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The Messiah is so good. He has everything on earth under control. As believers, we are in His righteousness and receiving grace. How could one be truly just without His grace and guidance?
Today’s post is a bit different than others. It’s purpose is to hem your mind in to a theme and show you a few parallels to think about on your own, as personal time with God. The theme is the great flood and the parallels follow. 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. How ironic that life needs water to live, life is made up mostly of water, yet He chose water to destroy life on earth once-upon-a-time when eight people were saved by water. Noah was a preacher of righteousness and Elohim saved Him. “The imaginations of man’s heart was nothing but evil” is all we know about that time Noah lived through. That really is not much. So a question is formed: from what was Noah saved exactly? Maybe, it is best that we know only what we know on that one!
Let’s put that aside for a bit and glean the Scriptures. Here are some cogent questions to ask yourself while spending your time foraging through the verses set before you:
–What does the flood represent? The Lord is an artist and the world is His canvas. The Lord is always saying something with the circumstances He orchestrates. The something He is saying always has a good moral message, while showing us valid information about the nature of the unseen realm that He is teaching us about through the seen realm we are in but not part of.
–What does the ark represent? One way to eek out what He is saying is to break down the different pieces of the story and connect them to other historical events He has orchestrated for us. He is in fact making a point worth looking for in every page of The word. The common denominator of them all? Yeshua, Jesus, His Son, Our Savior, The King of kings and The Lion of Judah. When you learn what each part of the story represents you are well on your way to a deeper, more meaningful relationship with your Creator. A relationship where you understand what He means when He speaks in shadows and riddles. Being fully understood is pleasing to anyone, especially to The Creator. His lessons are designed to be secretive and hidden in plain sight with the masses often missing the mark, sometimes completely: “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter and the honor of kings to search out a matter.” is how He puts it in Proverbs.
–Why did God choose to destroy the earth’s living things with something they need to live: water? This question is worth asking again. It is a wonderful lesson to all with ears to hear.
You will not find much for guidance or interpretation from here on out. This article was written and designed for your personal relationship with Your Father through the work of your own hands, body, mind and spirit. I have been used to point out some tools for your study belt, to guide you to the theme of this study, and a few of the Scriptures used for the study. Now, it is up to you to utilize the energy and time and resources that God put into your hands to put on your thinking caps and search out the matter! I find it helpful to get a pen and paper, and write out the verses by hand. Something awesome happens when Scripture is penned by the hand of righteous people. It truly helps in having a much deeper understanding of the ways of The Father. Although you very well should find understanding just reading it, too.
You will find a lot bolded. The bolded words highlight parts that I found are linked together; however, you make your own findings because there are cross-references galore within these parallel texts. Enjoy!
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.>
Ch9.v1. <And God blessed Noah, and His sons and said unto them be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth>
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.v.4 <But the flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof shall ye not eat.>
Ch2.v.17 <But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, though shalt not eat of it:…>
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 father.>
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.>
What might nakedness physically teach us about our spirits, to which we have been given the task of caring for and cultivating?
Ch9.v25 <And he said , cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren>
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.>
Note: when Noah stepped out of the ark, he built an altar and a burnt an offering to The Lord. When Yahweh <smelled a sweet savor; and Yahweh 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 the curse the serpent caused in tricking Eve and tempting Adam into eating the fruit. The conversation they all had with one another is so ridden with a lack of integrity it 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 of our natural inclination to avoid responsibility. Lets take responsibility for our actions and bear the judgment of God, for His judgment is not like man’s. In doing so, we are disciplined and it helps us to see evil before it gets to us. It strengthens us against giving into the strength of evil when it tempts us. God’s judgment is good. He gives good gifts to all His children, imagine how much more so to those responsible enough to handle an outpouring of His good gifts?
These are only a few parallels within Noah’s flood 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 the world’s history, man’s relationship with our Father, and the story of the foundations of earth as we know it.
Closing Prayer: Adonai Yeshua, we lift up Your name: be lifted up and give us the faith to stream towards You. We have faith in You and the saving work You did at the crucifixion and we love You. Thanks so much 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. 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 into Your fold Yeshua HaMashiach, humbly we serve You in our brothers and sisters and wait patiently for You to return. Give us the strength to be blessed, to be fruitful, and to have dominion over the things of this world in exactly the way You will.