by Jeff Strite

My Name Is Noah
Jeff Strite
Genesis 6:1

(delivered in a gruff but loving manner of a dottery old man. Began message walking from back in a slow meditative way and then sat on a chair when I reached the stage)

My name is Noah, the son of Lamech, who was the son of Methusaleh, and he in turn was the son of Enoch…

Now there was a man for you. Enoch. Walked with God he did. They say that one day he and God were out walking and God said: "Enoch, we appear to be closer to my home than yours, so why don't you come on home with me?" Enoch, now there was a man to pattern your life after.

Enoch was the son of Jared and Jared was born of… born of… Now don't tell me. Jared was the son of… Mahalalel.

Always had trouble with that name: Mahalalel. Never could figure out why anybody'd ever name their boy Mahalalel.

Anyway, Mahalalel was the son of Kenan and Kenan was born of Enosh, Enosh was the son of Seth… and of course, Seth was the third son of Adam and Eve.

Ah, the stories I could tell you about those men, the books I've read. We had books back then before the flood. A few of them made it over on the ark.

Now, some of those men were good and some weren't so good, but… well, you didn't come to hear about all that, now did you? You know when a man gets to be 900 years old he begins to ramble on a bit.

Don't mind if I sit down do you? My legs get tired.

You know, this getting old isn't all it's cracked up to be.

So, what you want to hear about? Oh… I know, I know. You want to hear what everyone else wants to hear about. I go to visit my boys, Shem and Ham and Japheth and their kids gather around and it's always the same thing - "Grandfather tell us about the flood." Every time it's the same old thing. I try to put in details they haven't heard before but they never seem to tire of having me tell it. I swear that when I die - all anybody gonna remember about me is "Noah and the flood… Noah and the flood."

I was a young man then. A mere ...

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