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God Remembers Noah
08/17/2014
Scripture: Genesis 8:1-22; Genesis 1:9; John 19:30;...
Track 14 of in the series
Running time: 51 minutes, 29 seconds.
Chapter 8 basically is the beginning in the Bible of the new world. In Chapter 8 Gods wrath ceases and God remembers Noah. Of course God didnt forget Noah but the point to all of this is God was faithful to his promise. Through the Ark and the flood waters that cleansed the earth, Noah and his family was spared destruction and the new world began. For 150 days the flood came upon the earth and every living creature that walked the earth perished along with every plant, tree and grass. The earth was stripped of all life.



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Mike Nobis Speaker: Mike Nobis
Sunday School Teacher, Former Elder at Madison Park Christian Church. Mike is President of JK Creative Printers & Mailing in Quincy, IL. He is married to Pam and has three children, Tom, Tyler and Jennifer. Mike has three grandchildren: Ryne, Ivy and Alicia.

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God Remembers Noah

Chapter 8 basically is the beginning in the Bible of the new world. In Chapter 8 God’s wrath ceases and God remembers Noah. Of course God didn’t forget Noah but the point to all of this is God was faithful to his promise. Through the Ark and the flood waters that cleansed the earth, Noah and his family was spared destruction and the new world began. For 150 days the flood came upon the earth and every living creature that walked the earth perished along with every plant, tree and grass. The earth was stripped of all life.

Genesis 8:1-2 (NKJV) Then God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the animals that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided. The fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were also stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained.

There were three specific things that God did to stop the flooding, what were they?
1. He caused the wind to pass over the earth
2. He stopped the fountains of the deep from further eruptions and spewing water.
3. He closed the windows of heaven; he stopped the rain.

Here is a really interesting thing, the word here used for wind is the Hebrew word “rauch”. It can be translated wind and spirit depending on the context in which it is used. Scholars also interpret the word to mean “invisible force”. But the conventional wisdom is that the wind is actually meant here. But all this brings us back again to Genesis 1:9:

Genesis 1:9 (NKJV) Then God said, "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear"; and it was so.

We will see almost a second creation so to speak as the waters recede and life starts to grow again almost in the same order as when God first created in the beginning.
• God separated the waters and dry land appeared
• Then came the vegetation
• Once the Ark grounded on land, then came out the animals and then Noah, mankind.

A new world was created, a new beginning between man and God.

Genesis 8:4-12 (NKJV) Then the ark rested in the seventh month, the seventeenth day of the month, on the mountains of Ararat. And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month. In the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen. So it came to pass, at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made. Then he sent out a raven, which kept going to and fro until the waters had dried up from the earth. He also sent out from himself a dove, to see if the waters had receded from the face of the ground. But the dove found no resting place for the sole of her foot, and she returned into the ark to him, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her, and drew her into the ark to himself. And he waited yet another seven days, and again he sent the dove out from the ark. Then the dove came to him in the evening, and behold, a freshly plucked olive leaf was in her mouth; and Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth. So he waited yet another seven days and sent out the dove, which did not return again to him anymore.

When reading this, did anything sound familiar? How many times have I told you that when dates are given or references to time and places, the reader needs to pay attention especially in the Old Testament. What was familiar to you?

I find it neat that the writer refers to the Ark as resting as if it had been in labor for 5 months accomplishing its work to save Noah and the animals for sin and judgment. This is only the second time that “rest” is mentioned in Genesis up until now. The first time was when God rested from building His creation. Now the Ark rested from its mission.

In the New Testament the Ark is a true type of Christ. As God finished His work of Creation and as the Ark finished its mission, so Christ finished His work of Salvation as recorded in John 19:30:

John 19:30 (NKJV) So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

Here is where things get really interesting; the Ark rested on the 17th day of the seventh month. Based on the Jewish civil calendar, what is fascinating is that Jesus rose from the dead on the 17th day of the seventh month.

Timeline: The interval from the entrance to the exit consists of the following periods:
Rain continued............................40 days
Waters prevailed.......................... 150 days
Waters subside............................99 days
Noah delays...............................40 days
Sending of the raven and the dove.........20 days
Another month.............................29 days
Interval until the 27th of the 2nd month.. 57 days
Sum-total of days......................365 days
Barnes' Notes on the Old Testament.

What do you think Noah and his family saw when they got their first glance at a new earth set before them? What changes do you think awaited them?

Changes:
• The oceans would be much more extensive. Someone asked last week, where d all that water go? They make up our oceans and seas and vast lakes.
• The land area was less extensive due to all the water now on the earth rather than above and below.
• The hydrosphere is now gone exposing everyone to temperature changes, weather patterns were now on the move. There was rain, storms, thunder and rainbows.
• Mountain ranges uplifted and there was probably a more distinct and rugged typography of the earth
• The environment was probably more hostile due to exposure to harmful sun radiation and other atmospheric conditions.
• The crust of the earth was still fragile and there lingered earthquakes and eruptions of volcanos. We have in early recorded history ample evidence of massive earthquakes and volcano eruptions going back many centuries.
• The land was pretty much barren with little vegetation but over time that would change.
• Most likely there were remnants of corpses from all types of life that perished that they had to deal with and be reminded by.

Genesis 8:15-19 (NKJV) Then God spoke to Noah, saying, "Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons' wives with you. Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you: birds and cattle and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth." So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives with him. Every animal, every creeping thing, every bird, and whatever creeps on the earth, according to their families, went out of the ark.

In Genesis 7:1 God said to Noah, "Come into the ark, you and all your household
In Genesis 8:16 God said to Noah, "Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons' wives with you.

Both of these statements will be repeated again later by the seed of Woman that God predicted would come and save man.

Matthew 11:28 (NKJV) Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Mark 16:15 (NKJV) And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.

The Ark had been like the giant sheepfold, with Christ the door, through whom the sheep “shall go in” to be saved, but also, through whom they shall “go out” and find pasture.

All the animals are direct descendants from the animals that survived the flood by being on the ark. The same is true with mankind, from the three sons of Noah will come the mighty nations in Genesis 9.

Genesis 8:20-22 (NKJV) 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. 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. "While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease."

Here is the first time the concept and word “altar” is fund in scripture. Here Noah gave thanks to God for keeping His promise and saving all that were in the Ark. His sacrifice was also for those who would follow after him so their lives would be protected and the earth never destroyed again.

Why was this offering to God a great demonstration of Noah’s faith? Common sense would say every animal was important because they were necessary to help replenish the earth again. By sacrificing several of the clean animals, did this make it more difficult to accomplish what God said he would do?

How long will God’s gracious promise to Noah last? As long as the earth remains. However, Peter writes about another destruction.

2 Peter 3:9-10 (NKJV) The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.