How did your week of reading go? My hope is that you are enjoying the stories preserved for us and is gaining a better understanding of God’s heart towards us.
In chapter 6 we read that Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord amidst a wicked and violent generation.
8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.9 This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.
Then the Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation.
How did he manage to find grace? It was because he was just and righteous.
How did he stay just and righteous? It was because he walked with God and had a relationship with God.
We too are living among wicked and violent people – legalisation of same sex marriages, pornography easily available, public shooting, bombing in non-war zones, etc. The only way that we can stand firm and not be influenced by the culture of this world is by walking with God – spending daily time with God reading His word and being in prayer.
God was going to destroy the earth because men’s wickedness was so great and gave Noah instructions to build an ark. Noah’s supplies gathering and ark building must have taken years as he could not call a hardware store to deliver the supplies he needed nor were there power tools. Noah lived far away from any major water sources and he was told to start building long, perhaps years, before any rain clouds were seen. Noah and his family must have suffered ridicule by the community around them. And yet Noah was faithful and did all that God commanded him, he did not cut corners.
22 Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did.
5 And Noah did according to all that the Lord commanded him.
Are we able to obey God’s direction and leading despite ridicule by our community? Are we able to trust God’s word for our lives although our natural eyes and mind cannot fathom how it could be possible?
Even after the flood has destroyed everyone and everything, God knows that man will sin again as the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth. But God determined that He shall not destroy the earth completely which gives me assurance that despite all the natural calamities that we see the earth will remain until the coming of a new heaven and a new earth (Rev 21:1).
Then the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.
God instituted a sign of this covenant between Him and us and every living creature that He will never again bring a flood to destroy all flesh again – a rainbow in the cloud!
13 I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. 14 It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; 15 and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.
I am humbled that despite God knowing the wickedness of my heart He still sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross for my sins and to reconcile me back to Him. Many things sought to pull us away from God – busyness of life, tribulations, persecutions, spiritual attacks, fear of the future, condemnation of the past, sins in our lives, etc. During the times that I have sinned, the verses below assure me that nothing separates me from the love of God. Please take a moment to read the verses a few times, meditate on it and let it sink into your spirit.
Rom 8:35, 38-39
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
We need to be careful, as even Noah who is just, righteous and walk with God can err.
20 And Noah began to be a farmer, and he planted a vineyard. 21 Then he drank of the wine and was drunk, and became uncovered in his tent. 22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. 23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and went backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father’s nakedness.
24 So Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done to him. 25 Then he said:
“Cursed be Canaan;
A servant of servants
He shall be to his brethren.”
26 And he said:
“Blessed be the Lord,
The God of Shem,
And may Canaan be his servant.
27 May God enlarge Japheth,
And may he dwell in the tents of Shem;
And may Canaan be his servant.”
Even if our relationship with God is strong currently, we need to guard our walk and hearts so that we do not unknowingly stumble and fall. If we see someone in a leadership position or someone we perceived as a mature believer stumble or fall, we need to guard our attitude and reaction so that we do not unknowingly bring judgment or a curse upon ourselves.
In Gen 10 we saw the origin of people groups:-
- Gen 10:2-5 Gentiles
From Japheth, Noah’s 3rd son.
- Gen 10:6-20 Those who trouble the Jews (the Babylonians, the Philistines, the Canaanites, etc)
From Ham, Noah’s 2nd son.
- Gen 10:21-31 Jews
From Shem, Noah’s 1st son.
Do you think there a linkage between the actions of Noah’s sons with how they evolved as a people group and their relationship with each other?
Do you remember in Gen 1:29 we read that God gave to Adam and Eve every herb that yields seed and every tree whose fruit yields seed for food? Here God told Noah that every moving thing that lives shall be food together with the green herbs – so it is okay to eat meat, but we are not to eat blood!
3 Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs. 4 But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.
Till next week!
P.S. How big was the ark? Click here