Noah

Since watching Noah, I’ve thought a lot about what I want to say. I’m not going to write about the biblical accuracy. I’m not going to write about whether Christians should see it or boycott it. There are plenty of other articles by those more qualified that will argue both sides. These are simply truths that have come to mind regardless of how presenting them in the film changed the Biblical story.

Symbolism is an extremely powerful communication tool with one example from Noah screaming at me. A snake skin was chosen to be the tool used to pass the family blessing down through the generations beginning with Adam. This is a detail I didn’t understand and disliked until the meaning finally clicked.

Why would a snake skin be used as a tool for blessing? A snake was used as the tool for the original fall. But as it turned out, the snake skin was a stroke of genius. What better item would there be to use than the last snake skin untainted by sin? It would last as a symbol of the purity God desires for man and ultimately a reminder that all men are created in His image.

Being made in the image of God is a powerful thought. It is one we talk about a lot as we teach our children the creation story and one we continually refer back to as proof Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Until now, I’ve never considered what being made in the image of God means for someone who believes he was made by God but due to sin rejects some of the other truths of the statement.

Isn’t that what sin does to me: takes truth and distorts it just enough to capture me in its grips dragging me away from God’s presence? Tubal-cain passionately admitted to God he knew he was made in his Creator’s image but angrily could not understand why God would not talk to him. Sin blinds and not just the unbeliever.

Noah passionately desired to do God’s will. He passionately worked to achieve it. In the film, Noah offers a warning: I have to be careful that what I initially believe to be God’s will isn’t replaced with my own will. I create goals. I want to be right. I want to win. I want to succeed and achieve. I want to please my heavenly father.

However, Noah only sought God when he was confused and unsure. That’s simply not enough. Those actions left Noah in a dark place and will leave me in the same dark place. I have to seek God’s will not once, not twice, but multiple times a day.

God is ultimately more complex than I will ever comprehend this side of life. He sees and understands infinitely more than my minds can handle. He wants me to trust Him. I have to continually seek Him. I can’t get to a place where I think I’ve figured it all out. The world is His. I am His. I need to throw myself at His mercy, grace and love. That’s the only way any of this life will make any sense. I need to trust Him to direct my steps and provide the how to follow. Then and only then will I know I’m pursuing my Creator’s will and not my own as I will begin to clearly see the confirmation he sends my way.

As strange as The Watchers came across, they still reveal something about the Creator. God will not leave me. God will provide. I highly doubt God will send me a mix between a transformer, an ent, and a fairy (my take on The Watchers). He will send me friends, family, strangers, and even enemies to confirm, encourage and teach me. I can’t miss God’s provisions because I’m too stubborn to see Him working in unconventional ways. I have to be open to how God is trying to work in my life through others even my enemies.

So that’s my take on a film that’s caused a flood of issues. What did you unexpectedly realize after watching Noah or not?

5 Comments on Noah

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    Cecilia Ketner
    March 30, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Hi Ryan, would you entertain some questions and comments from me even though I haven’t seen the film? Guess I won’t really wait for you to respond to this before I just start…..lol. I was very impressed with your blog about the movie and your faith is obvious and inspiring as you relate your reactions to the film! It is an honor to recall that you were once a bright young kid sitting in an English honors class listening (or sleeping….lol) to some of my thoughts and convictions! I see your sweet family on Facebook and it just amazes me to see the young man you have become….highly professional and accomplished, but completely commited to our Lord and Savior. Itreally thrills me! I have a few thoughts about the film that I wanted to share with you!

    I will admit that I have been opposed to seeing the film because I heard it being discussed by Ray Comfort and Janet Parshall on Moody radio, both of whom warned against it. Strong believers I am sure could watch “anything almost” without too much damage to their faith, but I internalize things too much and feared it might create thoughts that I could not control. R. Comfort warned that Noah was made to be a very dark figure….not appealing in any way, and that God too was made to appear (for lack of a better word) dark as well! I had planned to avoid the film, but I could be swayed if I thought there was value!

    I was wondering though, about your take on a snake skin being used as a “tool of blessing.” Do you think a possible reason for using the snake skin might have been Genesis 3:15 and the promise of a Savior to come?

    I will cause hostility between you and the woman,
    and between your offspring and her offspring.
    He will strike[b] your head,
    and you will strike his heel.

    Just a thought!

    Take care and blessings to you and yours!

    Cecilia Ketner

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      Ryan M. Choate
      March 30, 2014 at 10:20 PM

      Thank you for your compliments! I assure I was not bold enough to sleep in your class (or at least I don’t remember sleeping). I don’t think that started until I was junior in high school. ;).

      The character of Noah in the film is very dark. Noah truly wanted to obey God and carry out his will even to a fault. Although, he softens at the end. This film is more about one perspective of Noah than God, the flood, etc. The story is not told from God’s perspective. It’s told from Noah’s, so for better or worse, the film focuses on the more humanistic side.

      Concerning the snake skin, it is very possible the prophecy in Gen. 3:15 is attached to it, would deepen the symbolic meaning of the skin, and act as that much stronger of reminder of the promise to come. I hadn’t thought of that, but it sure seems feasible.

      Whether to watch it or not, is a personal choice. I chose to see it so I could engage in the conversation with believers and especially non-believers. I wanted to know what was being referenced and how to talk about it. Also, there were so many pro and con opinions floating around from sources I respect, I felt the only way to form an educated and respectable opinion was to see it first hand.

      I hope this has answered your questions and that you take care, as well.

      Ryan

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    Terrie
    March 30, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    As usual, you have great insight and I am certainly going to share this because it’s much deeper and thought provoking that what I wrote! ;). I too noticed that Noah passionately wanted to do God’s will. It made me reflect on my desires, and realized I fall terribly short. I also wanted to see it for the same reasons you mentioned – to engage with those who are not believers, or are not students of the Word, in order to point them to truth. Thank you for taking time to write this. Miss you and your family so much.

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    Steve Phifer
    March 31, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    Ryan, as usual your thoughts are sound and clearly set forth. I am so glad that I was one of your “Rock People” for a while! I have been following the FB posts and other revues of this film and am trying to decide whether to see it. For sake of film discussion, which you know I love, I probably will. It would be great to catch lunch or something and discuss it together. You are certainly one of my “Watchers” and it would be great to have fellowship again.

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      Ryan M. Choate
      April 7, 2014 at 12:34 AM

      You should watch the film.. We’ll catch up soon.

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