“And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him went into the ark to escape the waters of the flood.” Gen 7:7
We come into life after the fall. We are given a long list of descendants of Adam from his son, Seth. The Earth is full of corruption, and God is becoming increasingly angry with humans to the point that He actually regretted making us (them), and He was grieved (Gen 6:6). Which means that God was in pain, He was mourning over the sin that the people were committing. He saw the intentions of their hearts were evil (Gen 6:5). However, there was one man that God found favor in, Noah. We are told in Gen 6:9 that Noah was righteous, blameless, and walked with God. Now, I haven’t watched that new Russell Crowe flick about this guy, but something tells me Noah may not have been portrayed the way scripture states. He was righteous. To be righteous is to be morally upright; without guilt or sin (today’s definition). Now, we know that the only person that ever lived a sinless life was Jesus Christ. God would be saying that Noah was upright morally.
There’s the setting. Naamah is married to the last righteous man on the planet! She is never named in scripture, but just known as Noah’s wife. Can I just say that had to be truly intimidating?! I mean, God blesses you with the one man that is living a life that is pleasing to the Lord. You are close to 500 years old, and you are seeing women being abused by the Nephilim. She is the mother to three boys. Momma Naamah and I have this in common (along with having Godly husbands). Three sons that are seeing manhandling women is okay, yet seeing a father that is completely against all the sinful acts they are witnessing.
It makes me think about the song, “Oh be careful little eyes what you see… what you hear…” She and Noah really had their work cut out for them raising children in a world that HAD NO OTHER RIGHTEOUS PEOPLE!
Wow, soak that in for a minute. We left off with Eve being the first to endure motherhood, the death of a child, and witness her curse played out. Now, we have Naamah. She doesn’t have a John Piper, Billy Graham, Charles Spurgeon, or Francis Chan to show as examples to her boys. She has Noah, only Noah. A father who leads by example while all the others do the opposite. He has no other men to help support his teachings. I say this not to downplay Noah, but I am so grateful to have the teachings of the men above to help my husband and I when we aren’t sure how to handle certain things. Noah and Naamah did have something awesome though. They had God directly talking to Noah.
But let’s be honest, Naamah is the man… I mean woman!
She follows her husband.
She submits to what he tells her God wants him to do.
She had to listen to people discrediting her husband.
She most likely had to defend his actions to her three sons and their three wives.
She helps gather food, animals, and supplies to make this huge ark.
She goes, lives in the ark, and stays in the ark for over 190 days…
As a mom who stays at home and homeschools 2 (soon-to-be 3) boys, I am blown away by this. Eight sinners stuck on a huge boat together with no one to leave for over 190 days. On top of that keeping animals fed, clean, and safe in such confines… *mind blown* I am a mom with 4 other sinners in our house, with one dog, a fish, a rabbit, thousands of mosquitoes (just kidding)… I don’t even compare to this lady’s hardship.
She witnesses God’s promise shown in the rainbow, and what a sight that must have been!
She endures Ham’s curse for his sin against her husband. Above all, Naamah gets to see her husband lead, fulfill God’s plan, worship God with the building of the altar, and watch as the Earth is repopulated with her grandchildren.
Naamah, you aren’t spoken of in this story known by so many, but something tells me that if you would have fought against your husband (Lot’s wife ring a bell) we would have been told. So, hats-off to you for trusting God and your husband after never knowing what rain or flood would look like, building an object that you have never seen, and teaching boys the truths of God to carry on that lineage.
You had to endure a husband, three sons, three daughter-in-laws, hundreds of animals, rain, while rocking in a smelly boat. You may have just been a superhero! Just maybe.