Thus, the only time we make the wrong decision is when we’re not thinking far enough ahead. In an infinity, we have both an infinite amount of future time to consider, but also an infinite amount of time to learn to think farther ahead.
Even though it seems like Noah building the ark is what saved his family, there’s a deeper truth embedded in what the writer of Hebrews was explaining, and what the writer of Genesis was describing. Noah believed in God, and he had a relationship with God. Noah was listening for God’s voice, and heard what God had to say.
In some way, God promises that when all the weeping is done, over both the agony of victimization, and sickening horror over the agency of evil, the Lord will wipe every tear away. With unimaginable power, God’s pure and perfect wrath, a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap, as Malachi put it, will cleanse the entire cosmos one day, so that all evil is no more.
Some books of the Bible are easier to read and to understand than others. Finding the point of a passage from Philippians, for instance, is not too difficult. But what about all the craziness of Ezekiel, Daniel, or Revelation? Those aren’t so simple. Those are way more complicated, scaring off…
All these extraordinary names, exalting the achievements of humankind, yet significantly, none of them gave honor to the Lord.
Unminded thoughts still create a perspective, and a framework, from which hang our feelings, and our worldview.
It was not enough for Cain to know God loved him as he was. He wanted God to approve of him, as he was.
The ancient Israelites, who first wrote down these stories, would have immediately recognized the problem with the Cain’s offering.
The day had begun in such warmth and beauty, in love and joy, in peace and plenty. And now, though the sun still shone, and the birds still sang, their world was plunged into darkness and the sounds of lament.
Making extra boundaries for ourselves, beyond the limits of what God Himself has given, creates a false impression of God, and clouds understanding of what God has really said.