Prayer: Gracious God, lead us by your Word, in Christ. Amen.
God sustains life
16 When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”
I didn’t know that some people think that when the Lord comes, He will destroy the earth, but our devotion writer says so. I guess I think of Jesus coming as the end of the earth as we know it. But I prefer to think that the beauty of God’s creation will be preserved. From today’s text, we are reminded that God caused a great flood and decided to start over with Noah and his family.
Our devotion writer explains; “but as I read the Scriptures and listen to God’s Word, I’ve come to realize that God has promised not to annihilate the world. Instead God promises to sustain and care for the earth and its creatures forever. Followers of Jesus Christ trust that God will complete and transform creation into a new heaven and a new earth.”
When I was very young, my mom told me about the sign of the rainbow. I can remember how she told me about the great flood and Noah and that God created the beautiful rainbow to tell us that He made a new promise to Noah and would not destroy the world by flood again. Every time we see a rainbow we can remember that God promises to care for the earth and His promise of love and the hope of peace.
Prayer: “When the fire of hatred overwhelms me, O God, help me to see your promise of care, through Christ. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
The Covenant with Noah
9 God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. 2 The fear and dread of you shall rest on every animal of the earth, and on every bird of the air, on everything that creeps on the ground, and on all the fish of the sea; into your hand they are delivered. 3 Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; and just as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. 4 Only, you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. 5 For your own lifeblood I will surely require a reckoning: from every animal I will require it and from human beings, each one for the blood of another, I will require a reckoning for human life.
6 Whoever sheds the blood of a human, by a human shall that person’s blood be shed; for in his own image God made humankind.
7 And you, be fruitful and multiply, abound on the earth and multiply in it.”
8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, 9 “As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, 10 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. 11 I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12 God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13 I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17 God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”