Firsts, consequences and restoration. Sound like a familiar pattern at all? There are other words you can substitute that are more familiar if you like; words like sin, judgement, repentance, salvation, forgiveness, but they are all words that describe the same cycle. We start fresh, we screw up and God shows up to forgive and restore us. We don’t like this cycle, I don’t like this cycle. We even go so far as to blame God for this cycle. But the truth of the matter is that we always have the choice to work through life God’s way…or not. That choice has not changed since Adam and Eve were first given the breathe of life.
The pattern continues into Genesis 8-11 and will show up all the way through the Old Testament. Another new beginning, this time with Noah and his family, but this time with a promise from God: I will never again completely destroy every living thing on the earth. This is another first by the way, God making a promise and a covenant with humanity. Please notice something as you move on from here, because this too will show up over and over again. The act of restoration is always carried out by God, it is always by His power that humanity is restored.
- What was familiar from this passage of scripture? What was something I already knew?
- What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
- How does this passage apply to my life, here and now? Do I need to do anything about it?
- What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?
- The first wine maker was?
- How many times did the dove go out from the ark?
- Which one of Noah’s sons was great-great grandfather to Abram?
Tomorrow’s Reading: Job 1-5