Our Common Ancestor


From time to time we hear that Noah’s ark has been sighted. While I seriously doubt it, I have no doubts about the historicity of the biblical account.

The biblical account of the Flood is accepted as historical by none other than Jesus Himself (Matthew 24:37-39). Three times Peter referred to the Flood as historical (1 Peter 3:20; 2 Peter 2:5; 3:3-7). Are we prepared to take the position that Jesus and Peter were mistaken?

The eleventh chapter of Hebrews cites Noah, along with other examples of faith such as Abraham, Moses, and David. The point is, you don’t mix legendary characters with historical and treat them all the same.

Noah is treated as historical in Isaiah 54:9 and Ezekiel 14:14, 20. Noah is included in the genealogies recorded in 1 Chronicles 1:4 and Luke 3:36.

Father of us all

When we research our family tree we’ll find some scoundrels among them. But God told Noah, “. . . you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me in this time” (Genesis 7:1).

We think things are bad now, and indeed they are, but the evil of Noah’s day surpasses ours (Genesis 6:5, 11-12). It was so bad that God saved only eight people from the Flood that destroyed all the rest.

Because of the exceeding wickedness of that age, Noah’s righteous character stands out as all the more exemplary.

What a task God gave Noah! He was to build a ship 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet tall. Even without power tools he did it. Surely he must have grown weary at times. Although it doesn’t say so, likely his neighbors mocked his efforts.

What kept him going, year in and year out, until the ark was seaworthy? At least two factors: 1) his faith in God and 2) his love for his family. “By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household . . .” (Hebrews 11:7).

History repeated

According to Peter, there is a dramatic parallel to Noah’s Flood, and that is the future destruction of all things by fire (2 Peter 3:3-14). In view of this eventuality do we have the spirit of our ancestor Noah?

Like Noah, we have been “warned by God about things not yet seen.” Will we respond in obedient faith, as Noah did (1 Peter 3:20-21), or will we be like his unworthy contemporaries?

The choice is ours.


Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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