8 But I will establish My covenant with you, and you will enter the ark with your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives. 19 You are also to bring into the ark two of all the living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. 20 Two of everything—from the birds according to their kinds, from the livestock according to their kinds, and from the animals that crawl on the ground according to their kinds—will come to you so that you can keep them alive. 21 Take with you every kind of food that is eaten; gather it as food for you and for them.” 22 And Noah did this. He did everything that God had commanded him.
In these verses we see that God gives Noah specific instructions. God (not man) is the one who declares what is good (Gen. 1) and necessary (Gen 6). His desire is for complete obedience. Notice Noah’s response in v. 22: Noah was obedient and did the things that God commanded. He didn’t question God’s instructions. He didn’t put if off until it was convenient. God said it and Noah did it.
We too have been given specific instructions as believers in Christ Jesus. Even though obedience can be difficult, our faith requires us to be obedient to the things that God has commanded. What is keeping you from obeying?
“We do not understand and then obey: that is instruction. We obey by faith, and then we understand: that is illumination.” - Warren Wiersbe
Lord, give us the desire and will to be obedient to your instructions.
3 and seven pairs, male and female, of the birds of the sky—in order to keep offspring alive on the face of the whole earth. 4 Seven days from now I will make it rain on the earth 40 days and 40 nights, and I will wipe off from the face of the earth every living thing I have made.” 5 And Noah did everything that the LORD commanded him.
God’s Word declares that the flood is a direct response to and judgment of the sinfulness of humanity. This is not just some ancient story of long long ago. The first flood (in Noah’s day) points us to a day (our time) when Jesus Christ will be the Great Judge for all (2 Pet 3:7). We are reminded here in Scripture that the Lord will not be silent or ignore our sinful broken condition. Yet, in the midst of the flood, the Lord is gracious and offers a plan of salvation. For Noah, this was an ark and God saw the faith of Noah through his obedience. In similar fashion, God is still faithful today and has a plan of salvation for us through Jesus Christ. Have you accepted His free gift of salvation? Are you diligently praying for others this week who have not trusted in Jesus?
“When the author walks on the stage the play is over. God is going to invade, all right...something so beautiful to some of us and so terrible to others that none of us will have any choice left? For this time it will be God without disguise...it will be too late then to choose your side. There is no use saying you choose to lie down when it has become impossible to stand up.” – C.S. Lewis
Take time to thank the Lord for His salvation.
5 Two of all flesh that has the breath of life in it entered the ark with Noah. 16 Those that entered, male and female of all flesh, entered just as God had commanded him. Then the LORD shut him in.
The ark was a place of refuge from the storm. Jesus is our refuge from God’s wrath. We have been justified by Jesus’s blood on the cross and we have been reconciled through his death. (Romans 5:9-10) Not only was the ark a refuge, but it was a place of security. The Lord shut Noah in the ark and He kept him secure. In the same way, we are not saved by works, but by grace. We have trusted in Christ for our salvation and as a result we are “sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.” (Ephesians 1:13-14)
“We are justified, not by giving anything to God, ---what we do, --- but by receiving from God, what Christ hath done for us.” – William Gurnall
Lord, thank you for your protection and the assurance of salvation for those who believe..
Gen. 7:11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the sources of the watery depths burst open, the floodgates of the sky were opened,
Have you ever wondered why God would flood His creation? Why would the Lord use water as a tool for divine judgment? In the beginning, the Spirit of the Living God was hovering over the face of the waters when the Lord God Himself spoke everything into existence (Gen. 1:2). God used water (the flood) to emphasize His power to create (His spirit hovered over the first waters) and make things new. In a sense, through the flood, God restarted creation and re-created the land, which had become overwhelmed with sin and corruption. Here is the biblical truth: God destroyed what He alone made, and what He alone destroyed He can restore. If we trust in Jesus Christ, we, like Noah in the flood, can be made new in the midst of destruction. If we have faith, the flood is not destruction, but refinement. May the Lord refine our faith this week.
2 Cor. 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Lord, may Your face shine upon me and be gracious to me today. Like Noah, may I find favor and grace in the mist of the flood.
Gen. 8:1 God remembered Noah, as well as all the wildlife and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. God caused a wind to pass over the earth, and the water began to subside.
18 So Noah, along with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives, came out. 19 All wildlife, all livestock, every bird, and every creature that crawls on the earth came out of the ark by their groups.
God remembered Noah! Whatever trial we are going through, whatever tough assignment we are going through, God never forgets us! He will see us through the trial and help us complete a difficult assignment. Our responsibility is to be currently engaged in doing what God has set before us and knowing we are in His care. In the pressures of the day, we may give up hope that the Lord will remember His promises. Yet we must never forget; though it may seem to us that the Lord is slow to fulfill his Word, He always acts at just the right time (2 Peter 3:9).
“God does not give us everything we want, but He does fulfill His promises...leading us along the best and straightest paths to Himself.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Lord, thank you for not forgetting me and leading me with Your Word along the path You have set before me.