E100 – Reading: Genesis 8:1-9:17
As you read the account of the flood, you can focus on the destruction it brought or you can contemplate on the love of God that gives mankind a second chance to begin again.
“I will never again curse the ground because of the human race, even though everything they think or imagine is bent toward evil from childhood. I will never again destroy all living things.
Mankind’s second chance has nothing to do with the fact that evil had been wiped off the face of the earth, but the second chance has everything to do with God’s love for His creation. Therefore, the account of the flood reminds us of several things:
1. There really is a consequence for our actions.
For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
2. God’s heart for man and mission for us still remains the same.
God blessed Noah and his sons: He said, “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill the Earth! Every living creature—birds, animals, fish—will fall under your spell and be afraid of you. You’re responsible for them.
3. God is a covenant keeping God, even when we fail.
Then God said, “I am giving you a sign of my covenant with you and with all living creatures, for all generations to come. I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth. When I send clouds over the earth, the rainbow will appear in the clouds, and I will remember my covenant with you and with all living creatures….
4. God is aware that the issue of evil starts from the inside out and not the outside in.
When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.
Therefore man needed a nature change and this nature change couldn’t take place until the consequence of sin was fully satisfied by a pure offering from a man. So God sent His Son to pay the price for our sin, so we can not only begin again, but begin again with a new nature.
For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ. 18 Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone.
So the next time you gaze upon a rainbow, let it be a remind you that God replaced an old covenant with man with an even better one! One that not only forgives us of our sin and gives us a new beginning, but gives us a new nature as well!