Words from the Heart for Monday August 31st, 2020
Pairs of clean and unclean animals, of birds and of all creatures that move along the ground, male and female, came to Noah and entered the ark, as God had commanded Noah.
Genesis 7:8-9 (NIV)
Entered The Ark
If you’ve got ophidiophobia (a fear of snakes), DON’T stop here: Manitoba’s Narcisse Wildlife Management Area has the largest concentration of snakes in the world. It’s estimated that up to 70,000 snakes use hibernacula (hibernation sites) here, particularly the red-sided garter snake. The snakes emerge in massive wriggly masses on the first warm days of May. In fact, Mother’s Day, of all days, is often a prime time to see the spectacle.
The Creation narrative at the beginning of the book of Genesis tells us how much care God took in creating this world. We aren’t told how much time passed between the completion of creation and sin entering into the hearts of Adam and Eve, but we do know that within 10 generations, sin had become so rampant on the earth that God sent a flood to make a reboot of the human race. In spite of how strongly His justice demanded that His Creation be punished for their sin, God couldn’t destroy His creation completely. So, Genesis 7:8-9 says: “Pairs of clean and unclean animals, of birds and of all creatures that move along the ground, male and female, came to Noah and entered the ark, as God had commanded Noah.” God ordered Noah to do all that was necessary to preserve the animal kingdom. He loves His Creation – and still does. Every part of His Creation was affected by the sin of our first parents, and God set about to redeem it all. The day will come when His redemption story will be brought to an end, and there will be peace between mankind and God, and between members of the animal kingdom. God is the redeemer of all of His creation.
These have been words from the heart.