God remembered Noah and ended the Flood.
6. a. Yahweh’s instructions and promises to Noah
Go out of the ship, you, your wife, your sons, and your sons’ wives with you.
Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh, including birds, livestock, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply on the earth. Genesis 8:15-17
Noah came out of the ark — no longer cooped up and penned within its narrow limits, he walked abroad, and the whole world was before him where to choose. Was not that a picture of the freedom of the believer who has been ‘buried with Christ,’ and enjoys the possession of God’s free Spirit? (Spurgeon)
- When Yahweh smelled the pleasant aroma of the Noah’s sacrifice, He said, “I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake because the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth.”
(again here means to add or augment. The Lord was saying He would not add to or increase the curse on the earth.)2
- “I will never again strike every living thing, as I have done.”
- “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night will not cease.”
b. Noah built an altar to Yahweh.
“[He] took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.” By doing so, he atoned for the sin of all the earth.
The sacrifice is the turning-point. Without a sacrifice, sin clamours for vengeance, and God sends a destroying flood; but the sacrifice presented by Noah was typical of the coming sacrifice of God’s only begotten Son, and of the effectual atonement therein provided for human sin. (Spurgeon)
This was a costly offering. Noah was well aware the animals in his care were the only ones in existence.
More pleasing to God than the smell of the sacrifice was the heart of Noah in his sacrifice.1
7. a. Christ loved us and gave himself up for us.
Yet it pleased Yahweh to bruise him.
He has caused him to suffer.
When you make his soul an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring.
He will prolong his days
and Yahweh’s pleasure will prosper in his hand. Isaiah 53:10
For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through him. John 3:16-17
Walk in love, even as Christ also loved us and gave himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling fragrance. Ephesians 5:2
b. Act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God. Micah 6;8
“To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.” Proverbs 21:3
He desires mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. Hosea 6;6
“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13
Present my body as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God as a spiritual service. Refuse to conform to this world but be transformed by the renewing of my mind. Romans 12:1-2
A sacrifice of praise, the fruit of my lips which proclaim allegiance to his name. Hebrews 13:15-16
8. He loves us, oh how He loves us.
God remembers us.
He loves us.
Yahweh is faithful. He keeps his promises.
The flood: What an amazing demonstration of God’s unfathomable power. And He said WE will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon us. Selah
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