A New Beginning

Genesis 8:18-22

[18] And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him:
[19] Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.
[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.
[22] While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

INTRODUCTION

With this lesson not only is a new week beginning soon, but it will also be the beginning of a new year. What do you expect to happen during this year? Are you anxious to get started back to school in this new year? How would you react if all your familiar surroundings suddenly changed and you had to start all over in a  different place or new surroundings? Give this question some thought today as you study this lesson on “a new beginning” for the human race.

The lesson text tells how that Noah left the ark to find things quite different from what they were when he entered the ark. He was facing a new beginning. Feeling the need of God’s help, Nowah built an altar unto God to worship and thank God and ask for His help. Have you prayed to thank God for the past year and ask for His help for the coming year? Do you think it would be good to do so?

THE WORLD CONDEMNED

Genesis 6 tells that the people of the world had become very wicked. God was so displeased by their wickedness that He said He would destroy man from the face of the  earth along with every living thing He had created. However, one man, Noah, found grace in the eyes of the Lord (Genesis 6:8).

So, God told Noah of His plan to destroy mankind because of their wickedness. God then instructed Noah to build and ark so that Noah and his family could be saved from the destruction to preserve human life  on earth. Noah was instructed to build the ark in a certain way, with certain wood. God also instructed Noah to take two of every living thing into the ark, male and female, to preserve the earth’s animal life also. Noah followed God’s instructions exactly.

After Noah, his family and the animals entered the ark, God shut the door to the ark so no one else could enter. The rain began and continued for forty days and nights. Prior to this time it had never rained anywhere on earth. It rained so much that the water covered the entire earth even the highest mountains. Every person and all the land based animals died in the flood, except for the ones in the ark of safety.

NOAH’S NEW BEGINNING

The ark floated in the water for many days before it came to rest upon some mountains called Ararat. After several more days, God told Noah to take his family and all the animals out of the ark. How do you think Noah and his family felt when they went out in that strange land far from where they lived before? The land had been changed by all the rolling waves going over it for several months. There were no other living persons or animals around. Everything was different. So Noah felt the need to worship God and to seek his leadership and blessings in his “new beginning.”  He built an altar and sacrificed unto the Lord.

After Noah’s prayer of thanksgiving and desire for God’s blessing, God made a promise to Noah and through him to all mankind. That promise or covenant is recorded in verses 21-22 of the lesson text and Genesis 9:8-11. God promised that He will not destroy the whole earth with water again. He promised that there will be summer and winter and day and night until the end of the world. God set the rainbow in the sky as a token of this promise or covenant He make with Noah (Genesis 9:12-17). Noah received God’s promise of help and blessing in this “new beginning”.

CONCLUSION

What about you at the beginning of this new year? Have you  been saved? If not this might be the year the Lord reveals your lost condition to you. Maybe He already has. What will you do? Will you seek Him for salvation? A new spiritual beginning awaits you when you are saved.

Are you saved already? If so you have already experienced that new spiritual beginning. But, have you followed God and told about being saved? Are you  learning and growing spiritually? Are you seeking and trying to follow God’s will for your life? You are missing blessings if you have not followed God’s teachings and leadership.

My prayer is that this will be a year of spiritual blessing and growth for each person reading this lesson.

Published on December 30, 2009 at 4:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

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