January 11, 2011

Today you should read: Genesis 8:1-22

Noah and his family, along with all the animals God had sent to Noah to put on the ark, are now all that is left. God has wiped out the world and every living thing on it. This should cause us to see that God is serious about sin. Sin angers God because He is holy and righteous and longs for us to be like Him.

Noah, and all the passengers of the ark, have been floating around now for 150 days (see Gen7:24). God has not forgotten them. He brings about a strong wind and the flood waters begin to recede. As the waters disappear Noah begins to see tops of mountains, one of which is Mount Ararat, where the ark settles on the top. After a few more months more mountains begin to appear. By this time Noah and his family have got to be getting a little restless in that boat.

After 40 more days Noah has decided to take some action. He lets a raven out to see if it will land somewhere, to show him that the land is dry. Instead, the raven flies all over the place until the ground was dry. Then Noah decides to send out a dove. The dove comes back because it cannot find a good spot to land. So, Noah gives it another shot a week later and the dove returns late in the evening with an olive branch in its mouth, showing them all that the ground is almost dry. Noah waits one more week to see what might happen if he sent out the dove again. This time the bird flies off and doesn’t return. Noah and the ark passengers had to wait at least 2 more months before God finally said to them, “leave the boat.”
So, Noah, his family, and all the animals got off the ark. Then Noah built an altar to praise
God for His goodness and mercy.

We have to remember that God did not owe it to Noah to save him and his family. God, because of His mercy, chose to save Noah. We need to have the same attitude toward God saving us. There is nothing we do that saves us… only God’s mercy and grace save us from a Christ-less eternity. Worship is a more than fitting response in this situation. Noah sacrifices some animals to God and God responds by declaring that He will never again destroy the earth at this magnitude.

Posted by: Robbie Byrd

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

5 thoughts on “January 11, 2011”

  1. Robbie, thanks for the post. As I read about Noah sacrificing animals after finally getting off that ark, it made me think of the question posed yesterday. Someone commented that Noah actually took 7 of some animals. Perhaps they were predestined for sacrifice?

  2. Thanks Robbie. In a world where the prevailing attitude is one of entitlement, we should remember the flood every day and thank God for His goodness and mercy….because God does not, in fact, OWE us… we owe him. Everything.

  3. What would it be like if we actually waited on the Lord? Noah was a righteous, blameless man. He was also curious what was going on outside his “four walls.” He opened and looked, he sent out birds, but he didn’t leave until God instructed him to.

    I know there have been many times in my life when I lacked patience and felt the timetable was moving too slowly. I knew what needed to happen and what the final results would be. Can you say stupid? But when I have allowed God to take control, and follow His timetable, the results were ALWAYS better than I imagined.

    Thanks Robbie! The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. He is my God and I will praise Him, my father’s God and I will exalt Him. Exodus 15:2

  4. Verse 21 stuck out to me where God smells the burnt offerings and says, “Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood…” Noah was righteous and now one of the few remaining on the earth, but he was righteous because he fought against his own sin nature that still exists and will continue to be passed down. God wiped out a lot of stuff with the flood, but we still have to struggle and fight against the evil inclinations of our hearts.

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