Noah is a classic and beloved story by many. It’s one we share with our children, sharing the hope and promises of God, but there is so much we can glean from his story, especially in the times in which we are living now.
Here’s a quick recap.
The story unfolds in the book of Genesis 6-9, after the downward spiral of humankind. The descendants of Adam and Eve were brought into this world, marked by sin, which caused a ripple effect of devastating consequences. We see this play out after Cain murders his brother and builds a city upon violence, oppression, and corruption, all while adding sons and daughters to Adam’s family bloodline (Genesis 5).
Unfortunately, as the human race increases, God sees the wickedness within them grow and deeply mourns their actions, harboring regret towards them (Genesis 6:5-6)! Yet, out of His righteousness, justice, and, yes, even compassion, God decides to wash His world clean and start anew. This is where we meet Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous and blameless man who walked faithfully with God (Genesis 6:9).
As the story goes, Noah and his family, along with two of each kind of animal, were saved from the rageful waters and eventually landed on Mount Ararat, the land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Noah then builds an altar to the Lord, and the Lord, being pleased, proclaims that He will never flood the earth again (Genesis 8:20-21). God then makes a covenant with Noah (and essentially the rest of humanity), telling him (and us) to be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 9:1). The rainbow was (and still is) a beautiful symbol of this covenant and His promise.
Noah’s story encapsulates a true, humble biblical hero who trusted God and carried out a mission to save not just his own family but the rest of humanity. As the Bible clearly states, Noah lived in perilous times, which very well could be a warning for us to heed today. So, if God saved Noah and saw favor in him, what can we take away from his story and aim to get right with God?
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