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Noah Worships God

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Pause and Consider

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9.20.17

Noah worships God

 

 

Following the Great Flood, God received worship.  Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. (Genesis 8:20)

Noah lived a balanced life.  He walked with God, worked for the Lord, witnessed for Him, waited on God and worshipped the LORD.

This is the first mention of an altar or structure for the purpose of sacrifice.  The altar, just as the ark, is a picture of the Lord Jesus.  “The LORD is now on high, having swept away the Garden and withdrawn His physical presence from the earth.  The altar is erected to point towards His dwelling-place on high.” (Barnes) The offering of 1/7 of the domesticated animals was a true act of thanksgiving, worship and faith.

Following the Great Flood, God reaffirmed the natural order.  And the LORD smelled a soothing aroma. Then the LORD said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.  (22) While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.” (Gen 8:21, 22)

There are several important elements in this promise from God.  First, there is to be no additional world-wide curse.  The Edenic curse (thorns, thistles, the wildness of animals, work being difficult, childbirth being painful) is still in effect, but there will be no additional curse upon this earth.

Second, there will be no more universal flood.  This was the Flood.  Surely there are floods all over the world (TX, LA and FL come to mind), but never will God destroy the world again with a flood.

Third, there will be no interruption of the cycle of nature. The universe operates effectively and consistently under God’s control. Yes, the earth is now subject to storms and severe weather, blazing heat, freezing cold, seismic action, and natural disasters.  Yet the uniformitarianism of the cycles of day and night and the four seasons prevails from the Flood until the Great Tribulation.

Rational man, who does not look to Scripture, cannot really be sure that the sun will come up tomorrow.  He has millennia of experience and data to support the idea that it will come up, but he can’t be sure.  He has no reason to believe that the sun will come up.  But the believer can be sure because God says so!  We can plan our lives around the seasons because God has set them in perpetual motion.  Ships can chart their way by the stars because there is little variance in their orbits and places.  We can set our alarm clocks daily because God is the Father of Time.

Dear friend, God is in complete control of this universe.  There is not a sparrow or butterfly that falls and God is not aware of it.  Each time you breathe, the available oxygen is a gift from a gracious God who sends His sun and rain on the righteous and the wicked.  One day every soul in the universe will bow down and acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and Master.  Rather than doing so by force one day, why not bow before Him today of your own volition.  His yoke is easy, and His burden is light.  ibcwbmn@centurytel.net.


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