Genesis 7:11-8:5 (ESV)
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 And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights. 13 On the very same day Noah and his sons, Shem and Ham and Japheth, and Noah's wife and the three wives of his sons with them entered the ark, 14 they and every beast, according to its kind, and all the livestock according to their kinds, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, according to its kind, and every bird, according to its kind, 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. The waters increased and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. 18 The waters prevailed and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the face of the waters. 19 And the waters prevailed so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered. 20 The waters prevailed above the mountains, covering them fifteen cubits[a] deep. 21 And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, livestock, beasts, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all mankind. 22 Everything on the 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, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens. They were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark. 24 And the waters prevailed on the earth 150 days.
The Flood Subsides
8 But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided. 2 The fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens was restrained, 3 and the waters receded from the earth continually. At the end of 150 days the waters had abated, 4 and in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. 5 And the waters continued to abate until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen.
Reading the story of Noah and the great flood reminds me of how powerful our God is. God created the world out of nothing so this story shouldn’t be a big surprise, but every time I read this story it reminds me that God also has the power to destroy everything that God creates. The forty days and nights of constant rain created a flood that covered the earth for 150 days. Everything on earth was destroyed, except for those on Noah’s ark.
After the 150 days, we read that God remembers Noah and his family, and allows the waters to recede. Later in the story God makes a covenant with Noah that God will never again destroy the earth with a flood again. God tells Noah that not only will this covenant be with Noah, but for every generation that follows.
God’s grace flowed out on Noah, just as it continues to flow on each of us. Although we fall daily into sin and the temptations of this world, just like the other people in Noah’s time, God has promised to forgive us of all our sins without question. Just as Noah was reminded of the promise of his covenant with God through the sight of rainbows, through the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus, we are reminded that no matter what, God looks down upon us with favor, and forgives us our sins.
Good and gracious God, when you established your covenant with Noah you promised to remember your creation and never again destroy the earth. Help us to remember the love you showed Noah and his family is the same love you continue to show to us today. May we receive your love, grace, and mercy with open hearts; eager to serve you and your creation. In
Jesus’ name, Amen.
Written by Pastor Adam Connolly Pastor of Outreach and Discipleship firstname.lastname@example.org