Today’s reading is from Bob Coy, pastor of Calvary Chapel, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; as it appeared October 17 in the Our Journey devotional book:
In Genesis Chapter 6 we see that sin’s influence continued to spread across the earth. As people multiplied, sin also multiplied, and things deteriorated to such an alarming degree that God decided to wipe the slate clean and start over again.
Noah, along with his wife, three sons, and three daughters-in-law, were to be the only exceptions. They started building an ark that would save them from a flood that would reduce the world’s populaton to just eight people!
Fast forward a few years. The ark is built, Noah’s family is all inside, and the rain starts. The waters rise, and the world perishes. It rains for forty days, and it takes nearly a year before the waters have safely subsided. Noah and his family step out of the ark and into a whole new world completely clean of sin. But it doesn’t take long for Noah to pollute it.
“Noah…planted a vineyard. He drank of the wine and became drunk and lay uncovered in his tent.” (Gen. 9: 20-21). Just a few verses after being brought into a sinless environment, we find Noah drunk, passed out, and naked! This isn’t the image of Noah most of us grew up with, but it’s true nonetheless. It also shows us that sin was still with mankind. Sin survived the flood because it was stowed away in the hearts of those were stowed in the ark. It wasn’t just “out there,” it was also “in there.”
We can fall under the subtle spell of thinking that sin is somehow “out there,” embedded in our culture, environment, or circumstances. It isn’t. The problem is hidden deep insde of us, and not even the greatest disaster this world has ever seeen can destroy it.
~Bob Coy(emphasis added)
About the picture: This is a picture I hunted for to go with this article after seeing it a few days ago as a jigsaw puzzle. It’s actually part of a set of four by artist Tom DuBois called the Noah’s Ark Collection, with this piece aptly titled: The Commission. Tom is currently offering a $4,000 set of the pictures for only $2,900 at his website.