Can you imagine what it would have been like to be Noah when he stepped off that ark? You, your wife, your 3 sons and their wives are the only human beings alive on the face of the earth.
There’s NO ONE out there. You’re completely self-reliant. There are no carpenters to help rebuild the earth, no doctors when you get sick, no teachers to help teach all the children who will be born to repopulate the earth, no grocery stores when you get hungry. There is NO ONE out there. Just you. Can you imagine how that would have felt?
Then imagine, at that incredibly sobering moment, the God who created all things speaks directly to you. He comes to you and makes a promise. “Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done. "As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease." Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: “I establish my covenant with you: Never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.” And God said, "This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” (selected portions of Genesis chapters 8 and 9)
Noah lived 350 years after he got off that ark and heard God make those promises. I bet he saw plenty of rainbows over those course of those 3 and a half centuries. What would that have been like—if you were Noah—every time you saw a rainbow—what thoughts and emotions would have run through your mind and heart?
This year, during the season of Advent (the 4 Sundays leading up to Christmas), we’re going to do our best to step into the shoes of Old Testament believers who were waiting for God’s promised Messiah, the Christ. (“Messiah”—Hebrew and “Christ”—Greek both mean “Anointed One”) As we do, we’ll travel from “Mountains to the Manger.” This week we’ll dig into God’s promises made to Noah and his family on Mt. Ararat.
God’s blessings on the rest of your week and I look forward to preparing for Christmas with you!