Formations lesson for Aug. 21: Repairing Relationships with My Community : Friday, July 29, 2005
July 29 2005 by Haven Parrott

Formations lesson for Aug. 21: Repairing Relationships with My Community : Friday, July 29, 2005
Friday, July 29, 2005

Formations lesson for Aug. 21: Repairing Relationships with My Community

By Haven Parrott
Focal passage: Genesis 6:9-7:5

Life Boats

The most chilling scene in the movie "Titanic" is not of the elderly couple choosing to die wrapped in each other's arms on the bed in their stateroom as the unsinkable boat cracks up; it's not of the frantic passengers' vain scramble for higher ground as the full comprehension of their grave situation begins to flood their minds; it's not the poignant images of forced smiles on the faces of brave fathers, whose artificially cheery cries of "See you real soon!" ring horribly hollow as they help their women and children into lifeboats; and it's not even the heart-rending depiction of the doomed splashing and thrashing about, clambering atop one another to steal a few more seconds of oxygen before the freezing water of the North Atlantic exacts its fatal toll.

No, for me, the most chilling scene in the movie "Titanic" isn't even a scene. It's a sound. Not the terrible sound of savage screaming, pitiful pleading, or desperate cursing uttered by humans on the brink of their own destruction, but the sound that remains after: the sound of sheer silence. The sound of death accomplished, of eternal finality. The sound the survivors in lifeboats heard as they gingerly picked their way through the morbid maze of bloated blue bodies.

Surely the theme of their thoughts must've been some version of "there but for the grace of God go I," and the measure of their appreciation for a lifeboat in an ocean of death must've been somewhere in the realm of fathomless. And I'll bet they never, ever, ever took their salvation-by-lifeboat for granted.

The Life Boat

I imagine Noah and his family had a titanic appreciation of their salvation. From the safety of their lifeboat, they likely heard the scraping sound made by the fingernails of folks trying too late to claw their way into the wood of God's ark; the futile, fading cries of those drowning in the sea of God's wrath; and finally, the dreadful sound of nothing save the pounding of that righteous rain.

Surely the theme of Noah and his family's thoughts was some ancient version of "there but for the grace of God go I." Just try to imagine the measure of their gratitude for God's provision for their salvation-by-lifeboat, and then make the connection (oh, how I love an Old Testament story in which Christ is so thinly veiled He cannot be missed by even the most casual observer): do you, do I, appreciate our Ark of salvation to the extent that Noah and his family appreciated theirs?

By grace through faith in God's revealed word, Noah and his family were saved from God's righteous judgment upon sin. By grace through faith in God's living Word we are saved from the same.

Days of terror are coming, and the sound of that final silence will be deafening. Salvation is a titanic thing. God forbid we should ever take it for granted.

7/29/2005 12:00:00 AM by Haven Parrott | with 0 comments




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