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REVELATIONS VERSE 21 CHAPTER 22 – LESSON 1B
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.
Grace is defined in The Student Bible dictionary as: Favor, grace, approval, kindness, good will.
The grace of God continues to be the topic for this lesson. The previous saints honored in scripture as mortals who were recipients of God’s grace, favor and mercy were Esther and Mary the mother of Jesus.
In this lesson we will explore how God’s grace, favor, approval, kindness and good will, is displayed in and to Noah.
The 6th through the 9th chapters of Genesis reveal God’s Grace and his wrath for the human race of Noah’s lifetime.
Mans image his body his being was created originally in the image of God. Man was created immortal without any imperfection perfect. He was intended to live forever. Humans were imperishable. When Adam and Eve ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of “GOOD” and “EVIL” the “imperishable, immortal” body or being of man was cursed and became flesh and blood, perishable, mortal, corrupt, subject to death. Because of their corrupt nature God set humans lifetime to extend for 120 years. (Gen 6:3).
The wickedness of humans became so pervasive that God was grieved he had created them. The sin of man was filling God’s heart with pain and sorrow because every inclination of humankind had become adverse to his desire for them. God made the decision to wipe all life animal and human from the face of the earth.
Because of his mercy and grace and because God cannot be unjust he made an exception for the one blameless and righteous human who worshiped and obeyed his instruction and who walked and talked with God.
Noah and his three sons Shem, Ham and Japeth, and their families were to be spared. God told Noah to construct an ark and gave him very precise instructions as to the materials and design for its construction.
God told him he was to put on the ark two of every living creature male and female… two of every bird, every animal, and every creature that moves on the ground. Every kind of food that can be eaten was to be stored for the animals, insects and Noah’s family.
Noah was to take seven of every kind of clean animal a male and its mate and seven of every kind of bird.
Noah did all that God instructed him to do. The Lord sealed Noah and the other occupants in the ark.
The grace of God is the seal that all men need for eternal and earthly righteous living. In the ark Righteous Noah and those with him were spared the wrath and judgment of God.
Chapter eight tells the redemptive story. God remembered Noah. The remembrance was more than a recollection of him in the mind of God it triggered the concern and loveing care indeed the grace and favor he had for these righteous ones. From verses 8:2 to 9;3 of Genesis we discover a whole series of new beginnings similar to those of creation.
Righteous Noah made one of the very first of his actions one that showed his love and gratitude back to God. He built an altar and placed some of the clean animals on it as an offering to God for sparing his life and the lives of his family and the lives of the creatures with them.
God responded to this act of worship with a gracious act of his own. “Never again willWill I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from child-hood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.
“AS LONG AS THE EARTH ENDURES,
SEEDTIME AND HARVEST.
COLD AND HEAT,
SUMMER AND WINTER,
DAY AND NIGHT
WILL NEVER CEASE…”
I WILL DEMAND AN ACCOUNTING
FROM EVERY ANIMAL.
FROM EACH MAN, TOO,
I WILL DEMAND AN ACCOUNTING
FOR THE LIFE OF HIS FELLOW MAN.
WHOEVER SHEDS THE BLOOD
BY MAN SHALL HIS BLOOD
FOR IN THE IMAGE OF GOD
HAS GOD MADE