Noah’s Special Project
Oct 10, 2018
Noah accomplished a feat of extraordinary deliverance. Of course, he had help from God – for instance, God brought the animals to the ark. But the construction and supplying of the ship’s stores were delegated to Noah and his family.
The assignment made no sense without God’s guidance. Who builds a huge boat miles from the ocean? Imagine the ridicule! Noah was already strange – a righteous man in the middle of a corrupt society. Once he started construction, he had to be the laughing stock of his day.
It was an immense undertaking. Noah built a floating warehouse of 100,000 square feet. It needed to be structurally sound and sea-worthy for more than a year. He also fully stocked what became the world’s most inhabited zoo. The physical labor required in the construction was accomplished by eight family members. It must have taken years, possibly decades.
There is an inference that mankind had been thoroughly corrupted by demonic intermarriage. If that was the case, then Noah’s task was not just an exercise in deliverance for his family and the animals. It was an essential cleansing, because the foretold Savior could not be born from a less-than-100% human mother.
With Noah, God performed a divine intervention. He thwarted Satan’s ploy to despoil the seed of the Messiah before he was ever born. As it was foretold in God’s word to the serpent:
“I’m declaring war between you and the Woman, between your offspring and hers.
He’ll wound your head, you’ll wound his heel.” Gen 3.15, The Message
As the flood receded, the only surviving humans were Noah, his three sons and their four wives. They stepped out of the ark after 375 days. Marking the end of his Special Project, Noah built an altar and offered burnt offerings to God. (Noah was following God’s lead when he brought seven pairs of every clean animal on the ark. His offerings were out of this selection.)
Then God blessed Noah and his sons: He said, “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill the Earth! Every living creature—birds, animals, fish—will fall under your spell and be afraid of you. You’re responsible for them. All living creatures are yours for food; just as I gave you the plants, now I give you everything else." Gen 9:1-3, The Message
Multiply and Rule! Noah’s calling after the flood was a resumption of the original mandate given to Adam. Every living human is consequently a descendent of Noah and his sons.
Man is now made a carnivore as well as a vegetarian. No wonder the animals will be afraid of men! (God is now introducing the idea that life is in the blood. That is a story for a different day.)
A Flood of Lessons
One of the great callings in life is to be a person of faith and obedience. In Kingdom matters, that attribute alone makes you available for any number of assignments and vocations.
Adam was told to rule over the animals. Noah had the crucial role of preserving the animals. His calling of deliverance turned into a calling of redemption – preserving the legacy of the Messiah.
It appears that God may from time to time give out a Special Project. It may or may not appear to make sense in the moment. The eventual significance of the project may vastly supersede the apparent outcome. Examples come to mind: Joseph (Prime Minister of Egypt), Daniel (Royal Administrator in Babylon) and Hosea (directed to marry a whore).
A couple I know are just this month adopting a one-year-old child from China. It is a special and specific calling. The obvious result of the addition of this daughter will be they have four children. But what else will come from this family of five going all-in to embrace one more individual? How will it affect all their lives – and the lives of those around them? Time and God’s grace will tell.