Looking Foolish… or Courageous?

Posted: October 14, 2013 in Looking Foolish...
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So were these guys foolish or did they just do foolish things and… does that in and of itself make them foolish? Or… quite possibly it was something else?

Courage and foolishness are sometimes mistaken for each other. Ambrose Redmoon’s quote helps me to differentiate the two. “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”

Noah was on my list. When God created the earth, there was no rain. Genesis 2 says… the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth, but streams (or mists) came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. But, now there was a problem with the people. They were wicked and God decided to send a flood to cleanse the earth. He spoke to Noah who was the only one listening at the time. Genesis 6:1-22 says that, Noah should build a boat, and Noah did as God commanded.

Some interesting facts concerning this undertaking. Noah was 480 years old when he started to build the ark and i’m concerned about starting over at 62. Noah had no children for the first 20 years of building the ark. It took 120 years for Noah to build the ark which he and his family were only on for just over one year. They sat in the ark after it was done for seven days before one drop of rain fell. The ark had no means of control for where it went. There was no rudder, no sail, it was simply a floating vessel.

So, what’s that look like?

Noah’s out working on this boat with his sons. This is going to be a big boat, 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high, plus the roof, which is comparable to a 5 story building. All that for eight people and some animals. Along come some guys from town. They want to see what Noah’s up to. “Hey, Noah!”, “Whatcha doing?” Noah replies, “building an ark, a boat.” They respond, “Uh, Noah, the water is way over there. How are you going to get the boat from here to the water?” Noah replies, “I’m not. God is going to send water falling down from the sky, and it’s going to flood the whole earth. I’m building the ark to save me and my family and the animals.” “Water falling down from the sky?” “Noah your being foolish, you’ve gone crazy.” “You’ve got to be joking! Water has never fallen from the sky!” “God’s never done that before!” “Well”, Noah replies, “God is going to do a new thing. He is going to flood the Earth. You should repent and get ready.”

At this point, the guys go back to town, laughing and talking about “that crazy Noah, what a fool”.

Now, the rest of the story…

Matthew 24:38-39 “For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark, and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away.

The people didn’t have a clue, not because they weren’t told, but because they used their free will to ignore what God was saying. They didn’t know, because they did not want to know. They didn’t listen.

There is no record of Noah having any fear or feeling foolish regarding the task that God had given him other than he was a mankind. Previously I said that Noah was the only one listening to God at the time and perhaps that in and of itself gave him the courage and the peace of mind to just do it as Nike says.

Noah was a “foolish” man, to those around him. But Noah was the only one at the time listening to God and doing what God wanted him to do, regardless of looking foolish. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:25)

What looked foolish to man — “you’re building a what?” — was wise before God.

“There’s a fine line between courage and foolishness. Too bad it’s not a fence”


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