“In the beginning, there was only Ocean.” That’s how Moana starts… and also Genesis. Obviously, there’s a rapid departure in storyline of exactly what happens next…
Essentially, God speaks. And in His breath is born significant transformation. Light comes in contrast to the darkness that is. And evening passed and morning came, marking the first Day. Then God separates the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth, and in the space that now divides them, names the air Sky.
And one thing leads to an unfortunate other and everyone existing is bent toward evil and chaos and anarchy.
There’s a somewhat controversial argument by C. S. Lewis that basically postulates that all God does with people in the end is give them what they want anyway. And in the end, they either want Him or any various arrangement of something or someone Else. With The Flood, God seems to give the world the disorder and tumult and violence they were bathing in anyway…
It’s interesting to note that God brings the earth back to the way it was before it started… only ocean. Except for a few humans who are in his image and, evidently are not to be unmade. Along with a zoo full of animals ordained for various purposes…
If you’re unfamiliar with the story, there is a single man on the face of the earth who finds favor in the Lord’s sight and is called Righteous. God commands him to build an enormous boat. Scholars have generally concurred that his boat is being built before there had ever been rain. And unlikely near any sizeable body of water that would make this boat – or Ark – ‘make sense.’
So there, in the middle of everything there recordably is, Noah faithfully and obediently builds his boat. This way of escape from the coming destruction; a means available of salvation.
I would imagine some people were terribly offended at his extravagant use of resources, at the audacity he must have to think the Creator would speak to him directly… that he was righteous and they were all wrong. At any rate, there is no record of anyone asking Noah if they could help; if He could teach them; if they could join his family. I find it hard to believe that they would have been turned away.
Even as ancient as before Christ came, God has been a God of inclusion and invitation. There are beautiful forestastes of ‘grafting’ in the stories of Ruth and Rahab and Nineveh; random servants rescued from deserts along the way; sullied kings made clean by washing in rivers.
God’s character reflects the same attributes of water ~ life giving, playful, powerful, and uncontrolled. Inviting, but also in charge.