Noah, Man, Myth or Lie

Isaiah 54:9 “For this is like the days of Noah to Me, When I swore that the waters of Noah would not flood the earth again; So I have sworn that I will not be angry with you Nor will I rebuke you.

Speaking of Noah, he has a Blockbuster film released in theaters this Spring starring Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly. It struck me when reading this verse a month or so ago that how ironic that so many Christians think of Noah and a mythological person like Bigfoot or elves, even when reading his story out of Genesis. (Kudos to the movie producers to try to keep as close to the Biblical story as possible.) What I found ironic when reading the above verse was that some Christians have little confidence in the veracity of the flood story itself and the person of Noah. Certainly God has no such qualms as seen in His quote.

How nice that God could remember His relationship with Noah so many years ago and not forget His old friend and could use the flood story as an example of how merciful he could be to those who possessed His covenant.

So you skeptics, be smug about who this guy is, just legend like the ogres, someone to fill out bedtime stories to your young ones to help then go to sleep, or keep Sunday School children amused for a class period. Go ahead, wink at the rest of us gulables. We can see that God was able to remember him, calling the event to mind so that He could console Israel that they had some remarkable final days to look forward that they might keep this hope in mind no matter what might come. But using fake history to promise a fake future simply doesn’t work and people see right through that and historically there has never been any successful outcome using it. So for God to talk about “these are like the days of Noah” if there really had never been any days of Noah, well, how could you put any trust in what He said?

[Scriptures taken from the New American Standard Bible © 1995]

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