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October 25, 2015 - God’s Decision to Give Us Grace - Genesis 9:8-17

posted Oct 27, 2015, 9:48 AM by Grant Garber
  • We continue to do quite a bit of violence, and characterize ourselves by our wickedness, and I doubt God is any more impressed with us than He was with Noah’s generation.
  • The rainbow in the sky isn’t some sentimental assurance that things will get better.  It’s an enduring symbol of a day that God hung up His rainbow and promised, “Never again will I be provoked to use My weapons against My creatures.”
  • The covenant says that the storms and the violence will not overwhelm you because God will never again be found in them.
  • The covenant says that being destroyed by God will not be among the consequences of sin.
  • We find it very hard to believe that God won’t nail us if we sin.
  • The covenant God makes with the earth is unconditional.  The promise simply springs out of the heart of God and is maintained only by His grace. 
  • The rainbow is pointing to heaven as if to symbolize the way that God makes Himself accountable to His own covenant.
  • We don’t believe deeply enough in these old stories about grace because we don’t want to.
  • We just can’t stop believing you get what you deserve in life because we’re sure we deserve something.  Maybe not the best, but something. We’ve tried so hard, and been so careful, and have worked at getting life right.
  • No one makes it into the Father’s arms by insisting on his or her rights. 
  • Somebody is always doing somebody wrong.  And somebody has to pay.  You can I certainly can’t afford to pay for the hurts we have caused.  So all that was left was for God to pay.  And that is what the cross is all about.
Pastor Jim Spon | Exodus 19:1-6, 16-19