How did they know to select this Sunday School lesson beforehand?

By: Dr. Jacqueline Simmons

   Scripture: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God…the earth also was corrupt before God and the earth was filled with violence…for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.  And God said unto Noah,the end of the earth is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold  I will destroy them with the earth. Make thee an ark of gopher wood…and, behold, I even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven and everything that is in the earth shall die.  But, with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark,thou and thou sons, and thou wife and thou sons’ wives with thee.  In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life… the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened…and every living substance was destroyed which was on the face of the ground…And Noah remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.  And the water prevailed upon the earth one hundred and fifty days…And God spake unto Noah saying bring forth every living thing that is with thee…and everything went out of the ark (selected passages from Genesis 6-8).Scripture: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God…the earth also was corrupt before God and the earth was filled with violence…for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.  And God said unto Noah,the end of the earth is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold  I will destroy them with the earth. Make thee an ark of gopher wood…and, behold, I even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven and everything that is in the earth shall die.  But, with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark,thou and thou sons, and thou wife and thou sons’ wives with thee.  In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life… the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened…and every living substance was destroyed which was on the face of the ground…And Noah remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.  And the water prevailed upon the earth one hundred and fifty days…And God spake unto Noah saying bring forth every living thing that is with thee…and everything went out of the ark (selected passages from Genesis 6-8).  And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord…and offered burnt offerings.  And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground anymore for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth, neither will again smite…every living as I have done… And I will remember my covenant which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall…no more become a flood to destroy all flesh; and the bow shall be in the cloud, and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth (selected passages from Genesis 8 & 9).My Friends,     We are varying from our “trek” in order to rest and refuel.  The first portion of scripture in this message, described God’s reason for his great flood which destroyed every living thing on earth except for the righteous man, Noah, his family, selected animals, fowl and creeping things. He preserved them in order for his earth to be repopulated after it’s total destruction. God said man was sinful and he was sorry he created him.       To my amazement, God called my attention to our first Sunday School lesson in this quarter (September 3, 2017), which described Noah’s first action after he and others exited the ark. He offered a burnt offering to God.       Now, for another astonishing act by God, sometime in the past, he ordered his Sunday School lessons planners to make sure that the date for the aforementioned lesson coincided with the actions of Hurricane Harvey which resulted in floods in Southwestern and Middle-Southern United States.  There is no way those writers could have predicted those floodings that far in advance.   My friends, God is omniscience (All knowledge), omnipotent (All power) and omnipresent ( He’s always present).    Don’t forget to pray, especially for our hurricane victims. God willing, see you on the road next week. Love, Jacquelyn Simmons 

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