Lesson for September 26 – Noah and the Ark (Genesis 6-9)
God had willed a creation ordered around stewardship and Sabbath rest, but creation resisted its creator and betrayed God’s purposes. God is seriously grieved by the creation. The evil heart of humankind troubles the heart of God.
Noah is a sign of future possibilities. He alone is not at odds with God. God makes a vow with Noah and all of creation based on God’s decision and character, for God recognizes that the human heart has not changed and will not. Hope for creation can be based only of God’s patient love. Humans will betray their creator, but God will, and does still, keep promises.
In these Bible verses, we hear again words from the first creation story. Humans remain in God’s image. They are still to be fruitful. But now God is deeply aware of human weakness. Grace is God’s willingness to try again with us. We see God’s vulnerable love and God’s power over destruction in the saving events of Jesus’ death and resurrection.