We love our super heroes! Superman, Batman, Iron Man, the Tin Man (Oops he didn’t make it out of Oz!). Marvel comic books have spawned a billion dollar movie industry. When kids dress up for their annual foray to ask for candy, most of them will be dressed up as one of the recent Superheroes.
The Plot is normally the same. Earth is about to be destroyed by some force, often that force is so powerful no one seems to have the ability to stop the destruction. The populace cries out for a Deliverer! Who will deliver us from this destruction?
But before there was the Black Panther, Thor or Superman there is a chapter in the Bible that lists a group of people who were Superheroes. They all had one great characteristic. Their names are listed in Hebrews 11 and as each one is introduced these 2 words are used: BY FAITH.
Noah was one of those superheroes. He may have seemed kind of Clark Kentish to those who lived around him. From all accounts people mocked him, called him a fool or insane; but Noah turned out to be the only sane man around. He lived in a day in which man is graphically described as wicked and every intent of the thoughts of men’s heart was only evil continually. (Genesis 6:5). A day when the earth was corrupt and filled with violence (Genesis 6:11–12). It is the essence of sanity to take what God says seriously, and it is the insanity of sin that leads us to reject the Word of God.
There was a contrast between Noah and the rest of his generation. While everyone else around him sought and thought evil, Noah sought a relationship with God. In a time where destruction of others was continual, Noah lived a life of trustful obedience to God. Because of that steadfast faith, Noah became a deliverer.
Hebrews 11:7 says: By faith Noah, when he was warned about the things not yet seen, with reverent regard constructed an ark for the deliverance of his family. Certainly a time when there were many people hoping for and desiring deliverance.
he writer of Hebrews defines faith as the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). Faith, in this context, is a settled confidence of something as yet unseen but promised by God. Without faith in the promises of God, it is impossible to please Him. (Hebrews 11:6).
Noah is a landmark figure in the history of redemption because he was a living example of the just living by faith. The evidence of Noah’s faith is seen in his trusting God, believing in His word, and acting in obedience to God’s command to build the Ark. Noah’s story also demonstrates both judgment and salvation. God is a God of righteous judgment who must punish sin, but most wonderfully He is a God who delivers escape from His judgment. He did this for Noah by way of the Ark. Today, however, Jesus Christ is God’s way of escape from His judgment; He is the ark of our salvation, the door by which mankind must enter in to be saved.
The Flood is a horrifying account of judgment but also one of amazing deliverance. My life will be characterized by either one of these. Either I will trust Jesus as My Deliverer, or I will face the judgment of God for my sin.