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Genesis

Date: May 20, 2018

Speaker: Sean Grossman

Series: Genesis

Scripture: Genesis 8:1–8:22

  • Genesis 8
  • God of Promise

1 But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided. 2 The fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens was restrained, 3 and the waters receded from the earth continually. At the end of 150 days the waters had abated, 4 and in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. 5 And the waters continued to abate until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen.

(Genesis 8:1-5)

6 At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made 7 and sent forth a raven. It went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth. 8 Then he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground. 9 But the dove found no place to set her foot, and she returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her and brought her into the ark with him. 10 He waited another seven days, and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark. 11 And the dove came back to him in the evening, and behold, in her mouth was a freshly plucked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth. 12 Then he waited another seven days and sent forth the dove, and she did not return to him anymore.

(Genesis 8:6-12)

13 In the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried from off the earth. And Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and behold, the face of the ground was dry. 14 In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth had dried out. 15 Then God said to Noah, 16 “Go out from the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons' wives with you. 17 Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh—birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth—that they may swarm on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.” 18 So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives with him. 19 Every beast, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out by families from the ark.

(Genesis 8:13-19)

20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21 And when the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, the LORD said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man's heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done. 22 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”

 (Genesis 8:20-22)

Main Point

  • These verses reflect on God’s faithfulness
  • Noah, and all with him, were remembered by God and came into a new creation
  • God makes a promise never to destroy the earth
  • The earth will not suffer because of man as it had previously
  • We can know that such a promise is sure and true, as God is faithful to His Word

Application Points

  • God of Promise
  • We come to a quick resolution
  • The waters simply returned to their place at the command of God
  • It is interesting to consider this to other flood narratives
  • In the Epic of Gilgamesh, and Atrahasis, the flood comes because humanity is too loud and the gods decide to allow the flood to occur
  • But they fear the flood
  • In the Biblical narrative, however, God is using the flood as a means of punishing wickedness
  • The flood is under God’s control
  • He decides when they will rise and fall

Application Points

  • God of Promise (2)
  • Is there any surprise to see God’s faithfulness?
  • God’s promise is completely sure
  • The storm came, and passed, and God remained faithful
  • Within the Noah story we see the promise of salvation to Noah
  • If God makes a promise, then He will keep His promise
  • Our God is faithful
  • If God is able to maintain His promise to Noah, then what do we have to worry or fear?
  • Is God not capable?
  • Far from it! If God said, “I will” then He will

Application Points

  • God of Promise (3)
  • While humans are fickle, God is able to provide everything He said He would
  • Whether it be the promise of judgment or salvation, God delivered
  • While salvation from the flood is, in itself, a wonderful thing, the truth is there is even more
  • After the flood subsides, Noah and his family walk out into a brand new world
  • A world reborn, a world made new
  • God brings both destruction and restoration
  • The flood does not remain forever
  • Just as the dove found no resting place prior to the receding waters, afterwards the dove finds rest

Application Points

  • God of Promise (4)
  • It’s interesting to consider how often “rest” is brought up
  • The ark rests, the dove rests
  • For this brief moment after the judgment there is rest, there is security, there is a new world to be explored
  • It is God who provides this after the judgment
  • By His might hand the ark survived and by His might word the floods subside
  • Because God keeps His promises
  • Who are we to doubt his promises?
  • Throughout the Scriptures we are reminded of all that God has promised
  • The greatest of promises being salvation from death

Application Points

  • God of Promise (5)
  • If God can maintain that promise to crush the serpent, to undo the work of the devil, and has done so through Christ, then we have nothing to keep us from coming before our God
  • We should have no hesitation
  • What should our response be to our God who keeps His promises?
  • The same as Noah, which is praise
  • Our response to the promises of God should be the same
  • In Hebrews we find this to be the encouragement

“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

Hebrews 10:19-25

Application Points

  • God of Promise (6)
  • When we reflect on what God has accomplished in this great salvation, it should cause us to worship Him
  • By living in step with the Spirit
  • By recognizing we have been washed clean
  • This is not only to be done individually, but in fellowship
  • We considered last week how mother’s are to stir up the younger generation to live for God
  • All of us are called to encourage each other in the truth of the Gospel
  • In our own lives we too have been given the promise of salvation
  • Through Christ we too have been given the promise
  • God has promised that by faith we will attain salvation

Application Points

  • God of Promise (7)
  • What we find in this passage, them, is a reminder, a call, to remember who our God is, and in remembering Him, to cling to Him
  • The story which he lives reminds us that the salvation given to him was a prelude of the great salvation to come
  • To this end, raise up your voice
  • Consider how in your salvation you too begin to see the world anew
  • When we consider the wonder of the universe, and how it is crafted by God
  • How all the pieces of our lives come under the Lordship of Jesus
  • All things are made new, they are all redeemed

Application Points

  • God of Promise (8)
  • Noah’s story, then is our story
  • In Christ we find salvation, just as Noah did
  • In Christ we find rest, just as Noah did
  • In Christ the world is made new, just as it was for Noah
  • So rejoice as you consider the receding flood
  • Rejoice in remember that our God is God of promise, and He will keep all of His promises, now and forever
  • Rejoice in the faithfulness of our God

Application Points

  • The Gospel of Christ
  • Origins
  • Fall
  • Redemption
  • Glorification