I think, if we were to take all the stories of outrageous faith in the Bible and line them up in order of their WOW factor, we’d find the story of Noah really close to the top of the list, if not the very top.
The story of Noah and the Ark is one we’ve probably all known since we were very young. It’s a Sunday School favorite and one I’ve seen used a lot of times as a Vacation Bible School theme. It’s an amazing story.
And there are a lot of angles from which we could look at the story of Noah. Persistence, definitely. Obedience, sure. How to build one really big honking boat, absolutely.
But what I want us to focus on here this morning is what may be the singularly most amazing part of the story of Noah, and that is the amount of faith Noah demonstrated.
Let’s do that thing where we go back and get a running start here, then jump into the story.
We don’t know a lot about Noah’s background. What we do know we find in Genesis 5-9. Noah was married (his wife is only named as Mrs. Noah – don’t even get me started on that) and had three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth, all of whom were married.
We also know that while Noah was building the ark, which is estimated to have taken a whopping 120 years, his father Lamech and grandfather Methuselah were still alive and may have even helped him out a little when he was building his boat.
We also know from the genealogy the Bible gives us that Noah was part of the tenth generation of the human race. Genesis 5:29 tells us his name is related to “comfort” and “rest.” Which is little ironic when you consider what he’s going to be going through.
And we know, Genesis and Ezekiel both tell us, that Noah was a Godly man. He was a VERY Godly man. The Bible says he “walked with God.” In fact, Bible scholars place him right up there with Enoch. This is an interesting thing – let me go off roading here for a minute.
The Bible says that both Enoch and Noah walked with God. Enoch, as we know, didn’t die – instead, God took him. Enoch had his own personal rapture – God just whisked him home to heaven.
So when we compare Enoch and Noah… well, Noah got a whole different kind of deal than Enoch did. And this is why I am holding Noah up as today’s example of Outrageous Faith.
Noah’s life was spared in the flood, but he wasn’t spared from seeing the flood, from hearing the cries of those swept away by the waters. He wasn’t spared from the realization that people he knew and cared about were destroyed along with everything else.
The story of Noah and the flood is even more amazing the deeper you dig…
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