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

January 11, 2011

Today you should read: Genesis 8:1-22

Noah and his family, along with all the animals God had sent to Noah to put on the ark, are now all that is left. God has wiped out the world and every living thing on it. This should cause us to see that God is serious about sin. Sin angers God because He is holy and righteous and longs for us to be like Him.

Noah, and all the passengers of the ark, have been floating around now for 150 days (see Gen7:24). God has not forgotten them. He brings about a strong wind and the flood waters begin to recede. As the waters disappear Noah begins to see tops of mountains, one of which is Mount Ararat, where the ark settles on the top. After a few more months more mountains begin to appear. By this time Noah and his family have got to be getting a little restless in that boat.

After 40 more days Noah has decided to take some action. He lets a raven out to see if it will land somewhere, to show him that the land is dry. Instead, the raven flies all over the place until the ground was dry. Then Noah decides to send out a dove. The dove comes back because it cannot find a good spot to land. So, Noah gives it another shot a week later and the dove returns late in the evening with an olive branch in its mouth, showing them all that the ground is almost dry. Noah waits one more week to see what might happen if he sent out the dove again. This time the bird flies off and doesn’t return. Noah and the ark passengers had to wait at least 2 more months before God finally said to them, “leave the boat.”
So, Noah, his family, and all the animals got off the ark. Then Noah built an altar to praise
God for His goodness and mercy.

We have to remember that God did not owe it to Noah to save him and his family. God, because of His mercy, chose to save Noah. We need to have the same attitude toward God saving us. There is nothing we do that saves us… only God’s mercy and grace save us from a Christ-less eternity. Worship is a more than fitting response in this situation. Noah sacrifices some animals to God and God responds by declaring that He will never again destroy the earth at this magnitude.

Posted by: Robbie Byrd

January 10, 2011

Today you should read: Genesis 7:1-24

Today’s reading is a story of God’s love and God’s justice. The God we serve is a perfect balance of both. As we read yesterday, the world had become so wicked that God had to act. His justice demanded it. Most of us would have simply annihilated humanity – but God loved us – His creation, and constructed a plan that would preserve the life He had made a few chapters earlier.

God looked for someone who was righteous – someone He could bless. He found Noah to be righteous in his generation (v.1). In other words, Noah lived right among a people that practiced the most heinous of wrong. It’s not easy to live right among wickedness. Many of us are faced with that every day of our lives at school, work, – or even at home. God looks for people He can bless – people who will obey Him (v.5) even when it’s not popular.

Micah 6:8 says it well, “o man, what is good, and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Ask God today to make you a man or woman that He can bless – one that follows God and seeks Him with all your heart. God is looking for “Noahs” today, too – to use to rock the world for His glory!

Questions to Ponder…
• In what ways do I practice righteousness amidst the wickedness around me?
• In what ways have I been compromising?
• What would it look like for me to practice Micah 6:8 today – to humbly walk with God?

Posted by: Tim Parsons

January 8, 2011

Today you should read: Genesis 6

“Who built the ark? Noah! Noah!”

That’s the song I grew up singing to tell the story of Genesis 6 & 7. You might recognize it from your Sunday school days.

“In come the animals two by two…”

It sounds so pleasant and fun. Much better than the live nativity you may have just seen over the Christmas season. This is a full-blown aqua zoo! Such a happy scene.

The only problem with looking at it this way is… well… the Bible.

This scene may have been happy for Noah and his family because they enjoyed the salvation that the ark would bring, but to the rest of the world, this was God’s stern and righteous judgment on sin. No one else would be happy about this ark. They would eventually be left outside to face the wrath of God and be swept away in the flood. They weren’t “Singing in the Rain” with Gene Kelly.

Genesis 6 is a stark contrast to Genesis 1 & 2 when God created everything — including humans — and said that it was “good”. In this chapter, God is sorry for ever creating mankind.

Why?

There’s no better description than this: “The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil.” (Genesis 6:5). The goodness of humanity was completely tainted because of sin. It’s like the old preacher mantra I’ve heard time and again: “Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you wanted to stay, and cost you more than you wanted to pay.” Sin did just that. And the earth deserved God’s fierce wrath.

But God saw something in Noah worth preserving. Noah found favor in God’s eyes, and the Lord chose to redeem humanity by keeping him alive. He was a man after God’s heart, unlike the rest of his people. While the instructions for the ark were clear, the task was no easy one. It would take years to prepare this oversized yacht. Noah didn’t waver. In fact, Genesis 6:22 says that “he did all that God commanded him.”

This passage should cause great reflection for all of us. It shows God’s displeasure with sin. It shows God’s ability to use a humble, upright person in the midst of a wicked and perverse generation. My encouragement to you upon reading this chapter is simple: be Noah. Be the one that God can use. Be the upright person in our world of wickedness.

Pray today for a passion to make war against sin as you strive to be like Noah.

Posted by: Todd Thomas