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Week 2 Day 3 Genesis 8 Matthew 8

25 January, 2015

Genesis 8

God remembered Noah in the ark and sent a drying wind – which would have made for big seas in a box – highly unstable. He also stopped the rain falling and the springs bursting with water.

At least 190 days passed – over 6 months and only the tops of the high hills were visible.

Noah sends out a raven.  It v7 kept going to and fro until the waters were dried up from the land. He then sent a dove. 9 But the dove found no resting-place on which to roost, and she returned to him to the ark, for the waters were [yet] on the face of the whole land. So he put forth his hand and drew her to him into the ark.

Seven days later the dove brings back the olive leaves.  A further week later the dove never returns.

Even longer than that – a further four months God finally tells Noah that they can leave the ark.

Then of the animals Noah takes the “clean animals” and sacrifices them as  a burnt offering. – I don’t pretend to know the significance of this action but I know it was a submissive and grateful gesture.  I’m just not sure why you would kill one of the few remaining animals that you have saved until now.

v21 I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the imagination (the strong desire) of man’s heart is evil and wicked from his youth; neither will I ever again smite and destroy every living thing, as I have done. God’s assurance this form of destruction will never happen again

Matthew 8

Jesus begins to have many amazing encounters – his first leper – who he tells to tell no-one but go to the priest and offer sacrifices as Moses did.

A centurion tells Jesus that a servant is ill.  He won’t accept Jesus into his house and Jesus says that he is healed and at that moment he is.  While Jesus is interrupted by the roman soldier he addresses his followers and says this man has great faith.  Jesus then talks about non Jews believing and going to heaven while the Jews will turn away from God and be cast out.

Jesus goes to Peter’s house and his mother in law is ill.  This has always given me a bit of a chuckle and also a snort of indignation because the woman gets up and begins waiting on the men.

A steady stream of demon possessed – mad people, sick people were ushered to the home and Jesus healed them but so many came that Jesus said they should leave and go to the other side of the lake.

Jesus is in the boat and falls asleep – meanwhile a violent storm (which apparently the sea of Galilee is prone to due to it’s geography of being in a narrow valley) brews.  Jesus is not a sailor or fisherman but somehow the men go to Him and tell Him they are going to die.

I don’t know what the men were expecting but calming the wind and the waves didn’t seem to be it. They safely berthed though and the men were stunned.

Then came the two crazy guys from the Gadarenes… They seemed to know something we don’t – Have You come to torment us before the appointed time? – So there was an appointed time that the demons were aware of…

Sending the demons into a herd of pigs which then suicided off a cliff was enough for Jesus to be asked to leave by the town.  Such a shame to have missed out on what He had to offer.

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