Tuesday, January 03, 2012

120103 - Genesis 05-06 - The Tapestry

S: And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed. (Ge 5:29).
O: Noah's name means "rest" or "comfort." Here, about a thousand years after the Fall, the curse of work and toil still brings resentment and division between man and God. Somehow, Noah is expected to reverse these effects(?) Instead, far more severe judgment falls in the 600th year of Noah's life and his name is shown to be prophetic at least in that he is at rest during this judgment, floating through it as if entombed in the ark. As Bible teacher Chuck Missler points out, all the names of the pre-flood line of Noah (perfect in his generations) may have been prophetic:
Adam "Man" (is)
Seth "Appointed"
Enos "Mortal"
Cainan "Sorrow;"
Mahalaleel "The Blessed God"
Jared (shall) "Come down"
Enoch "Teaching"
Methuselah "His death shall bring"
Lamech (the) "Despairing"
Noah "Rest"
A: Either way you look at it, it seems appropriate to consider here how our lives are part of the big tapestry - sometimes messy and confusing from our side, but fulfilling God's purposes and the message of His redemption and glory from His side, either because of or in spite of our intentions.
P: Father, I praise you for your redemption of my soul, to glorify and enjoy your presence forever. And I praise you as well for your appointment of good works for me to walk in, steps that I could not have ordered for myself.

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