Saturday, November 28, 2009

Commemoration of Noah

Saturday after the Last Sunday in the Church Year
November 28, 2009

The Lord be with you

Tomorrow is the First Sunday in Advent. It is also the Commemoration of Noah in the Church Calendar used in the LCMS. As I tend to be busy on Sundays, I thought I’d post information about Noah today.

Noah, the son of Lamech (Genesis 5:30), was instructed by God to build an ark in which his family would find security from the destructive waters of a devastating flood that God warned would come. Noah built the ark, and the rains descended. The entire earth was flooded, destroying “every living thing that was on the face of the ground, man and animals” (Genesis 7:23). After the flood waters subsided, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. When Noah determined it was safe and God confirmed it, Noah, his family, and all the animals disembarked. Then Noah built an altar and offered a sacrifice of thanksgiving to God for having saved his family from destruction. A rainbow in the sky was declared by God to be a sign of His promise that never again would a similar flood destroy the entire earth (Genesis 8:20-22; 9:8-17). Noah is remembered and honored for his obedience, believing that God would do what He said He would.

The image is a recreation of Noah’s Ark in Holland.

Blessings in Christ

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