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The Righteous Remnant
by Benjamin Stephens
06/10/05
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The Righteous Remnant
Ben Stephens

Decades had passed and the locals called Noah’s adventure in boat building an obsession. The boat rested on land without a way to move it to a suitable body of water. The sound of a hammer fought for equal attention amidst the jeers of those long used to the eccentricity of Noah. Shem and his brothers were filling any cracks in the nearly finished work with pitch when the first animals boarded the vessel.

Three levels of animals, two of each kind, more of others and a variety of feed lined the floating safari.

Noah had answered many questions from locals during the past centuries including the reasons for the boat, the promise of impending doom and the safety the ark would provide for any and all who would come in. Yet God had assessed the evil nature of mankind and found them devising wickedness continually. He determined to wipe mankind from the face of the earth, and was grieved that he had made them.

Who could believe such an astonishing tale? Had God indeed told Noah to build a boat? Had God really asked him to place two of every kind of animal on the boat? Where was this flood supposed to come from? Was there really to be a flood that covered the entire world? How was it possible that the whole of mankind would be lost except for those in a fool’s boat? Who was God to interfere in the affairs of mankind?

The whole notion was considered the obsession of a pottering old fool and sons who apparently could not think for themselves.

Heartbreak set in for the boat builder for it seemed no one was willing to hear truth, no one could accept that there was a way to be saved from certain death when they were equally certain death was a stranger.

Darkness rolled in, rain covered the land, earthquakes rumbled and mankind trembled before all that was unknown.

Then, God closed the door - Noah could simply watch helplessly as mankind turned their back one more time. The door cracked with finality, or was it something more?

Great rumblings from above and below signaled the beginning of something previously unknown. The animals screeched and roared their disapproval as men and women from without shrieked with voices raw and wounded. Soon all was quiet, unnaturally so. The animals calmed and the sounds from without altered from a choir of desperation to the constant hammer of water drops causing all to stop and listen to such an unusual and unknown hum.

Day turned to night and back again as boat builder and sons worked at feeding the animals in their care. The boat heaved and pitched and they all struggled with bouts of stomach unease. At family gatherings and alone, each person on the craft marveled at the truth of God’s request, “Build a boat!” and all that this had come to mean.

Of all the faces each could bring to mind, none could comprehend why God had selected them to find shelter and safety in the belly of a laughingstock? So much made so little sense, but in the end they could do no less than fall humbly before the God of floodwaters and vessels of safety.

* * * * *

The sound of a hammer fought for equal attention amidst the jeers of those who found little use for the condemned preacher. “If he is God, let him come down and save himself,” a man shouted toward the cross.

Jesus knew this day would come. Mankind had once more come to a place where evil and good had changed meaning and Jesus grieved. He concentrated on the vessel of safety He was becoming. He had warned those who would listen that this day would come. The plans for this day were lodged in eternity past and though they little realized it, the plan was unfolding in a most unexpected way.

Who could believe such an astonishing tale? Had God indeed sent Him? Had God really asked Him to lay down His life? What if He really was who He claimed to be? Where was this salvation supposed to come from? How would salvation come when death was nearby? Was there really a sacrifice that could cover the sins of all mankind?

Heartbreak set in for the Son of God for it seemed no one was willing to hear truth, no one could accept that there was a way to be saved from certain death when they were equally certain death was a stranger.

Then God turned away.

Darkness rolled in, rain covered the land, earthquakes rumbled and mankind trembled before all that was unknown.

“Surely this was the Son of God,” a soldier said as he gazed at the lifeless body of the Teacher. Was it remorse, awe, veiled ridicule? The crowd could little guess as they nearly fell over each other in a frantic effort to leave the macabre sight of Jesus hanging in the midst of lightning flashes and driving rain.

Three days later the rules for eternity changed and the concept of grace was fulfilled. Jesus conquered both sin and death, neither could maintain mastery over Him. He has become the ultimate fulfillment of the ark. A worldwide catastrophe, harsh and devastating, claims many every day, yet if a person simply accepts Jesus invitation to find safety from the eternal consequences of their sin debt, they would find forgiveness first and then eternal life in the presence of His Father.

Two stories, so similar - so unexpected. Salvation amidst confusion. Obedience against all odds.

A plan for life. Abundant. Free. In need of acceptance.

So much made so little sense, but in the end we can only fall humbly before the God of sacrifice and Vessel of salvation.


If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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Deborah Porter  03 Aug 2005
Ben, this is excellent. That last line actually brought tears to my eyes. Keep an eye out for it in the spotlight on the front page at FaithWriters during the week starting 29th August. Love, Deb




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