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One Husband, One Wife, Five Children and Everything in Between

Jesse Tree

This is the account of Noah and his family.

Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.

Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high. Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubit high all around. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.”

Noah did everything just as God commanded him.

Day 3, and we are once again reading about Noah. Classic. Noah, the Ark, and the flood that changed to world is perhaps the most familiar Old Testament story of them all. So much so, that it is easy to trick people with this riddle: How many animals were on the Ark with Moses? None, Moses didn’t build the Ark.  {Just now, I realized that Moses had the Arc, not the Ark. Boy, I’m slow!}

What could be more child appropriate than a story about the violent world that Noah lived in. There is nothing terrifying about natural disasters that destroy life, right?

I find it as a wonderful story of redemption. In just 1,500 years (the time from Adam to Noah’s sons) the people as a whole had become full of corruption. Creation had been forever changed since its first creation, and perhaps God saw it fit for a reboot. Perhaps this was at the end of the death of Noah’s father. The last of a generation that maybe even knew Adam. Something drastic needed to change. In ways that only God would do, He chose to protect his creation of people and animals. When the ark was completed, two of every animal (7 pairs of the clean animals) were drawn to the Ark, loaded on, and saved from the destruction ahead.

Many scholars speculate that the first rain on earth didn’t occur until the flood. Also, many people don’t notice that the water that burst from the ground. (Gen 7:11-12) It rained and poured for forty day-zey day-zeys…oh sorry, 40 days and nights. This is the first record of the number 40 in the Bible. 40 is often seen as a time of judgment or testing (in 40 days or 40 years). Of course they were on the ark much longer than 40 days. 150 days later, the water receded. They remained in the Ark for another few months; waiting for the land to dry. Finally one year later, they are allowed to exit. Talk about cabin fever!

This isn’t where the story ends. Noah and his family worship God. He saved them, and the creation from destruction. Another glimpse to the Savior to come. God’s plan was not complete. A promise is given:

“Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.

22 “As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease.” Genesis 8:21-22

I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; 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. Genesis 9:11-13

Some promises that God makes are specific to one person or even one people. Other promises that he makes are for eternity. Know what I love the most about all of this? As a sign of this promise, because people are sinful by nature and are going to live displeasing to Him, he choose to use something found in his presence.

Jesse Tree day 3

In the book of Revelation 4, John is trying to describe all the things that are great and marvelous that he is seeing. He sees the throne of God, full of splendor, surrounded by gems and precious stones. Then he sees a rainbow encircling the throne. What a marvelous thought that God choose the very thing in his presence to be a sign to us. But that wasn’t the end, he sent his only son to us as well. If that’s not love, I don’t know what is!

Family Devotion:

gather books, magazine, or picture of God’s creation, or better yet, go for a walk in your neighborhood. Ornament and Bible

Talk about some of the things God made. Ask which of the things is God’s favorite? Which creation is your child’s favorite? Read the Bible story together. Remind your family that this is a promise that God reminds us of even still. Although bad weather can come, never will he destroy the whole world. He loves us and protects us from harm. Pray together thanking God for the Promise of his Son.

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