In our series, The Cloud, our main focus has been on examining the faith of the great cloud of witnesses listed in Hebrews 11 and discerning ways their faith stories carry significant contributions to our own. To do this, we have been moving line by line, person by person, and this week we arrive at Noah.
In my opinion, none of the other faith stories listed in the cloud have created as much controversy and confusion as Noah's story. Like many of the challenges we may have with what we find in the Scriptures, the bulk of this discord stems from looking for answers to questions the text is not asking. With the case of Noah's story, we can often fall prey to seeking answers to questions of science and natural history as an attempt to prove or disapprove Noah's narrative, but in doing so, we may miss the fact that the author of Genesis was not concerned with the science or history of Noah's story, but the theology of his story. In other words, the author's purpose in telling the story was to communicate to Israel who the God is that they have come to know, what his intentions are with the earth and humankind, and what his invitation was to them.
I believe that when zoom out and listen to the questions and answers the original hearers were wrestling with, not only does the truth of Scripture become more trustworthy, it becomes more beautiful and powerful. In fact, it becomes transformative!
Join us this Sunday as we take a deep dive into examining the faith of Noah, discerning and acting on its implications for our own lives.