January 13, 2016

Today you should read: Genesis 9

Genesis 9 is broken into two sections (1-17 & 18-28) and I want to take a moment today to draw out some key truths and applications from each section.

The first section describes God’s covenant promise with Noah and the whole earth after the great flood. This is a major moment in scripture where God makes a covenant promise with man. Noah and his family had been spared from God’s wrath because he was a righteous man who walked with God when no one else in the world did (Gen 6:9). God’s covenant promise to Noah was one of salvation. He promised to save Noah and his family from the flood because of their faith and obedience to Him. The sign of that lifesaving covenant was the rainbow that would appear in the clouds when it rained. The next time you see a rainbow in the sky it should remind you of God’s saving covenant with His people. Not just of Noah’s salvation from the flood, but the covenant of salvation God has guaranteed those who place their faith completely in His Son Jesus. God is faithful to His promises and when He makes a promise He keeps it. For those who surrender their lives to Jesus the promise of salvation is secure because of God’s faithfulness.

In the second section of our passage we quickly see that the righteous and faithful Noah is not a perfect sinless man. He drinks, he gets drunk, he is a poor example to his kids, and his sin directly affects his family. Two quick points: Noah was so quick to forget the magnitude of the salvation he had just experienced from God. Furthermore, we see clear evidence here of how pervasive the sinfulness of man is and how even a righteous man can succumb to the powers of sin in his life. This is so important for us as believers to remember today and pray about. Let us never forget the magnitude of the salvation we have received from God through Jesus Christ. If we lose sight of how much we have been forgiven, we will lose sight of who God is and why He is worthy of our complete devotion. At that point our focus will shift to ourselves and the power of sin in our lives will cause us to stumble. Sin is always present and Satan is always tempting, even the righteous person to choose sin over God. We must guard our hearts against Satan’s attacks through the power of Christ within us.

Take time today to praise God for His faithfulness in keeping His covenant promises to you even when you are unfaithful to Him.

Spend time praying today for the power of Christ to rest upon you and to guard your heart against the sin that can so easily entangle you and draw you away from God.

By: Matt Mofield

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

12 thoughts on “January 13, 2016”

  1. The takeaway I had from today’s reading is of the high value that God places on life itself. After the flood he seems to be making the point that we are not disposable. In fact the only two sins God calls out in this chapter deal with extreme examples of how we treat others: perhaps in light of Cain’s actions, he specifically prohibits murder (somehow we failed to figure that one out) and extends it to a prohibition of the consumption of any live creature. Noah’s behavior may have been disgraceful, but the real sin was Ham’s public disgracing of his father which Ham paid for via the ruin of his entire lineage.

    God loves us so much that he gave us another chance.. so when I’m wronged, am I quick to judge or quick to offer a second chance? Ouch.

    1. LOVE that last statement you made John. So agree…Ouch! And Matt, you did a such a great job pointing us to realized how much grace God gives us! THANKS!!!!

  2. “And when the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, the LORD said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man… Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature…” – Genesis 8:21

    “I establish my covenant with you…” – Genesis 9:11

    A sacrifice that was pleasing. A promise that was merciful.

    “But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,”- Hebrews 10:12

    So thankful this morning for the Lord’s work through Jumpstart today.

  3. v.26
    “May the Lord, the God of Shem, be blessed,
    and may Canaan be his servant!

    If you’re interested in reading more about God’s chosen people, Google “Biblical Semites” to learn more about the descendants of Shem. Abraham was Shem’s grandson and great grandson of Noah. Our God had a plan to redeem His people before the ark was ever constructed and water covered the Earth.

    Thank you Matt for the commentary today. There is such peace in knowing that our God always has a plan to redeem His people if they will simply repent of their sins and turn to Him.

  4. I love and need the reminder of God’s faithfulness. Where our weakness to maintain salvation is evident, we see that it’s God upholding his promise! Thanks, Matt, for the encouragement that the fact that we can even be saved and then remain saved is because He is faithful; he himself will do it! We are prone to sin, but I’m so thankful God is faithful not only to maintain our right standing with him, but also to lovingly urge us along, calling us to delight in him and grow in holiness, every day shedding the chains of deadly sins and walking closer to him. I need him. Every moment counts; I don’t want to waste my life!

  5. I remember first reading this passage in high school shocked that Noah would do such a thing. It’s amazing how easy it is for us to forget God’s salvation & promises but we’re no different. Great thoughts Matt.

  6. I can’t imagine what it would’ve been like to be on that boat for that long with all of those animals. It probably would’ve driven me crazy. This passage is such a great reminder though that you have to keep your desires in check regardless of your circumstances. Noah made a pretty poor decision and was much like his great great great great great great great great grandfather Adam.

    Thanks for the challenge and the prayer focus Matt.

  7. It is so easy for us to see Satan’s work throughout the world today. Just think about it, all you have to do is turn on the television for less than five minutes. I am so thankful for Jumpstart and each and every person that has had a hand in supplying us with God’s word. I have made reading your Jumpstart message each day part of my routine before I start my daily tasks and I cannot put into words how much of a positive influence it has had on my attitude, actions and how I perceive the world as a whole. So, thankful and blessed to be a part of CPC!

  8. The part of the story that stood out to me the most was that Ham immediately rushed out to tell his brother’s about their father. Gossip enslaves us! This verse reminded me something one of my mentors said to me many years ago. She said, “Kim, I just want you to know that I have your back because I know your heart. Just as I make mistakes, you will make many mistakes as well. I’m here to guide and protect you the best that I can.” Shem and Japheth didn’t shame their father for his sin but went to protect him. I don’t think anything good can come from hiding sin but as a church, I feel we should know each others heart and protect one another.

  9. If I have counted correctly, I saw that God reassured Noah of His covenant 7 times which is the number of completeness and perfection. Showing that his promises are always made complete and perfect. This is just like the covenant He kept with the us in Genesis 3:15. His covenants are never broken and we can fully trust and love Him with abandon.

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