GENESIS 8:21-22: “And when the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, the LORD said in his heart, “I will never again l 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.”
OBSERVATION: Is God an angry God who takes pleasure in punishing sinners, or is He an all loving God who does everything He can to save them? How you view God as you read the story of Noah and the Flood will be determined by whether you are looking at it through eyes of faith, or human reasoning. A recent Hollywood movie looked at this account through eyes of human reasoning and missed the wonder and revelation of the nature of God revealed in the Flood.
God had created all things and given them to man to enjoy and exercise stewardship over. Man was given a free will to choose to freely serve and follow God, or to pursue his own will and desires. The Biblical account records that man slipped every increasingly into sin and rebellion. It became so bad that we read the Lord’s response in Genesis 6:5-6: “The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the LORD regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.”
Man had taken every gift, every opportunity, every responsibility and twisted it towards his own evil desires. God is not only all loving, He is also holy and just. Man was deserving of punishment for his great rebellion, and the Lord was justified in whatever He would do. Poised and ready to start over from a creation that had fully rejected Him we read – Genesis 6:8: “But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.”
So we know the rest of the story. God rescues Noah and his entire family from destruction, along with all the animal life. They are lifted up above the flood waters in the Ark that Noah obediently built following the Lord’s commands. For months they waited until the waters abated and they were able to leave the Ark on dry ground. And what is Noah’s response – Noah comes before the Lord with worship and a burnt offering. Noah made a covenant with God through the blood of the sacrifice and the Lord responded to Noah’s worship in a surprising way that shows the true nature of the heart of God.
The Lord did not simply make a covenant with Noah and his family, but based on Noah’s sacrifice the Lord made a covenant with the entire human race. This was a covenant of Grace. Man would again rebel, but God would honor His covenant to never again destroy the world by flood and to provide seedtime and harvest as long as the earth remains.
This was a foreshadow of the Covenant of Grace in Jesus Christ. Jesus was also lifted up. Jesus also poured out the blood of the covenant – His own blood. Jesus lived the perfect life and gave Himself as the sacrifice for the penalty of our sins. Through His obedience and righteousness God has offered an eternal covenant to all who will believe. “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him, should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
We all deserved death. God gave His Son to die in our place. We all deserve separation from God. God gave His Son so that through faith we might be brought nigh unto God as His sons and daughters. We all deserve hell. God gave His Son so that we might enter heaven through faith in His Name. This is the All Loving, All Merciful, All Gracious heart of the Father. This is the revelation of the Flood account – through the eyes of faith. In Jesus Name!