Weekend Message Takeaway: “God Has a Plan for You . . . Yes You!”

Have you ever wanted a do-over? Maybe you've made a bad decision (or two, or two hundred); maybe you've experienced a really bad day or week; or maybe you're living through an overall bad, difficult life . . . Whatever the case may be, there is good news: Our God is a God of second chances! As we continued our study through the first part of Genesis, this past weekend Pastor Jerry Sander of our Boca campus shared what happened when Noah and his family exited the ark in Genesis 9. He explored the blessing and directive God placed on Noah, the promise of the rainbow, and Noah’s bad day.

Watch the video below to see a few highlights from the teaching and share it with your friends via social media. To watch the message in its entirety, click here.

 

 

For the Note Takers

Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Jerry's message this weekend:

God's Plan Includes Love: In Jeremiah 31:3 (NIV), God says, "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” This will never change, because He doesn’t change. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

Upon exiting the ark, God blessed Noah. The word for blessed is more accurately translated as “adored; smiled down upon; embraced warmly.” In essence, because Noah had blessed God at the end of chapter eight by building an altar and making burnt offerings unto the Lord as his first act after leaving the ark, the Lord smiled down upon his faithful servant and blessed him. Worship truly does move God’s heart. And so, he blessed Noah and reestablished the directive He had given to Adam and Eve long ago, saying, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth” (Genesis 9:1 NIV).

God's Plan Includes Redemption: Before the Flood, mankind was vegetarian. But with the Flood destroying most of the vegetation for the time being, in this moment God gave Noah and his family permission to eat of the animals. But in this moment, even before giving this command, He placed upon them the call to faithful dominion and stewardship of the earth and every creature in it. And the Lord established a strict law against killing another human, against shedding the blood of one who carries the imago Dei (image of God). This was the establishment of capital punishment, marking just how seriously God takes this offense—notice that this law was given before the Law of Moses.  

God's Plan Includes Mercy: God initiates and establishes His covenant with Noah, his family, and all living creatures, saying He will never again destroy all life on earth via a flood. And the sign of this covenant? A rainbow! This is why the natural law works out the way it does; this is why the rainbow exists. The product of the storm and the sun coming together, it's a sign of the manifold grace of God every time it lights up the sky.

Sadly, how many people, particularly young people under 25, have no idea what the rainbow truly stands for? The enemy has done all he can to hijack the promises of God and distort its meaning altogether. So now, instead of reflecting the heart of God toward His creation or the promise of security from the Lord, in the minds of so many, it stands for something else.

God's Plan Includes Grace: The Bible doesn't pull any punches when it comes to the people God used. It’s not like an ancient Instagram feed, where only the best and brightest moments are posted. The Word isn’t just a highlight reel of faithful men and women living perfect lives. Instead, it shows real people being human. Noah, the righteous man in a wicked generation, the faithful, obedient man he was, still sinned. And the Bible doesn't hide or omit it.

Here, we see Noah get drunk. Believer, has this ever happened to you? Have you ever sinned? Made a mistake? Fallen into an old habit or given in to peer pressure? Have you ever stumbled along your journey of faith? If so, you are like Noah. You’re a follower of the Lord who is imperfectly following after the Lord. And so, as the story progesses, Noah's son Ham saw his father’s shame and wanted to expose it, to shame him, so he called his older brothers. What did Shem and Japheth do? They gave us a picture of the gospel! In this moment, instead of joining in the shaming, they covered their father’s shame, as Jesus did for us when He sacrificed Himself on the cross. His blood sacrifice covers our sin and takes away our shame, making us new, whole, clean, and changed.

As believers, we have the opportunity to show the gospel in action every time we’re confronted with an opportunity like Ham was. Every time we’re in the midst of gossip, or see shaming, bullying, or mockery taking place; every time someone is being shamed, regardless of the method, we have the ability to put a stop to it and cover them with grace! This is what Jesus did over and over again for people—the woman at the well, the woman caught in adultery, Matthew the tax collector, those possessed by demons, those who were afflicted with illness, those who were outcasts.

God's Plan Includes You!: If you’ve ever wanted a do-over, it starts with Jesus! Sometimes, life doesn’t go exactly as planned, but God always has a greater plan for you. He always has something beyond what you could ever ask, think, or imagine in store. You simply have to give Him your heart and follow Him. His plans are to propser you, to give you hope and a future. But you must call on Him and surrender. He is writing His story of redemption all throughout the world through Jesus, and He wants to include you in this amazing story

Quote to Remember: Worship moves the heart of GodPastor Jerry Sander


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A LOOK AHEAD

This Wednesday, we’ll continue our discussion of the themes from Genesis 9 as Pastor Chris Baselice from our Plantation campus gives us an in-depth look at drugs and alcohol addiction and recovery.

As we conclude this amazing journey through the first part of Genesis, this weekend Pastor Doug will share a message from Genesis 10–11. In this study, we’ll explore the Table of Nations, the Tower of Babel, and discover how humanity spread throughout the world.

About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.