Commemoration of Noah

November 29th, 2013
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Noah, the son of Lamech (Gen 5:30), was instructed by God to build an ark, in which his family would find security from the destructive waters of a devastating flood that God warned would come. Noah built the ark, and the rains descended. The entire earth was flooded destroying “every living thing that was on the face of the ground, both man and beast” (7:23). After the flood waters subsided, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. When Noah determined it was safe, and God confirmed it, he and his family and all the animals disembarked. Then Noah built an altar and offered a sacrifice of thanksgiving to God for having saved his family from destruction. A rainbow in the sky was declared by God to be a sign of His promise that never again would a similar flood destroy the entire earth (8;20). Noah is remembered and honored for his obedience, believing that God would do what He said He would.The world had become extremely corrupt, so God instructed Noah, the son of Lamech (Genesis 5:30) to build an ark to provide security for his family and selected living creatures from the waters of a devastating flood that God warned was coming (Genesis 6). Noah built the ark, and the flood came soon after its completion (Genesis 7). The entire earth was flooded, blotting out “every living thing that was on the face of the ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens. (7:23)”

Lection

Psalm 29
Genesis 7:1-5, 11-12, 17-23
1 Peter 3:18-22 or Hebrews 11:1-3, 7; 12:1-2
Matthew 24:36-44

Collect

Lord God, heavenly Father, You kept Noah righteous in the midst of a sinful world and, through him, delivered life from the Flood’s destruction, continuing also the human line of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ and foreshadowing the destruction of sin in Baptism and the preservation of new and eternal life in the Ark of the Holy Christian Church. Grant that we, the heirs of Noah by birth would likewise be heirs in faith of all Your promises, for the sake of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

Source: Treasury of Daily Prayer.

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  1. Terry Maher (Past Elder)
    November 29th, 2011 at 09:49 | #1

    I think it should be mentioned that:

    Noah was a Gentile. There were no Jews yet, the first one, Abraham, was yet to be called out from the nations. Which demonstrates that God’s plan of salvation has always been prepared before the face of all people, a light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of his people Israel.

    God’s covenant with Noah after the Flood (Genesis 9) remains the basis of God’s requirements for saintly living for all people, both in Judaism where it are known as the Seven Noahide Laws, and in Christianity where the council in Jerusalem (Acts 15) retains its traditional position as the “necessary things” for Gentiles such as the converts coming from them, rather than first observing the entire Mosaic Law.

  2. Terry Maher (Past Elder)
    November 29th, 2011 at 09:51 | #2

    It are. Judas H, Adriane would strike that one. They are.

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