I’m starting a new series for “Walking in the Way.” We’ll present different women from the Bible. See if you can guess who they are. Also, beyond figuring out who they are, let’s learn valuable spiritual applications from them. Are you ready? Here’s the first one:
She looks up from weeding outside their dwelling, surprised to hear his voice at this hour in the morning. “What did you say, Sweetheart?”
“Mumble mumble building mumble.”
“I didn’t quite hear you. Did you say something about a building?”
Her husband comes nearer and explains.
“Let me make sure I got this straight. You’re going to build something according to God’s plan.”
“It is going to be huge.”
“God has already given you precise instructions.”
“Yes, you got it.”
“And, while you build, you have a message for anyone curious about your project.”
“Okay, when do you start?”
“That’s great, Honey, but you do realize you’re getting up in age.”
“I’m keeping fit.” He makes a muscle, and she laughs and nods. He does look good.
“You’ll be fitter with this project.” She momentarily turns her head, smiles to herself, and pivots back to face him.” Are you hungry? Lunch salad’s ready, and there are berries for dessert. The kids are already inside.”
Fifty years later, her husband continues to pound pegs, measure, and design stalls, cages, and storage areas. The magnificent structure can be seen from far away, and her husband continues to preach. “God will judge the earth. Repent!” All the while, he prays for revival and keeps on working.
Their three boys grow up, marry, and their wives chime in to help in the work. More than mere moral support, the four women cook, sweep shavings, carry water, and encourage their men. They also share God’s message with their friends, “Judgment is coming. Repent. Come with us. God has provided salvation.”
But no one listens.
Some even mock and laugh.
The old man walks with God. He does everything God commands him to do.
And God says to him, But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee (Genesis 6:18).
One cloudy day, the family enters, along with a menagerie of peaceful animals—some of every kind on the earth. When everyone gets aboard, a hand from heaven seals the door. Almost immediately, the skies and the fountains inside the earth open. The woman looks up at her six-hundred-year-old, still-beautiful man and smiles. She turns into his strong arms and swipes at the tears that begin to flow.
A few hours later, water is already sloshing against the bottom of their brand new dwelling as the sounds of beating the door and screaming assault her ears.
The flood has begun … and all their friends are lost.
Many years later, New Testament writers would mention this man and his family.
- In Hebrews 11:7, he’s named as a hero of the faith—By faith … being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
- 1 Peter 3:20—Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of (this man), while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
- 2 Peter 2:5—And spared not the old world, but saved … the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly.
I’m sure you’ve guessed by now. Who is this Bible woman? What can we learn from her?