Ships going to and fro between graceless nowheres

Every day there is convincing evidence that the faith of Christ has been shaped to imitate the Israelite experience.

The essential grace ID card

For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

John 1:17

It is true that God’s people have similar experiences to the Exodus, the encampment at Sinai, and the entry into Canaan, but there is neither wilderness wandering, death in the desert, nor wholesale desertion of the covenant in the experience of the great salvation. The saints are on high with Christ.

Seedsowing realities

And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.”

Matthew 13:23

Noah’s discovery alongside his peers

Noah is recognized as a faithful and effective preacher.  He stood out in his generation  by being convicted by a dream.  His discovery of grace is the same stuff as Abraham’s justification (for believing the promise of chiidren like the stars in the sky in number).  If anything else would have turned the tide of badness pouring out of humans it was not the law or the threat of death.

And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repents me that I have made them. (8) But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

Genesis 6:7-8

The source of badness is the human heart. The things we want are usually responsible for the attitudes we develop and the things we do.

And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Genesis 6:5

Thousands of years later human hearts are in the same condition.

For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

Matthew 15:19