The story of Noah is one of the most popular stories in the Bible. It's probably one of the first bits of Scripture that Christian children of any stripe are exposed to. Most Christian retail stores will have at least a few decorative ark items for kids' rooms. All of this is good, I suppose, but does it seem like we frequently lose the meaning of the Deluge narrative?
For when the children were not yet born, nor had done any good or evil (that the purpose of God, according to election, might stand,) Not of works, but of him that calleth, it was said to her: The elder shall serve the younger. As it is written: Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated. What shall we say then? Is there injustice with God? God forbid. For he saith to Moses: I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy; and I will shew mercy to whom I will shew mercy.
In fact, reading the whole of Romans 9 is a good idea on this topic.
What can we glean from all this? For one thing, it's a fair stretch for anyone to claim that they deserve anything along these lines by placing themselves as worthy as opposed to the sort of wretched generation that Christ speaks of in Matthew's Gospel.
For another, we see that God has given us the whole of salvation history as a witness to Himself and His Truth. If you're Catholic, you'll believe that God has given everyone sufficient grace to be saved. With these two items in our favor, it's more than a bit presumptuous to try and demand the God do more or to denigrate God for not having done enough. It makes one sound a lot like the Pharisees. God, in His omnipotence knows how further miracles and supernatural events will be received, ie- in the same way that the teachings and wonders of Moses and the prophets fell on deaf ears.
And then we have the lesson of the ark. The real lesson. God saves. God judges. He does both of these in the manner and means that He sees fit. If we see a problem in that, perhaps the problem doesn't lie with God. Maybe?
So remember when you read the story of Noah. It's not really about this:
It's about this: