Matthew 19 reminds us that better questions often obtain better answers; but it more strikingly reminds us that the character of a question is first found in the integrity of a man’s heart. In the end, an inquirer’s ignorance is not nearly as damning as his unbelieving disposition.
This is why it is never sufficient to speak of Egypt in the shallowest aspects of its typology, as if its contrast to Israel were merely ethical—or that ethics can be separated from God’s revelation of himself. If the distinction between Egypt and Canaan were confined to the realm of ethics and culture, Egypt could have sufficed as the resting place of the Hebrews.
Genesis 9 instructs us in the gracious and surprising work of God; but of course, this sentence suffers from an obvious redundancy, for God’s grace should always strike us as surprising. But should the surprising and gracious elements of this chapter not initially be evident, a brief survey of the chapter will prove helpful before the gracious surprise is considered in a following article.