These are the records of the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his lifetime; Noah walked with God. – Genesis 6:9
“Help! Eight people adrift on the sea. No rudder, no sails. Is anyone out there?”
Think about it. There are no written records dating back to the time before the flood. No one has found a note in a bottle washed up on some distant shore, no fragments with a frantically scrawled message. And yet, on opposite sides of the globe, there are ancient tales of a global cataclysm, a flood that destroyed everything.
“Get out’a here! Are you telling me that you actually believe in the flood, in Noah and the Ark? Unashamedly, my answer is “yes.”
This week’s Scripture portion is known as Noach (Noah). It opens with the words, “These are the records of the generations of Noah.” This is not the first time we have seen something like this, nor will it be the last. Eleven times throughout Genesis, God inspired Moses to tell us that he was telling us the story of a particular individual, connecting him to the people who lived before him. These eleven records are called toldot.
Until the time of Noah, throughout a thousand years of human history beginning with Adam and Eve, people told the real-life stories of the those who came before them. Generation after generation, the old instructed the young about what had happened before they were born. The stories of they told were powerful because they believed them. Those things of which they spoke happened, and the people who told the stories wanted their hearers to know with absolute certainty that they actually happened. The lives of the people they loved depended on their believing the story of God’s glory.
Lamech, Noah’s father made sure that Noah knew the stories of those who came before him. Because he believed those stories…
Noah was a righteous man.
Noah was blameless in his lifetime.
Noah walked with God.
I thank God for Lamech and those storytellers who came before him. May the same be said of me.
Think About It
Why are stories that are told well so powerful in communicating truth?
How have the true stories you have been told about your family impacted the way that you look at the world around you today?
What are you doing to prepare yourself to tell the grand story of God to the people God has placed in your life?