The wives of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth
Noah and the Ark is one of the most popular Bible stories. Noah lived at a time when wickedness reigned on the earth and all that every man saw, thought, heard, and did was evil. Their evilness broke the heart of God and made Him sorry that He had even created man so He determined to destroy them. He decided to send a flood that would kill everything and everyone on earth that contained the breath of life. Everyone except Noah. Noah was the only one righteous and because of his righteousness, he found grace in the eyes of the Lord. God told Noah to build an Ark to save himself and two of every kind of animal; and because Noah’s wife, three sons, and their three wives followed the righteousness of Noah, they would be saved too. Here is what we can learn from the four women who survived the Flood to become the second mothers of the human race.
1. These four wives did not follow the world. If Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons were not righteous, I am certain that God would have had them destroyed in the Flood. But these four did not follow the wicked example of the other women around them. They did not blend in to society by folding to corruption, violence, and sin. They were not part of the problem. They stood out. They were different.
Our world today is very much like Noah’s world. Evil is all around us. People do what is displeasing in the eye’s of God constantly. Blending in to what is going on wrong around us to be accepted or liked may seem like the easy thing to do, but it is not the right thing to do. God created us to blend out. We are apart of the solution. We need to be different.
2. These four wives had faith. It does not appear that Noah’s wife questioned what God had told her husband to do. She supported him and probably assisted him in Ark building which was a mammoth task. It did not take a day, a week, a month, or even a year to complete the Ark. Some same it took over 100 years. Having never seen rain before, these women might have wondered just how God was going to pull this Flood-thing off. But they were patient and remain faithful in a faithless world.
Our faith in God should not only be based on what we see. It should not be based on what others do. Regardless of how evil the world gets, we must remain faithful and live lives that are pleasing before Him. Just as God blessed these four wives because they followed Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth as they lived righteously before God; God will also bless us if we are obedient and faithful to Him.