Week 3: Noah
Each week there will be a key reading, and a full reading. You might only have time for the key reading, and that's okay. In fact, that's why there is a key reading: so you don't get overwhelmed. Just read what you can. You might start with the key reading and come back to the full reading later. Just do whatever works best for you. This is about your spiritual growth... it's not a task to complete.
Genesis 6:5, 7-9, 14, 17-19, 22, 7:24, 8:1, 20-21, 9:12-15
The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground— But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. So God said to Noah… make yourself an ark of cypress wood… I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens... 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. Noah did everything just as God commanded him... The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days…
But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded… Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “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. 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. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.
Use these questions to lead a discussion with your spouse, your family, a friend, or even just with yourself.
In the face of mockery and rebellion, Noah still lived faithfully and walked with God. He chose to bravely live out his identity as a child of God. What is one place you can show more bravery in your faith? Maybe that's at your office, with your friends, or with your children.
Much like God purified the world through the waters of the flood in the days of Noah, today He purifies His people through the waters of baptism (1 Peter 3:18-22). God gave Noah the rainbow as a sign that he would never judge the world in that way again, and He gave you the sign of the cross to show that there is no more judgement for you. When you remember your baptism and see the cross, you can be reminded that God has only grace for you. What is one area of your life where you need that reminder?
Spend a moment in prayer, asking God to remind you of His covenant with you, and to give you bravery to live faithfully. If you'd like, you can pray this prayer:
Dear God, thank you for your promise of grace to me. I confess that sometimes I lose sight of Your grace and forget to walk with You. Remind me of Your grace given to me through baptism, and give me the bravery to live more faithfully. Amen.