Today’s article is a guide in Bible meditation. Some of the parallels drawn will help and fill you up at face value. If you open up your Bible, and study it on your own with these things in mind it will help even more. That is what all of my posts are designed to do. This one is right out in the open about it. I hope it finds you well and you have a really great day.
As a precursor, let’s look at 1 Peter 3:20 <When once the long-suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing. Wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.>
We all have heard the story of Noah in the flood (Genesis ch.’s 6-9). It was devastating. It destroyed the entire world. Water is how it was destroyed, yet 8 people were saved by water. Noah was righteous and God was saving Him. From what was Noah being saved?
Let’s pray on that for a while and glean. With that knowledge there are a lot of questions to ask. The event was real, but at the same time it is used as a metaphorical story, or a lesson. Here are some questions to eek out some of the goodness: what does the flood represent? What does the ark represent? Why did God choose to destroy the earth’s living things with something they all needed to live: water?
Ch2.V7.<And The Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul.>
Ch8.v1.<And God remembered Noah, and every living thing and all the cattle that was with him in the ark and God made a wind pass over the earth and the waters assuaged.>
Ch1.v28. <And God blessed them, and God said unto them, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”>
Ch9.v1. <And God blessed Noah, and His sons and said unto them, “Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth.”>
There are three wonderful things here, if not more that are all parallel: a) God commands us to be fruitful b) God commands us to multiply c) God blesses us.
Ch2.v.17 <”But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, though shalt not eat of it…”>
Ch9.v.4 <”But the flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof shall ye not eat.”>
Here we are commanded not to eat particular things.
Ch3.v6 & 7 <… she took of the fruit thereof , and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of both of them were opened and they knew that they were naked.>
Ch9.v21 <And he drank of the wine and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. And Ham the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his dad.>
There are two things here also, if not much more: a) being ashamed of nakedness b) A curse is the result of the ingestion of a)fruit or b)something derived from a fruit. Well then, what does fruit represent and how does partaking of too much of it’s wine (essence) reflect problems within the human condition, a good thing that humans are prone to abuse?
Ch3.v.’s 14-17 <And The Lord God said unto the serpent, “Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. And unto Adam he said, “Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, “Thou shalt not eat of it”: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”>
Ch9.v25 <And he said “Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.”>
I dont want to expound on that. So we wont go there. When Noah stepped out of the ark he built an altar and a burnt an offering to The Lord. When He <smelled a sweet savor; and The Lord said in His heart, I will not again curse the ground anymore for man’s sake . . . neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.> It sounds like the Lord lifted some of the curse the serpent caused in tricking Eve and strong arming Adam into eating the fruit. The conversation they all have with one another is kind of comical. It is each of them passing the buck until the serpent receives blame. The Lord then curses the serpent and so forth. We should see this and be ashamed, let’s take responsibility for our actions. In doing so we are punished, indeed. In being loved of God it helps us to break free from sin. The Savior’s very reason for laying hold of those of whom He is betrothed, and His love is greater than any man’s problems.
These are only a few parallels within this story and they are to be found throughout the rest of the Bible. Go ahead and see what else can be found within these two accounts of earth’s History, man’s relationship with our Father, and the story of the foundations of earth, both of them, as we know it. We are stuck here aren’t we? Might as well get to know it from the the perspective of Him who Created it. It is a more accurate perspective than those who get paid in honor and mammon to use what they see today to explain what happened thousands of years ago.
Lord Yeshua, We pray that Your Name be lifted up and that we have the faith to stream towards You. We have faith in the crucifixion and we love You for Your sacrifice. Be real to us so that we have motivation to steer clear of sin long before we come face to face with it, like Adam and Eve should have done. We put on the shackles and chains of The Spirit so we can be freed from the bondage of sin with it’s shame and guilt. Brings us and keep us in Your fold Yeshua Ha-Masheach, humbly we serve You in our brothers and sisters and wait patiently for you to come again.