Summary: Lament and Celebrate
This is the first Sunday of Lent—we are in the season when we turn our hearts toward God intentionally and lament. Lament the need for sacrifice, and we celebrate. Celebrate the mercy and love that God turns toward us.
Our scripture lesson this morning is from the Old Testament, and it is a familiar one. It was one of my favorites when I was a kiddo simply because of the rainbow. I liked to use my colors and rainbows are something that most kids like to draw and color. I was a little bummed when I got older and found that there were rules for drawing a rainbow correctly—that took a little of the fun out of it, but as a Type A, I complied. And complained 😀 ROYGBIV
This story, though, has a very dark side. When we drew those cute boats with the happy animals and the pretty rainbow, we left out so much. Death. So much death. So much grief.
Lament and celebrate. Lament the loss and the heartache and celebrate the new beginning.
Scripture: Genesis 9:8-17
It would be good for each of you here this morning to allow God to speak into your heart what God desires from YOU for your part of his loving covenant. God has laid down God’s Divine Weapon against all humankind, but OUR part is just as important. How will YOU keep your covenant?
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- From other places in the Bible, what do you know about signs or seals of covenant commitments between God and God’s people?
- What does this new covenant teach about the sanctity of life?
- What does this Flood story add to the overall Genesis themes of judgment and redemption, justice and mercy?
- What symbolic rainbow have you experienced recently? In what area of your life does this Genesis passage bring you comfort? Where does it challenge you?