The Flood

Today's Reading: Genesis 6:9-8:19

Do we serve a vengeful God? A bi-polar God?  After all, what kind of God creates everything, calls it good, then a couple chapters later regrets what he did (Genesis 6:6) and turns around and destroys it all with a world-wide flood?

That's a major sticking point for a lot of people, and I can't say I'd blame you if you were one of them.  In fact, I'd almost think there was something wrong with you if you didn't struggle with this!

The effects of the broken relationship between people and God has reached a type of climax: people have become so evil, have strayed so far from the relationship in the Garden, that God is now regretting and having second thoughts about all of this.  However, in the midst of the chaos, God shows himself faithful.  Humans may no longer be faithful, but he made a promise and he will abide by it, even if the rest don't.  And that says something about God and our ability to rely on him.

We humans are fickle.  We're easily distracted and swayed by the latest and coolest idea or gadget.  Our loyalties and priorities are constantly shifting.  But one thing that does remain for us is that we are constantly giving in to our desire to put ourselves first - to make ourselves gods over our own little creations.  This is fundamentally at odds with the relationship established in Genesis 1.  But while our commitments waver, God does not.

God decides to wipe-out creation with a great flood.  But not in whole.  Do the lives of a very small select group of people justify everything that God destroys?  That's one of those really hard questions.  But in any case, it's what God does.  God also instructs Noah on how to build an ark for his survival and the survival of a remnant.  God brings the animals to Noah.  God closes the door that protects them from the waters.  God lets them know when it's safe to come out.  In the act of judgement, God has also provided hope and restoration.

God is working in the story of Noah.  We may find it funny, odd, or offensive, but he is working.  His faithfulness to the promise of savior who would crush the serpents skull, is still on track