Noah is a character who exemplifies the thought of being master of earth, sky and sea.
The story of Noah’s life involved not one, but two great and tragic floods. The world in Noah’s day was flooded with evil. The number of those who remembered the God of creation, perfection and love and dwindled to one.
Of God’s people, only Noah was left. God’s response to the severe situation was a 120-year-long last chance, during which He had Noah build a graphic illustration of the message of his life. Nothing like a huge boat, built on dry land, to make a point!
For Noah, obedience meant a long-term commitment to a project.
Many of us have trouble sticking to any project, whether or not it is directed by God. It is interesting that the length of Noah’s obedience was greater than today’s expected lifetime. Our only comparable long-term project is our very lives. But perhaps this is one great challenge Noah’s life gives us to live, in acceptance of God’s grace, an entire lifetime of obedience and gratitude.
Noah reflected the authority of God through his obedience, he also reflected God through His character trait – patience. What patience Noah showed in building the boat and then after the storm, waiting another year before the waters subsided enough to leave it.
Most of us are aware of the promise of the rainbow. In fact, at the age of ten, when I first heard that there was a God, it was through the rainbow that my neighbours shared the story of Noah and this God whom I had never heard of before. The next Sunday I was invited to Sunday School and the rest is history as I never missed a Sunday in church thereafter.
However, what many of us are unaware of is that there was another promise given, and it was given prior to the rainbow. God promised never agin to destroy everything on earth with a curse of judgement until the day Jesus Christ returns to destroy evil forever. Now every change of season is a reminder of His promise – springtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night. (Life Application Bible)