Genesis 6, pt. 4, v. 9-13 — http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%206:9-13&version=GNV
So because I already focused on Noah’s name back in DD #7, I’ll only be including the name and it’s Hebrew equivalent, with the main focus being the rest of this passage.
Noah — in Hebrew נוֹחַ. “Rest” For a more detailed look into the meaning of “Noah”, go back to DD #7 where I get into much more detail.
This is going to be short, but hopefully sweet. In an ironic sort of way, seeing as the focus here is on death and destruction.
The focus here is on v. 13, where we see God talking to Noah, finally declaring to man His intent to wipe life off of the face of the earth. Can you imagine, though granted I can’t and don’t really want to, what that must have been like for Noah? You’re the only man that has gained favor with God, and He just told you that He’s going to wipe every last one of them off the face of the earth. Seriously, I want you to think about this for a minute or so; God just told you that all of mankind is about to swept from the earth. These are people who you have known for the past 600 years, very likely most are family, or distant relatives, and they’re all going to be gone. Dead. Never to return. And you’re going to have to live on an earth where you and your family (as we see in the following verses) are going to be the only inhabitants of the entire earth. Like I said, please, seriously consider this for a minute and come back.
Back? That’s very sobering to think about isn’t it? Everything you know, everyone you know… it’s all going to be destroyed. We talk about the bravery of explorers like Christopher Columbus, or Vasco da Gama, or Marco Polo. Within this context I can’t help but snort at our modern comparisons to the greater scale of actions the ancient men in the Bible had to perform. Noah was being called on (again, as we’ll see in the following verses) to give everything in his life up, except for his family. When he and his family would have disembarked from the ark, it truly would have been a brave new world that they were exploring. That is a degree of faith that I think any of us would have a hard mustering. But at the same time, it is such a comfort! That no matter what, if we trust God, He will work it out, whatever “it” is.
Well, this was fun. I hope it’s been enlightening, and a blessing to all.
Genesis 6, pt. 5, v. 14-16 — http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%206:14-16&version=GNV
This is also going to be short, though mainly because I don’t have so much I can say without this turning into a essay, so I’d heavily suggest a lot of meditation by you, as I think there is something to be said about how little of this next passage we live out in our day to day live. And with that, let’s dive in!
I don’t have a lot to say beyond this: Look at the insanely precise details God gave to Noah in building the ark. He was very explicit in His instructions how the ark was built, with no margin for modifications on Noah’s part.
So here’s my challenge to you: Are you mindful of the precise ways God expects us to live out in our day to day lives? Do you constantly turn to Him, asking Him to help you to live like that each and every day? The Bible has everything we need to know about living and Godliness if we’ll but put aside our pride or selfishness and look there for answers.
Hope this has been a blessing, and I’ll hopefully find you all here next time.
Cheers and have a great week, I’ll see you on the other side.
Cody, logging off.