Today's text covered Genesis 6-9, the story of Noah and the flood. A couple of quick things that I noticed from this reading:
God is pained because of mankind's sin. He is truly saddened and grieved. It's different for me to think of God with emotions like that. But also, to me, that seems to be the reaction of a God who loves his people and is saddened that He is separated from them, not able to have with them the relationship that perhaps He originally intended.
After the flood, God makes a covenant with Noah. This is the first time we see Him make a covenant with a person, and it's just exciting to me, knowing the future covenants He will make, and knowing that above all, He's a God who keeps His word! Also, he put a rainbow in the clouds as a reminder of that covenant. Seems like often He uses a sign for His covenants with His people.
1. What does the story of Noah, the flood, an the rainbow tell you about God?
--God is grieved by sin. He will not tolerate it. He is holy and just, and sin will be punished. However, He desires to walk with us, and He will show mercy and grace to those who are obedient to Him. God is One to keep His promises and uses a sign as a reminder of His covenant with His people.
2. What passages in early Genesis reveal how God views and deals with sin?
--So far we've seen three examples of God dealing with sin. We see Adam & Eve in Gen. 3, Cain in Gen. 4, and the entire world in Gen. 6. In each of these situations, we see God's reaction to sin. We see that it separates us from Him. We see that He desires us to overcome it. We see that it saddens Him greatly. Yet He loves us enough to give us that freedom of choice in the first place. In each situation, the sin must be punished. However, in each situation, we also see His desire to show grace.