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Genesis 8

Posted by New Westminster Chapel on January 19, 2012

English: The ark of Noah and the cosmic covena...

And the dove came back to him in the evening, and behold, in her mouth was a freshly plucked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth. (Genesis 8:11)

Have you ever been in a desperate situation? No where to go, no one to turn to, no loving, strong and able arms to run into? What did you do and how did you get through it? The depths we plunge ourselves into in our foolishness and “wisdom” is beyond worth saving. When I look at how desperately and helplessly sinful I am and how graciously God saved me in Christ, all I can say is, “I don’t deserve it Lord, but thank you.”

The rains had pelted for 40 days and the earth was immersed in water. Noah and his family waited, and waited, and waited. In desperation they sent out a useless raven. Have you ever noticed how we are “so smart” to come up with our useless “way out?” I am sure the Lord graciously looks on us with our failed self-made and self-inspired resolutions  and says, “O ye of little faith … have I been with you for so long and you do not know me?” We often act like that – acting like the Almighty God we serve is no God at all. TRUST HIM TRULY TODAY.

Next goes the dove. This scene reminds me of Jesus’ baptism. There John is immersing sinners in River Jordan’s waters – repent and have you sins washed away! In walks Jesus and down comes the Spirit of God like a dove! Beautiful analogy isn’t it! God “baptized” the earth and the “dove” goes all over the earth and finds  life bustling in it and brings it back to Noah. Finally, God was pleased to remember His people and receded the waters and gave life once more.

In your own life, have you received God’s message of repentance? Have you been washed by the blood of the Lamb? And does the Spirit of God bring new nourishment to you everyday through God’s Word? Is that life in you or are you being overwhelmed with sin, the weight of guilt and  life’s pleasures and business? In Christ, you are hid and nourished by the Spirit if you but “take and read” His Word. You will find Him to be a true, sure and able Anchor and Saviour.

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Genesis 6

Posted by New Westminster Chapel on January 6, 2012

 The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually … But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD…  he did all that God commanded him.” (Genesis 6:5, 8, 22)

Self-righteousness is a trait I would have never dreamt of associating with myself. No one really would want to accept it. But truth be told, we all think we are perfect don’t we? We like to keep that sweet image of ourselves deep-seated within us so much so that anyone who points any wrong in us is quickly bashed down, ignored or hated. What would you do if everyone in the world knew the “real  you?”

God, however, clearly sees who we really are. When man fell and went about his ways, sinning more and more, God assessed the situation of man. He saw that every intention of the thoughts of our hearts was only evil and only evil continually. In other words, our hearts are bottomless pits filled with one evil intention after another – over and over and over again! Can you imagine that? Each of our hearts if split open and let loose could overly fill the entire universe with evil. It’s that bad.

I am always amazed to ponder on why a holy and pure God would take an initiative to save such wretched and deeply wicked men like me! It is one of those profound things that stagger me. Yet He mercifully and graciously promised and worked out His plan of reconciliation with man through  the life and death of His Son Jesus.The account of Noah and the Flood served to show the kind of punishment man deserved for his sins and how God would save some to be His people. Noah’s father had said that his son would be the one to bring them relief from all their  toil and labours of their hands.

Noah clearly foreshadows Christ in bringing the message of salvation from the wrath of God. In his day, people were called to believe that message and be saved from the flood. Something worse than a flood is coming  dear friends – God’s eternal wrath in hell. Yet through Christ Jesus, God freely offers us His Good News of Redemption. By believing in the Lord Jesus we will be saved and have eternal life with Him in heaven. Will you die when an offer so great, free, undeserved and unearned is freely given to you?  

Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel?” (Ezekiel 18:31)

RECEIVE THE GOOD NEWS TODAY!

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