I ended yesterday’s post talking about how responsive Noah was when God spoke to him about building the ark. That must have taken a tremendous amount of faith because no one had ever seen “rain” before. Yes, that’s right… it had never rained at this time in history. There are some folks that say that the “flood” never happened, but there is actual evidence of such a cataclysmic event in history. Yes! There is proof. Anyway, today’s post is going to be about how God and Noah must have communicated while Noah and his family was on the ark.
To begin, let’s look at how the story begins. It begins with first telling us how sad God was that mankind had become so wicked and debase. It says that God was “grieved” that he made man. Here is the scripture.
King James Version uses the word “grieved” and the New King James uses “sorry” as most others do as well. However, the grieving of God is so much deeper than our grieving.
5 Then the Lord[b] saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7 So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
Now there is a lot to talk about in this scripture alone. However, I am going to focus on Noah and God, because I could write a whole post on the flood alone. Yes, I believe that the flood happened. Yes, I believe that it covered the entire earth. Yes, I believe it destroyed all living things except for those that were in the ark with Noah and his family. One of the men that writes commentaries and sermons that I read and research to do my posts is Ray Steadman. Here is what he said about the total destruction of all living things and why God did this.
“…Yet, in the midst of this, we read that it grieved him, and grief is always the activity of love. What we finite human beings do not understand is that God’s love and wrath are exactly the same thing. They are two sides of the same coin. What entrances us and warms us about God, and draws us to him, is love, the manifestation of his total being. He is the God of love, who loves regardless of merit. This is what attracts us. But it is because we respond that he appears to us in that way. To those who reject his love, the same quality in God becomes wrath and it seems to be a wall of fire, burning and consuming everything.
We can see this also in ourselves. It is our love that causes us to be angry at anything which injures what we love. You injure a mother’s child in the mother’s presence and watch her love flame out in wrath and anger against you. Thus we have here clearly described a time when man, in his rejection of God, passes beyond the place of seeing God as love, and begins to experience his love as wrath. But it is exactly the same thing.
With mankind goes the whole creation because the creation is linked with man. The animals were made for man, so when man goes, the animals must go as well. But always there is the shining of grace, Verse 8:
Now there is a lot more what Mr. Steadman says about this and you can read his entire sermon notes on this. They are quite good. Here is the link.
So the animals and everything had to be destroyed but God found one man that was righteous and worthy of being saved, along with his family. Noah.
Now Noah was in the ark for quite some time and I know that there had to be some big prayer time going on. If he was a righteous man – like the scriptures say – he had to be praying all the time and seeking God’s direction on everything that he did. There is no account of any prayer happening but the result of prayer is evident.
Let me stop here and say a few things… I want to say that I feel a great urging to stop this post here and tell you that I need to go deeper into the topic of the ark. God has very strongly laid on my heart to explain a few things that are VERY important about the ark and the comparison with Jesus Christ. When I feel the Holy Spirit speak this strongly to my heart I have to listen. If not, I am uneasy all day. So, with that said I will end here and then began to construct my next post about the ark and the instructions God gave Noah and how all of that came together. There is a beautiful picture to be painted with all of the information so I will break and begin to listen deeper and see what God has to tell me. Thank you all for giving me the grace to take this side step.
Again, I will include a couple of the songs from the CD Sweet Hour of Prayer. This is one of the most soothing and uplifting CDs I have. When I want to be quiet and draw close to God, I listen to this over and over. I always am blessed and hear new things every time I listen. I suppose it is because it has scripture intertwined in the narration and it is some of the good old hymns that I was raised with. Enjoy!
p.s. You can purchase this CD from Amazon. If you click on one of the Amazon links on the left side of this page you can search and find it to purchase. I know you will be blessed by it!
The Song – Sweet Hour of Prayer CD – Narrated by Philip Keveren
(with Devotional Readings from Oswald Chambers)
1st one is Blest Be The Tie
2nd one is More Love to Thee