'Noah' Tagged Posts

'Noah' Tagged Posts

WAITING FOR GOD

So the rain finally ceased.  The waters slowly receded.  Noah waited. The total time on the ark for Noah and his family came to 1 year and 10 days.  The configuration of the ark was such that Noah had no clear view of things – what was out there or where he was going.  There was only the steady rocking and bobbing of the ark upon the surface of the deep beneath a gray sky.     Would the sun…

“MY SOUL WAITS FOR THE LORD”

We spend our lives waiting for things big and little.  We wait for our first day of school, for our first two-wheeled bike, for our first date, for our first job, for our driver’s license, for our life’s partner, for our first child, for grandchildren and for retirement. The danger, of course, is that we spend our lives so anxious about tomorrow that we lose all appreciation for today.  The ungrudging goodness of God is something to be experienced every…

THE GREAT SIMPLIFIER

People sometimes complain that the Bible is too difficult, that they can’t understand it.  Certainly, like anything else, you get out of it what you put into it. It does take faithful Bible reading habits to connect some of the dots, to see sinful man and a sinless Christ in the ceremonies and sacrifices of Leviticus, to get a handle on the numerous kings of Judah and Israel and the warnings and comfort to be found there, to use the…

WHAT’S WITH ALL THIS “40” STUFF?

Did you ever notice how the number “40” shows up in the Bible history lessons we learned when we were young? 40 days and 40 nights of rain ushered in the worldwide flood of Noah’s day. Moses spent 40 days and 40 nights on Mt. Sinai receiving the law.  He spent an additional 40 days and 40 nights praying for the rebellious children of Israel after they had thrown God over for a golden calf. Israel wandered for 40 years…

YOU CAN LEARN A LOT FROM A RAINBOW

“I have set My rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.  Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember My covenant…never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.” Over and over, God repeats this to Noah:  “Never again…never again…never again” will He destroy the entire earth with the waters of a flood.  From the New Testament…

THE GOD WHO INTERVENES

And now, some selected verses from today’s epistle lesson – 2 Peter 3: “First, know this: In the last days scoffers will come with their mocking, following their own lusts. They will say, ‘Where is this promised coming of his? For from the time that our fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they have from the beginning of the creation.’ ” Their line of thinking is this:  “You see, He didn’t intervene back then.  He didn’t intervene today. He is…

“FAITHFUL UNTIL DEATH”

There are probably ten different variations on a dark joke told among us Lutherans over the years.   Let’s go with the squirrel version. A little town gets invaded by a horde of squirrels.  There are squirrels everywhere. The townsfolk don’t know how to get rid of them.   So the town council asks one of their committees to do something.  They agree. They set all kinds of traps and release the squirrels outside of town.  But pretty soon they’re all…

BACK TO THE BEGINNING

In the next few months we will go back to the beginning, to the opening chapters of Genesis.  The first eleven chapters of Genesis take us back to when the world was young. Dr. Martin Luther wrote a massive commentary on Genesis – 8 volumes when translated into English.  He continued to polish that work until shortly before he died.  He called Genesis “the most beautiful book in the world.” The last century or so has not been as kind…

THE WISDOM OF GOD

Those who have heard of Albert Schweitzer have a number of images come to mind. That’s understandable.  In his 90 years, Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) was a brilliant philosopher, physician, musician, clergyman and theological writer.  Before he was 30 he won an international reputation as a writer, organist and organ builder.  He was also an authority on the works of the great Lutheran composer, Johann Sebastian Bach.  Many remember his medical mission in French Equatorial Africa, his founding of a hospital…

HOW TO FACE THE FUTURE

How are your plans turning out?  Are you where you thought you would be last year?  Five, ten or fifty years ago?   We joke about not buying green bananas – because we’re not so sure we’ll be around when they’re ripe enough to eat.   But behind the humor is the sad fact that our fondest plans for the future may not come to pass.  Our dearest dreams may get derailed.  We cannot predict the maddening interruptions, the unexpected illnesses,…

“THOSE WHO HAVE PERSEVERED”

Satan himself was permitted to afflict the ancient sufferer Job in his very body. So it is with the “daughter of Abraham” we meet in the 13th chapter of Luke.  We are not told what God’s purpose was in allowing the poor woman to suffer.  A loving God does not always tell us. What we are told is how long she had suffered.  Jesus refers to her as one “whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years.” Some problems…

“A MIGHTY FORTRESS IS OUR GOD!”

Psalms were meant to be sung.  The book of Psalms is the hymnbook of the Bible.  We no longer know what melodies the Hebrew people sang to the Hebrew words.  But we have based many of our own hymns on the psalms. “The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress,” says Psalm 46.  This is a mighty psalm.  It is the psalm on which Dr. Martin Luther based what many call “the battle hymn of…
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