What is the church? And what can we liken it to in Genesis 8?
"So Noah went out, with his sons and his wife, and the wives of his sons with him. Every animal, every creeping thing, and every bird, and everything that moves upon the earth, according to its families, went out from the ark. And
Noah built an altar to Yahweh, and he took from all the clean animals
and from all the clean birds, and offered burnt offerings on the altar."
The church is saved and not just it but as we said before, God delights to have His church participate with him in His saving grace. To extend it even to the beasts and birds. The church is God's preferred agency upon the earth. Here we see the grace He gives to his people purposely extended to creation itself. But that is not my main point today.
The first thing we see Noah do with his feet once again upon dry dirt is to gather stones together and make an altar. To worship the God who saved him. To respond to the God who called him. To THANK the God who loved him despite the fact that "the inclination of the heart of humankind is evil from his youth." God's words, not mine. And this fledgling church of Noah's will prove it before they we are done with them. But that is another day. Today they show us that the church are those whom despite their natural bent, God has chosen, made his agents, saved and now...
are purposefully and worshipfully Thankful.
"And it happened that while traveling toward Jerusalem, he was passing through the region between Samaria and Galilee. And as he was entering into a certain village, ten men met him—lepers, who stood at a distance. And they raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” And when he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And it happened that as they were going, they were cleansed. But one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. And he fell on his face at his feet, giving thanks to him. And he was a Samaritan. So Jesus answered and said, “Were not ten cleansed? And where are the nine? Was no one found to turn back and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him, “Get up and go your way. Your faith has saved you.”" Luke 17