The Noahs Ark Commission
The story of Noahs ark is still hotly debated all these years later. It captures the imagination of children, the contempt of the skeptic and the careful study of some in the scientific community.
Somehow, it appears as if it cannot be dismissed as a myth. Despite the vitriol directed at those who would be 'simple' enough to believe the Biblical account of Noahs ark, there is serious, ongoing scientific and archaeological inquiry. I am no expert on the latest research into this biblical event.
To me, it is a credible event because Jesus verified it saying, " Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.” Lk17: 26,27
I settled long ago the debate within me, deciding that Jesus was The Truth. He has since given me no reason to doubt Him or His word.
If He spoke of the flood as a historical event, then the story of Noahs ark, is not a myth.
So with that settled, what secrets can be gleaned from Noahs ark project that will benefit you, as a Christian artist?
The building of Noahs ark was an outstanding architectural endeavor that had to meet some very challenging parameters.
• Noah was no stranger to the voice of God. He had the sensitivity to listen and receive complex instructions for this mammoth project.
• Noah's righteousness qualified him to become God’s partner in this endeavor. That is a requirement for every joint venture with God.
• Noah exhibited implicit trust in God’s provision. The building of the ark required enormous amounts of material (there is no account of his arguing with God about a lack of supplies!)
• It is not clear how long it took to build Noahs ark, but it is possible to make an educated guess. Noah was 500 years old when he is first mentioned, and 600 at the time of the flood. So at a minimum, the ark took at least a hundred years of dedicated labor to build.
• Noah’s name meant ‘comfort’. His role was to offer the comfort of redemption to a world gone foul with sin.
His 100-year project was 'performance art' at its best. With every blow of the hammer, it proclaimed one message – “Repent, before the coming flood.”
• His hard labor was undoubtedly met with ridicule, or there would have been more people in the ark with him, or perhaps no flood at all.
Here are some conclusions that I’ve drawn. They may help you with your art.
• As you spend time in prayer and the study of His Word, you will familiarize yourself with God’s voice, as Noah did.
• If God was specific with Noah, He can be specific with you.
• Do not be daunted by the scope of God’s call. If God could bring the animals to Noah, provide every scrap of wood and bucket of pitch… He can supply you with ideas and tangible material supplies as the need arises.
• Apply yourself to the task, like Noah did. It will involve strenuous effort. Stay always conscious that your life’s body of work must be consistent.
Noah didn’t stop building his ark after 50 years, and in the next 50 build a tower instead!
Despite the long period of time that it took to build the Noah's ark, he faithfully kept at his task. His message never changed, and his work never lost fervor or urgency.
• Noah did not allow ridicule to steer him off course.
• Although each day with its sunrise and sunset seems the same, the clock is ticking. There will be a final completion to your entire artistic endeavor, and a testing of the fruit of your labor.
• God is the author and finisher of your artistic exploits. God summoned Noah as He summons you. He provides all the plans.
Scripture records that God had the final word – He closed the door of Noah’s ark, signifying the completion of the work.
On that final day when you stand before Him, let the record show that you too, like Noah, ‘did all that the Lord commanded.” Gen:7:5