By faith Noah, built a boat the length of 1 1/2 football fields (Hebrews 11:7). Batterson says that “Not until the late 19th century did a ship that size get constructed again. Yet the 30:5:3 design ratio is still considered the golden mean for stability during storms at sea. The internal volume of the ark was over 1.5 million cubic ft, the equivalent of 569 boxcars. If the average animal was the size of a sheep, it had the capacity for 125,000 animals. To put that into perspective, there are 2,000 animals from 400 different species at the National Zoo in Washington, DC. That means you could fit 60 National Zoos on board Noah’s ark!” (All In, p. 94).
Not only did it require brains and brawn, but “Mensa amounts of creative genius” to build the world’s first boat. No instruction manual was provided. Backbreaking work with “buckets of blood, sweat, and tears.” Nothing in comparison to the amount of FAITH required.
Batterson asks, “Who builds a boat in the desert? Who hammers away at something they might not even need? Who banks their entire future on something that has never happened before?” You ask why did it take 120 years? Noah had to plant the trees first. He waited until they were fully grown before he cut them down and sawed them into planks to build the boat.
Batterson uses Noah as an example of “going all out for God.” This was no sprint for Noah. It was a marathon. No 15 minutes of fame for Noah! He did not care about “public opinion.”
Here is an example of “LONG OBEDIENCE.” When you come to the end of your life, will you be able to say, “I did what I was supposed to do.” Noah did what God commanded him to do. He’s in the Faith Hall of Fame because he gave his life to what God called him to do. “Sawing planks and hammering nails were acts of obedience. AND WHEN EVERYTHING WAS SAID AND DONE, IT WAS THE LONGEST ACT OF OBEDIENCE RECORDED IN SCRIPTURE.” Noah’s one act of obedience took 43,800 days!
Batterson quotes Dr. Martin Luther King on page 96: “If it falls your lot to be street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo composed music; sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will have to pause and say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper, who swept his job well.'”
For more go to Genesis 6.
David F. Nixon, D.Min.
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