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Br. Samuel Babu, Believers Brethren Assembly, (BBA), Majlis - Bahrain For the last few days, we have been relentlessly praying for Br. Samuel Babu, who suffered Cardiac Problems and was admitted in Salmaniya Medical Complex, Bahrain. It was well pleasing for our Lord to call HIS child to the Eternal Home, where there is no pain, no sorrow, no tears, no sickness and no death. He went to be with the LORD around 10:30 PM Bahrain Time today (Friday 23rd 2015). Let us uphold the grieving family members to the Throne of Grace. May the Lord bestow upon them heavenly Grace, Peace and strength and console them with the word of God.
 
 
 
NOAH'S NEW YEAR

Noah’s New Year (01-01-601 B.C)

Evg. Dharmaraj, India

 

It is an old story, story of a man who received grace from God. The era in which he lived, was very wicked. God showered His favour upon him and revealed what He is going to do with the wicked humanity. God felt sorry in His heart because he saw that the wickedness of men was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. So he decided to destroy the humanity, animal kingdom and vegetable kingdom. But Noah received the grace from God.

1. THE PLAN OF GOD

            If God had not revealed about the judgment, by no means Noah will come to know about it. God was planning for Noah’s life. It was God’s plan that an ark should be prepared with specific measurements (6:15, 16). Even the choice of the wood was given by God (6:14). It was God who planned for all who entered in to the ark (Vv.18, 19). It was in God’s time that He commanded Noah to enter in to the ark (7:1). It was God who closed the door of the ark (v.16). God was the beginner of all events of flood and He himself was the end. He started in good manner and concluded same way. Since God started the work it is His responsibility to complete the work in His time, in His way. That is done in the life of Noah too. The flood - incident ended up with God’s covenant and blessings only because the initiator was God.

2. THE PROVISION OF GOD

            God was the provider in the flood narration. First of all He provided Noah the privilege of entering in to the ark (6:18). It was not an easy task for Noah to preserve food for all the animals and themselves. If at all he was able to collect the food (6:21), undoubtedly, the preserving aspect was done by God. Noah entered in to the ark at the age of six hundred, and when the flood was over he was 601 and two months. Along with the animals, one year and two months they were in the ark with out seeing their land. God had all the provision within the ark that they lacked nothing. Every one in the ark was fed well. We do not know exactly which method was used by Noah to preserve the food for a long one year. But whatever method it might be, God’s provision caused things to happen. It is interesting to note that there is a mention of forty days and forty nights of rain but, they still had to wait for many more days to come out of the ark. It is evident that God was not making a mistake by asking Noah to keep food only for these many days. Though the days exceeded, we don’t see that Noah complained to God for lacking of food. God was sufficient for them.

3. THE PROTECTION OF GOD                           

            Though the scripture lightly use the word flood, it was not just a simple flow of water. It had the accompaniment of a torrential rain and an outburst of water from the heart of the earth (7:11). The flood was universal rather than local, so we can imagine the pressure of the water flow. The entire earth was covered by water with in forty days. There is great possibility that the floated things like trees, rocks could hit the ark. It is also possible that the ark would not have had a smooth movement. It could be a violent moving due to the nature of the flood. In all these circumstances Noah and his family believed firmly in the protection of God. If God was able to plan He is strong enough to provide and protect.

            God had done His part in assigning Noah. Though, the message given by God was a surprise for Noah he was willing to do whatever He commanded with out any hesitation.

4. READINESS TO OBEY GOD

            Noah lived among a generation that was so wicked. The word of God testifies on the qualification of Noah that he walked with God. It is apparent to believe that not only Noah but also his family walked with God. Noah and his family stood different in their community. The number of his children and their wives is very significant in this context. The polygamy was so prevalent at that time but the sons of Noah walked along with their father and followed the Lord. Thus, the verse becomes significant in saying, “In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark (7:13). In the midst of this wicked generation, in spite of the challenges like- what and how a rain look like, what a ship is, how to collect and accommodate the animals- Noah and his family obeyed God. They might not have had answers for all the questions that the wicked generation asked. Noah’s message and work would have been a stupidity for that generation but Noah and his family obeyed God in all what He commanded (6:22; 7:5).

5. REMEMBRANCE OF A JUDGMENT

            Noah’s New Year begins with a striking thought. For an year he was in the ark possibly counting the days and waiting for God’s direction to come out of the ark. Noah’s new year brought a magnificent message that God withdrew His wrath from the judgment; for the earth was dried up (And it came to pass in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dried – v.13). But he had to wait two more months to come out of the ark (And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dry – v.14). Noah, definitely, would have been reminded of the past heartrending judgment and protection of God.

6. REVERENCE OF NOAH

            Psalm number 103 is very much applicable to Noah’s life. Surely, he would have sung it if it was written earlier. He celebrated his new year as a new beginning. Of course, Noah would have praised God in the ark for preserving his life from the judgment. But we see clearly that, he did praise God by the action of sacrifice. It was first action done by Noah after coming out of the ark (And Noah built an altar unto Jehovah, and took of every clean beast, and of every clean bird, and offered burnt-offerings on the altar – v.20). God never commanded it to Noah but it was a free will, volunteer offering. He gave the best to God from what he could. It was God who gifted this new year in his life. Otherwise, Noah would never see it. Thus, Noah worshipped God one who gifted, survived and protected his life. Since he started his new year, new beginning, with God he chose to honour God first. In response to this God blessed Noah and his family.

7. REWARD OF NOAH

            God was well pleased in the worship of Noah and He made a covenant with Noah that He would not destroy a universal judgment anymore (And Jehovah smelled the sweet savor; and Jehovah said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake –v.21). He blessed Noah with material blessing as well (While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease – v.22). God reinstituted the blessing given t Adam to Noah again (And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth – 9:1). Once again the nature was given under the authority of man (And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every bird of the heavens; With all wherewith the ground teemeth, and all the fishes of the sea, into your hand are they delivered – 9:2). God has kept His covenant sign in the sky (I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth – v.13).

            For Noah, his new year was so significant. How about us? Though all days are special days for believers, the story of Noah reminds us certain lessons as we look forward for a new year:

1. Give preference to God and get His blessings

2. Obey God in all what He asked us to obey regardless of the circumstances

3. Give our best to God not by the compulsion of testament but love

4. Obey God and be a blessing for family, community and nation

5. Do not forget to give due respect to God for what He has done to us

6. Trust Him to see miracles in life, believe blindly; only God

7. God can provide and protect us in special ways

8. A regular walk with God makes the family godly

9. Parents should be trustworthy and example for their children to follow

10. Above all, do not question God

            May God help all of us to be a blessing for many. As we entered in to a new year, remember it is a gift from God. Now let us decide how we make use of it for His glory.

“Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance. For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told. The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”
 
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