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Sin and God’s Authority

Part 1A

Part 1B

Scripture: Gen 3:1 – 4:8


Summary and Goal:
In the previous session, we saw that after the flood, God reaffirmed His creative purpose for people to be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth (Gen. 1:28; 9:1,7). Sin, no matter how grievous and pervasive it may be, cannot stop God’s plan from marching forward. But the account of Noah ends in a surprising way, with Noah drunk and disgraced in front of his sons. The flood had brought judgment on the world, but it had
not removed sin. In this session, we pick up the story and see that it did not take long for humanity once again to shake its fist at God in active rebellion against Him. God’s command to spread out to fill the earth was not simply ignored but rejected in the city of Babylon, or Babel, as its residents sought to glorify their names instead of God’s.

Theological Theme:

Sin drives people to seek to make themselves great, even in direct disobedience of
God, but sin cannot halt God’s plans.

Christ Connection:

God confused the language of and scattered those who wanted to make a great name
for themselves. At Pentecost, God tore down the language barrier so that His people
would scatter across the world and make known the great name of His Son. One
day, God will gather together people from every tribe and language to worship Him
in unity.

Missional Application:

Because we have experienced the greatness of God through His gracious salvation
through Christ, we set aside all desires to make our names great and instead seek to
proclaim the kingdom of the Son of God throughout the whole world.

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The Creator Destroys And Redeems!

Genesis 6, 9 Noah finds Grace”

In this message of Good News we see how, like Noah, we are saved from God’s
judgment and called to obey God as His redeemed people.

Noah’s Ark and the Eucharist

One can find Communion preaching texts in the most unexpected places…

The Noah story in Genesis starts with some disturbing words about the grief suffered by Yahweh as he experiences the reality of human brokenness.  He is suffering pain at the hands of his creatures.  His pain is real, but he finally decides to stay with the pain for the sake of staying with humanity.  He is free to escape the situation, but he chooses instead to bear in his own soul the terrible contradiction between himself and his self-destructing creatures.

This is the essence of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Let’s say I have wronged you in some hurtful way.  If you bear a grudge against me, it means you are choosing to hold on to the pain I have caused you, so that you might give that pain back to me at some later date.  So you hold the pain close, letting it wound you over and over again (when you don’t really need to experience the wound more than once).  Of course, you’ll discover this doesn’t work.  Even if you get revenge on me and cause me pain, YOUR pain will still not go away.

The only way for you to be freed from the pain is to let go of it, which means letting go of those possible futures in which you might get to dish it back to me.  In other words, you need to forgive me, not for my sake, but for YOURS.  Forgiveness doesn’t make it okay that I did what I did to you.  What forgiveness does is set you free from being wounded any more than you already are.

Now, you may well decide to forgive me but never talk to me again.  It may be that I am a destructive force in your life, and you need to set up boundaries to protect yourself from future damage (This kind of forgiveness is often necessary in abusive relationships, for example).

Reconciliation takes it a step further to seeking healing for the relationship.  And it can happen if both of us are willing to reconcile.  But if you want reconciliation but I don’t, then you have a problem.  You either need to give up on your dreams of reconciliation, or you can choose to keep seeking reconciliation in the hopes that I will someday come around.  It’s a choice to take a long and painful journey that may never pay off.

This is what I see in Yahweh’s decision to not destroy the whole human race in the Flood.  Not only is he forgiving, but he is choosing the bloody path of hoped-for reconciliation.  It’s a path that will one day get himself killed by human hands.

He shed his blood for the forgiveness of sins.

I used to think this meant that the Father was feeling wrathful and therefore couldn’t extend the gift of forgiveness without first receiving a bucketful of blood, so Jesus gave him HIS blood, and then the Father felt appeased and agreed to give out forgiveness.

But I don’t believe that anymore.  Forgiveness/Reconciliation is part of the divine nature.  God don’t make no junk, and God don’t hold no grudges, neither.  To the Trinity, forgiving and seeking reconciliation is a “Well, DUH!” kind of decision.

But forgiveness/reconciliation hurts.  It comes at a cost.  Yahweh’s choice to stick with humanity has HURT him.  We see it in his grief in the Noah story, and we ultimately see it on the cross.  On the cross, we see exactly how far Yahweh is willing to go to maintain his commitment to forgive us and seek reconciliation with us.

His choice to forgive our sins means choosing to shed his blood.  And he is perfectly okay with his decision.

~ John Stonecypher

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