Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 21, 24, 26, & 28 – And God said . . .
Today I continue to write about Noah. His story is amazing. He was from the line of Shem. His great grandfather, Enoch, did not die, but was taken by God. His grandfather, Methuselah, would live longer than any other man on earth – 969 years. His father, Lamech, died before Methuselah, but saw the ark under construction. Methuselah, whose name means, when he dies it will happen, died in the same year in which the flood came. And then there was Noah, the man chosen by God for a 120-year labor of building the ark, charged with the responsibility of preaching righteousness in an effort to save as many souls as possible. Think of that. Noah preached for 120 years, and including himself, only had eight people to enter the ark.
Then there was the flood, Noah and his family saved on the ark, along with all the animals. And when the water dried up, Noah, his family, and the animals ventured forth from the ark; the only living people and animals on the planet. And if the call to build the ark and preach for 120 years was not enough, God was not yet finished with Noah. First, he was called to do what he could to save mankind and the world, but now there came a different call for Noah.
He was told it would rain, build an ark, there will be a flood, load the ark with animals, and God would close him in to save him. At that point I can hear Noah’s mind saying, “You talking to me?” But it’s about to happen again. After all the drama of the building, preaching, rain, animals, flood, and salvation, God calls on Noah again. This time the Lord said to a 600-year-old man, and to his sons, too, “Be fruitful, multiply, and replenish the earth” (Genesis 9:1).
Can you hear it? I can. Noah had obeyed the Lord in an enormous work of labor and faith. He built the ark, preached righteousness, raised a family, gathered the animals into the ark, stocked it with supplies, weathered the rain, broken fountains of the deep, the flood, and had spent more than a year on the ark with his family and all those animals. Now he has exited the ark to discover that he and his family are the only human beings on the earth, and he is 600 years old. Imagine that. 121 years of intense labor and obedience. It’s time to rest. But God says, “Be fruitful, multiply, and replenish the earth.” Once again, I ask, can you hear it? Can you hear Noah thinking once again, “You talking to me?” My friend, you may have already come through so much; perhaps more than you could imagine. But don’t be surprised to hear the Lord calling upon you again. Don’t be surprised to hear yourself asking the Lord, “You talking to me?”
Manna for Today – Genesis 1; Psalm 119:89; Proverbs 4:20-23; Mark 11:22-26; Romans 3:4