Noah teaching February 19, 2014This evening we are going to read
We are all familiar with the story of Noah, how God used him to deliver a remnant thru the destruction of the flood, brought on by the evil found in the hearts of men. Tonight I want to look at it from the perspective of how it relates to us as brides who have made promises to live vows of spiritual poverty, chastity, and obedience.
We live in a world full of distractions. It is a fast-paced and often chaotic place. Yet, as those who have said to the Lord that we want to separate ourselves from that world and enter into a closer place with Him. The story of Noah has special meaning to us as we live in these times when we realize that we are living in perilous times when signs point toward His return soon, and the world is overwhelmed with violence as it was in the days of Noah. Also, we realize the hour is late for the world as watch right become wrong and wrong become right in the eyes of the world.
First, we see the obedience of Noah as he heard the word of God and acted upon it. We see the poverty in the life of a man who, in acting upon the word of God certainly brought ridicule and hurt to himself and his family, building a boat for a flood when no one understood the concept of the flood. Chastity is evident in the life of Noah as he had lived a life before God in the midst of the sin he was surrounded by.
Tonight we have prepared ourselves to receive from, and minister to, Christ through a period of silence. As I said earlier, we live in a loud, distracting world and so, in order to hear His voice, we must learn to quiet ourselves and shut out the noise around us. Then, having quieted ourselves to hear we too, like Noah, must be willing to obey and act upon what he is calling us to do.
Then what did He do with Noah? He brought him into the ark, the place of safety. He was separated from the world. Are we willing to be separate from the world as God is asking us to. After he had built the ark, Noah had to get into it along with his family and the animals that God sent, he was shut into the ark. Do you think that Ark was a pleasant place? It had to smell. It had to be crowded. But God was working a miracle every moment in that Ark. There is no way they could have air to breathe or food to eat for all those animals plus the people without it. There is no way they could have all been in there and had peace. When we follow God and allow Him to separate us from the world, He performs miracles in our lives moment by moment.
Then, after more than a year in the ark, and knowing that the land was exposed, he still waited for God’s word to open the door of the ark and come out. He was patient and obedient lest he comes out and sinks in the mud. How often do we find ourselves stuck in the mud in our lives when we are not seeking his direction for the moves in our lives?
Finally, after they finally emerged what did he do? He built an altar, he set up a place to meet God and offered sacrifice to him in. Do we recognize ourselves in Noah tonight or are we caught in the noise of the world, unwilling to enter in and separate ourselves to Him?
Fr. Nathaniel Maynard