Women Embracing Faith

Thinking Through the Bible

One More Time October 27, 2010

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Back years ago, I found a rainbow to stick on our stationwagon window.  My idea was to remind the children and I that God keeps His promises.  It worked; we couldn’t help but see it every day and we talked about that biblical principle a lot.  I had no idea the rainbow had become a symbol for homosexuality!  

Use it anyway.  God put the rainbow in the sky as a sign of His faithfulness.

One more thing.  God promised Noah He would never destroy the earth again.  He would always take care of it.  The sun would come up each day; the moon would light the night; the four seasons would keep coming around (Genesis 8:22).  Your children or grandchildren need to hear this.  There is something settling about it.  Secure.  Their world is scary; they aren’t sure what is real and what is pretend.  You can remind them of this promise every day.  Watch the sunset together. Look for rainbows.  Talk about the moon.  And talk about how God will take care of it all.

“Then the LORD said in His heart, ‘I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I destroy every living thing as I have done….never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth'” (Genesis 8:21;9:11).

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Finish the Story March 28, 2008

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My grandson, Benjamin, is all into Noah’s ark. Chiefly, I think, because he loves to make animal sounds! The monkey is his favorite. He is also into boats big time. So Noah’s adventures make for lively interaction.

All this is a lot of fun, but any animal story would do for that. For  spiritual profit, we need to do more than just tell fun stories. In this case, we need to add what most of the picture books leave out–the meaning of it all. The flood was a judgment of God and is a picture of the judgment to come– the wrath and justice of God sweeping away sinners. The ark saved Noah and his family, and symbolizes Jesus as our Savior.  Noah was in the ark just as believers are “in Christ” (Romans 4).  Noah found grace (unearned favor) in the sight of the Lord. He then believed God, floated to safety, and saw the rainbow as a token of God’s promise never to flood the earth again. Flood, ark, rainbow–visual images all.

Why in the world would you bring this up to a two-year-old? Every kid is different, but familiarity and repetition help all of us remember. In this case, you are giving him visual images he will never forget. Who knows how the Holy Spirit will use those simple images of judgment and salvation down the road?

Genesis 6-9 and II Peter 3 were written by Moses and Peter more than a thousand years apart. It is all for us to”grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (II Peter 3:18). Keep on believing even when others joke about it. And finish the story so your child will have these images to fall back on when the Holy Spirit convicts him of his own need to flee the judgment to come.