“Then the Lord said to Noah, ‘Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation.’” Genesis 7:1 (ESV)
What does this verse mean to us?
This verse comes from the Old Testament story of Noah and the ark. Most of us have heard this story plenty of times, especially if you’ve ever been to church or Sunday school. But, for those of you that haven’t, I’ll summarize it.
Back in the Old Testament, God saw that the world had become incredibly sinful. He decided it was time to wipe the world clean and get a fresh start. God would do so by sending tons of pouring rain to flood the earth.
Of course, God didn’t want to wipe out all of humanity, so he decided to choose someone righteous to keep the world going. He chose a man called Noah. God spoke to Noah and instructed him to build an ark. This ark would be big enough to float so that Noah and his family could survive the coming flood. God told Noah to put two of each animal into the ark, so that they could survive as well.
When people saw Noah building the ark, they thought he was crazy. They did not believe that God was going to flood the earth, and so they laughed at Noah.
But sure enough, when Noah was 600 years old, the rain came. It rained for forty days and forty nights until the entire world was covered in water. Because Noah built the ark as God instructed, he and his family and all the animals survived.
When the rain had stopped, Noah sent a dove to check for dry land. When the dove returned with a leaf, Noah knew that the flood was over.
Because Noah was righteous and willing to do as God said, he and his family were blessed and went on to re-populate the earth.
In this same way, if we are willing to listen to God and obey him, he will bless us as well.
Let’s start the week off with a prayer.
Thank you for this day. Thank you for your wonderful word that is the Bible. Thank you for all the great stories that show us how to live our lives and teach us to obey you. Help us to love and obey you in all that we do. Amen.”
-J. Edwards Holt
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