Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Welcome to Day 3 of our Vineyard Life Journal blog! Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Apart from a lengthy and circular discussion about the Nephilim (who they were and where they came from?) What immediately struck my heart was this passage in chapter 6:5-6, “that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. 6 The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.” I have regrets in my life, but this is tragic to me. God was so disappointed in humanity…
6:8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. 6:9 Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. 6:22 Noah did everything just as God commanded him.
Sidenote: Seven pairs of every clean animal, but only one pair of every unclean animal. You never see that in a kid’s book about Noah… Then he sacrificed some of the clean animals after they got off the ark!
I also took note that there is no record in these chapters that Noah was mocked or that he pled with anyone to come with him, other than his wife, his sons and their wives. It makes sense that people would mock and jeer and laugh at this situation, but the Bible does not state that. It’s easy to take conjecture and make it scripture. We just naturally fill in the blanks around these stories as though it is truth…
Luke 3 I love that there is a genealogy of Jesus from Joseph all the way back to Adam. You hear people talk as though the Bible is full of fictional characters… but these people really lived, and here’s the family tree. (Worth noting that this genealogy varies from the one in Matthew, they are the same from Abraham to David, but vary from that point forward, again, there is much speculation as to why.)
In a parallel passage to Luke 3, John 3 states, “He must become greater; I must become less.” Jesus said that among men there is none greater than John the Baptist (Matthew 11) but the least in the kingdom is greater than he… The more John knew his place, the greater he became. As he proclaimed Jesus’ greatness, his own was displayed. The more he decreased, the more he increased… then he was imprisoned for calling out Herod’s sins and wickedness, ultimately beheaded. He was Jesus’ cousin… this is one of those instances where one might ask, “Didn’t Jesus care enough to stop it from happening??” But Jesus knew it was the Father’s will… it had to happen… Still, very sad and troubling.
The flood certainly didn’t end wickedness…
We are called to be “Noah’s” and “John the Baptists” among the people of our time. To walk uprightly, to be blameless among our generation. Easier said than done.
We are sometimes criticized for our practical application of the Bible… but take note of what John the Baptist said people should do when people asked him… v 11″ John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” v 13 “Don’t collect any more than you are required to” and “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay.” \
That is practical life application.
Lord, help me to walk uprightly before you among this generation… to be the kind of man that would give one of my shirts, to share my food, to be honest and content with my pay. I know the heart of men haven’t changed since the days of Noah… the flood didn’t erase that, but as David prayed in the Psalms, create in me a clean heart oh God.