Below is an excellent timeline of the flood provided by Answers in Genesis. Imagine spending over a year in the ark! I remember one person said that although the stench must have been horrible on the INSIDE of the ark, the judgment was much worse on the OUTSIDE of the ark. Friend, be sure to stay in the ark, even though at times it’s stinky and anything but smooth sailing.
In Genesis 9:3 God permits man to eat meat, without the blood.
In Genesis 9:6 we are reminded of the sanctity of human life.
Warren Wiersbe, “Murder is a terrible crime because man is made in the image of God, and to kill a human being is to attack God’s image.
The rainbow is a reminder that God will never judge the world through water (flood) again (Genesis 9:15-16). He will judge the world one day, but it will be by fire (2 Peter 3:10; Revelation 20:9, 11).
Warren Wiersbe, “The sign of the covenant was the rainbow, a bridge of beauty that joins heaven and earth. Whether we look at the rainbow or not, God looks upon it and remembers His promises.”
It’s tragic that the LGBT community has hijacked the rainbow as a symbol for themselves and yet those of us who know the Scriptures see it in the context of worldwide judgment.
Through Noah’s sons we learn dramatically that our behavior today affects the future tomorrow – for good or evil. God help us to honor our parents and never gossip.
Warren Wiersbe, “Ham should have grieved over his father’s sins, not gloated over them (Proverbs 14:9). His brothers did what love always does: ‘covers all sins’ (Proverbs 10:12; 12:16; 17:9; 1 Peter 4:8).”
In Genesis 10:10 we have the beginning of Babylon through a man named Nimrod, a rebellious tyrant under the influence of the enemy. Babel means confusion, something God is not the author of (1 Corinthians 14:33). We’ll see much more of Babylon throughout the Bible.
One of the blessings of a pilgrimage to Israel is I’m able to visualize the beautiful city of Capernaum where Jesus eventually lived. It was a fulfillment of Isaiah 9:1-2.
What a beautiful promise to the Gentiles:
“The people who sat in darkness have seen a great Light.” (Matthew 4:16a)
Jesus’ message was the same as John the Baptists:
Matthew 4:17 (NKJV) “From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’”
Jesus calls Peter and Andrew, James and John from fishing for fish, to fishing for men. It is estimated that 7 of the 12 Apostles were fishermen. They left everything behind, to follow Christ. Isn’t this our calling as well?
Jesus went on to speak the greatest words ever spoken and to do the greatest works ever done – truly He is the Messiah!
David was not a perfect man, by any means, but He was a true believer. I love his words in:
Psalm 4:3 (NKJV) “But know that the LORD has set apart for Himself him who is godly; the LORD will hear when I call to Him.”
As believers with a heart to obey, we are set apart for God (holy) – and He hears us when we call to Him. So let’s keep calling!
Psalm 4:4a is an important lesson for me. It’s okay, even right to be angry at times, but it’s not right to allow that anger lead me to sin. Paul the Apostle referenced this in Ephesians 4:26.
Many of us struggle with anger. Please help me Lord!
I’ve always loved this passage:
Proverbs 1:23 (NKJV) “Turn at my rebuke; surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.”
What an amazing promise this is, that if only I would turn from my sin, I will experience the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and my eyes and ears will be open to the Word of God.
If you have any questions or comments on today’s reading, maybe something the Lord showed you, feel free to leave a reply below. I’d love to hear from you as we grow forward together in 2021.