Day 19 (October 18)
Remembering: Genesis 8:1-12
(Feast of Tabernacles/Sukkot, Day 6)
1. Center Down
Before you begin today’s spiritual excursion, please take a few moments to breathe! Take three slow, deep breaths, expanding from your abdomen; try not to raise your shoulders. As you inhale, whisper, “Thank You…” As you exhale whisper, “…for remembering us.”
2. Slowly read aloud the following Scriptures:
(Feel free to pause at any time during your reading to reflect on, thank, praise, or acknowledge God’s stirring in your thoughts and emotions.)
But God was mindful of Noah and all the living things and the animals that were with him in the [ark], and God made a wind [Spirit] pass over the earth, and the water abated. The springs in the deep and the apertures in the heavens were blocked up, the rain from the heavens held back and the water gradually withdrew from on the earth. The water decreased at the end of 150 days, and the [ark] came to a stop in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the Ararat mountains. As the water gradually decreased until the tenth month, in the tenth month on the first day of the month the tops of the mountains appeared.
At the end of forty days, Noah opened the window in the [ark] that he had made and sent out a raven. It continued to go out and come back until the water dried up from on the earth. He sent out a dove from being with him to see if the water had diminished from on the face of the ground, but the dove didn’t find a place to alight for the sole of its foot and it came back to him to the [ark], because there was water on the face of the entire earth. So he put out his hand and took it and brought it to him into the [ark].
He waited again seven more days and once more sent out the dove from the [ark]. The dove came to him at evening time, and there, in its mouth a plucked-off olive leaf. So Noah knew that the water had diminished from on the earth. He waited again seven more days and sent out the dove, and it didn’t come back to him again. (Genesis 8:1-12, BfE)
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3. Concepts to Consider:
Psalm 8:5 famously states, “what are human beings that You are mindful of them?” Here in Genesis 8, after all the catastrophe of the flood, it’s as if the clouds part and the light breaks through. Yahweh notices the ark floating on the water, and he thinks about Noah, this loyal guy and his family, who—I’m sure–have been enduring many hardships on their boat. “It’s time,” He thinks, “to start again.”
“To be mindful of,” or “to remember” (זכר zah-KAHR) is a common Biblical idea (232 occurrences in the Hebrew Scripture/ OT alone). We see God “remembering” his covenants and various people (e.g., Genesis 19:29; Genesis 30:22; Exodus 2:24; Leviticus 26:42; etc.), and there are often calls for people to “remember” God’s actions, commands, or covenants, as well. Biblical “remembering” is more than simply thinking about someone or something from the past, it has an added element of purpose or catalyst.
Often we see God or others “remembering because…” or “remember so that….” In other words, God remembers
Noah because of his faithfulness and integrity. God also remembers Noah so that new life can begin. Additionally, Biblical “remembering” is not “obsession.” If the Biblical model is “catalytic remembering,” rather than “stewing” or “obsessing,” then our “remembering” should lead to restoration not destruction: Re-membering.
4. Reflection Question:
(You are encouraged to write, draw, or respond however the Lord leads to the following inquiries).
- In what areas of your life have you been guilty of “stewing” or “obsessing” rather than “re-membering” as God has re-membered, reformed, and restored us?
5. Prayer for Today:
A Feast of Tabernacles Home Celebration Prayer
Abba Father, we celebrate Your indwelling presence in our lives. We thank You today, for calling us as a family to celebrate life together. Thank You for righteous fellowship in our homes. We thank You for ordering our steps in Your Word. Thank You for the events, activities and programs during the Feast of Tabernacles. We are grateful for our fellowship which we have with You, our Father; Jesus, our Savior; and the Holy Spirit, our Sustainer. Lord, You are an awesome God. Your deeds are so amazing; all who delight in You should ponder them. Everything You do reveals Your glory and majesty. Your righteousness never fails. You are wonderful and Your Name is highly exalted. You are worthy of all our praise. You are worthy of the glory, honor and power. Lord, the heavens declare Your glory and the skies display Your craftsmanship.
Mighty Father, as Your children, Your will is for us to dwell together in unity. So as the Body of Christ, we will continue to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. We will not neglect our meeting together, but we will encourage one another in the faith. We will not get tired of doing what is good for each other. As a result, we expect to reap a harvest of blessing at the right time. We will not give up and at every opportunity, we will do good to everyone—especially to those in our family of faith. Iron sharpens iron, so we will surround ourselves with those who have like minds so that we are positioned to glorify You in our public and private lives. We will engage in righteous fellowship and forsake all that will deter us from fulfilling Your will. Father, by faith, we will be doers of Your Word and not hearers only.
Righteous Father, we ask that You align our relationships with Your will in our homes, church, jobs and communities. Holy Spirit, show each of us how to organize our calendars and schedules so that our fellowship with You and our family and friends is more of a priority. Help us to set the example of what righteousness looks like. Knit our hearts closer together. Lord, help us to be obedient as You order our steps. Give us the power to crucify our flesh and walk in Your light. As we yield to the power of the Holy Spirit, help us to let our light so shine before men that they may see our good works and glorify You, our Heavenly Father.
Merciful Father, forgive us for our sins. Forgive those for the unrighteous relationships that keep them from Your best for their lives. Forgive those of us for putting our work in front of family and friends. Forgive us for having fellowship or relationship with anything that is not of You. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed). Holy Spirit, remind us all of those we need to forgive; and we will be quick to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal names or faces of people that you may need to forgive. As He reveals, say, “I forgive name of person(s).” Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)
Holy Spirit, help us all not to yield to temptation but deliver us from the evil one.
O Lord, the God of our ancestor Israel, You are to be praised forever and ever. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, power, glory, victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is Yours. This is Your Kingdom, Lord, and You are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from You alone, for You rule over everything. Power and might are in Your hand, and it is at Your discretion that people are made great and given strength. O Lord our God, we thank You and praise Your glorious Name. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Optional Time of Centering/Soaking:
If possible, take some time, perhaps 5 to 15 minutes, to get into a comfortable position and simply allow the Lord to minister to you at a deep level (Psalm 42:7). Turn off or put down all distractions. Close your eyes. Hold in your thoughts a meaningful word, phrase, or image from the Scripture passages you read today. Release all other thoughts and concerns into the Presence of the Lord. If your thoughts wander, that’s okay, just gently return to your Scriptural word, phrase, or image. You may want to set a timer.
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