A Day for the History Books
It’s a red-letter day in history. But, not because we elected a new American president.
Today, history was made when Noah and his family anxiously stowed the last of their belongings inside the ark. They were bringing the animals inside, and glancing nervously at their neighbors who would soon perish (Genesis 7:1-4).
Scripture says that on the seventeenth day of the second month the springs of the deep gushed upward and the waters of heaven pounded down (Genesis 7:11). The flooding began on Cheshvan 17, on the Hebrew calendar. This is just one week away for us.
In the wake of the election, emotions sweep across America like the floodwaters of that ancient day. Those who survived that long ago flood entered a tevah, the Hebrew word for ark.
Tevah refers to a vessel - like the basket which floated baby Moses in the Nile River. But, tevah also means “word.” The living creatures entered the Word. More than a vessel of safety, the ark was a Word of Prayer.
I sense that it is time for us to board a Great Tevah. We should enter a Great Ark of Prayer. Inside prayer, we rise above the waters of political unrest, and the words of distrust being slung through the airwaves around us. I believe that a Tevah of Prayer is the place we should be as we sail into the future.
Published November 10, 2016