Sonship (8)

Yesterday, I wrote about the negative effects on creation, when the sons of God do not reign in righteousness. It is worth a read in establishing context, as it relates to our righteousness as sons and the relationship with nature. Today, I should like to cite an example of a son who walked in righteousness, and in the process redeemed creation.

Genesis 5:28-29 reads as follows: “28 Lamech lived one hundred and eighty-two years, and had a son. 29 And he called his name Noah, saying, “This one will comfort us concerning our work and the toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord has cursed.” Noah means rest and his farther hoped that in some way, Noah would be able to restore such to his people. As it happens this promise was fulfilled in Jesus, but Noah did redeem creation to some extent.

The word tells us that Noah was a just man, and in a time when the earth was filled with wickedness, he was considered blameless before God. We read that Noah walked with God. He was a true son. When the Lord decided to destroy all in whom was the breath of life, Noah found grace in His sight. Noah, his family and a pair of every living creature were saved in the ark.

When Noah leaves the ark, he receives a similar commission to the one Adam received in the Garden of Eden; it is found in Genesis 8:15-17: “ Then God spoke to Noah, saying, 16 “Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you.17 Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you: birds and cattle and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.” It is fair to say that Noah, through his relationship with God, managed to partly redeem creation. This should encourage us to live in like manner, as sons and in the process to bless creation, and liberate it from bondage.