Saturday, September 20, 2008

Noah - Silence is Golden

Genesis 6:11-13 Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. So God said to Noah, "I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.

So God has mentioned a few times in the last eight verses about how upset He is that man is so corrupt and evil and full of violence. When I hear someone complain once about something, I know they're thinking about it. But when I hear them complain about something more than once, I know they're really upset about it. Can you imagine how God feels when He complains about something more than once?

Let's consider Noah for a moment - Noah knows he does his best to please God. Trying to live his life right, raising a Godly family, loving his neighbors and all the ten commandments. And yet, we know from Bible history and our own lives that sometimes bad things happen to good people. I wonder if Noah thought for a moment that he would be included in the world being destroyed. At this point, God has not said, "except you Noah" - He is still just reiterating how upset He is with mankind. He tells Noah twice that He's getting ready to end all people a
nd Noah doesn't say a word.

How many times in Bible history have we seen God start to lay out punishment and the person immediately begins to beg or excuse or defend themselves be
fore God. I think Noah knew that even in our best efforts - we are never worthy to come before God. Whatever God's plan was, Noah was confident that his God of promises would protect him - whether it be here on earth or with Him. Are we willing to accept whatever God has in store - and rest on His promise?

3 wonderful insights:

Kay Martin said...

Acceptance and ownership of fault is a sign of maturity...isn't it? I find when I am mature emotionally and close to the Lord I have the strength to own my sins/errors. In dealing with others I have found this is a true sign of their order in their lives lining up with God in them.

Noah must have been so very close to God to diligently obey and complete his mission with so few to encourage him.

Love the picture on this post.

debrah said...

Not only is Noah not defending himself before God...He is not standing in the gap for others...since God spared Noah and his family...I think that he was in agreement with God's plan to destroy His creation. We know that we are created by God and created for His purpose...but do we really know and accept that we are His and He can do whatsoever He pleases...He chose to give us free will is a gift from Him...
My friend recently shared with me that she did have a revelation of our being created by and for Jesus...while I know this I don't know this...since my conversation with my friend I stated to her and then prayed to know this...and God is gracious to answer that prayer...
Noah had to be walking so close to God and know God's heart, so trusting of God's purpose, plans and so submitted to God's authority -that he either wasn't tempted or was able to overcome the temptation to pray for self and others...Moses prayed on the behalf of Israel, Abraham prayed for Lot and his family...God had mercy and responded to their prayers...I believe that it is the heart of God that we pray for if Noah's heart was not stirred with a desire for prayer then this was a time that God would not be moved-a time God was determined to destroy His creation and God's heart must have been broken that people sinned so gravely to cause Him to respond in this way. this was absolutely a time to be quiet before God...
In His Love,

Angela @ Refresh My Soul Blog said...

Great points and post girl! I get so much MEAT here! THanks for all your efforts and research and mostly your love for God's word.
Much love,