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Did You See That? October 11, 2016

Posted by Michelle Knoll in Devotionals.
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Welcome back to our story, faithful readers!

As the scene opens, a very interesting statement is made by God to Noah. And this statement literally changes everything.

And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.”  Genesis 9:2-3 KJV

Apparently, before the flood, there was no fear between mankind and animals. No dread, no fear. Doesn’t that make you wonder what life was really like between mankind and animals? I don’t know that real life was the same as life in Narnia, where the animals talked with people and they worked together, but there was definitely a strong enough difference in how the two got along before the flood, and how they were going to get along after the flood.

And then in the next verse, God says every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you. So what did Noah and his family eat before then? Did they eat only certain types of animals, such as sheep? Or did they eat only vegetables and fruits? We don’t really know for sure. What we do know is that God made a declaration that changed everything. The animals would no longer be friendly to the humans, they would instead be fearful of humans. Plus, they would all become food for humans.

This, dear readers, is a big change for Noah and his family. They had to learn to hunt, to trap, to fish (if they weren’t already doing so), and to kill different animals.  They were already performing sacrifices, so they already knew how to skin an animal. But did they know how to scale a fish and prep it for cooking? Did they know how to pluck feathers? Or was this going to be a new skill they had to acquire?

Life changed in big ways for Noah and his family. The animals were now afraid of them. And it makes me wonder if Noah and his family would now become afraid of the animals. Now, they didn’t have to become afraid. But what does an animal do when it feels trapped and it’s scared? It growls. And how does a person react when an animals growls at him, usually? He reacts with fear. He tenses up. He doesn’t know what the animal is going to do, so he becomes afraid of the animal.

A whole new world, clean from the sin that covered the earth before the flood. New possibilities, and new opportunities, but also new responsibilities, and new thought processes. A lot to absorb and learn!

When life changes suddenly, it can be scary sometimes. It can also be frustrating, and challenging.  Isn’t it good to know that our God, the Father of all of us who follow Him, is there for us. He is willing and ready to help us through all the sudden changes we experience. Rest in that as you end your day, and sleep knowing that He is watching over you.

And next time we will cover the second big change that happened after the flood.

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“The Rains Came Down and the Floods Came Up…” August 24, 2016

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Dear Reader, have you ever heard that old Sunday School song? The song is actually about the wise man who built his house upon the rock, and the foolish man who built his house upon the sand. When the rains came down and the floods came up, the wise man’s house stood firm but the foolish man’s house went SPLAT!

But in our story, the wise man built an ark.  And when the Lord told Noah it was going to rain in seven days, the wise man Noah took his wife, sons, and daughters-in-law and got into the ark. They sat in the ark for seven days, with all those animals, and waited.

And then?storm cloud and lightning

The rains came. And they came. And they came.

It was a downpour like none other. It rained so much that it lifted the ark up off the ground! The ark floated during this terrible storm, tossing back and forth.

What do you think Noah felt like? Do you think he was scared? Do you think he was sad? All of his relatives were gone now. Do you think he was grieved? I think he was.

What do you think was going on in the ark? Do you think it was quiet? Or noisy? Do you think the animals were all calm during the storm? Or do you think they were agitated?

There are so many things we don’t know about this great flood, and how the animals handled it, and how Noah and his family handled it. We do know that Noah had stored enough food for all his family and all the animals to eat. We do know that it rained solid for forty days and nights. We do know that the waters covered the entire earth so much so that the water level was way above the mountains that existed at the time, at least 22.5 feet above the highest peak.

And believe it or not, the water stayed there for 150 days after it was all over.

Rain is good for the land, but when it seems like the rain isn’t going to stop, it can get very wearying. Have you ever been at home and listened to a downpour? Did you ever wish it would stop? Then imagine how Noah felt, listening to rain for forty whole days.

I can’t imagine what that was like. Listening to the rain that won’t stop, feeling the ark pitch and rock, hearing the animals in their different rooms, looking at his wife’s face, his sons’ faces, their wives’ faces, wondering what they’re all thinking.

And then floating for 150 days. Nothing to do but float, and look out the one window he had built into the ark.

Safe, and together. But now alone in the world.

Readers, you may be going through a problem that you feel will never end. You may feel all alone in the world, and you may feel weary because of what you’re facing. You may be scared. You don’t know the future, and you’re not sure you’re going to make it.

Be at peace. God is with you. And just like Noah, God is watching over you, and He will keep you safe.

Sleep well tonight.