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Genisis 5:8-11

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Hi everyone!

This Sunday, for our congregational scripture reading we will be reading together Genesis 11:5-8. 

 

“And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. And the LORD said, ‘Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another's speech.’ So the LORD dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city.”  

 

That God confused the languages was an act of grace and mercy.  He saw that had mankind been allowed to remain together and continue to work together, the sin and wickedness upon the earth would grow exponentially, which would have led to another swift end of humanity as God had done with the flood, only through a different means, of course.  Nevertheless, the promise of Genesis 3:15 that God would someday send a Messiah to crush the head of the Serpent could not be fulfilled should God continue to destroy humanity.  Thus, God confuses the languages and scatters the nations in order to bring about the fulfillment of the protoevangelium—the promise of Gen. 3:15.

See you Sunday!

Blessings,

Hexon

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Genesis 9:12-15

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Hi friends!
This Sunday for our Creation to Consummation reading, which we will be reading together, we will be reading Genesis 9:12-15.  
 
And God said, "This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh." 
In this passage we are told that God re-affirms the covenant that he had entered into with all of creation.  In the six-day creation event God established a covenant between himself and creation (Jer. 33:20-22; cf. Gen 1:14-19).  That is, he established a solemn agreement that he would preserve and sustain the creation along with its seasons and day and night.  Thus, in the Noahic Covenant God is re-affirming the covenant with creation in order to bring about the promise of Genesis 3:15, that he would one day bring about a Remember to crush the head of the serpent and deliver God's people from their sins.  God cannot fulfill the promise of Genesis 3:15 if he continues to destroy all of humanity.  Hence, throughout the Old Testament the rainbow served as a reminder to God's people that God would not destroy all of creation again before bringing about the promise of the coming Messiah.  Today the rainbow continues to remind remind God's people that God will not destroy all of creation until the promise of the coming Messiah has been fulfilled (2 Peter 3:1-10).  See you Sunday!
Blessings,
Hexon
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