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What Made Noah’s Boat Float

    Can you answer this question, "Who was the greatest financier in the Bible?" Answer: Noah — he was floating his stock while everyone else was in liquidation." Already heard that one? Try this: Why couldn't they eat apples on Noah's ark? Answer: Because they only came in pairs! One more: Which animal on Noah's ark had the highest level of intelligence? Answer: The giraffe (if you don't get it, don't tell anyone!). So, you consider yourself up to speed on Noah? Consider this serious question: Why did Noah's boat float? The short answer, of course, is God. God is the Omnipotent Power behind every supernatural and humanly undoable thing ever done and recorded in the Bible. The God who revealed Himself to us through the Written Word (2 Timothy 3:15-17) and the Living Word (John 1:1, 14, 18) is not a pygmy god, bound by or limited to or capable of only what human reason (unaided by revelation) can conceive. No. It was God Almighty who ordained the awesome, catastrophic, world-wide flood that destroyed everything and everybody in whose nostrils was the breath of life, save Noah and his family. And it was the same Almighty God who made the ark float and preserved Noah's life. (Genesis 6-8)

    But why did God make Noah's boat float? Consider this answer: "But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD... Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.... Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did... By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith" (Genesis 6:8-9, 22; 7:1; Hebrews 11:7). God made the ark float because it served His purposes, and because of the faith and character and obedience of the man named Noah! What if Noah had discarded divine blueprints for the ark (Genesis 6:13-18)? How long would his big boat have floated if instead of doing "according to all that the Lord commanded him," he had built "according to all that pleased himself?" Or if, instead of preaching what was right (2 Peter 2:5), he had preached the populist message, "Build and board the ark of your choice. After all, one boat is good as another"? Today, some have scrapped the Divine plan revealed in the Bible for the church and her worship and the plan of salvation she is to preach. The guiding principle often seems to be what people want more than what pleases God. The Biblical plan is abandoned and a new approach to interpreting Scripture is adopted that permits and even celebrates the building of a plurality of religious boats, and a promise that all of them will float. The result is a flood of religious division and pluralism where even believers in Christ are divided into scores of religious bodies that teach conflicting and confusing doctrines about God and Christ and the church. In view of all this, let us re-commit ourselves to "hold fast to the pattern of sound words" (2 Timothy 1:13) as we "continue in the apostles' doctrine" (Acts 2:42). Only then can we stay afloat when God's judgement finally comes.

    Dan Gulley
    Smithville church of Christ