Monday, March 11, 2019

2019.03.11 Hopewell @Home ▫ Genesis 6:13-22

Questions for Littles: Who spoke to Noah in Genesis 6:13? What did He tell Noah had come before Him? Why—with what was the earth filled? What will the Lord do to them? What does He tell Noah to do in Genesis 6:14? What to make in it? With what to cover it? What dimensions does God command (Genesis 6:15)? What features does He command in Genesis 6:16? What is God’s part to do with the world (Genesis 6:17)? What is God’s part to do with Noah (Genesis 6:18a)? With whom else is God establishing His covenant (Genesis 6:18-20)? What else does God command Noah to take (Genesis 6:21)? What does Noah do? 
In the Scripture for this week’s sermon, God drops a huge hint about how the Seed of the woman is going to crush the serpent’s head: by starting a whole new humanity.

This, really, is what is going on with Noah, isn’t it? God is wiping out all of humanity, and even producing a new earth. On the ark, He will put an entire new Eden, with every kind of animal, and all food for them. Noah is a new Adam—we are all descended from him. God is treating him, already, as covenant head—saving all his family, all his “humanity” with him.

But he isn’t the new Adam that we need. Oh, he’ll do as far as getting us to Jesus physically goes. But spiritually? That’s the bigger problem, isn’t it? And, spiritually, Noah isn’t even the new Adam that Noah needs. Let alone the new Adam that we need. Only Jesus is that!

There are things that only God can do. Only God can judge the earth (Genesis 6:17). Only God can make stand the covenant to save humanity (Genesis 6:18). And, in the end, only God can do even man’s part!

But God has also appointed means. He gave the command for the ark. He gave very specific commands about its materials, dimensions, and features. He commanded food.

God has also appointed means for bringing us to faith in Jesus. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. And means for growing us in Jesus. Sanctify them by Your truth; Your Word is truth.
In whom are you hoping to become part of the new humanity? Are you using His means?
Suggested Songs: ARP2 “Why Do Gentile Nations Rage?” or TPH260 “All Mankind Fell…”

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