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February 13, 2007

Chapter-a-Day Genesis 7

The flood continued forty days and the waters rose and lifted the ship high over the Earth. The waters kept rising, the flood deepened on the Earth, the ship floated on the surface. The flood got worse until all the highest mountains were covered—the high-water mark reached twenty feet above the crest of the mountains. Everything died. Anything that moved—dead. Birds, farm animals, wild animals, the entire teeming exuberance of life—dead. And all people—dead. Every living, breathing creature that lived on dry land died; he wiped out the whole works—people and animals, crawling creatures and flying birds, every last one of them, gone. Only Noah and his company on the ship lived. Genesis 7:17-23 (TM)

I had written a post a while back while going through Romans that I believe baptism is a metaphor (something which symbolizes something else without using "like" or "as") for the spiritual reality of dying to self, our sins buried with Jesus and then raised to new life with Him - our sins washed away.

Today's  passage, along with I Peter 3:20-21 reminded me once again of the powerful metaphor and the connection between the baptism and Noah's flood - everything dead and buried - submerged in the water.

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