Here is the plan for getting caught up on the McCheyne Reading Plan. Rather than doing one day at a time, I am going to catch up on Genesis, then Matthew, then Ezra, then Acts. Today I will be posting on Genesis and then tomorrow get as much done as I can.
The first four words of chapter 8 lept off the page, "but God remembered Noah..." There is so much in that statement. Had God not remembered Noah, he'd have drowned. Had God not remembered Noah we would have never been born. Had God not remembered Noah everything would have stopped there. But because of His glory and His marvelous love God remembered Noah.
I am sure there is a significance with Noah setting forth a raven first and then a dove, but my sleep deprived mind cannot figure it out. Is it significant that it was a female dove?
It seems to me as if God is saying in verse 21, that he will not curse the ground or strike down every man again--EVENTHOUGH every intention of his heart is wicked. I am not certain that you can say this of regenerate man, but an unregenerate man you certainly can. This is an amazing contrast. Man=exceedingly wicked. God=exceedingly gracious and merciful. Sounds like Dr. Pelleteir had it right when he said the Bible presents the story of Man's Ruin and God's Remedy.
God initiates and establishes His covenant with Noah and his offspring (that's us). A couple of months ago (even while in the womb) I began reading The Jesus Storybook Bible to Isaiah. I really like how it tells this story:
"It wasn't long before everything went wrong again but God wasn't surprised, he knew this would happen. That's why before the beginning of time, he had another plan--a better plan. A plan not to destroy the world, but to rescue it--a plan to one day send his own Son, the Rescuer.The story of Ham not covering Noah's nakedness reminds me of Proverbs 17:9. "Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends." Ham should have done what his brothers did, covered up Noah and covered over the offense. This leads me to wonder, are there areas where I should "cover things up" instead of confronting them for other to see? This will certainly take much wisdom!
God's strong anger against hate and sadness and death would come down once more--but not on his people, or his world. No, God's war bow was not pointing down at his people. It was pointing up, into the heart of Heaven.
I would love to take time and research all of these names. It is neat seeing how the world was populated. Some of these names (nations) are very familiar from studying the Minor Prophets. It's fun knowing where these nations came from.
Is Nimrod a good guy or a bad guy? I've heard both. I've heard that he was a mighty hunter of God (meaning that he was going after God) and I've also heard that he was a great leader or something of the sort.
I wonder how advanced these people actually were? It is an excellent example of man-centeredness. They are really trying to make a name for themselves. The problem with man is not that he is incapable of doing great and significant things. Notice that God says, "nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them". That's a pretty stunning statement. So what is the problem with that? Every intention of their heart is wicked. When you combine those two things (a successful lust for self-promotion and a wicked heart that opposes God) you have a deadly combination. Just as he kicked Adam and Eve out of the Garden as an act of grace, so here he disperses man as an act of grace.
I wonder why they stopped in Haran and did not go all the way to Canaan? (v31)