Sunday, February 11, 2018

lent 1 year b - genesis

Genesis 9:8-17
8Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, 
     9“As for me,
          I am establishing my covenant with you
               and your descendants after you, 
          10and with every living creature that is with you,
               the birds, the domestic animals, 
               and every animal of the earth with you,
                    as many as came out of the ark. 
     11I establish my covenant with you,
          that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood,
          and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”

12God said,
     “This is the sign of the covenant that I make
          between me and you and every living creature that is with you,
               for all future generations:
          13I have set my bow in the clouds,
               and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 
          14When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, 
               15I will remember my covenant
                    that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh;
               and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 
          16When the bow is in the clouds,
               I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant
                    between God and every living creature 
                         of all flesh that is on the earth.” 
17God said to Noah,
     “This is the sign of the covenant
          that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

Queeries for the text:
Does the covenant include the living creatures in the waters in addition to those on the arc?
Does God's promise include a flood due to human destruction of the environment and the corresponding climate change?
Does God always need a reminder not to destroy us?  Are we that bad?
How many other reminders does God have that we don't know about to remind God that no matter how terrible we act They still love us?
Is the rainbow a string tied to God's finger?  Or is it more like Neville's Remembrall?

What are your queeries?

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