefore, missed the boat. The real love boat 🙂

  2. Richard Says:

    Very good Brian!
    I have been camping out with Noah the pass week now. The Lord confirmed the title of a new gospel tract last week “Are you in the Boat?” I have looked at the “Boat” from both ways. The one is like you said, “Christ” being the Boat. The other is God being the Boat, and Christ being the “Door” to the Boat. The ark had one door to get in. In my mind, I saw the Boat with the door still open. Over the opening to the door was the name “Christ”.
    Your prayers are appreciated for this new tract. In one sense, I am excited about a new one, but they usually take a great deal of “labor” to make. This is based on previous ones, but we will see. God bless you!

  3. brian Says:

    Richard–post your tract on the site when finished–okay? And remember to keep it clear and simple…I am learning alot from this book, which I bought for .75 @ Goodwill of all places..Praise the Lord. You can read the first few chapters online for free on Google.

  4. Richard Says:

    I will do when I get to that point. Yes, by the grace of God, I will keep it clear and simple. I totally agree. I looked at the book. Good refresher for sure. Thanks! Bless you~

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