From the beginning humans arrogantly asserted their independence from God. Though it broke God’s heart, he let them go. By rejecting the source of life and peace, they opened the door for evil to infect God’s world. Life gave way to death, and conflict came to dominate God’s world. Every human since, including you and me, has been caught up in this. We have all sought to live independently of God. We have all experienced enslavement to Evil. And consequently, we all know the anguish of dealing with death and conflict in our lives. As for the Sea, it too could be said to be now in conflict with humanity. Originally humanity was to exercise dominion over the Sea, but now from the Sea came judgment on humanity. What God had declared was’ very good’ he now regretted making. So “the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened. And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights.” And the waters rose. Through the Sea, an end was almost made of humanity and all of God’s creation. Yet for the sake of his creation, God acted through Noah and his family to redeem creation. However, the Sea would continue to be a place of dread for the people of God.10 points for naming the Sydney beach in the picture.