Throughout Advent, we posted blogs each week based on the Lectionary Readings for the previous Sunday. It was truly an awesome experience to travel through Advent with the universal church by praying, meditating, and responding to those texts. We loved it so much, we thought we’d do it again throughout Lent.
Then God spoke to Noah and his sons: “I’m setting up my covenant with you including your children who will come after you, along with everything alive around you-birds, farm animals, wild animals-that came out of the ship with you. I’m setting up my covenant with you that never again will everything living be destroyed by floodwaters; no, never again will a flood destroy the Earth.”
God continued, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and everything living around you and everyone living after you. I’m putting my rainbow in the clouds, a sign of the covenant between me and the Earth. From now on, when I form a cloud over the Earth and the rainbow appears in the cloud, I’ll remember my covenant between me and you and everything living, that never again will floodwaters destroy all life. When the rainbow appears in the cloud, I’ll see it and remember the eternal covenant between God and everything living, every last living creature on Earth.”
And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I’ve set up between me and everything living on the Earth.” — Genesis 9:8-17 (MSG)
One of the underlying themes of this Lenten season is Covenant. Throughout the Scriptures we find instances where God is making a covenant with man. And with each of these covenants, we see signs pointing to God’s Great Rescue Plan.
At Advent, we hope for Messiah–Rescue–to come. At Christmas, we celebrate His coming. In Lent, we watch as the Rescue Plan comes to fruition.
In today’s text, we find Noah and his family emerging from the Ark. They have been rescued from a flood. While all others have perished, they are rescued. And God makes a covenant.
A covenant that says, not only did I rescue you, Noah, but I will continue to rescue your descendants. Generation to generation to generation, I will rescue.
As we march through Lent, we will find ourselves talking about covenants. Lent leads us to the fruition of God’s Great Rescue Plan–His ultimate covenant with man. With each passing text throughout this season, we will see God’s covenantal nature, and watch as He brings His Kingdom to bear.
Covenant says, “I will do anything it takes at any cost to me to see you become who God made you to be.”
God’s rescue plan for Noah and his generation was the Ark. Enter the Ark and you survive. Don’t enter and you die.
And so, here two thousand years later, we are spiritually presented with the same options. Enter into the rescue plan and you will live.
While that is a stark point, the beauty of it is that God always has a rescue plan. He has covenanted with man that there would be rescue. He has covenanted that He would keep open a rescue. Accept the rescue and live. Yet, not just live. Live life to the fullest. The whole package deal–soundness (body, soul, spirit), general well-being, happiness, forgiveness, prosperity, rescue, liberation, release, restoration, safety, preservation, healing, and deliverance. In other words, to have life and have it to the fullest (John 10:10).
Board the Ark.