HitchBot and Genesis 6

HitchbotThis past season has been a difficult one for many of us. We read the news and wonder what the world is coming to. I know many of you were saddened to hear last week that HitchBot, the robot, was found vandalized and damaged beyond repair. This child-sized robot was designed to hitch hike, and had been all across Canada and Europe. And so I know that many of you were shocked to find out that this robots trip from Boston to San Francisco ended abruptly on a Saturday in a Philadelphia alley, where it was found with its head removed. It was tough news to hear. I know many of you appreciated the sentiments from the robots owners, when they said, “We wish to remember the good times, and we encourage hitchBOTs friends and family to do the same.” They said, “Sometimes bad things happen to good robots.[1]

I am of course having some fun w/ this odd news story, but it is true – Sometimes it feels like the world is going downhill fast. We read about the affairs in the world and wonder what is going on – values are challenged, violence is commonplace, and exploitation is marketed for gain. We can look at it all and get quite discouraged. And in the midst of discouragement, we may wonder where God is in it all, and if He cares.

If you hold these feelings, you may resonate w/ the state of affairs in Genesis 6. Humanity is misusing the freedom that God has given them. The result was broken relationships -b/t humans and God, b/t individuals, and b/t social groups. Instead of living into the design of creation, acquiring and exercising power became the pursuit. And the means of power and selfishness was the violence we see in the text. And so God regrets what has happened, and it seems like the world is going down hill fast.

Yet there is hope, in the gloom. Noah finds favor in the eyes of God. “Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.” God is going to bring justice to the corrupt world, but that is not the end of the matter. He says in v. 18: But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark -you and your sons and your wife and your sons wives with you. Deliverance and judgment walk together in this passage, 2 parts of the same process. God chooses to reestablish order through the family of this righteous man. He delivers his family, and promises to establish His covenant w/ Noah. This promise of covenant was unquestionably the exact word this faithful family needed in the face of the disaster unfolding before them. It was a word of security, and was a word of hope for this family during this crazy storm and flood.

As you face the chaos before you, know that the God of creation has not fled the scene. Gods covenant remains for us. When the world appears to be going down hill, the God of creation gives hope. In Noahs covenant we see that the Creator remains committed unconditionally to His creation and His everlasting covenant. In the face of chaos, God is committed to you, unconditionally. And like Noahs family, we can know that God will endure w/ us through any storm, and make things right.

 

[1] http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/03/us-usa-robot-pennsylvania-idUSKCN0Q826G20150803

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