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This morning, as I ran on the elliptical, I was listening in Isaiah. All of a sudden, I was listening in Genesis.
I grabbed my phone to "correct" the error, but was prompted to just listen... as if, Someone had done it for my benefit.
Sure enough, after listening for a few moments, I heard something that shocked me. I had been mistaken, or forgotten, that God DID tell Noah to go into the ark in this order: 1) him, 2) his sons, 3) his wife, 4) his son's wives. (Gen 7:7 & 13)
God told him to go in in this order, and that's what Noah did.
Except, I'd been thinking God had told Noah's wife to go in right after him, before his sons.
I'd been SO sure about this, that I hopped OFF the elliptical and starting searching for where I'd read that--because, it's important!
I found it in Genesis 8:16. It was AFTER the flood!
In Gen 7, before the flood, in a broken world, God told Noah to take them in the old, broken way. But in Gen 8, after the flood, God told Noah to bring them out in the new, restored way.
Noah was so faithful before and during the flood, but he really struggled after the flood.
We're all familiar with the story of his drunken shame, but it started earlier than that, when he failed to follow God's instructions re: the order of getting off the boat.
In Genesis 8:16, God said, "Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives." But in verse 18, it says, "So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives."
This morning, God thought it was a priority to "miraculously" grab my attention and clear that up for me while I ran on the elliptical! May I leave you with 4 points to ponder?
Marnie Swedberg shares Perspective Transforming Biblical Success Principles at Christian Women's, Business & Pastor/Leader Conferences worldwide. She teaches simple, biblical, life and leadership principles to seekers and saints, helping them grow spiritually, while equipping their host organizations to grow organically--to reach more for Christ.