Today: Genesis 8-11
Take note of God’s providence in the ark “coming to rest” on Mt. Ararat (8:4) . With such a large vessel, massive currents, and submerged mountains near the surface of the waters, this last stage of the voyage was probably more dangerous than all that went before. The ark could breach or rupture on the submerged rocks just below the surface, and all the inhabitants dashed into the waters. “The ark came to rest” reminds us that God’s providence not only guides the beginning of the story of salvation (our journey, too) but also its completion.
In chapter 9 we are reminded that people have been created in the image of God (9:6; cf. 1:26-27; 5:1-2). Humankind is a different kind of creature, one created for relationship (with God and others) and for rule (over God’s creation). We are given a mind, will, emotions, and a body suited for this calling. The original image included righteousness, which was lost at the fall, and later restored in Jesus Christ, the true Image of God (Col 1:15).
Also in chapter 9 we are told about God’s covenant with Noah, his descendants (cf. 6:18), and creation. The principle of covenant is one that will appear many times throughout Scripture. Our God is a God who calls people, makes promises to them, and keeps his promises to them. He brings people into a permanent and faithful relationship with himself.
In chapters 10 and 11 we learn of the beginning of the nations. Babel (Babylon) will appear again in the biblical story. One thing to note as you read: the authors of the Bible are interested in names and genealogies. Also geography. We are reminded time and time again that this is an historical record. These are not myths like “once upon a time” or “long ago in a galaxy far away.” These things really happened… to people and places with names.