In my first blog entry, I established the idea that from the very beginning of creation, the command of our Creator was to basically "make a next generation, and teach them about the Kingdom of God." The Kingdom always belongs to the next generation! For that to happen, however -- for you to play your part in making sure the Kingdom of God passes to your next generation -- it is very important how you live in your generation. From Adam to Noah we see that the Kingdom was passed from one generation to the next by those that chose to stay close to YHWH; and in the case of Noah, despite all the temptations of an unrighteous world around him, he alone held onto the Kingdom in his heart and in his ways (Genesis 7:1.) In fact, how he walked with YHWH in his generation ensured that there would even BE a next generation to continue the Kingdom.
So what did Noah do? How did he behave in his generation in order not to hinder the next generation from even existing? Well first, he simply walked with God. Like Enoch before him, he chose, on a day to day basis, to walk with God while every one around him was going their own way. That alone is not easy. The world around us is constantly bombarding us with temptations to head off the path. Our flesh would certainly be more gratified. It's way easier to go with the crowd. But Noah didn't. He remained wholehearted to YHWH -- even before he knew that the time of the world's judgment was at hand.
Noah was righteous. This means he was in right standing before God, and that he lived righteously before God. Yep, it's both. The same is true for us. We need to be in right standing before YHWH, and walk righteously in His presence. How? Right standing comes from being in Messiah Yeshua, right walking comes from obedience to His Torah.
Which brings up the next point: Noah was obedient. The Word says that Noah did all that YHWH commanded him (Genesis 6:22.) Yeshua said that if you love HIm, you would obey His commands (John 14:15.) Walking right before God by obeying His commandments will certainly preserve you in your generation, and set the example for your next generation. Talk about unhindered!
Noah was righteous, Noah was blameless, Noah was obedient; and because he was all these things, he was in the best position in his generation to prepare the next generation for the coming of YHWH. Oh yes, He was most certainly coming! For those who would desire to walk in His ways, He would bring salvation. For those who rejected Him, He would bring judgment. And Noah knew that his purpose was to make a way for both to happen. By obediently building the ark, he proclaimed both salvation from sin, and judgment for sin. For those seeking salvation, he had Good News!
Noah was a prophet in the same sense as Isaiah and John the Baptizer. Isaiah was the epitome of the prophets in the Tanak that proclaimed both salvation and judgment as part of the same Good News. And what was John the Baptizer's task? Well, here's what his daddy pronounced over him:
"And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace." Luke 1:76-79 (ESV)
Noah was all these things. As the shadow of death was passing over the world he lived in, he proclaimed the Kingdom of God, and prepared the way for His coming -- and he did so for his generation, and the next. This is our task as well. We are to both fulfill this task ourselves, and pronounce this task over our children as Zechariah did with John.
Walk with God. Be righteous before God. Obey God. Proclaim God. Proclaim the judgment of God. Most importantly, proclaim the Salvation of God, Yeshua Messiah! As Bearry Sheet tells us in The Rest of the Flood Story: "Yeshua is your ark. You can be safe and at rest in Yeshua, like Noach was safely at rest in the Ark." That message is our greatest task.
Prepare your generation and your next generation for the now and coming Kingdom of God! For the sake of not hindering the next generation, be Noah in yours.