These pages are where it all began. These words were written thousands of years ago. Think about it. Think about the great care that people have taken over these centuries to keep this record of how life began and how the LORD began to bless His people. Our reading today covers a ton of ground and hundreds of years. We go all the way from creation to the Abraham & Sarah story. In those days the people lived long lives and had many children. The world was a pretty barbaric place and things were, in some ways, much simpler. Yet even in it’s simplicity, the people still had the tendency for sin and selfishness.
The phrase in today’s reading that stuck out to me the most is Genesis 8:21. The LORD has just flooded the earth and saved Noah and his family from the unspeakable devastation of the planet. Then the LORD says, “Never again will I curse the ground of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood.” The truth of these words is that we are all born in sin. It’s not just those barbaric people of the early days of earth. It’s not that Noah and his family were holy and everyone else were savages. We are all born in sin. We are all separated from God because of our sin. Yet…God shows grace. Though, “every inclination of [our] heart is evil,” the LORD is good. For that, I’m thankful today.