Noah: The Man, The Movie, The Message


Noah movie with Russell Crowe

Noah’s wife Naameh (Jennifer Connelly) and Noah (Russell Crowe)
(Photo: Paramount Pictures)

Thank you for joining me in looking at Noah, the man, the movie, and the message.  I could easily write at least six or eight posts, but I’ll kept it to this one.

Noah: The Man

According to the Bible, Noah was a preacher of righteousness, who urged people to follow God during the 100 years when he labored to build the ark (without the help of deformed, stony “fallen angels”). Instead of being aloof from those around him, I imagine he went out to appeal to them to trust in God, or at least spent time talking with those who came out to see him.  (I’m sure Noah was a bit of a spectacle to his neighbors, as he built a huge boat on dry ground.)

And speaking of neighbors, all of the people living at the time were his relatives, and even close relatives.  Knowing that God was going to judge the wickedness of man, he would’ve sought out opportunities to urge his cousins, aunts, and nephews to look to God. He definitely separated himself from their evil practices, but he also talked to them extensively about what pleases God.

My mental image of Noah is a man of courage, faith, and hope, yes, but also a patient man, and certainly not a tortured individual.

His courage was not the kind that stood at a closed door battling to keep people out, instead he stood by an open door for 100 years urging people to come in, even when they mocked him. With courage and compassion, he pleaded with people to turn from their wickedness and back to their Creator (Who closed the door to the Ark to spare Noah that gut-wrenching responsibility).

Noah had faith in God Who spoke clearly to him, detailing the dimensions of the Ark, and how to build it, before the Flood, and Who also gave Noah a promise and a blessing after the Flood. The god of the movie was mostly silent and left Noah floundering with a twisted interpretation of what Noah thought God wanted him to do.

Noah was not an embattled man, estranged from his family because of his resolve to “obey” God, and then mentally tortured with his “failure” to do so. Noah is included in Hebrews 11 which lists those who had great faith in God.

Noah: The Movie

The movie really had a hopeless shroud over it, so it’s surprising that “hope” was part of the Noah movie’s tagline. It even left out the great symbol of hope, the first rainbow, and God’s promise that He would never again destroy the Earth and all living creatures with a global Flood.

The movie is not a biblical account of Noah and the Flood.  It’s not even a good fantasy movie if it attempted to be at least that much.

Noah: The Message

Here’s just a few of the movie’s messages:

  • a debate about whether people are good or evil
  • the false notion that God sent the Flood simply to save innocent animals
  • a false depiction of the biblical account
  • an erroneous portrayal of God Himself

Look with me at just one of these, and the most crucial, Who is God. The Bible describes Him better than I ever could in Colossians 1 : 15 – 17 (NLT):

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.

God cares about all life, not just “innocent animals,” caring most of all for us, asking us to take care of the Earth and its creatures, certainly, but most importantly, to bring people to Him so that they might be spared His coming judgment on evil and so they can know Him and how beautiful and compassionate He really is.

For God did not spare even the angels who sinned. He threw them into hell, in gloomy pits of darkness, where they are being held until the day of judgment.  And God did not spare the ancient world—except for Noah and the seven others in his family. Noah warned the world of God’s righteous judgment. So God protected Noah when he destroyed the world of ungodly people with a vast flood…. So you see, the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials, even while keeping the wicked under punishment until the day of final judgment. ~ 2 Peter 2: 4 – 5, 9 (NLT)

NOTES:

  • Read the story of the Flood in Genesis chapters 6 through 9.
  • I also recommend reading 2 Peter 3 to learn how important Noah’s Flood is today as we look forward to the soon return of Christ. God has judged mankind before in the Garden of Eden and also through the Flood. He will judge again soon at the end of this age, but before you go through that judgment, God offers to restore your relationship with Him. Want to know more? Read this simple explanation.
  • This photo and other sharable images from the movie are available athttp://www.noahmovie.com/gallery.

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