Devotional: ‘Noah is a True Story About a True Man’

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Many people disbelieve the story of Noah and the ark. They think that it is nothing more than a myth or a fable. I admit, it is mind-blowing. To think that one man and his three sons, who lived thousands of years ago and who had nothing more than crude tools, could build a wooden boat the size of a football field and that the entire world could be covered by water does seem pretty incredible. So, is the story of Noah and the ark true? I believe it is and I will give you three reasons:

1) It’s in the Bible

The fact that this is in the Bible probably isn’t a strong piece of evidence for many. However, if this account is untrue, what else is untrue? Perhaps that’s one of the reasons so many try to disprove the story of Noah and the flood.

2) Jesus Referred to It

“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.” (Luke 17:26-27)

Apparently, Jesus considered this to be a literal event that occurred at a definite point in history. The credibility of Jesus is at stake here.

3) It Stands as a Warning Concerning the Future

Just like God judged the sin of mankind thousands of years ago, so will He judge the sin of mankind someday in the future. Peter refers to the story of Noah as an illustration of what is yet to come. 

“.. in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, ‘Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.’ But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.” (2 Peter 3:3-7)

If God didn’t use a flood in the past to judge the sin of man, then perhaps he won’t use fire someday in the future. If the men of old could escape God’s judgment, then perhaps we can escape it as well. However, if God did indeed destroy the world through a catastrophic flood, then indeed He will someday destroy the world through a catastrophic fire.

The story of Noah is in the Bible for a purpose. It teaches us that God is holy and men are sinful, and without faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior, there is no forgiveness.

God bless you my brethren. I hope you experience a great Lord’s Day this coming Sunday! If I may be of some spiritual help to you, please contact me at: pastorterry@tobchurch.com

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