How can we be resilient in the face of great trouble? How can we survive the justice of God? None of us are perfect or deserve any special protection and yet in the story of Noah, God chooses imperfect people to survive and build society again. We learn in this story it takes faithful courage to live in a way that is different to the values of the culture around us and fatihful courage to survive and build again. This is the common calling of all God’s people. [Audio | Notes]
For further thought
Q: What convictions make people resilient in times of trouble?
Q: What were Noah’s convictions?
Q: Noah is not depicted as a perfect man (e.g. 8.20 & 9.19f) why then does he find grace from God (6.8) and is called a righteous man? (6.9)
Q: Why is the whole earth judged (6.11f) and what changes are put I place after the flood to preserve the earth and to limit human wrongs? (7.18-9.6)
Q: Hebrews 11.7 describes Noah’s life as a work of preaching – how is the Christian life like this?
Q: Christ’s cross is where the judgement of God has fallen for all people, including those in Noah’s time (1 Peter 3.18-22). How is walking with God, by the death and resurrection of Jesus, similar and different to Noah’s experience of survival? How is this our resilience?