As they disembark for the ark Noah’s first response is to build and alter and offer a sacrifice. I’m hoping for Noah’s sake that there was some sort of supernatural cleaning and behavior modification that went on with all those animals on that boat. I really can’t imaging the stink and mess that was possible. If there was not some supernatural intervention here I can totally see how thankful I would be to get off and yes, the first thing I would do would be to kill one of those animals. I mean I almost had an animal sacrifice here at the house yesterday and that was just over Chip Gaines, the Corgi, chewing up my house shoe! I think the biblical point here is that Noah’s response to what God had done for them was to worship. Noah was moved to praise the Lord, and that is really beautiful.
God then makes a covenant with Noah. We have to start watching for covenants as we read on because these are the set of rules for the time period we are reading about. If we don’t know our mode of operandi for the time period we can misinterpret what God is telling us. God asks Noah to live by:
1. Be fruitful and multiply, and be in charge of all the animals.
2. Set up human government.
Human government is important because its job is to keep wickedness in check. God is the God of order. He does not want it to be like “The Purge” up in here.
And now an awkward moment because of alcohol. (Man that could be the title of a memoir about someones college years, not mine of course because I sat around reading my bible in college) In the culture of the time people were really sensitive about their nakedness. Ham seeing his father naked and then talking about it was almost like he was trying to usurp his fathers authority over them. In the context of their culture we see why it is such a big deal. But also, our antagonist for most of the OT is born…Canaan.
After John’s arrest, Jesus starts His ministry. He has to leave the area because of persecution ( I know that because the same story in Luke tells us so), and Him leaving the area fulfills another prophecy from the OT. Peter, Andrew, James and John are all called by Jesus to become fishers of men. It tells us that they just immediately followed. Oh man, how I pray for that boldness for myself. To just follow Him no matter what, no matter where he goes. What was it like to not get hung up in the details of business, livelihood, father and possessions and just purely follow Him because your heart knows He is the One. Then you get to travel with Him and witness the fact that He “healed them all.” Amazing!
Yikes, this Psalm makes me a little nervous. Can you say to God, “Answer me when I call you!” You can hear the desperation in the Psalmist’s voice. (That’s right I just typed out Psalmist like I’m a bible scholar or something! I’m cracking up!) And maybe that is the point. These Psalms teach us to pour our most desperate desires out to the Lord. After all, He is the only one who can do anything about it.
I love how wisdom is in a public place, out in the open for everyone to see. The proverb before this one is all happening in secret. I feel this so often in my life. If I am doing something I feel like I have to hide from people it is probably not wise, it might even be evil.
Have a great day! 😘
PS: I’m getting really close to making this a blurb and not an essay. I get nervous though that as I try to be concise I may not be clear. If you have any questions or want to “at me” about something please email me at Sarah@thesarahgriffithblog.com