The story of Adam and Eve explains death. Eve told the serpent they would die if they ate the fruit, and that is exactly what happened. They instantly died spiritually because their communication with God was cut off. No more long walks and talks. Gradually, their bodies died. They were designed to live forever in their glorious state in the magnificent garden, but their bodies returned to dust. Man, in his crowning glory of having learned to control his world, at his peak of dominion, starts to decline and finally ends in a mad dash rush for death.
Am I saying that if we learn to obey God, and we relinquish all our worldly knowledge to obtain all the spiritual knowledge in the Bible, if we take responsibility for the mess we’ve made of the life we were given, and we submit our lives to living like the Bible says, that we will live forever? Yes, that’s exactly what I’m saying. The first lesson we find is that we must be born again. We must become a baby in the arms of our triune God. How do we do that? By humbling ourselves in front of our Heavenly Father and receiving Jesus Christ, His Son, as our Lord, as the one who saves us from ourselves.
Noah, to my mind, is an excellent example of someone who learned to live God’s way. He heard from God—build a boat. There were no waters on the earth. Mist watered the plants. No one had ever built anything designed to float, yet Noah followed instructions. He didn’t try to impose his own plans for this construction. He witnessed to other citizens that soon all hope would be gone, and the ark was the only means of survival. They laughed at him, but he did not change his talk, nor his walk. He kept the door opened to the ark until God shut it, and all those citizens drowned. He was a patient man beyond any level of patience I’ve ever known.
And talk about faith! God spoke, and he believed; but what I see is that Noah did not adhere so much to the words God spoke as he did to the God who spoke the words. He could not see into the future when all of God’s promises would belong to him, what he seemed to know is that all of God’s promises were already complete, and it only took his living relationship with God to bring those promises into living existence.
Thank you, Noah!