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A Bible study on God’s future promises, based on the Noah story and Deuteronomy 33: 26-29.
Thinking about climate change may leave us feeling confused, fearful and uncertain about the future of our precious earth. This final study looks at some of the promises that God has made to humankind. They encourage and give us hope as we direct our efforts towards protecting our environment.
The story of Noah and the ark is well known. God destroyed humankind – and all other creatures living on the earth and in the air when he was grieved by the wickedness of people. He did this by a flood which reversed all the patterns of creation.
After over twelve months under water, it was finally dry enough to emerge from the ark.
The whole of Chapter 33 of Deuteronomy is made up of Moses’ blessing on the Israelites – his final words before he died, knowing that despite the way in which he had led the people of Israel through the forty years in the wilderness, he would not enter the Promised Land with them. He wanted to assure them that God would continue to be with them.
Jacob’s spring in verse 28 is a promise of a refreshing water source bubbling up and allowing fruit and crops to flourish. Dew only falls when there is adequate water vapour in the atmosphere. This promise is of particular significance to those who have experienced desert or semi-arid areas. Read out verse 28 together and end with a time of prayer, thanking God for the amazing promises we have studied.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases
His mercies never come to an end
They are new every morning
New every morning.
Great is Thy faithfulness, O Lord.
Great is Thy faithfulness.
Robert Davidson from Lamentations 3:22-24