3 April 2022
When the earth was dry (Genesis 8:14), God said to Noah, “Get out of the ark” (verse 16). Noah came out of the ark according to the Word of God (verse 18).
15 Then God said to Noah, 16 “Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. 17 Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you—the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground—so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number on it.”
18 So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives. 19 All the animals and all the creatures that move along the ground and all the birds—everything that moves on land—came out of the ark, one kind after another.
20 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. 21 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.
22 “As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease.”
(Genesis 8: 15-22)
Floods are a type of water baptism. to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 3: 20,21)
A new life has begun for Noah and his family. What did Noah do first when he came out of the ark? He first built an altar for his Lord, offered a burnt sacrifice on the altar, and worshiped God. He offered his gratitude for being saved from the judgment of the Flood. The Garden of Eden, where the presence of God had appeared, was destroyed by the Flood. We needed an altar as a place to meet God and to make sacrifices. Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it.(verse 20) .
The Lord overcame the soothing scent and received the worship. That is because Noah slaughtered a clean animal and offered a blood offering (verse 20). This burnt sacrifice represents the blood that Jesus shed on the cross. We are accepted by God through the cross of Jesus. We can also approach God through the cross.
“Christ on the Cross” / Giotto
God has promised Noah. “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.“(Verse 21)
In the past, this land was destroyed because the thoughts of the human heart were evil (Genesis 6: 5 The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. ), here the evil mindset of the human mind is the reason why it doesn’t destroy the land. The Flood has shown God’s righteousness not to overlook human sin, but from then on it shows God’s mercy and grace for human sin.