Summary: The story of Noah is another example of God’s holy character which must punish sin and his overwhelming grace that permits humanity to survive. I begin with a TV commerical from years past about peanut butter cups with Noah and the flood as background.
In Jesus Holy Name April 27, 2008
Text: Genesis 6:5-8,13-18 Redeemer
“Noah: What Happened to All the Unicorns?”
Today our world is colored and shaped through the lens of a camera. Television affects us all. Through television we gain knowledge about our world, our history and geography. We are entertained by National Geographic Specials or the Disney Channel. We gain almost instantaneous information and pictures from Afghanistan, India or anywhere our reporters happen to be.
Commercials can also entertain us and motivate us to purchase specific merchandise. There are always commercials that stay with us longer than others. One of my favorite commercials is an advertisement for Reeses’s Peanut butter cups. It’s a short commercial.
Two men, dressed in mid-eastern clothing, are sitting inside an adobe or stone building. There’s excitement in their voice. One is sitting with a large jar of peanut butter and other is holding a bar of chocolate. They have just made a discovery by combining the taste of the chocolate and peanut butter.
They are very excited and say: “Let’s tell Noah!” The scene shifts to the window where one sees rain pouring down and one hears the clap of thunder. “Well, let’s wait until the rain stops.” The narrator then states: “the world had to wait another 3000 years to discover the taste of chocolate and peanut butter.
The commercial was created with a sense of humor, to encourage you to make a decision. They want you to buy Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. The commercial idea was based on a story in Genesis 6-9. Genesis tells the story of a man name Noah. It is a story about a decision and divine judgment.. (Read Genesis 6:5-8)
Humanity was filled with wickedness. Men and women were consumed with evil thoughts and actions. Your daily newspaper carries the endless evil actions of human beings in our own community. The judgment of God came against evil and all humanity, except for Noah, “Who found favor in God’s eyes.”
Martin Luther wrote: “In the midst of sin and punishment grace intervenes to (save the human race.) God allowed grace to prevail so as to modify His cruel and final threat.”
The story of Noah and the Ark is really a story about God’s judgment against sin and evil behavior, and about God’s grace. God is holy. He can not be contaminated by sin. Holiness describes both the majesty of God and the purity and moral perfection of His nature. Holiness is one of His attributes; that is, holiness is an essential part of the nature of God. God’s holiness if perfect freedom from all evil. We say that gold is pure when all dross has been refined from it. In this manner we can think of the holiness of God as the absolute absence of any evil. (The Pursuit of Holiness p. 26 Jerry Bridges)
When people hear or read the story of Noah and how God destroyed the human race with the exception of Noah’s family, they might think that God is unfair. They might question God’s actions and wonder why a “good “God would destroy so many. This is the devil’s lie. This is what the devil said to Eve. He essentially told her: “God is being unfair to you.” If God is perfectly holy, then we can be confident that His actions are always perfect and just.