Imagine living on a livestock ship for over a year with no contact with the outside world. No radio, no TV, no electronics, no books or games. The ship is built for cargo; the length of 1 1/2 football fields and about half as wide, and it’s over 4 stories high. It has the same storage capacity of 500 semi-trailers, and has 3 decks full of different species of animals. Your job, with your 2 brothers and your dad, is to look after them all, feeding and cleaning …. and it’s all manual labor. Your mom and wife and sisters in law are in charge of the kitchen and living quarters – nothing fresh, because everything has been preserved. The eight of you are alone in the world, but you have the LORD to sustain you.
“With them in the boat were pairs of every kind of animal—domestic and wild, large and small—along with birds of every kind. Two by two they came into the boat, representing every living thing that breathes. A male and female of each kind entered, just as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord closed the door behind them.” – Genesis 7:14-16 NLT (http://bible.com/116/gen.7.14-16.NLT)
As much as I love animals – and my family – I’m not sure I could stand a whole year cooped up on a livestock boat with them. Especially not being able to go out on deck and see the sky, and not having my books or any contact with anyone else. Not knowing, really, what was going on outside the boat. Solid rain for almost a month and a half after the doors were closed and sealed, and at first, hearing people outside, many of whom were friends and acquaintances, screaming and crying and pounding on the doors to please let them in. Finally it got quiet, and for the rest of the year the only sounds from outside were the waves against the hull, and the whales when they would come alongside.
“And the floodwaters covered the earth for 150 days.” – Genesis 7:24 NLT (http://bible.com/116/gen.7.24.NLT)
The earth was completely covered by water, even the tallest mountains. Obviously, after 5 months of being completely underwater, every living thing that breathed on the earth had drowned. If you think on it, and look at archeological finds throughout the centuries, it all makes sense. Why are there fossilized shells and fish found on mountaintops? How did the dinosaurs end up in piles? Because the earth was completely covered in water for 5 months. It would be easy for God to do it again, and get rid of all of the corruption and evil in the world, except for His Promise:
“Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and there he sacrificed as burnt offerings the animals and birds that had been approved for that purpose. And the LORD was pleased with the aroma of the sacrifice and said to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground because of the human race, even though everything they think or imagine is bent toward evil from childhood. I will never again destroy all living things. As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.” – Genesis 8:20-22 NLT (http://bible.com/116/gen.8.20-22.NLT)
Aren’t you glad He promises not to again destroy all living things? He even gave us a sign to remember His covenant with us: “I have placed My rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of My covenant with you and with all the earth.” – Genesis 9:13 NLT (http://bible.com/116/gen.9.13.NLT)
Thankfully, we don’t have to go to an altar and make sacrifices of animals and birds like Noah and his sons did. In spite of God’s Mercy, humans continued to sin and made sacrifices to cover their sins. The earth recovered from the flood and became green and fertile again, the animals repopulated the earth with their offspring, and so did Noah and his sons.
“The sons of Noah who came out of the boat with their father were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Ham is the father of Canaan.) From these three sons of Noah came all the people who now populate the earth.” – Genesis 9:18-19 NLT (http://bible.com/116/gen.9.18-19.NLT)
“These are the clans that descended from Noah’s sons, arranged by nation according to their lines of descent. All the nations of the earth descended from these clans after the great flood.” –
Genesis 10:32 NLT (
See? ONE race for all mankind. If you will continue to read Genesis 10-11, the reason for our different languages and cultures will be explained.
But to God’s Ultimate Promise.
“In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through Him, and nothing was created except through Him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and His life brought Light to everyone. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.
So the Word became human and made His home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen His Glory, the Glory of the Father’s One and Only Son. For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing Love and Faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. But the Unique One, who is Himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us. I didn’t know [Jesus] was the one, but when God sent me to baptize with water, He told me, ‘The One on whom you see the Spirit descend and rest is the One who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I saw this happen to Jesus, so I testify that He is the Chosen One of God. ”
Then [Jesus] said, “I tell you the truth, you will all see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down on the Son of Man, the One who is the stairway between heaven and earth. ” – John 1:1-5, 14, 17-18, 33-34, 51 NLT (http://bible.com/116/jhn.1.1-51.NLT)
The Word is Jesus, and Jesus is God’s ultimate Promise to us. Because of Him, we no longer need a priest as an intermediary between God and ourselves, and no more animals need to be sacrificed. Jesus is our Intermediary and our Advocate, and He was the sacrifice to end sacrifices. Can I get an Amen for that??
Have you called on Him today?