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Genesis 6-9

1/3/2019

A Devotional Journey
     led by Dr. Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year
Genesis 6-9
January 3                                 
 
            The genealogy of Adam and Eve contains some famous names:  Enoch, the man who was so upright and good he could walk with God and never had to die (the only man in history, when you consider that Jesus was also God); and Methuselah, the oldest man who ever lived.   Of course the narrative is designed to lead us into an understanding of the downhill slide of human beings after Adam and Eve’s sin, and to put in perspective God’s judgment on the human race through Noah.
            There are apparent allusions to the great heroes of ancient times and a strange convergence between heavenly and earthly creatures.   There is a sense of the awesomeness of history which can only be summarized in the most abbreviated fashion as it becomes clear that the writer’s intention is to explain everything not in detail, but in general:   the human race is destroying itself; people are cutting themselves off from God, the only source of life or love; God’s response is sure to come and it does so in a gigantic way through the flood of Noah.
            The story of Noah and the flood is a story of faithfulness in a man, righteous judgment in God, and the application of God’s grace in all aspects of His Creation. Various theories have been worked out to explain the timing and extent of this flood, but it’s only understandable as a miracle of God.  
            Yet once more the glory of God is seen not only in His power, but in His patient, steadfast and redeeming love. The frailties of Noah are clearly seen after he lands, but his devotion is to God. Therefore, God blesses and honors him, and enables him (along with the rest of his family) to repopulate the earth.
 
            What is your view of God?   A Record Keeper who keeps track of sins and punishes without mercy those who violate his standards? A Watcher who takes no real part in the universe He has made, but rather simply winds it up like a watch and then lets it go its own way?
            Noah makes clear that neither of these options is realistic. God knows our guilt, but also takes into account our weaknesses. He neither expects more than is reasonable, nor demands more than we are capable of achieving. This means He must forgive quite often and patiently encourage us if we are ever to succeed.
            Are we like Him? Do we encourage others? Are we patient with them? How quickly do we forgive?
            Today, think of someone you could encourage or forgive. Look for opportunities to show other people the patience which God gives to us so that we can pass it on to others.  
            As you read through the story of Noah remember that the Bible says God is love, and think about how that works out in the events of the flood. Love does punish as well as pardon; and love never loses its determination – even in the face of weakness, failure and chaos.  
            Who can you love today – for the first time or just more visibly than you already do?
 
© A. Eugene Pearson  2011