January 16, 2008

OT Heroes Part II - Noah

I'm not sure how many of you have seen the movie 'Evan Almighty' but it's suppose to be a modern-day comedy based upon the story of Noah and the flood found in Genesis 6-8. I'm sure many of us have heard the story of the flood and Noah and his family gathering the animals 2 by 2 into the ark, 40 days and 40 nights of rain, and the promise with the rainbow but I wonder how many of us have thought about who Noah was before he built this large boat.

Noah's great grandfather was Enoch, who lived 365yrs and walked with God and then was no more, because God took him away. So you have to imagine that Noah heard stories of his great grandfather who was a godly man and never died, he just disappeared because God took him away. Being aware of something like this happening to a family member probably makes you more aware of other things that God is doing and saying, perhaps even to you. Noah lived in a time when society was not in good shape; people were selfish, mean, violent and didn't care about God (not to say that ours is necessarily much better now) but despite all of the things going on around him, Noah found favor with God because he was blameless and walked with God.

It seems that most of the Old Testament heroes we read about where God did extraordinary things in and through them were people that were already walking close with God. Do you think it is a coincidence that God used people that were close to Him or maybe God used these people because they were close enough to hear Him speak. If God wanted to use you or I would we be walking close enough to Him to hear Him speak?