Noah and the Flood

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“And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.” – Luke 17:26-30

Noah was a righteous man and preacher in his generation, distressed at the depraved conduct of the lawless humanity in the world around him. He saw that the world was filled with violence (Hebrew: hamas), and God had told him, “YHVH saw that the wickedness of humanity was great upon the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” But Noah, vexed as he was, did not merely wring his hands in despair and worry, but accepted the odd divine commission to build an enormous ark in the sight of all his neighbors.

In the face of mockery and laughter, he and his sons constructed the craft that took a generation to erect. It seemed to the crowds comical and out of place, of no particular use whatever, a byword to all, far and wide. Until the time of a destructive flood that would consume the hordes of humanity, but would raise the ark and its inhabitants upon its waters.

There in the ark the obedient Noah and his family were enclosed for nearly a year, with neither wheel nor rudder, map or direction, with no promise of time or termination. They were entirely dependent upon the One who had called them to such a task. It was only that Captain of the ark who would deliver them to a yet unknown destination. But they had little time to fret, as they had been given the task of caring for the animals preserved upon that strange vessel, and daily went about that work, patiently waiting.

This is not unlike our own predicament at this troubled time in world history. We are vexed at the events occurring in our days, troubled at a worldwide pandemic threatening the world’s health and economies, and lawless anarchy and riots of discontent raging in the streets of America. Many are enclosed in our homes, unable to enjoy our simple previous entertainments, or even work in our professions. We do not know at all where this will lead us. But this has given all the perhaps unique opportunity and time to reflect and consider, and to adjust our priorities. Especially to consider the many admonitions we have heard from the mouth of the Prophets of God, and a fine opportunity to turn back to that same Captain who led and delivered Noah in his turbulent times. And to take on the tasks that God has asked of us.

“For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.” – Jesus

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Elhanan ben-Avraham, born in 1945, is a professional artist, poet, writer and father of two, grandfather of four, living in Israel since 1979. He has served in the IDF, taught the Bible internationally, published five illustrated books of poetry, painted two large Biblical murals in public buildings in Jerusalem, and most recently produced THE JERUSALEM ILLUSTRATED BIBLE, among many other works. He and his wife live in a quiet village in the Mountains of Judah.