Highlights In Today's Reading:
Noah enters the ark. The great flood. "All wiped out" but eight that lived in Noah's days (7:23)! Noah's assignment (9:1,7; see 1:28). The rainbow, the sign of the Covenant of God (9:11-17). Noah's prophecy concerning his three sons.
Verse for Today:
Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the Ark ( Gen. 7:23).Wickedness had so engulfed the earth and evil had become so universal that all mankind was in danger of being destroyed. About 120 years before the great flood, God, in loving-kindness, used Noah to warn the people of their impending doom.
Noah was the only righteous man who remained: Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. . . . and Noah walked (lived in fellowship) with God. . . . and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth (6:8-9,11-12). And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before Me in this generation. . . . And Noah did according unto all that the Lord commanded him (7:1,5).
God instructed Noah, a preacher of righteousness (II Pet. 2:5), to prepare a large ark to preserve human and animal life during the flood that would cover the earth.
The flood was necessary because all mankind had become so sinful there was no hope that any other person would repent. Everyone in the world had consistently rejected the Word of God.
Sin is more than an act; it is also an attitude of unbelief which eventually produces indifference and disobedience to the Word of God. Many have chosen to disregard any responsibility to a God they want to believe does not exist. Sin then becomes a lifestyle just as it has among many today when each person decides what his code of conduct will be.
It is never the will of God that anyone perish (3:9), but He will not force anyone to repent. He wants us to willingly turn from sin to Him and, by faith, believe His Word.
As for God, His way is perfect: the Word of the Lord is tried: He is a buckler (protector) to all those that trust in Him (Ps. 18:30).
Faith in God is more than knowledge of facts; it is an attitude of trust, yielding to the authority of God.
Thought for Today:
Without faith it is impossible to please Him (God): for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him (Heb. 11:6).
Through the Ark (Gen. 7:1,7; Acts 4:12; I Pet. 3:12, 20). Christ is our Ark of safety. Jesus . . . delivered us from the wrath to come (I Thess. 1:10).
8:1 asswaged =subsided; 8:3 abated =decreased; 8:21 sweet savour =symbolic of satisfaction; 9:9 Covenant =binding agreement with qualifications given by God; 9:13 bow =rainbow; 9:20 husbandman =farmer.
Pray for International Broadcasts in honor of Dr. John A. Hash • Country: Seychelles (79,000) a group of islands in the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and India • Major languages: English and French • Religious freedom • 89% Roman Catholic; 8% Protestant • Prayer Suggestion: Humble yourself and reverence the Word of God; He will look upon you with affection (Is. 66:2).
Optional Reading: Matthew 3
Memory Verse for the Week: Psalms 23:3