I’ve been reading the story of Noah and the flood, located in chapters 6-9 of Genesis.
First off, why a flood? Drowning everyone- isn’t that a tad overboard (don’t miss that clever drowning pun)..?
Ok, stay with me cause it gets a bit freaky; apparently demons were mating with human women. Sounds like a gross horror flick right? These unholy couplings were producing evil, literally-giant offspring. Can you imagine? Like your neighbor is 9 feet tall and part demon? Would you complain about his barking dog? Yeah, me neither! These giant half-breeds were called Nephilim and they were populating the earth.
God had made something ‘very good’ when he created human beings. He modeled us in His own image. Genesis 1. Then Satan in the form of a serpent tempted Adam and Eve and basically royally messed things up for everyone and everything since. This was the 2nd large scale demonic attack on humanity. See, God had a plan for the redemption of mankind from the start. Redemption would come to earth in the form of a human baby that had been melded together with God himself. Jesus Christ. Fully human and fully God.
Satan knew this and was seeking to pollute the entire human race with his demonic inter-breeding program. it was working. “The LORD saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.” Genesis 6:5 Imagine the barbarity of what we see in the Middle East plus the hedonism of Las Vegas and then amp it up about 10 notches and you get a picture of what kind of shape the Earth was in.
God had made creation wonderful and perfect but now it ‘deeply grieved him’.
So God dramatically intervened to preserve mankind and His ultimate plan. He had His man, Noah. (I love how God uses people to accomplish great things when He could easily just do it Himself) Noah was basically the only decent person left. Noah was ‘blameless’, ‘righteous’, and most importantly he ‘communed with God’. Plus he was obedient. God told Noah to build an enormous ark and Noah got right on it. It had never even rained at that point. God was still watering the Earth with morning dew (not mountain dew, pretty sure that wasn’t afflicting the earth yet!).
Not only was Noah building this enormous ark but he was likely also attempting to reach the lost of his generation while they mocked him. 2 Peter says “he (God) did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others…” So Noah was likely quite busy preaching, building, and taking care of his family. Preaching to wicked, freaky demonic half-breeds, no less. God’s love is die-hard. He brings judgment as an absolute last resort. “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
Side note- Jesus is coming back. He is only delaying so the maximum amount of people can be saved before ultimate judgment falls. See the book of Revelation. If you aren’t ‘on the boat’ yet please get your butt in gear. Many of us believe there are many signs that His return is pretty imminent.
So, Noah spends about 100 years building this ark. The very day he, his familia, and of course two of every kind of animal (plus extras for sacrifice) finish and board the ark… the very first raindrops start to fall. I wonder what that moment was like. The family gathered together, breathing in the scent of cedarwood and countless animals, hearing the first ‘plunks’ or rain. They had spent a lifetime waiting and preparing for this moment. What kind of sound did it make when God himself shut the door and sealed them inside? (God still personally ‘seals’ his people in salvation 2 Cor. 1:22) There must have been an incredible emotional mixture of excitement, wonder, fear and even sympathy for those outside of the ark. On a slightly morbid note- I wonder how the people outside reacted when it became clear that the rain wasn’t going to stop? Did they run to the ark? Did they try to get in? At that point it was too late….