Noah was a man the Bible describes as righteous, “blameless among the people of his time and he walked with God” Genesis 6:9. Wow! What a description to introduce a man who lived in an evil age and among a corrupt generation full of violence. Yet God had a purpose for him as much as He has one for us too. Noah was told of God’s purpose to destroy the world with everything in it. Now he was asked to build an ark. He was given the blueprint to survival- “an ark of cypress wood.” He was given the specifications and all the dimensions he had to use so that the ark would be the best defence for the forthcoming disaster. Notice that Noah had to build to specifications and as a result it was only Noah and his family that survived the flood.
Noah came out to become the first man to enter into a covenant with God. This son developed a relationship with God and was privileged to become the father of a newer earth. Take a look at your own life and the world you’re living in. Is it in need of a 40-day flood? Maybe God is calling on you to build an ark of cypress wood and save the last of His faithful animals on this pathetic earth. Noah took with him every specific animals God had told him to and he not only saved his family but every living creature today. Maybe God desires to use you as a vessel to change the corruption around you. You may as well end up being the father of a totally new world.
Anyway what does the ark experience represent?
-The ark is a hiding place.
-The ark is a place of established covenants (Genesis 6:18)
-The ark is a secure place for the remnant
-The ark always stays afloat and above the situation (Genesis 7:18)
-The ark is the place of remembrance (Genesis 8:1)
-The ark always rests on top of life’s mountains (Genesis 8:4)
-The ark is a place of coming out (Genesis 8:16)
-The ark is a place of bringing out (Genesis 8:17)
-The ark is a place multiplication, fruitfulness and increase (Genesis 8:17b)
From the ark experience Noah came to build an altar and the “LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and in His heart said ‘never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures as I have done’” Genesis 8:21. Wonderful isn't it how God can suddenly make a turn around?
Earlier we read that the ground had been cursed and all its produce would be birthed in pain and toil. Lamech, Noah's dad, had given a prophetic name to his son. When Noah was born his father had said, “He will comfort us in the labour and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the LORD has cursed” Genesis 5:29. It was a prophetic fulfilment when God said in His Big Heart that the ground would never be cursed because of man. Noah was the key to that reversal and change of heart. He was also the key to the salvation of life from future flood. Take a good look at your very surroundings and name, how prophetic is the name you bear?
Parents, be careful of how you name your children because it has a bearing on their and your future. Be like Lamech and realise that the life you live is one of cursing and realise that the son born to you is no ordinary son. In his generation Noah stood out from the rest. His father had prophesied into the future and Noah was to live up to that billing. Today’s sons need to be the pioneers of tomorrows' change. The son God has blessed you with has a role to play in restoring the fortunes of your day and society. He may even come to be the one who causes the ground to be un-cursed. Why not plant the right kind of name to go with that prophecy? You may as well as preserve a new breed of people who can turn the world into a better place and even find the cure for AIDS.
Noah’s obedience caused God to rekindle the memories of Abel’s offering and He decided to un-curse the ground that had been cursed because of Adam and Eve’s sin. God went on to make a prophetic declaration “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, day and night will never cease” Genesis 8:22 and they never have. It’s not in God’s plan to deny us what He ordained at creation and so we too like Noah can hold onto that prophetic message forever. When it seems the dark is coming in, remember God has the ultimate say. His word will never fail to come to pass. As surely as the sun shall rise tomorrow, the LORD will appear.
God continued to extend blessing and favour to Noah and his sons and they were given the mandate to be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. To top it all, fear and dread of them would fall on all the beasts, birds, every creature and all the fish. They were to be given into their hands (Genesis 9:1-2). What a privilege to receive such honour and respect that had been lost in the Garden of Eden. God re-established His creation desire to mankind after the ark experience.
And to make it even better Noah was given as food all that lived and moved as well as the green plants. The blood covenant was also given to him. He was not to eat meat with blood in it. From this discourse we learn that life is in the blood and that anyone who sheds blood will be held accountable for it.
To put the icing on the cake, the rainbow covenant was given as a sign that God would not bring floods onto the earth again to destroy life. What that means is that God does not want to kill His children and creation by floodwaters. Take a cue from that and challenge Him with His word that no floods can destroy your destiny because it has been decreed already. In Isaiah God says that even though the enemy comes in like a flood the Spirit of God will put him to flight and He will raise the standard higher (59:19). God is in the business of dealing with floods because the promise is that never again will the flood destroy life.
Noah came out of a hopeless situation to receive a hopeful blessing and inheritance that his great ancestor Adam had refused. Son of God, Jesus is looking for a man in a wicked generation who will stand out, be different and be credited with righteousness. He is looking for a man who can stand against the grain of society and listen to His plan of salvation for the new world He wants to establish through you. Look at all the blessings and promises Noah inherited many of which apply to our lives today. Maybe you might be afraid of what the world might say. Don’t be afraid adopt the Noah attitude and build your ark as God commanded Noah to build his ark of cypress wood.
Of his 3 sons, Ham was made a slave because he did not cover his father’s nakedness. He was the father of Israel’s enemies- the Canaanites, Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites. These were the thorns in the side of Israel in her walk. Through them God was to bring glory to Himself. They were dispossessed so that the Israelites could dwell in their territory. You need enemies because God is going to use them to bless you. In the Word we are told that all calamities that were meant for you will fall on the wicked instead. So as a son like Noah, hold your head high because God will use the enemies you have to bless you and will dispossess them that you inherit the best land they have.
In blessing his two sons, Noah said of Japheth, “may God extend your territory” Genesis 9:27. God’s desire is that we extend our territory at the expense of our cursed brothers in this world. God desires that we be a people of extension. In Isaiah 54:2-3 we read, “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities.” This is the LORD reaffirming His commitment to the descendants of Noah as a people who would extend and possess other nations. Japheth was a man whose seed would live in the tents of others and be served. And his name meant, “Extend.”
Concerning Shem Noah said, “Blessed be the LORD, the God of Shem. May Canaan be the slave of Shem?” God was blessed because He was going to use one of Shem’s descendants to fulfil the plan of subduing Canaan. Arphaxad would become the father of Abraham. Abraham was to receive the promise to dispossess the Canaanites from their land and get it as an inheritance for his seed. All this was because of a man with a righteous life in a wicked and corrupt society.
One lesson we can learn from the flood encounter is that the higher the waters rose, the higher the Ark floated. It was a hiding place sealed by the Presence of God. Noah was in the Ark for a very long time but God did not forget him. As a Noah son, you too may go through a flood time yet remember the Name of the LORD is a strong tower into which the righteous run and are saved. No matter how high the waters rise you are safe in the unsinkable Titanic, which is God.
He protects His own and as He did to Noah, rest assured He will do for you. You need to also remember that you carry the plan of salvation for the family God has gathered around you. The flood may take a long time but in due season it will stop and God will remember that there is a Noah who needs to come out. And what a privilege it will be when God gives you the mandate to start a generation that will fear Him. After the flood Noah lived 350 years. Altogether, Noah lived 950 years, and then he died- with an impressive CV, intact and with no queries attached.
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