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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Beginning and End (04/16/09)

TITLE: As In Noah's Day
By Rebecca O'Connor


“In the beginning” is actually the beginning of the end. Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. If you look at Gen 2:1 under Hebrew translation:
· Host tsâbâ' tsebâ'âh a mass of persons, especially regularly organized for war (an army); by implication a campaign, literally or figuratively (specifically hardship, worship): - appointed time, (+) army, (+) battle, company, host, service, soldiers, waiting upon, war (-fare).

It reads: Thus the heavens and earth were finished and the mass of persons organized for a war campaign to settle a matter.

God had a campaign from the very beginning with each of us in mind as part of this host to wage war with a spiritual host. Our fight is not one of flesh. Generation to generation have passed and we find ourselves ever closer to the finale. What will this finale be like? Jesus compares the future end times to the days of Noah and of Lot. [Matt 24:37-39; Luke 17:28-30]

Eating, drinking, marrying, selling, planting and building do not give the picture of huddled masses and paralyzed nations. This is about moms taking kids to soccer practice, dads earning and building, couples announcing engagement, discussions going on at the water coolers and we think about our next meal. Tomorrow we get up and start it all over. Yet everyday the end get closers and we do not see, hear, smell or touch it.

I was born in 1950:
· No one I knew had a television.
· No stores were air-conditioned let alone homes or cars.
· Our teachers, in the public school, lead us in the pledges and prayer every morning before we started the day and prayed again before lunch.
· There were absolutes, morals, good citizenship, patriotism, respect and obedience to authority.
· Moms and dads ran the household.
· Children had to get permission to do anything. "Mother may I" was a reality and not a game.
· All sat at the dinner table to eat and talk.
· Kids could walk, ride their bikes or skate on sidewalks without fear of abduction.
· The only serial/cereal killer would be the first one to grab the toy in a box of corn flakes!
· Closets were for clothes and not something from which to come out.
· Moms made food from scratch and the only thing that was take out was the garbage!
· One thing that we all knew…America was a Christian nation.

I do not have to tell you of the changes in the world today…we are living them. You know the saying of boiling the frog slowly? I think we feasted upon those frog legs some time ago. Things have changed so gradually, yet we are still as in the days of Noah and Lot: eating, drinking, marrying, buying and selling, planting [working] and building.

We are wrapped around our routine of living in this world. We have progressed a long way to remain in the same condition. Ironic huh? Yet Jesus is telling us that life continues the same as it always has up to the very end.

The day is fast approaching when the door of the ark will close, and when there is no more oil to get for your lamp. Then hindsight will mean game over. I have said all that to say this: spend time in prayer and the Word daily. You will find the pro-vision of the Lord in His people who pray often and seek His face. Jesus said something very important to His disciples right before the fiery trial of His arrest: “What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation.” Matt 26:40-41

Without spending time in prayer and that communion with God, we spend day after day as Noah’s generation. The time of the end will be like a snare. The things of the Lord that we have put off until tomorrow will be over since tomorrow was…yesterday.

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Glenda Lagerstedt04/23/09
Good thought-provoking article. I like the word "pro-vision."
Gloria Graves04/24/09
Your words are so true. The Hebrew words give us a much clearer meaning of the Bible. Good piece.
Gregory Kane04/26/09
A grand sweep of history and scripture - well done.
I'm not entirely convinced by your interpretation of the word 'host'. It could be taken simply as a reference to the large number of stars in the heavens. Indeed the same Hebrew word is used in this sense in Isa 40:26. Then again there's a lot hidden away in Genesis that isn't immediately obvious. It's good that you've got me musing on these matters.