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From the Line of David: Noah

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Recap last few weeks

We’ve paused a little bit on our series titled “From the Line of David” because you guys have asked some fantastic questions!
We started off a month ago now with this idea of a “meta-narrative.” Remember we watched some trailers from Frozen and the Lion King and talked about how we as humans are simply wired to connect with stories that are laid out in this fashion
Then as we dove into the story of Creation a bit, some things seemed to click a bit and you started asking questions.
We then took the next week and dove into the creation story a little bit deeper which lead to even more questions
Then last week, we had Pastor Brian come in and talk about some of the questions that you guys had asked. Questions which by the way, are incredibly difficult questions to answer and questions that quite honestly, sometimes there are not good answers to.
All of these questions seemed to come from this idea that there is an “upper story” all through the scripture. God has a plan and is in control over everything! Which by the way is called his sovereignty.
We talked about how we see this “upper story” through the history of how Christ came to this earth. We briefly hit on some of the genealogies that show that despite humanity’s consistent failures, God still orchestrated things in a way that lead to this messiah coming “from the line of David.”
This idea of the messiah coming from the line of David is amazing in and of itself. Remember we talked about how God perfectly orchestrated this bloodline so that even when people tried to say that Jesus was not biologically Joseph’s son (because remember in those times it was the father’s name and lineage who mattered) that even Mary can be traced back to David. On top of all of that, remember how we mentioned God even showed us how He is in control and how He is a God of order even to the details of the numbers of Generations from Adam and Eve to Christ.
Remember we had from Adam to Abraham 21 generations (a multiple of 7)
From Abraham to David was 14 generations (another multiple of 7)
From David down to Zerubbabel was yet another 14 generations
From Zerubbabel down to Jesus was yet another 14 generations
In case that isn’t cool enough, from Adam the whole way to Jesus on Mary’s side was 77 generations!
So we’ve gone over all of this with the intent of showing you guys that this book is not just some randomly thrown together collection of stories like so many of us have thought that it is.
Each and every story, each and every person, ALL OF IT was perfectly orchestrated and threaded together so that we can see a glimpse of how our God is a God of order and a sovereign God and how God is in control over every circumstance.
But even more than that, our God shows us grace and continues to work through us as humans despite how often we think that we are God and that we are in control.
That’s where the meta-narrative comes into play! Remember the elements of the meta-narrative?
Perfect beginning/creation/things are as they should be
catastrophe or disruption
redemption/the Hero wins
restoration/things put back to the way they were supposed to be

Noah

So before we get started this evening, as you have questions, do me a favor and write them down or remember them and chat about it in small group together.
So we’ve seen how this book is perfectly put together in a way that shows us a glimpse of who our God is. We’ve taken a look at how this structure of a meta-narrative comes into play with the creation story and we’ve mentioned that almost every story in the bible contains this meta-narrative structure, while also fitting into the larger “upper story” which compiles that meta-narrative that overarches the entire text. CRAZY
Tonight we jump into the next story in Genesis where we see this structure playing out.
So we’ve seen the perfect creation of well… creation. We saw the catastrophe when Adam and Eve at of the forbidden fruit and thus lead to the curse of sin. Then we see the redemption and the hero winning when God lays out the curse on the serpent where he tells him that “you will bite his heel and he will crush your head.” Then we see the restoration when God shows them how to make clothes from the skins of animals which shows us the first instance of the shedding of blood for being required for payment of sins.
So all is honky dorry again and we are back to perfection! Right?! Well…
Well for starters we have Cain and Abel in Genesis 4. Who remembers how that goes?
Then we see this record of the lineage from Adam to Noah. So a google search to do some of the addition for me, which we could do if we really wanted to, but for tonight, we turn to google… tells us that there were 1,656 years from Adam to Noah.
During those 1,656 years, after humanity has been given this perfect creation in earth, messing it up, being forgiven for their sins and then being put in a place for a second shot at things, all should be going well right?
Check out Genesis 6:5-6 starting in verse 5.
Genesis 6:5–6 ESV
The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.
God is done. Like D. U. N. done…
It tells us that every single intention of mans heart was evil… continually.
Humanity has decided that they don’t need God and that they can be in control and that they can be in charge.
Check this out… look at what God says when he sees the condition of humans on the earth… Genesis 6:7
Genesis 6:7 ESV
So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.”
He regretted it!! I don’t have a fantastic answer for this question but I would love for you guys to discuss in small group this idea of God regretting creating humanity.
He is so upset about it that he decides to “blot” out everything! But…
Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord
Genesis 6:11–14 ESV
Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch.
So God gives Noah direction on how to build an ark. An ark that will only house Noah and his family, and 2 of every living thing
Genesis 6:17–22 ESV
For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every sort into the ark to keep them alive with you. They shall be male and female. Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground, according to its kind, two of every sort shall come in to you to keep them alive. Also take with you every sort of food that is eaten, and store it up. It shall serve as food for you and for them.” Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.
I want to go back to verse 18. Genesis 6:18
Genesis 6:18 ESV
But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.
Boom. There it is. Yet again.... even while there is punishment necessary for the evilness of humanity, God (as some of you guys are used to hearing) reaches out and offers humans another chance.
So we have the story of the Ark. Up until this point, it had never rained on the earth before. During the creation story we are told that the dew of the morning was enough to keep the ground moist and allow things to grow.
This was something that we dove in to a bit last year when we hit this story with a different series, but just really quick for the fun of it… imagine a 500 year old dude building a boat because he claims it’s about to rain… when you don’t even know what rain is! lol
Anyway, the rains come. We know that it rained for 40 days and 40 nights. Quite literally everything on the face of the earth was killed. Everything. If it wasn’t in the boat… it died. You know the old “ctr, alt, delete” trick on your computer? Yea God hit those buttons on this one
So Noah and his family and all of the animals are in the ark for quite some time. We get the story of Noah sending out the birds to see if they return and eventually a dove returns with an olive branch. He waits a little bit and then sends it out again and this time it does not return. Now Noah knows that the waters have receded.
Check out Genesis 8:14-19
Genesis 8:14–19 ESV
In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth had dried out. Then God said to Noah, “Go out from the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh—birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth—that they may swarm on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.” So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him. Every beast, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out by families from the ark.
So now we get to one of the most important passages in scriptures in my opinion. Noah and his family have exited the Ark, and let’s check out Genesis 8:20-Genesis 9:17
Genesis 8:20–9:17 ESV
Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And when the Lord smelled the pleasing aroma, the Lord said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done. While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.” And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man. “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image. And you, be fruitful and multiply, increase greatly on the earth and multiply in it.” Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, “Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the livestock, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark; it is for every beast of the earth. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

Tie it all together

So we’ve seen the meta-narrative in the story of Creation.
We’ve seen God give humanity a second chance. We’ve seen him yes require atonement for sin and the necessity of the consequences of sin, but He has wiped the slate clean and given them another chance.
Then… they screw it up again so bad that God is ready to just kill them all. The text says that he literally regrets creating humans. Like woah…
But then we see another shot being given to humanity. Once again, there’s a price that must be paid for sin, but God offers humanity yet another perfect beginning through Noah and his family.
In the creation story, we see God make a covenant with Adam and Eve and first mention the coming of a messiah someday and now with Noah and his family off of the ark, we see God make another Covenant with humanity.
He promises that never again will a flood consume all life on the earth. He in fact gives the exact same command to Noah that he gave to adam and eve when he says “be fruitful and multiply.”
Similarly to how God shows adam and eve how to make clothes from the skins of animals, he lays out some guidelines for Noah to keep up with his end of the bargain.
He places a bow (or rainbow) in the sky as a reminder of this covenant. As a reminder of this what are we at now like 3rd chance that God has given humanity?
Side note… come on people. Let’s someway somehow take back ownership of the rainbow. The rainbow as put in the sky for the very first time by God himself as a reminder to us that he is God… that He saved us… and that He will never again wipe the earth of all flesh. Everytime we see a rainbow in the sky, we should be humbled to our knees that our God, for some crazy reason, deemed it necessary to show us time and time again that He has made promises to us and that he will never fail us. It should all but anger us when we see this symbol given to us by God being used to represent what it represents today. For crying out loud it’s not a symbol of gay pride… it’s a symbol of God’s covenant with the only thing that he created with his bare hands and then said that it was very good....
Ok off my soapbox now…
To recap really fast...
God gives humanity another shot after the fall and exile from the garden of eden
Humanity completely turns its back on God so much so that we see that he literally regrets creating them
With the exception of Noah and his family and the 2 of every type of animal, God wipes the earth of everything.
God recedes the waters and makes a covenant with Noah and his family. He gives them almost the exact same direction that he had originally given adam and eve and things are back to the way they are supposed to be.
but wait there’s more....
like when do you think humans will get it!!
The very next section in your bibles, you will see that after the flood, Noah became quite the wine connoisseur. So much so that he basically gets black out drunk and he’s sprawled out butt naked in his tent. His sons then come find him lying naked in his tent and do some not so nice things to him which leads to Noah cursing his own family and as you continue reading, then you find that once again Humans think that they are God, so much so that they decide to build a tower to the heavens.
Like good grief… time and time again humans just keep screwing up and God keeps offering redemption. Let’s go jump into small groups and dig into this a bit more together.
Lets pray
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