November 2016. God’s Blueprint for success

God’s Blueprint for success

 

I just love stories about heroes.  I love how just when you think that they have lost everything, heroes come through.  I love how even in defeat their graciousness seems to make them winners, but most of all I love stories about unsung heroes; or as in this case an unsung heroine, without even a name.

In the book of Genesis we are told that God created the heavens and the earth, and that he was really pleased with what he had done, so pleased in fact that he had a rest on the seventh day to celebrate.   Gen 2: 2 - 3

>>> Fast forward >>> to a time much later; and we find that God’s wonderful creation had taken a wrong turn.  People no longer worshipped God, no one cared for the world in which they lived.  (Does that sound a little like today?)

To say that God was not best pleased with this situation would be an understatement, and drastic situations require drastic solutions.  God’s solution was certainly drastic, his creation, his joy, was to be washed clean.  Into this tragic mess steps our heroine, the wife of the one man whom God still had faith in.   Gen 6: 8. 

Other faiths have given her a name.  According to a Hebrew commentary on the book of Genesis, and also the Jewish 11th century commentator Rashi, she was given the name Naamah, and if we look in the book of Genesis 4: 22 we will find her name.  She was the sister of Tubal-cain, a descendant of Cain.

In the Book of Jubilees, a book known to have been in use by the Ethiopian Orthodox church from the late 2nd century BC, the wife of Noah was understood to be Emzara, daughter of Rake’el, son of Methuselah.

Mrs Noah seems to have had many names in many different traditions, from Islamic to Irish to Anglo Saxon.  It matters not who is correct, if indeed any are.  What matters is that all these traditions felt the need to give her a name; they all recognised that she played such an important role.

Mrs Noah was a woman of two faiths.  Firstly she believed in her God, not only believed but trusted.

If we look in Genesis chapter 6 verse 14, there’s a description given by God to Noah, on how the Ark was to be constructed.  I can’t find any mention of a rudder or indeed any means to steer the craft.  Noah was not a boat builder, he would have needed specific instructions, if the provision for a rudder was missing, then that was how it was meant to be.  The Ark was to be a large box guided by God; this terrifying journey was to be solely in the hands of God.  How many of us are prepared to step out with such a faith and trust in their God?

Secondly Mrs Noah had faith in her husband.

‘I’m going to build a boat.’

‘Did I hear that right dear?’

Can you just picture the conversation / argument that followed that opening exchange?  It probably raged for days, but when the waters came Mrs Noah stood side by side with her husband, she must have done or it wouldn’t have happened.

I believe that Mrs Noah was God’s blueprint for the rest of time, if Eve had failed Mrs Noah certainly delivered.  Consider this; see if it still rings true today.

Lover of her God:

Lover of her husband:

Carer of her family:

Diplomat: Her first job was to convince her sons and daughter in laws to go along with this, unbelievable and unlikely, plan.

Chief cook and bottle washer: I find it hard to get my head around the planning and the problems that Mrs Noah would have faced looking out for her extended family.  Give me a hammer and some nails and I’ll have a go at the boat bit, but just try and imagine all the rest.  The boat part was easy by comparison.

Zoo keeper: Well perhaps no one has tried that.  But wait a minute which mum has not heard these words from their offspring?  ‘Please Mum I’ll take it for walks, I’ll feed it.’  Who was it stood there in the pouring rain?  Mum.

Joking apart, Mrs Noah was truly an amazing woman, as are those who follow in her footsteps.

What about the story of the flood?  Some say it’s in the Bible so it must be true, word for word.  Some say that the early stories were man’s way of explaining the unexplainable.  Some say perhaps a mix of both.  I don’t think it really matters we only have to look around us to see Mrs Noah, God’s perfect blueprint, God’s perfect solution.

 

Tony Mills


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