Noah – Biblical Lesson, Not Fable
The release of the film Noah has created a lot of discussion and debate and regardless of what you think of the interpretation, it does give us a chance to discuss the actual Biblical account of Noah. People can choose to like or not like a film, but if they set aside the diatribe, there are great lessons that can be taken from Noah.
Noah’s story is a lesson in obedience. Noah was commanded by God to do some very unique things that would obviously seem strange to anyone around him. In fact, over time there are many who feel that the story of Noah is a fable or fairy tale. We have all seen it in discussions about this film and those who have limited or no faith use this as their “go to” argument to dispel the existence of God. They could not be more wrong as the lessons provided by Noah are many and stand the test of time..
- Spiritual Protection – The lesson that we can take from Noah’s example of unwavering obedience is that we as humans are to be obedient to the teachings of God. We can seek shelter in His arms from all that is evil as He will protect us from harm. Noah had no idea that he would be asked to save the living creatures on earth, but it is because of his obedience and faith that he was chosen by God to build the ark.
- Definitive Obedience – Noah took exactly what God commanded and did it. God was specific in direction and detail and there was no room for “interpretation”. We have been given exact direction by God to follow has He has directed, not some of the time when we feel like it, but always. We will be challenged regularly to deviate from this course and as humans we will fail. These failures are to be acknowledged and we have been commanded to get back on course to the best of our abilities as soon as possible. God gave the ultimate gift to address these failures when He sent Jesus to provide guidance and sacrifice Himself for the forgiveness of our sins.
- Unwavering Focus – Regardless of popular thought and political correctness, Noah did as he was commanded to do. He paid no attention to the comments of others and the ridicule that would come from those around him. We see it today when those with agendas try to dissuade others to move away from their core values to accept a different value system. Noah paid them no attention, just as we are to not allow the politically correct opinions of today to interrupt our focus on the teachings that God has provided. We don’t need the approval of the politically correct crowd, we need God’s approval, period.
- Protection in God – The ark became God’s fulfillment of protection for Noah and all the other creatures. God kept his word, and those that did not waiver from His direction received His protection from the destruction of the world. Later God would provide more direction and protection and even sent Jesus to help keep us on track. Our lives on this planet are really just a “tryout” for us on this earth. We have gifts, and how we choose to use those gifts will determine the protection we will receive from God. Jesus made it clear that whoever believes in Him shall have an everlasting life. He is our refuge, our protector, and guide while on this earth.
- God does not forget – Noah and all who were in the ark floated while it rained for 40 days and 40 nights and God did not forget them. They were faithful, they did not waiver in their faith and were protected. Life could not have been easy, there were days that probably challenged their faith, the storms were massive, but they remained committed and confident in God. We deal with the storms of life every day, times can be extremely tough, but it is through our faith that God will honor and protect us. He even provided a rainbow as a reminder of the promise He made to all who followed His word. He fulfilled this promise when He sent Jesus to absolve us all of our sins. The greatest protection ever received.
16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” 17 So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.” Genesis 9:16-17
We must never forget the lesson that we were provided in the story of Noah. Upon his exit from the ark the first thing they did was build an alter and thank God for His love and protection. We must never forget to do the same. It is through our faith in God, and the salvation of Jesus, that we too are protected and given the guide to live our lives while on this earth. It’s an amazing gift and one that requires our continued commitment and focus while on this earth.
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