This Week’s Key Verse: “. . . male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27
Take a moment and pray that the Lord will speak to you in this time of study.
Except for a two hour reprieve in church, holing up for three days as rain pelts the roof and windows, my thoughts swim (pardon the pun) from Mr. Potato Head, distraught with interchangeable body parts (aka, identity foibles) to Noah, “a just man” (Gen 6:9) of integrity, who walked with God.
Sunday, Pastor Nate entertained us with the old “toy-friend.” (Is anyone old enough to remember when Mr. Potato Head only came with parts and no head? We had to supply the head, a real potato!) The toy’s interchangeable lips, eyes, and hair create multiple personalities and genders. This makes for imaginative fun, but Pastor Nate’s message on Sunday morning was not about Toyland. Mr. and Mrs. P. Head went into the box, and the shaken foundation of our culture was addressed.
Heavy topic, and foreboding …“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every intent of his thoughts was evil continually. (Gen. 6:5)
That had been the report from Noah’s world about the depravity of the people God was determined to destroy. “So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth…for I am sorry I have made them.”
God found one man, Noah, to be obedient, attentive, and trustworthy …a man of His own heart. So He spoke to Noah, telling him of His awful plan and instructing Noah to build a boat, giving the unwavering guy a whole list of very specific and unusual directions as to exactly how this ark was to be built.
“Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him; so he did.” (Gen.2:22)
Nowhere in Scripture do we read that Noah hesitated. Unlike Mr. Potato Head, he didn’t have to “change his face” to obey God. There was no questioning, discussion, committee meeting, psychological testing, demographic study, weighing of consequences, vote, or objection. The impending flood, the destruction of the world as he knew it, the ridicule he’d surely get from his neighbors as he gathered materials for a city-sized ship, or the crazy idea of living in a boat with family, in-laws, and two of the every living creature did not deter Noah’s faith in God’s plan.
Noah did it because Noah was a man under God.
According to the Constitution of America, we are citizens of “One Nation under God,” and we must make the same conscious choice. We, who profess belief in God and His Word, are called to obey His mandates.
When we consider the threat to our nation’s basic foundation of family, we must be clear where we stand and why. Pastor Nate gave us solid insight: “The family is the foundation of a nation.” God designed the structure and premise of the family unit, beginning with man and woman, for the welfare of mankind. There are all kinds of other good reasons too, with reproduction being at the top. But the main thing is the Main Thing: “God said…”
If the United States of America is “One Nation under God,” do we obey God or consider options? Do we trust God or ideas? Are we Noahs or Potato Heads?
“Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever.” (Romans 1:24-25)
Historically consistent, God’s judgment stands. The good news is that God offers restoration. This is the promise upon which Noah based his faith. “But I will establish my covenant with you and you shall go into the ark …you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.” (Gen. 6:18)
It is interesting to note that for the purpose of reproduction and restoration of living things on the earth, God directed Noah to take aboard the ark, “two of every sort into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female.” Even planning for the destruction of all He had created, God still incorporated a new plan of restoration. “God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the animals that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind to pass over the earth and the waters subsided.” (Gen 8:1)
Our country is in peril; our morals are skewed; our foundation is being shaken. None of us are guilt free, for the wiles of the world have permeated our souls. However, we as Christians have hope in Jesus Christ, whose mission on earth was to restore God’s Kingdom, and whose promise was that one day we will be with Him in that Kingdom. For the good of all, there will be judgment, and for those who are faithful and those who repent, there will be restoration.
“Behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.” (Rev. 21:3)
Mr. Potato Head with his various faces needs to stay in the box. We are One Nation under God, not to be shaken. “Therefore since we are receiving a Kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.” (Heb. 12:28)
Meredith Bunting, KPC member
The devotionals this week are based on the message, “Mr. Potato Head, Marriage, and What It Means to be a Human Being” (Christ in Culture – Part 2) by Pastor Nate Atwood.
To hear this week’s message go to www.kpc.org/watch_listen.