Tuesday Genesis 7:1-24

Prayer: Holy God, teach us more about life through your Word, in Christ. Amen.

Waters of renewal, waters of life

18 The waters swelled and increased greatly on the earth; and the ark floated on the face of the waters.

Air, earth, fire, and water are the primal elements of creation. These were considered required for life in early biblical times. We know that water is needed to sustain life, and water is used in Noah’s day for destruction of life.  We know from current events that water can also be dangerous to life from floods from hurricanes and from winter storms. The most damaging part of hurricanes is the storm surge, where the winds push the water over the land.

Yet the waters of Baptism are healing, saving, and powerful. We acknowledge in our worship services and Holy Communion the importance of our Baptism.  Our devotion writer explains; “Baptismal waters wash away our old way of being and open us each day to the experience of being the new creation. Life renewed. Life refreshed. For the Christian, water is an essential building block for the ‘new creation.’”

Prayer: “O God, seal me again this day with the Holy Spirit and mark me with the cross of Christ. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

 

Genesis 7

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Great Flood

7 Then the Lord said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you alone are righteous before me in this generation. Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and its mate; and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and its mate; and seven pairs of the birds of the air also, male and female, to keep their kind alive on the face of all the earth. For in seven days I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights; and every living thing that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.” And Noah did all that the Lord had commanded him.

Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters came on the earth. And Noah with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives went into the ark to escape the waters of the flood. Of clean animals, and of animals that are not clean, and of birds, and of everything that creeps on the ground, two and two, male and female, went into the ark with Noah, as God had commanded Noah. 10 And after seven days the waters of the flood came on the earth.

11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened. 12 The rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights. 13 On the very same day Noah with his sons, Shem and Ham and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons entered the ark, 14 they and every wild animal of every kind, and all domestic animals of every kind, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every bird of every kind—every bird, every winged creature. 15 They went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in which there was the breath of life. 16 And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the Lord shut him in.

17 The flood continued forty days on the earth; and the waters increased, and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. 18 The waters swelled and increased greatly on the earth; and the ark floated on the face of the waters. 19 The waters swelled so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered; 20 the waters swelled above the mountains, covering them fifteen cubits deep. 21 And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, domestic animals, wild animals, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all human beings; 22 everything on dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died. 23 He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground, human beings and animals and creeping things and birds of the air; they were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those that were with him in the ark. 24 And the waters swelled on the earth for one hundred fifty days.

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