What is it about this story that makes it so non-threatening to people who don't follow God?
Reference: v.23 Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; men and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds of the air were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark. (NIV Bible)
Explore: The story of Noah and the flood is so well known. It is one of the few Biblical themes that you often see, even in secular stores. A mate of mine, who has turned from her faith, didn't think twice about buying a Noah's Ark children's felt book – amongst others – at a local discount grocery store. What is it about this story that makes it so non-threatening to people who don't follow God?
When you actually look at the themes of this story, it's fairly hard core. You have anger, justice, homicide, destruction, and redemption. Not bad for a story that is usually focussed around a boat with 2 of each animal in it!
Application: Often we can gloss over the deep themes in a passage and just focus on the nice Sunday School version of the story. But this story is a reminder of God's mighty power and yet His sacrificial love. He does have the power to wipe out nations and totally destroy the whole earth all over again. However He promised never to do so again. Instead of wiping us all out, He sent His own Son. The ever-familiar story of Noah's Ark is not just a quaint little nursery rhyme. It shows us the heart of God and that He is to be loved as well as feared.
Prayer: Lord, sometimes we get so wrapped up in how much You love us that we forget that You are all powerful and almighty and You are to be feared as well as loved. Help us to get the right balance in our dedication to You. Amen.
What theme sticks out to you in this story of Noah?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.