Saturday, March 12, 2011

Day 4: Noah – Genesis 6-9

The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. So the LORD said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth—men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air—for I am grieved that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters came on the earth. And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood. Pairs of clean and unclean animals, of birds and of all creatures that move along the ground, male and female, came to Noah and entered the ark, as God had commanded Noah. In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights. The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down, and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. By the first day of the first month of Noah’s six hundred and first year, the water had dried up from the earth. Noah then removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry. By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry. So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives. All the animals and all the creatures that move along the ground and all the birds—everything that moves on the earth—came out of the ark, one kind after another. Then Noah built an altar to the LORD. The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done. “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”

God commanded Noah to build an ark. Noah built the ark and brought two animals of every species on the ark. Noah’s ark provided a shelter and a place to go for the animals and Noah’s family. God saved the world through Noah and the ark. God helps us by providing a church as a shelter where we can go and learn our faith and thus be safe.

-Madilyn Baumann

Jesus, Savior pilot me,
Over life’s tempestuous sea;
Unknown waves before me roll.
Hiding rock, and trech’rous shoal.
Chart and compass come from Thee.
Jesus, Savior, pilot me.

Jesus Savior Pilot Me from Lutheran Service Book © 2008 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
Schnorr von Carolsfeld woodcusts © WELS permission for personal and congregational use.

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