Letters from Neil | May 4th, 2020

May 31, 2020  |  Redemption AZ

May 4, 2020

Good morning Salties and friends,

I hope you were blessed by our Sunday Service’s message and music. It’s another week and another month with things much the same. Let’s continue to pray for our leaders as they make important decisions about reopening our state and country.

Today we’ll continue our study in chapter 8 beginning in verse 4 which gives us the exact day that the ark came to rest, the 17th of the month. There’s an interesting parallel here that demonstrates God’s detailed control of history. Jesus was raised from the dead on the 17th of the month 3 days after the Passover. Both the ark’s resting on dry land and Jesus’ resurrection signals new life for God’s people; that salvation is assured and complete.

The first thing Noah does after another long wait is found in verse 6. He sent out a raven that never comes back. The raven was considered an unclean bird. Since a raven is a meat eater there would have been lots for him to feast on as the bloated bodies of animals floated on the surface of the water so there was no reason for it to return to the ark. Then Noah sends out a dove. A dove was considered a clean bird. The dove found no place to rest her foot so she does come back to the ark. The raven is a picture of the believers’ flesh, the unredeemed part of us that loves primarily the things of this world (Romans 7:18.) Our “flesh” is drawn to those things in the judged world just like the raven found the things he lived on. For us, it could be materialism or anything else that is in opposition to God. Just like the dove who found no rest in the judged world, God & His Word, not the world’s system must have first place in our life (1 John 2:15) . Our old self is dead, crucified with Christ (Gal 2:20) and as a result we have the power through the indwelling Holy Spirit to win the battle that rages within; a battle only the Christian faces. We are in the world but not of it. We are in it to be salt and light; to live out and share our faith in challenging times as these. Are we living as ravens or doves? The answer I believe depends on who we are feeding more. Let’s continue to feed our spiritual lives by making sure we stay in the Word & in regular prayer in these times of social isolation

Have a blessed day, Neil