Tonight in our UPLIFT service I want us to revisit Noah, his boat, his faith, and our God who orchestrated Noah’s redemption. Noah was the grandson of Methuselah, the oldest man in the world, and the great-grandson of Enoch, the man who walked with God and was taken into heaven VIP style.
This narrative provides a great deal of intrigue for us. One item is this business about the sons of God marrying the daughters of men and the Nephilim that are produced. Also, how are we to understand this notion of a flood destroying the earth?
The story of Noah and the Ark is more popular than ever before. People who don’t know the Bible and never come to church know about Noah, his big boat, and all those animals coming in two by two. Even Robert Ballard, the guy who found the Titanic, is searching for Noah’s Ark.
For those who doubt the popularity of this story, the evidence is everywhere. It should not surprise anyone to learn that the largest waterpark in the United States is located in the Wisconsin Dells and is called … Noah’s Ark Waterpark.
The Noah story is not a fairytale. It’s a rich part of our salvation history backstory and includes the first mention of grace (favor) in Scripture. “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” Noah’s neighbors may have thought him a nutcase for his 120 year building project and perhaps his own family questioned him from time to time. But when the raindrops kept falling on heads, Noah’s family was blessed because Dad was man of persevering faith.
I’d love to see you tonight in our UPLIFT service for a fresh look at an old story that will reinforce your faith.