And it’s time for another Jesse Tree devotional! This time, it’s going to be Noah’s story — which is one of the most popular Old Testament stories out there. In fact, it’s one of the first biblical stories that are introduced to children, partly because it makes such a great toy. Matching animals… a giant boat. It’s practically designed for a toy!
So, there are many people who have a child-like understanding of the story of Noah since they played with the toys. And so, the story of Noah’s Ark is kind of a cute story to many people who have left the faith.
Of course, if you stop to think about it — I mean, really stop to think about it — it is actually quite a morbid story. And the artwork definitely gets morbid. So, a huge warning to you before you start reading this story:
It’s not just cute animals marching into the Ark.
In fact, it gets pretty dark at parts.
And so, here is the ornament:
A rainbow, depicting the God’s promise to never destroy the entire world again!
Now, let’s read the scripture behind this symbol..
5 When the LORD saw how great the wickedness of human beings was on earth, and how every desire that their heart conceived was always nothing but evil, 6the LORD regretted making human beings on the earth, and his heart was grieved.7So the LORD said: I will wipe out from the earth the human beings I have created, and not only the human beings, but also the animals and the crawling things and the birds of the air, for I regret that I made them.
8But Noah found favor with the LORD.
Okay, okay! I admit it… I might have gone a little overboard in illustrating this particular scripture. Anyway, come back for tomorrow, in which I promise you a shorter reading. 🙂
Karina Tabone is a wife, mother of four, author, blogger, and lover of Christian artwork. She's the author of the Illustrated Rosary series, which pairs every prayer of the Rosary with beautiful religious artwork. She likes also milkshakes, sunshine, and mystery novels. Follow her on Twitter at @illustr_prayer.