All things new. It is a new land. It is a new lineage. It is a new life. It is a new way of doing things. It is new consequences. It is a new covenant. It is new purpose, hope, direction, foods, reactions, direction, and sin. All things are new, but not all sins are gone. The flood wiped away the old generations with their old sins and anger, but sin is still sin, and just because the old cancer was wiped out doesn’t mean that a new disease can’t arise.
I think that it’s interesting that after the flood, God changed the way that human beings both ate food and related to animals. Imagine a world where animals had no fear of you. All you had to do was call to them and they would come. Not only that, but they had no reason to fear. If you had the choice, would you rather not be able to have any meat of any kind and all the animals come at your beck, or would you rather be able to eat meat and the animals fear you?
I don’t know. I would love to have the animals come at my beck and be able to not worry about what they did. Then again, i really like my meat. So it’s kind of a toss up on that one. Not only is the food and animal system different, but so is the rest of the world around the them. As a result there are new rules and a whole new covenant between God and the entirety of His world. There is a new promise to never flood the earth with water again, complete with a new sign of that promise.
God still does new things in our lives even today. He reaches out to us in new ways. He helps us to see things in a new light. He gives us new life, new hope, new strengths, new direction, new peace, new faith. He helps us to see and understand who He is and how we are to respond to Him. Yet He never changes!
What new thing is God doing in your life today? Are we willing to allow Him to teach us and change us into new men/women, or are we too comfortable in what we have done and are doing right now to let Him make the changes necessary in our lives? Are we too busy holding onto the old rules and ways of doing things to be willing to accept those changes?
Rev. John C.
Well, i’m just over a week into the process, and my first Pilot Varsity pen is getting low in ink. It looks like i will be going through a whole lot of pens for this project. Today was the shortest chapter i have had so far, yet it felt like one of the longest. I think that waking up at 5am to start this project may be starting to wear on me; as i was having a really hard time focusing (physically) on the pages. My eyes just did not want to cooperate. Overall though, so far so good.
Well, for those of you who were worried; Noah, his family, and the animals made it safely through the flood and are finally out and on dry land. Woo hoo! The chapter felt really long because of how much Noah did to make sure that the land was ready to support the animals. It must have gotten really old sitting there in the ark waiting for everything to be ready to finally be able to leave.
One of the things that i noticed in going through this chapter today is one of the physical features of the ark itself. All of the pictures and artist renderings of the ark that i have seen show the huge base with the upper area that looks like a longhouse along the top with windows all along it that would allow someone to see what was going on. But that’s different from how the Bible describes it. The Bible describes the ark as having only one window. It also describes Noah removing the covering from the ark. So the ark is this big huge boat with only one window and a covering, i would assume that it would have been similar in makeup and purpose as a huge tarp covering the top of the ark.
So for 5 months the ark was going through the flood and riding the waves before it finally rested on the mount of Ararat. Four and a half months later, Noah removed the covering of the ark and the people could see that the surface of the ground was dried up. Almost another three months before they stepped out of the ark. That was a long time to be cooped up in a boat. I know i wouldn’t have liked that very much. It must have been quite a relief to finally be out.
“According to all that God had commanded him, so he did” It’s quite the contrast between Noah and … well, everyone else.
Noah walked with God. In all that line of genealogy that defines Genesis 5, only one other man (besides pre-fall Adam) walked with God. That was Noah’s great grandfather. All of the world was falling apart. The people were consuming themselves with their own desires. The men of the line of Seth… those of the holy legacy, were intermarrying with the women of the corrupted legacy. The corrupt were corrupting the holy, and the legacy of the righteous were failing. Men did not know God, neither did they care to. All that God had built was being corrupted. There was little left.
Noah, however, was the exception to the rule. He walked with God and was righteous in His sight. “Noah was blameless in his time.” That’s a pretty big feat, even bigger when you consider his surroundings. It is difficult to be blameless when everyone else around you is not.
As i copied out this chapter, i found that it was easy to focus on the negative. I already know what God is going to do, and it’s hard not to focus on the corruption. However, in going through the chapter i found more and more of the focus was not so much on the corruption as on the redemption. What we are doing wrong is nothing compared to what is done right. This chapter is not on the corruption, it is on the redemption. It’s not that the world is falling apart and is coming to destruction. It’s that in the midst of that corruption… Noah. What do we look at? Do we tend to focus on the bad, or on the good? What does God call us to do?
I figured that this chapter would be long, monotonous, and boring, but surprisingly i breezed right through it.
There’s not really too much to say about Genesis 5. It is mainly genealogically focused with a few exceptions. One thing i did note as i went through this chapter is definition. In this chapter, each generation is defined primarily by two things, their ages and their children. (Name) lived # years and had (son). (Name) lived # years after (son) was born and had other sons and daughters. (Name)’s years were # and he died. After more than a millennium what primarily defined each generation was their children.
Do we value our children the same way? Are our children our greatest asset, or are they something that gets in the way of what we want? If our children are our greatest asset do we act that way? How much time and energy do we invest in them in comparison with our jobs, hobbies, relaxing? Do we view our children as blessings from God or more mouths to feed? It’s funny how much differently our culture views children than it did 100+ years ago.
I would be remiss to pass on noting the difference in one man. Enoch was defined by his children, but more than that he was defined by the fact that he walked with God. Since the garden of Eden, no one had been known to speak with God, let alone to walk with Him. Yet here Enoch is, defying all that has come before and doing what all others would call impossible. Do we have the same attitude …the same tenacity? Are we satisfied with hearing stories about God and what God has done, or are we seeking Him, desiring nothing less than walking with Him daily?