1. When men began too increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them,
2. the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful and they married any of them they chose.
3. Then the Lord said, "My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal, his days will be a hundred and twenty years.
4. The Nephilim were on the earth in those days-and also afterward-when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.
5. The Lord saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.
6. The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.
7. So the Lord said, "I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth-men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air-for I am grieved that I have made them."
8. But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
9.This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God.
10. Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.
11. Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight and was full of violence.
12. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways.
13. So God said to Noah, "I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.
14. So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out.
15. This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high.
16. Make a roof for it and finish the ark to within 18 inches of the top. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks.
17. I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish.
18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark-you and your sons and your wife and your sons' wives with you.
19. You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you.
20. Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive.
21. You are to take very kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them."
22. Noah did everything just as God commanded him.
I find myself trying to imagine what was going through Noah's wife's mind while all this was happening. Was she so completely confused and worried? Was she so in tune with God herself that she knew that this was the right thing to be doing? Was she simply humoring Noah, thinking that nothing would come of this wild idea of his? Or were they were working together in agreement toward a common goal?
We really aren't given a enough information in this passage to know but we know enough of the story to know that in the end Noah saved the lives of his entire family as well as the continuation of the human race. How is that for having a husband to be proud of. Granted, there weren't too many people left to brag about it too, but . . . they were alive.
It makes me think about myself and my reactions to my own husband when he wants to go in a direction that I am not sure of. I think I am sometimes guilty of forgetting that God works through him too. It's all too easy when living with someone day in and day out, seeing all the faults and foibles along with all the wonderful things that made me come to love him in the first place to discount or minimize his opinions and beliefs. And when that happens I lose the blessings that God wants to give to me through the leading He is giving my husband.
So, Doug, if you decide to build an ark in the back yard tomorrow . . . well . . I'll try to be supportive.