The other night I watched Noah for the first time. While I know many liberties were taken with the script, I have to say it was done well. I honestly didn’t expect it to be all that great…maybe that’s why I found myself coming to the end thinking it was a pretty good depiction (imagery wise).
But it steered off course when it came to the story of Shem, Ham and Japheth, or as we know the populators of the human race post-flood. It didn’t actually play out in the movie as it does in Scripture. You see Ham questions why he doesn’t have a wife yet Shem has been provided for. He also points to his younger brother Japheth who will have no wife either when they board the ark. He even points to the animals being mated for re-population.
Noah lobs a whopper of a question back at his son when he points to the trees that were provided for building, and the animals as well (turning his son’s argument back on him), when he asks “Hasn’t He sent everything we need?”
God provided exactly what was needed at the appointed time. Not before it was time. He gave the wood. He sent the animals. He laid the plans on Noah’s heart and mapped them out in his mind. Here he was, a man building an ark in the midst of a drought. People mocked his choice, they doubted his sanity. They questioned his God and his use of his talents.
I can imagine that to be a difficult task for Noah. To undertake something with full dependence on God to provide. To show up and be present in every moment, every nail and every board. I can guess at the frustration Noah might have felt in building something…waiting on the promise God gave (as a judgement on the people). I wonder if in the quiet, long days Noah called out to God without a response. If he cried in the whys of this burden he now felt he was carrying. I wonder if he thought God had forgotten what he had given him to work on..to be.
Maybe God’s given you a promise that is ark-sized. Whether it is children, marriage, missions or any number of other calls for your life. To you, they are bigger than that ark, and holding all of you, your life, your dreams and hopes in it. Maybe…just maybe you (and I) are not at the point of deepest need for fulfillment of that promise. That you (and I) just think we’re at that point of most extreme need, and yet He knows we aren’t. He sees the entire unfolding of the plan and knows that His provision comes at the point of deepest need, as He defines it. Not you (or me).
So Abraham placed the wood for the burnt offering on Isaac’s shoulders, while he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them walked on together, Isaac turned to Abraham and said, “Father?”
“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.
“We have the fire and the wood,” the boy said, “but where is the sheep for the burnt offering?”
“God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son,” Abraham answered. And they both walked on together.
When they arrived at the place where God had told him to go, Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood on it. Then he tied his son, Isaac, and laid him on the altar on top of the wood. And Abraham picked up the knife to kill his son as a sacrifice. At that moment the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
“Yes,” Abraham replied. “Here I am!”
“Don’t lay a hand on the boy!” the angel said. “Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son.”
Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a thicket. So he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering in place of his son. Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means “the Lord will provide”). To this day, people still use that name as a proverb: “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
Genesis 22:6-14 (NLT)