When I was young, it was the thing to do to brag about what your dad had done during the war. Tales of exploit carried great street cred. We all like to be proud of our dads, or mums, or big brothers or whoever. Noah’s three lads had plenty to be proud of – their dad had been the only one God had chosen, built a boat to save his family, taken them on an epic voyage, weathered the greatest storms the world had ever seen, brought them safely to a new and fertile land, and worked his socks off as a ‘man of the soil’. (Genesis 9 v 20) Think that would rate higher than having Winston Churchill as your dad! OK there was no one else for them to brag to, but they were justified in feeling proud.
Then one day, Noah used some of his luscious new fruit and ended up in a drunken stupor, naked and uncovered. Dignity demolished. Pride level zero.
What hope was there for the world, when the best had sunk to this? Talk about feet of clay.
And which one of us is so righteous that we never, ever falter? Even the ones considered pretty righteous? Isaiah 64 v 6 tells us, “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.”
We all mess up. What hope then? Well for Noah, thankfully two of his sons did not stand gawping at the mess of frail humanity in front of them, but took a garment and covered him over.
Just like God slaughtered an animal and made skins to cover over the nakedness and shame of Adam and Eve.
And just like that, God allowed Jesus to become the perfect sacrifice, to pay the price for our wrongdoing, and to cover us over with his robe of righteousness. (Isaiah 61 v 10).
This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood – to be received by faith…Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord will never count against them. (Romans 3 v 22…4 v 8
Thank God for Jesus!