January 12, 2011

Today you should read: Genesis 9:1-28

Back on dry ground…

So far…God told Noah what to do…Noah obeyed the voice of the Lord exactly (See Genesis 6:22 and 7:5) and he didn’t look back… God followed through with His plan… Noah survived…Noah worshiped the Lord… The Lord was pleased…and here we are…

What we see here in chapter 9 is God’s COMPLETE FOLLOWTHROUGH in the fulfillment of His promise to Noah… His promise to establish His covenant with Noah. God keeps His promises.

But before we get there, we can see in verse 1 that God blessed Noah and entrusted Him to fill the Earth.

In verses 2-3 we see that God has allowed man to eat meat… which is a change from Genesis 1:29-30.

In verses 5-6 we see a glimpse of our worth. We were CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD. We hear that all the time… but really think about that!! We are important! Why? Because we are created in the image of our creator. Meditate on that!!!

In verses 8-17 we see God’s GRACIOUS covenant… His fulfilled promise!

Today’s “Walk-a-Way”:

In Genesis 6:18 God tells Noah that He is going to establish His covenant with him. God had already told him what to do, and we see in 6:22 and 7:5 that Noah obeyed. As crazy as it may have sounded. As scared as he was. As unworthy as he may have felt. He obeyed. He trusted God to fulfill His promise.

Now here, in chapter 9, we see the outcome. The outcome is something that Noah couldn’t see when he was originally told to obey. The outcome is something that you and I can’t see when God tells us to obey. But what we CAN do is cling to God’s promises. In chapter 9 God establishes His covenant with Noah just like He said He would in Genesis 6:18. All throughout scripture God makes promises to us… rich and trustworthy promises. His promise to Noah and to all creation was that He will never again destroy the earth with a flood, and He has kept His promise. God keeps His promises.

So, here it is… Is there something God is telling you to do? Do you believe that He will keep His promise? If so, then obey the voice of the Lord exactly…and when you reach dry ground… I am confident that you will see that God keeps His promises.

Posted by: Sam Cirrincione

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

16 thoughts on “January 12, 2011”

  1. Amen! God has been so good to each of us and we don’t have to look far to see how richly we are blessed… but even if today is a bad day; even if today is a day where we are struggling to hold on to hope, this passage and Sam’s notes remind us that our God is a Promise Keeper. We can trust Him. He is worthy of our praise and obedience.

    Thanking God today for CPC, our wonderful staff and for His blessings and all the promises kept!

  2. What a great reminder of just how many promises our God has made to us and the FACT that He will keep them! Have a great day CPC 🙂

  3. So many people see a rainbow and are fascinated only by its beauty. When we think of why God put the rainbow in the sky, we should be filled with awe and thankfulness… and be reminded of His promises to us. He is a GREAT God!

  4. Thankful for Old Testament examples of faith like Noah. Trusting His promises is at the very core of what it means to be a Christian.
    Father in Heaven, may your name be hallowed, may we trust your Word.

    1. Tim – could you weigh in on my post about animals? I would value your answer. See either Sunday or next Wednesday morning. Mark.

  5. I sing praise to the Lord this morning because I know My God is Faithful!!!!!! Isaiah 40:28-30 read it and be encouraged this day CPC Family!

  6. So thankful for the visual reminders God leaves, especially the rainbows…His promise
    😀
    Good job, Sam
    Have a great day, CPC!!!
    So excited about my CG tonight!!!

  7. CPC staff, I enjoy Jumpstart! Thank you for this website!
    There are so many wonderful lessons to learn from Noah. The one thing I can take away is that God keeps His promise. Each time I see a beautiful rainbow, I am reminded of God’s promise.
    One of my favorite biblical passages is Psalm 119: 105, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” I use this passage as a reminder to trust in God, even in the most difficult times. God will carry us through any situation if we obey and trust in Him.

  8. As kids, a lot of us had pets that we loved very much, but the pet died. When our pet died, we asked our parents what happened to our pet. Did he go to “dog heaven?”

    Now, a lot of us are parents with kids and pets that everybody in the family loves. When the pet dies, our kids ask us what happens to our pet? Does he go anywhere or is he just gone?

    My NIV version states, in Chapter 9, v. 5, that God will demand an acounting of every animal, not just man. Why would God demand an accounting from each animal if it made no difference because the animal just returned to dust at the end of its life on earth? It doesn’t seem like God would do something for totally no reason. In verses 10 and 12, God makes a covenant with – not just man – but all animals. So, he considers animals worthy of entering a covenant with them. A covenant was no small thing in those times.

    I am not trying to push any crazy idea. There may be Scripture that clearly negates the idea of some type of life for animals after life on earth.

    But, does anyone think that this passage allows us to tell our kids that, we’re not sure, but there’s some part of the Bible that makes it seem like animals may have some type of life after their time on earth?

    1. Mark,

      In Judges 7:5, we see that God separated for Gideon men who lapped water like dogs. Clearly God likes dogs. On the other hand, it is not clear that He likes cats. The biggest cat of all, the one who prowls around seeking those whom he may devour, has a special place reserved for himself…and other cats, I suspect.

      Peter

      1. Peter – somewhat unfortunately, I own a cat. So, I feel like I can say whatever I want to about cats. Unless there are much better cats out there in the world than those which I have seen so far, I think it almost takes a slight personality defect to like a cat. Anyway, I enjoyed your response. Thanks. Mark.

  9. WOW!!!! In this chapter, there are many lessons that we can learn. With Ham, we see sin and the consequences from sin. We learn from Shem, Japheth and Noah the blessings that come from obedience. We get to see the story of Noah from start to finish, but Noah did not know the outcome, what was ahead, he simply OBEYED God!!!!
    I am so thankful that our God keeps His promises and is so faithful!!!
    Thank you Sam for sharing your insight and thoughts.

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