Have you ever seen the famous Mount Rushmore? Mount Rushmore (also known as the President’s Mountain) is located in the Black Hills of Keystone, South Dakota. It is famous for its sculpture of four famous presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. The monument was completed and ready for dedication in the fall of 1941 and is visited by more than 3 million people every year.
The four presidents whose faces are on the monument were selected because of their significance to our country.
- George Washington was our first president and represented the foundation of American democracy.
- Thomas Jefferson greatly expanded the nation with the Louisiana Purchase. He was also the author of the Declaration of Independence.
- Theodore Roosevelt represented the industrial development of the nation. He was also widely known for his conservative efforts.
- Abraham Lincoln was the president during the US Civil War. He represented the preservation of our nation at all costs.
When it comes to leadership and influence for our nation, these four presidents are considered by many to be the cream of the crop. Their positive contributions to U.S. history can never be overstated.
But what about when it comes to biblical history? If you were to make a Mount Rushmore of Bible characters who would you put on it? Who do you believe are some of the main people God has used throughout the centuries to accomplish His will and secure our salvation?
Starting with this blog, we want to set out on a journey to discover some of the most influential servants of God in the scriptures. We want to learn some basic facts about them and highlight some of the key lessons we can learn.
The first person we need to put on the biblical mountain is Noah.
- Noah is first mentioned in the Bible in Genesis 6:28. His father was Lamech and his grandfather was Methuselah (the oldest person in the Bible). We are never told Noah’s mother’s name.
- Noah was the tenth generation descendant of Adam. Adam was the first person created by God (Genesia 2:15-20).
- Noah has three sons – Shem, Ham and Japheth (Genesis 9:20).
- Due to the extreme wickedness on the earth in Noah’s time, God decided to destroy all flesh with a worldwide flood. But since Noah found favor with God, the Lord told him to build an ark to survive the flood (Genesis 6:13-21). By faith, Noah obeyed all that God commanded him (Genesis 6:22).
- For about 100 years Noah spent most of his time building the ark. He also preached repentance, but the wicked generation ignored him (2 Peter 2:5).
- For forty days rain fell upon the earth. After 150 days the waters from the flood began to recede. On the seventeenth day of the seventh month (exactly five months after the flood began) the ark came to rest on Mt. Ararat (Genesis 7-8).
- Several months later God instructed Noah and his family (his wife, three sons, and three daughter-in-laws) to depart from the ark. Noah was to also release the living creatures so they could repopulate the earth (Genesis 8:13-19).
- After leaving the ark, Noah built an altar and sacrificed to God. God then made a covenant to Noah and his descendants that He would never again destroy all flesh with a flood (Genesis 8:20-9:17).
From Noah’s story we find many important lessons.
- There is a lesson about faith. From Noah we see that faith that pleases God is one that not only believes in God, but it also obeys Him. Noah had never seen a worldwide flood. And yet, he believed God’s promise and built the ark (Hebrews 11:6). Do we have faith like Noah?
- There is a lesson about faithfulness. When it came to preparing the ark, Noah did “according to all that God had commanded him…” (Genesis 6:22). This is why he was preserved.
- There is a lesson about the future. Remember God promised to never again destroy all flesh with a flood. The rainbow in the sky was a sign of this promise (Genesis 9:12-17). Next time God will destroy all flesh with fire! This will occur when Jesus returns and the world is completely destroyed (2 Peter 3:10). We need to be preparing for that day (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38)!
Noah is one of the most important figures in the Bible. Through him and his three sons God hit the reset button on the entire human race. In our next blog we will fast forward several generations and make some important observations concerning Abraham.
– Shawn Jeffries