May 13 & 14, 2917/Noah’s Wife

So, it is Mother’s Day weekend.

Sunday means a day of cards, flowers, candy, breakfast in bed, dinner at a restaurant, etc.

What a bunch of hokey.

As honoring your mother is written in one of the Ten Commandments (along with your father) did we really need to ‘set aside’ a day to BUY, BUY, BUY, in order to show appreciation for our mothers?

No.

What we NEED is the daily recognition of how women affect men, support men, and sometimes, sacrifice their own needs for the good of their sons, fathers, and husbands.

This isn’t the modern feminisim that has become so popular. Women don’t need to be LIKE a man. We are NOT like men. Sorry, Charlie, but we are DIFFERENT. It always amazes me that those who are so strident in their so-called ‘beliefs’ about allowing everyone to ‘Do their own thing’ are the same ones who are so enraged when others don’t fall in with their views.

Sometimes, women are overlooked…and nowhere in the Bible do you have a more perfect illustration of this than when you look at Noah.

Noah gets a message from God (okay, how? A dream? A voice? Did he have the first text message?) HOW it was delivered is not written. What IS written is that God chose him to be of service and His directions were pretty darn explicit.

Genesis 6: 5-9-And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

Noah found grace with God because he was just….but he also found time to have three sons. Obviously, Noah’s wife must have had a part in all this. Yet, she isn’t even mentioned.

This woman deserves a bit of acclaimation here. She has a husband and three sons to take care (that makes FOUR men in the household–probably with dirty feet who toss their robes all over her nicely swept dirt floors; scratch in places they shouldn’t when they think no one is looking; burp after eating; and generally expect to be waited on!)

Right HERE, we know this woman has already accumulated the patience of Job. FOUR men! I doubt this unknown woman stops working until she falls onto her sleeping pallet. Meals to cook. Clothes to wash. A household to keep going. AND, let us not forget that the hearts and thoughts of those around the neighborhood were bent on evil…so who would she have to share her complaints with? It sounds to me as if there were few chances for a bit of ‘girl talk’.

Genesis 6: 13-19- And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it. And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die. 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. And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.

I swear that when I read this passage I can practically hear Noah’s wife screeching, “Wwhhaatt?? God said to do what, again? Are you sure? You? You, the one who carries on when you hit your thumb? You are going to buid a gigantic boat? Then, you are going to stick me with overseeing four men, daughters-in-law (who probably all have their own ‘issues’) and THEN I’m expected to run a household filled with a host of animals who don’t get along….all while cooped up on a gigantic boat.

Would anyone blame this woman if she took off? I mean, seriously, Noah gets all the acclaim, MRS. NOAH gets all the work. If that just doesn’t illustrate a woman’s lot, nothing does.

Ah, what we women do for love. The lady HAD to have loved her husband. Otherwise, she would have found some way to bop him over the head with a rock and claim he stubbed his toe and fell into into the side of the house.

Genesis 7:6-And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth. 

Six hundred years…we know people married at a young age during this time…so she is with this same guy a long, long time. Ladies, it HAD to be love. I’m surprised Mrs. Noah hasn’t become a babbling nutcase. She’s heard the same stories over and over; laughed at the same jokes; cooked the same foods he enjoys; shared his bed (probably more than three times, let’s be honest here!) and now this wonderful gray-haired guy is going to lock her up in a boat for forty days…and she doesn’t even get NAMED IN THIS STORY????

Eve, after all she did, gets named.

Rahab gets named (and her reputation and lifestyle is not one to boast about!)

Noah’s wife–NO NAME.

That’s it???

If anyone, anywhere, at any point in history deserved to have been named, I think that this woman was entitled. Sadly, it was not meant to be. Noah’s wife stands as an illustration that a woman’s contributions were often overlooked from the beginning.

Get used to it, ladies.

There are millions of women whose contributions to the world and society are overlooked…but when WE celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend, I suggest that we stop and take a moment to honor MRS. NOAH…because if EVER there was a woman who deserved to be pulled out from the trenches of omission and celebrated with a bit of pampering, it HAS to be Mrs. Noah.

I think it’s time, don’t you?

I’m celebrating Mrs. Noah’s day tomorrow….

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