Noah, based on his unshakeable faith in God, and Abram, a man of many faults but with a heart after God, yield a treasure chest of intimacy with God emerging from our first sort category: “God unifies.” Of the 115 verses in this section that hit on one of our ten sort categories, nearly half uncover the nature of our unity with God.
It truly is about you and me becoming one with We – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Noah did everything God told him to do. When the time of judgment came, God remembered Noah and saved him! This is an astonishing precursor to the last day of the Lord, when he will return to rule with his bride, the unified children of God as one body. Unity with God is no less important than being remembered by him when that day comes!
Noah’s first act upon leaving the ark and walking out into a new life was to worship God. How beautiful that was! Is that our first act when we are delivered from trouble? Or do we take all the credit? Do we see each day as a new start, unified with God with every breath we take?
Unity with God resulted in God making a covenant with Noah and his descendants. God made a covenant with us, too, by allowing Jesus to cover our sins and to rule with him one day!
Then there was Abram. God appeared to him and promised to make him into a mighty nation. Can you imagine what this must have felt like? Abram obeyed by agreeing to leave his homeland and go where God led him. And God credited it to him as righteousness, that is, unity with God. Abram responded to God like Noah by building an altar for worship.
But unlike Noah, Abram lied to Pharaoh about his wife Sarai and set into motion a series of events that was very ungodly. He lied rather than trust God for his survival in a dangerous land.
Later Abram took his wife’s evil advice (does Eve come to mind here?) to have a child with Sarai’s servant, breaking the bonds of marriage, despite having been promised in person by God that his heir would come naturally.
Here we see the cycle of temptation, disobedience and division begin anew, the very cycle, perhaps, that caused God to bring the great flood. We will see this cycle over and over again.
Yet despite Abram’s fallen human nature, God’s never-ending love saw only Abram’s heart for God and his covenant was as solid as ever.
Abram became Abraham, man of God. And so there is hope for us, too, as we learn what unity with God is really about.
Next Time: Abraham to Jacob and Esau – Genesis 17 to 27 Read ahead!