The story of Noah’s Ark is such a familiar one. Almost everyone has at least heard of the ark, and of the Flood. So much speculation has been added to the story that I was a bit surprised to not find those things as I read Genesis this morning. I think my mind must have blended the teachings of Sunday School and school teachers over the years with the Biblical account.
First of all, I have searched through the Bible and cannot find anywhere that tells us that Noah was scoffed at while building the ark. Now, if his world was anything like today’s world, he probably was. There had never been rain or anything like it up until the Flood, and Noah was building a giant boat- it is certainly possible that the people mocked him.
Which leads me to the second thing I had always connected with the Biblical account: Noah is not recorded in the Bible preaching repentance to those around him while he built the ark. In fact, none of his spoken words are recorded until Genesis 9:25, well after the Flood. His very life of choosing to walk with God in obedience must have been a powerful testimony, but the Bible doesn’t give us any words he may have said. In 2 Peter 2:5, we are told that God “… preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly.” Here he is called a “preacher of righteousness”, but is that with his life or his mouth? If anyone had chosen to repent and follow God, God would have made sure there was room for them on the ark… but no one did.
On the flip side of that coin, since no words of Noah’s were recorded until after the Flood, apparently he didn’t argue with God, or grumble, or protest, either. The Bible tells us “And Noah did according to all that the LORD had commanded him.” ~Genesis 7:5. Wow! And he made it into the “Hall of Faith” in Hebrews 11:7~ “By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.” I want to walk that closely with God!
I love how Noah and his family go onto the ark first, and then God brings the animals to them! It must have been so amazing to see that.
“So they went into the ark to Noah, by twos of all flesh in which was the breath of life. And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, entered as God had commanded him; and the LORD closed it behind him.” ~Genesis 7:15-16
And then God closed the door. And when God closes something, it is to remain closed. It is one of the attributes of Jesus that He uses to describe Himself to the church in Philadelphia:
“…’He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens’…” ~Revelation 3:7
Noah and his family and all of the thousands of animals waited for God to tell them when they could open that door.
There is a lesson I need to take from this today. Wait for God to tell me when to open a door in my life. Wait for God to tell me. Wait for God. Wait.