Covenant Connection Series Lent 1-From Flood Waters to Baptism Waters-February 26, 2012:
In Genesis 9:8-17 is the covenant that God makes with humanity not to cover the whole earth again with a flood. The background for this text is that by chapter 6 of Genesis things had gotten really bad and so God instructs Noah to build a giant boat known as an Ark. In the ark were Noah and his family and two by two the animals of the earth one of each gender. God chose Noah and made a promise to him that the earth would not be completely flooded again and the sign of that covenant is the rainbow.
Water like many of the things in creation were meant for good in their proper order. Water has the potential to quench our thirst and keep us hydrated and at the same time has the potential for destruction and death like the flood. It is at this point that water is neither good or bad itself but has the power to do both harm or good.
Mark 1:9-15 is the story of Jesus baptism. His baptism was accompanied by the descending of the Spirit and the acknowledgement of Jesus as God’s Son. In this potentially hazardous water, we find an example of new life emerging from the waters of death. As we consider the symbolism of the ordinance of baptism, it is one of being buried and dying in Christ to rise up out of these waters of new birth to begin our new life in Him. Many times in a baptismal service we will say buried with Christ in His death and raised to walk with Him in the newness of life.
It is in this very water we do find death, but we also find that these same waters are the birth of a new life in Christ. We are also pleased to have one of our older children present themselves as a candidate for baptism. We thank God for this young life given over to Christ, may He bless her as she walks with Him.