GENESIS 7:16 A male and female of each kind entered, just as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord closed the door behind them.
*Once sin had entered into the world, human beings quickly degenerated. Instead of becoming more like God, as the serpent had promised, human beings became more and more unlike God, or ungodly.
It never ceases to amaze me how the Spirit teaches. The world gave us a thwarted and not biblical portrayal of this very important portrayal of God’s character, as He judges sin but extends grace. Hollywood moved the emphasis from God to some man-made caricature Of Noah. As I study these chapters I see many words describing our Lord’s grief, and the ample opportunities He gave the world to repent. I see Noah, by faith, trusting God for 120 year constructing the ark. There is little description of Noah’s emotion, but very much about God’s character.
Because of God’s holiness,He cannot look the other way when it comes to sin. No one is exempt from the consequences of sin. He must judge sin and, by doing so, keep it in check.
In Sunday school we’ve left Revelation and have moved right into Genesis. I thought I would get an emotional respite, but Genesis has really stirred me in many ways. Of course the obvious need for Adam after being widowed, but more so the revelation of God’s character in these chapters, especially His holiness and grace. It pains me to answer this question”
*How do people today presume upon God’s patience? In what ways would our community be different if everyone took seriously God’s holiness?
*As part of His divine plan for beginning anew, God brought one male and female of every living species to the ark. God would use Noah and his family to repopulate the earth and the animals to do the same. WHEN EVERYONE WAS SAFELY ON THE ARK, GOD HIMSELF SHUT THE DOOR.
I am so grateful and relieved that I can have faith and trust in God’s master plan. It is He who shuts the door and keeps me safe.
*taken from LifeWay/Adults Fall2015