The story of Noah who built the ark to save his family from the flood1 is a proof that every single family matters to God. The flood was God’s judgement on sinful people, but He saved one family, instead of destroying them with the rest. There was nothing to prevent God from destroying all people and creating humans afresh (it is interesting that God never added any new kinds of life after the six days of creation).
The reason God saved Noah and his family is because Noah, walked with God. ‘Walked’ shows that it was not a static process, but an active one. Today we would describe it as an active relationship with Jesus (the Word) through the Holy Spirit.
The ark that saved Noah and his family was not his idea. God instructed him to build it according to His specifications. Today we read in the Bible that God will again judge sinful humanity, but there is once again a way out. God sent Jesus to die for our sins. He is the New Testament ‘ark’ that will save us from God’s judgement. The details of how that works are found in the Bible. God provides the ‘specifications,’ not we.
It was a process for Noah to build the ark. It was not something that was showered on him. He had to apply himself and spend the time to build. Today we see it as a relationship with the Father and the Son, through Bible reading and prayer, with the help of the Holy Spirit. You need to apply yourself and spend the time to seek the Lord. It is a basic part of believers’ lives.
Noah had to obey God’s instructions to build the ark, to be saved from the water judgement. The key to understand God’s plan to save you and your family is that you need to obey Him. It is not enough to only confess your sins, receive forgiveness and then you are a child of God on your way to ‘heaven.’ In God’s Kingdom, obedience to the perfect Ruler is what will give you success. Adam failed to follow God’s instructions, but through Jesus we can be repeatedly forgiven when we fail. The Holy Spirit was sent to teach, lead and help us to obey.
We see through Noah’s history that salvation is past, present and future. Noah was saved because he was righteous and walked with God (his past life). He built the ark according to specifications and was saved from a watery death (his ‘present’ life). He experienced the ‘new’ earth (his future after the judgement). Today we have the promise: if we accept God’s righteousness through Jesus and walk with God with the help of the Holy Spirit, we will be saved from eternal judgement in hell. We will experience the new heavens and earth2 where God will be our God, and we will be His people.’3
- Genesis 6-9
- Revelation 21:1
- Revelation 21:3