“The Rainbow is God’s” Genesis 9:8-17
The 10th Sunday after Pentecost (B) 7/29/18
Pastor Mark H. Hein, St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Lockport, IL
It was a new start, a clean start, fresh start with the past gone forever… literally swept away in the waters of the great flood that covered all the earth.
It was a new day for mankind, the sum total being Noah, his sons – Shem, Ham and Japheth – and their wives. All of the others were gone. They perished. They drowned in their sins.
In the Book of Genesis we read, “The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Genesis 6:5)
“… the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth.” (Genesis 6:11-13)
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“The Road from Eden”
The First Sunday in Lent
March 1, 2017
Sermon Text: Genesis 3:7-24
When I was probably about 10 or 11 years old I saw a program on TV about the energy crisis and the problem of so many cars burning so much gasoline when gasoline was in short supply. This was back in the mid-70’s, when we first started to talk about these things. After watching that program, I thought about it, and I wrote a letter to someone, somewhere, where I explained that I had found the solution to this problem. Very simply, instead of building cars that run on gasoline, we needed to start building cars that run on water. Gas shortage problem solved. I gave the letter to my mom, and then later found out that she never mailed it. I was very upset, and I asked her why she hadn’t mailed my brilliant letter, and she nicely explained to me that cars can’t burn water the way they burn gasoline and my well-intentioned solution was unfortunately of no use.
That taught me a lesson about getting involved in matters that were over my head and thinking that I know more than I do. As Dirty Harry famously said, “A man’s got to know his limitations.” Sometimes, we need to defer to someone else who understands more than we do and believe what they say.
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