His Story - Week 4
The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.”Add Notes
But Noah found favor (or grace) in the eyes of the LORD.Add Notes
By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he… became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.Add Notes
God didn’t save Noah because he was righteous. Noah became righteous because he received God’s offer of salvation.Add Notes
It’s not the initial “yes” that shows you have faith. It’s the follow through that determines if you have faith.Add Notes
… And the LORD shut him in.Add Notes
Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And when the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, the LORD said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done… Never again… shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.””Add Notes
And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth…”Add Notes
And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh.”Add Notes
The extraordinary love for all of creation.Add Notes
“God never calls anyone into a covenant relationship unless it is a saving relationship.”
– Tim KellerAdd Notes
What is God saving the earth from?Add Notes
For the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God… the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.Add Notes
The extraordinary love of human life.Add Notes
“Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.”Add Notes
“If only one man dies of hunger, that is a tragedy. If millions die, that’s only statistics.”
– Jospeh StalinAdd Notes
“Camp officials would frequently focus their attentions on and harass religious prisoners with greater frequency and cruelty through various punishments, tortures, and sexual assaults intended to dehumanize their victims. Nevertheless, these believers were not dehumanized, for they saw their worth in Christ.”
– Alexander SolzhenitsynAdd Notes
The two agendas in this reboot:
– Care for and redeem the creation.
– Put extreme value on human life.
“I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth.”Add Notes
“I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.”Add Notes
There are two promises of God here:
The rainbow – God hung up His bow.
The cross – God hung His Son to die.
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