The Lord Remembers [Genesis 8-9, 2021]

Chapter 8

“But the Lord remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and He sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded (v.1, NIV).”

The Lord remembered Noah and his family. I am sure they wondered if/when they come stand on solid ground again. Would they ever smell a flower or walk by a fragrant tree again? If so, how much longer?

We can be so thankful for the Lord’s rescuing and still ask difficult questions like these. The Lord remembered Noah and his family, and the waters began to recede. It wouldn’t evaporate as quickly as a trip to a McDonald’s Drive Thru… but, the Lord remembered His people and they worshiped Him. That was the first thing they did, when everyone came out of the ark.

They worshiped the Lord!

“Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in His heart: ‘Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done (v. 20-21).”

The Lord loved and favored Noah.
This was a man who sought the Lord God.
He wanted to please the One True God, rather than chase after worldly things.

The difference is found in their friendship. The Lord loved Noah. God as our Heavenly Father loves us. He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins and rose again on the third day. We have been saved by the blood of Jesus, and our Mighty God wants to spend quality time with us.

How are we investing in our relationship with the Lord like Noah might have done? Through worship, let us praise the Lord!

Chapter 9

The Lord blessed Noah and his family greatly! Just think about it: He chose this particular family to spare, to speak to, and to establish His covenant with them. But, this covenant is also made available to us. “With your descendants after you” reminds me that this covenant is also for us.

“I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life (v. 13-15).”

The rainbow isn’t solely for humanity. If you look at verse 16, we notice something else. The Lord will see it and remember the everlasting covenant He has made with His chosen people!

We do not have to fear that the Lord will repeat Genesis 7. Regardless of how sinful humanity is, the Lord promises to never again flood the whole earth. And, this is such a gift.

We get the opportunity to know our Mighty God and trust His Word in this place of an everlasting covenant. The rainbow is a sign of that promise. His promise is far better than any pot of gold, because His Word never ever fails! We can trust Him all the more, as we cling to His promises!

As we trust the Lord Jesus, how can we choose honorable and righteous living?

We learn quite a bit about honorable actions even in sticky situations, as we see how Noah’s sons handled the situation of a naked Noah. Instead of covering his father, Canaan went and told his brothers instead. And he was cursed because of it.

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