Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Bible Women: Mrs. Noah part 1

But I will confirm my covenant with you. So enter the boat—you and your wife and your sons and their wives. Genesis 6:18

We don't know her name, and we often don't give her much thought, but Mrs. Noah is an important part of the flood story. In some ways her life was probably not much different than a wife and mother's life today. She cared for her husband and three sons. She fed, rocked, clothed and watched her sons grow up. She loved her husband and carefully prepared food for him. Life went on pretty much the same day after day.
Then came the day Noah got the message from the Lord. God was tired of man's sinful ways. He was going to send a flood to destroy the earth and start over with just Noah's family. God gave Noah specific instructions on how to build a boat to keep his family and pairs of animals safe during the flood.

For 120 years, Noah dedicated himself to building the ark. His son were probably involved in helping with preparing the wood and building also. What did Mrs. Noah do? Probably the same thing she had been doing—feeding, clothing and caring for her husband and sons. But she also must have wondered about the message her husband received from the Lord. Was it really true? How would she explain to her friends why her husband was building a huge boat? What would she say to those who questioned God's message and laughed at her family?
Mrs. Noah probably told her friends what God had said about destroying the earth, and it probably didn't make her very popular. Or perhaps she didn't have any friends because the other women were all living sinful lives.

Mrs. Noah may have had some doubts and questions, but she responded to God's message in faith and helped ready her family for their unusual journey.
Sometimes we don't understand why God does the things he does, but our job is to, like Mrs. Noah, obey and be willing to follow God's plans.

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