God’s Word is alive and still able to do work in the deepest parts of our hearts if we let it. We’ve read seven more chapters in Genesis and they were filled with impactful stories that are still told today around the world.
“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.” Genesis 8:1
In Chapter 8 of Genesis, Noah and his family are in the ark and the flood is coming to an end. Let’s be honest- the flood can be somewhat hard to process. It’s easier to dwell on the cute animals in the ark instead of thinking about the flood itself. But we need this reminder: God is merciful and patient, but he must punish sin. Sin is what his children choose to do over being obedient to what He has called them to. God doesn’t cause the sinfulness of mankind. Even when we are faithless, God remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself according to 2 Timothy 2:13.
In the flood, we see the just judgment of our God and the salvation of one family that all families would come from. But how do you move forward after a flood of God’s wrath has been displayed if you’re Noah? You move forward on His promise! Despite human sin and the corruption of the earth, God graciously presents a fresh start to fallen humanity. God even blesses Noah and establishes a covenant with him and his descendants after (that would be you and me).
“I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.” Genesis 9:11
What a HUGE promise. God even knew man would still sin again while making this covenant. And He doesn’t stop there.
“I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth” Genesis 9:13. God gives a visual of his covenant to mankind—A RAINBOW!
“The rainbow is a product of sunshine and storm, and its colors remind us of the manifold (many-colored) grace of God (1 Peter 4:10).” –Warren Wiersbe
This God that we are reading about loves and cares for us enough to set a reminder in the sky that displays His faithfulness. May we worship the Promise Keeper, for He alone is worthy.
Before Genesis 11, all the people on earth had the same language. Then they come up with a not so great plan—to build a city for THEMSELVES.
Genesis 11:9 says, “That is why the city was called Babel, because that is where the Lord confused the people with different languages. In this way he scattered them all over the world.”
Did someone not tell them the flood happened three chapters before in Genesis 8 due to man’s sinfulness? It is evident that people want to be like God and control their surroundings. While we may not physically build towers to heaven today, we can still struggle with our surroundings and try to control things in our lives. What is one way that you need to release control and submit to Him today?
We move into Genesis 12 and are introduced to the calling of Abram. At the beginning of the chapter, the Lord said to Abram, “Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you.” Advances in technology today allow us to easily stay connected even across long distances. This was not the case in the day of Abram. But God was not calling him to be abandoned in the end.
“And I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.” Genesis 12:2
The story of Abram (whose name God changed to Abraham, meaning “father of many”) is one of GREAT faith, but also of great reward! This chapter reminds me to count the cost of following Jesus. The cost is worth it! The obedient life is the greatest adventure you could ever embark upon. Is God calling you to go somewhere or do something? Does the cost of following and being obedient seem too great? If so, be encouraged by the story of Abram. Your obedience will not go unnoticed.
We wrapped up our reading this week in Genesis 14. In this chapter we see the king of Sodom and his allies at war with their enemies. In the midst of it all Abram’s nephew, Lot, was captured. According to Mathew Henry’s Commentary, because Lot was a close relative, he should have been living among the tents of Abram as a disciple, not among the pagans of the land. Henry adds, “When we go out of the way of our duty we put ourselves from under God’s protection, and cannot expect that the choices which are made by our lusts should issue to our comfort.” Abram, blessed of God, defeated the enemies who captured Lot and brought back the plunder. God was indeed making Abram’s name great, even among pagan kings.
As you think back over Genesis 8-14, we’d like to challenge you to answer the following questions:
What did you learn about God this week?
What do these chapters reveal about mankind?
How does the text specifically relate to women?
Identify foundational truths from your reading that point to the bigger story of the Gospel.
There are many rich truths in these few chapters of Genesis. My prayer is that we move forward in God’s promises and be women of great faith. Our faithful God cares about the details in our relationship with Him. May we seek Him with all of our hearts.
*How has the Lord been speaking to you through the book of Genesis so far? Please leave your thoughts and comments below! And, there is still plenty of time to catch up if you want to participate in the #MMGenesisStudy over the next five weeks. Click here for details!