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Off the page: Genesis Ch. 9


February 2, 2021, 8:31 AM

“Off the Page” is a devotional series that involves reading 1 chapter of the Bible (I recommend reading it at least 3 times) and discovering what (at least 1 thing)  God causes to stand out to you in that passage.  

The Bible is an eternal spring of knowledge and life, and it is possible to see new things or different emphasis each time you read the same passage.  

I encourage you to read the chapter for yourself and see what God shows you before you watch the video and discover what God showed me.  

Off the Page: Genesis Ch. 9 - God’s blessing

Genesis Ch. 9 tells us of the aftermath of the flood and the repopulation of the planet by those who were preserved on the Ark.  

A few things occurred to me as I read this passage, but one thought in particular jumped off the page.  

Verse 1 tells us that “God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them...”

The God of the Bible is a God who delights in blessing those that honor Him, obey Him, and belong to Him.  Yes, God does have to judge sin, and yes, God does have to discipline us when we sin, but at the heart of God is a desire to bless His people. 

God blessed Noah and his Sons in several ways in this passage:

He preserved them on the ark from the cleansing of the earth.

He spoke to them and directed their lives.

He made them fruitful so that they could thrive in life and replenish the planet. 

He provided food for them in the animals and protected them from the animals. 

He gave instruction for the sanctity and protection of life. 

And he made a covenant with them, an agreement, a forever promise; that he would never again destroy life off the planet with a flood.

And he gave a perpetual sign in the sky, with the rainbow, so that they could be reminded of the promise and agreement that God had made. 

God delights in blessing His people today as well.  Just as he did for Noah and His family He has kept his promise and will bless us with provision if we will honor Him.  

Even when we fail and fall short, God still keeps up his end of His promise.  He even reminds us today of that promise with every rainbow we see in the sky.  

He is a great and worthy God to be praised, trusted, and worshipped.  

So what about you?  Do you see what I saw?  Did God show you something else or something different?

Seek Him in His Word.  He will be found, and that is the whole point of us reading His love letter to us...to seek Him, to know Him, and have a relationship with Him.  

Let God speak to you today!

Until next time, remember:  I love you.  More importantly God loves you!  Keep your eyes on Him!