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The First Sunday of Lent

Genesis 9.8–17
1 Peter 3.18–22
Mark 1.9–15

When God makes his covenant with creation after the flood, it is a covenant not just with Noah and his family, or even with all future human beings, but with ‘every living creature that is with you’ (v. 10). What’s more, God goes on to emphasize this, by detailing all the creatures who are to be involved in this new covenant. Every time the covenant is mentioned, the living creatures are deliberately included (see Genesis 9.12, 15, 16, 17). It is as though Noah’s action then binds human and animal destiny together for ever.

But, of course, Genesis has already suggested, in its first creation story, that that was always God’s intention. When God makes human beings in chapter 1, he does so expressly saying that human beings are to be responsible for ‘every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth’ (Genesis 1.26)... 

Taken from Lectionary Reflections – Year B by Jane Williams

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