Saturday, November 22, 2014

Noah And The Ark Part 2 - A New Beginning

Noah And The Ark Part 2

A New Beginning

Now I realize that many people might say, "What does Noah's ark have to do with Thanksgiving?"
First of all. remember last week we all pretended to build an ark and I told you an ark is a great big boat or ship.

I was reminded this past week ,while thinking about this week's lesson, that the Pilgrims traveled by ship to what they called the new world .  It was a new beginning,  just as it was for Noah and his family.

Noah and his family were on the ark many,  many days.  It rained for forty days and in that time, I'm sure, they thought about all those people who rejected God.  They were so glad they listened to God.

 Noah and his family must of had many chores to do.  Taking care of all those animals kept them busy and entertained.  We all know that God's creation IS very entertaining.  They all sound different .  They all look different, they are individual miracles, created by the hand and mind of God.   

Even though there was  plenty to do,  I'm sure they wondered if they would ever see land again. 

After the rain stopped  Noah sent out a raven and it returned to the ark because it had no place to land. He waited seven days and sent out another bird, a dove, and it returned with nothing, then he waited again another seven days and again sent out the dove.  The dove returned with an olive branch, so Noah knew the water was going down.

Soon they would land upon the top of a mountain, Mount Ararat.  I'm sure they were excited to get off the ark.  It was a new world awaiting them.  A new beginning.  They had so much to do, they were the only people left in the world.  How tempted they must have been to leave the ark as soon as it landed.  But they waited until God told them it was time. 
Then Noah heard something, God spoke to him again.  He said it was time for His family and all of the animals to leave the ark.   They worked until all the work was done.  Then Noah, built an altar to the Lord, and offered sacrifices.  Thanksgiving, to Lord God for the new world.  Starting things out right, they worshiped Him.  

Noah and his family had so much for which to be thankful.  They must have felt as though the whole world belonged to them.  Noah's family was saved.  They were spared because they believed God and obeyed him.

Then God did something.  He did something beautiful.  A giant rainbow appeared and Noah and his family looked up at the many colors.  God told him it was a covenant between God and man,  A covenant is a promise.  God promised never to destroy the world with water again. 

Did you know that God always keeps his promises?  God has many promises throughout the Word of God.  One  that comes to my mind this morning, is that, " God will never leave us nor forsake us. "

God was with Noah and his family because they loved him and obeyed him.  They put God first.  All the people who died in the flood did not choose to love God nor did they choose to believe him.
Noah and His family were Thankful to God and they had a time of Thanksgiving to the Lord.  

Which brings my thoughts back to the first Thanksgiving of America.  They remembered the Lord and gave thanks to him for all his provisions. They celebrated the many blessings of Lord.  They trusted the many promises of scripture.  They knew God keeps his promises.  They too saw the rainbow created by God and thought of God's goodness to Noah and his family, after all they too had a new beginning after a long voyage. 

God is the God of new beginnings, not only in the true stories we learned about today, but also in our own lives.  God's desire is that we trust Christ as our Savior. Jesus died for our sins.  If we believe God and put our trust in Christ for our salvation the promise becomes real in our hearts., 

Noah and His family believed God. They built and entered the ark  and were saved from the floods.  When we trust and accept Christ we are saved from our sins.  We are saved through what Christ did at the cross. 

Noah and his family left the ark just as Christ left the empty tomb into a new life.  That's what happens in our heart when we trust Christ. Let's read this verse together.

2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Father God,  Thank-You for all your many blessing to us each day.  This thanksgiving season we want to remember how good you have been in providing salvation to us and also our everyday needs.
Be with each one here today and open their eyes to your Word. Thank - you so much for each person here and bless them as they walk with you.  

In Christ Jesus Name I Pray, Amen

Susan Nikitenko
Bible Lesson:
November 23rd,2014
Genesis 8
[1a] And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, .............
[4] And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.
[5] And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen.
[6] And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:
[7] And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.
[11] And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.
[15] And God spake unto Noah, saying,
[16] Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons' wives with thee.
[20] And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
[21] And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done..
Chapter 9:
 [13] I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
[14] And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:

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