Thursday, December 03, 2009

Jesse Tree Day 4

Scripture - Genesis 6:5-8, 7:15-18, 9:8, 15-16

"When the LORD saw how great was man's wickedness on earth, and how no desire that his heart conceived was ever anything but evil, he regretted that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was grieved. So the LORD said: "I will wipe out from the earth the men whom I have created, and not only the men, but also the beasts and the creeping things and the birds of the air, for I am sorry that I made them." But Noah found favor with the LORD.

Pairs of all creatures in which there was the breath of life entered the ark with Noah. Those that entered were male and female, and of all species they came, as God had commanded Noah. Then the LORD shut him in. The flood continued upon the earth for forty days. As the waters increased, they lifted the ark, so that it rose above the earth. The swelling waters increased greatly, but the ark floated on the surface of the waters.

God said to Noah and to his sons with him...I will recall the covenant I have made between me and you and all living beings, so that the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all mortal beings. As the bow appears in the clouds, I will see it and recall the everlasting covenant that I have established between God and all living beings--all mortal creatures that are on earth."

Meditation - God is faithful even though man is not. After the fall, sin increased all the more. God washes clean the face of the earth and begins a new creation with Noah and his sons. God's promise of a redeemer, made in the garden, travels through Noah's family.

Resolution - I will refill that empty holy water font by the door or put one up somewhere in the house to remind me of the flood, Baptism, that cleansed my heart and soul.

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