narrative of the Flood and the picture of redemption that it presents
and an examination of the sacrifice and acceptance of Noah.
AIM: That we
are ever aware that we are kept from destruction by the grace of
6 ended with the declaration that Noah did all that the Lord commanded
and so acted in faith. Chapter 8 begins with "And God remembered Noah
and every living thing."
1. The faith of Noah was such that obedience
and full confidence in the Lord was shown and so he became an integral
part of the operations of the Lord in it all.
2. The human race was
delivered through Noah’s family and a new start for creation followed.
3. We will first consider the narrative and the many wonders of grace
that are seen it what took place, and then we will look to the testimony
of the Lord following the flood.
THESIS: Redemption is always in view throughout Biblical history,
and such is the nature of assurance given to Noah and to us.
The narrative – Genesis 7 and 8
1. Noah alone was seen as righteous –
that is the righteousness which is by grace through faith.
provision was set in order for a new beginning for all of creation (it
is to be remembered that the curse remained, but a divinely enforced
turn from manifest evil).
3. Consider then:
1) The animals by twos
and by sevens (possibly 3 pairs of clean animals with a seventh for
2) It is thought that this happened in the Spring and that
the earth was beautiful (noted as Noah might have seen it).
and his family went in and the animals followed and
4) The Lord shut
i. Consider the size that the door must have been to
accommodate elephants and other large animals.
ii. A spiritual
component to this all.
5) The fountains of the great deep broken up
and the windows of heaven opened
6) Forty days and nights followed by
150 days of waiting (an extended stay indeed).
7) The raven and the
II. The Promise (8:15-22)
1. The Lord had sent a wind to
evaporate the flood waters and the Ark had finally rested.
2. It was
time to come out and face a new earth to be filled up by Noah, his sons
and the animals that had rode the waters of judgment.
3. And Noah
worshiped the Lord in a way that continues until this day:
1) We note
Noah’s understanding of the place of sacrifice and had long know it.
2) Here we understand the reason of the seventh of the clean animals
(one of each).
3) The sweet savor smelled by the Lord: And we are
reminded of: For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that
are saved, and in them that perish: (2 Corinthians 2:15)
the reason as the condition of the imagination of man’s heart as evil
from the days of his youth (see 6:5)
1) The essential nature of man
was not changed – such is the basis of the natural man.
2) It would
require a continual purging
5. Seedtime and harvest, cold and heat,
summer and winter, day and night – The promise that the Lord is
sovereign and will not abandon His determination to redeem.