Grace From the Start: Day 3 {Nov. 27th}

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.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God. And Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth.Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch. This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark 300 cubits, its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits. Make a roof for the ark, and finish it to a cubit above, and set the door of the ark in its side. Make it with lower, second, and third decks. For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every sort into the ark to keep them alive with you. They shall be male and female. Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground, according to its kind, two of every sort shall come in to you to keep them alive. Also take with you every sort of food that is eaten, and store it up. It shall serve as food for you and for them.” Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.

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Then the Lord said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation. Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and his mate, and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and his mate, and seven pairs of the birds of the heavens also, male and female, to keep their offspring alive on the face of all the earth. For in seven days I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living thing that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.”  And Noah did all that the Lord had commanded him.

{Genesis 6:5-7:5}

At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made and sent forth a raven. It went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth. Then he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground. But the dove found no place to set her foot, and she returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her and brought her into the ark with him. He waited another seven days, and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark.And the dove came back to him in the evening, and behold, in her mouth was a freshly plucked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth. Then he waited another seven days and sent forth the dove, and she did not return to him anymore.

In the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried from off the earth. And Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and behold, the face of the ground was dry. In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth had dried out. Then God said to Noah, “Go out from the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you.Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh—birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth—that they may swarm on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.”So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him. Every beast, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out by families from the ark.

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. While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”

{Genesis 8:6-20}

People can not get their own sin under control.  As much as I would like to, as much as I would like to get my children to act perfectly or at the very least be the perfect example for them to follow that is not the condition of you and I.

When we read about what God was seeing it can bring a feeling of shock, but should it?  The first generation after Adam and Eve resulted in a murder between brothers.

Our reading for today tells us that God ‘regretted’ he had made them.  Those words cut deep.  The damage they were doing to themselves and to those around them was unbearable to watch.  It broke God’s heart to watch the hurt and damage.  This is not what he wanted for the creation he loved.

All hope was not lost however and we know that because here we are.  The whole world was not destroyed.

God saved his creation in spite of their murdering, hurtful, abusive, lustful, hearts.

“And God said to Noah “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them.  Behold I will destroy the earth…

But I will establish my covenant with you and you shall come into the ark, you your sins, your wife and your sons wives with you.”  {Genesis 6:13-18}

He used a simple element, water, to cleanse the earth.

He still uses simple elements to this day.  Simple elements along with The Word.

John 1.1

Just as God spoke at creation and things happened the words spoken at Baptism and Communion also make things happen.  Big huge important things: Forgiveness of sins.

It is not a power that we hold but it is because God told us to use words and elements that are around us.  He also has told us to use words like ‘you are forgiven’.

Jesus said “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:18-20

Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth.  That is why we are able to use his words in baptism, communion, and telling someone they are forgiven, and forgiveness actually happens.

The forgiveness does not happen because of us it happens because of Jesus.  It happens because of the power that The Word holds.

The same element, water, that washed over the whole world and brought death and destruction washes over us at our baptisms and brings death and resurrection.  We won’t see anything major happening but…

“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?  We were buried therefore, with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in resurrection like his.” {Romans 6:3-5}

Baptism is Jesus declaring that we are His.  We get all the goodness of Jesus.  We get the death and the resurrection.  We get to walk in newness of life.  We get to be united with Jesus.

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2 thoughts on “Grace From the Start: Day 3 {Nov. 27th}

    • So thankful for Jesus and we can know he put an end to sin for us. We can walk in ‘newness’ of life. And so thankful that he placed a sign in the sky that we do not need to worry he will never rid the world of sin with that type of destruction again.

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