God chose Noah to be the saviour of a world that was destined for judgment; and through his work and witness a remnant was saved to repopulate a new earth.
Noah is one of the Old Testament characters specifically listed in Hebrews 11 as an example of a person of faith.
It is said in Hebrews 11:7 that he responded to God in an act of obedience with an attitude of holy fear – and in so doing became a pattern for us to follow.
One of the most difficult issues we face in our lives is the courage to be different and not conform to the crowd.
Genesis 6:11–12 records how the people on earth at that time were totally corrupt and violent: their thoughts were only of evil.
Noah stood out as a shining beacon through his lifestyle as the one exception of righteousness. He refused to join in with the wickedness of those around him.
God chose Noah to be the saviour of a race that was destined for judgment; and through his work and witness a remnant was saved to repopulate a new earth.
Example and type
He was, according to 2 Peter 2:5, a preacher of righteousness. In this respect he is a great example to us, for our responsibility is to preach the gospel of salvation regardless of how many people actually believe and join the Church.
Our holy lifestyle and fearless witness are to be a light in the darkness to those around us (Matt 5:14–16; Eph 5:8).
Noah is also a “type” of Christ. In other words, his life story in some way reflects the life and ministry of Jesus.
Noah prepared a way to escape the impending judgment of God for those who would believe and follow him.
The ark (big boat) itself was coated with pitch as a protective covering (Gen 6:14). The Hebrew word for pitch is kaphar and it is translated elsewhere in the Old Testament as atonement. It usually refers to the process where a sinful person is reconciled to God and protected or saved from judgment.
In the New Testament it is because of Jesus Christ, our ark of protection and atonement (1 Pet 3:20–21), that we are reconciled with God (Rom 5:11) and are saved from judgment (Jn 3:36).
The story of Noah's drunkenness only serves to prove that God is not looking for perfect people, but for those who, despite their human imperfections, have set their hearts to follow and obey Him as He enables them to.