Remembered!

Gen 8:1-

The world had gotten so bad that God said He had enough. Imagine, as merciful and patient as God is and He had enough?

Just like the commercial said, He washed that grey right out of His hair.

God continued to try and persuade His creation that He loved them. To repent and return. But they just hardened their heart and refused.

It is important for us to understand, to really grasp the truth here. God is not some deity with an overactive ego. He is not keeping creation from having a good time and making them boring. He is THE WATCH MAKER. He really knows what makes us tick!

He knows the lie we have substituted for the truth and the real outcome of it.

We are created to bring glory to Him. We do this by abiding in His truth. Living righteous and holy lives which actually brings real lasting joy and peace us. We really live instead of just survive.

Sadly, just like today, these folks chose to believe the lie that the good life, the fun life, can be found in serving self instead of the Savior.

When the door of the ark closed that day, instead of the long, grueling, painful, and drawn out path of destruction man had set his sight on. It all came in one swift moment.

When we come to chapter 8 we find a very exciting and precious verse. Verse 1.

(Ge 8:1a) ¶ And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark:…

  • Remembered.
    •  This is not suggesting that God forgot about Noah.
      • God does not forget about His children. 
    • To my knowledge there is only one thing God forgets. 
      • Our sins that are washed away by the blood of Jesus! (Jer 31:34 Heb 8:12 &17)
    • When the text tells us that God “remembered” Noah, it doesn’t mean that God had forgotten him.
      • It simply means that in the midst of the great flood, God stayed true to His promises. He promised to deliver Noah and his family and all those animals.
      • During the flood, with all its death and destruction, the Lord looked down on the earth and remembered to have mercy on eight people floating in a flooded world with all those animals.
    • God remembered Noah by His sovereignty.
      • (V1) by sending a wind.
      • (V2) by stopping the rain and the waters
    • Here is a great statement God is showing us here.
      • Nothing can stop Him from keeping His promise.
      • He rules the forces of nature.
    • God remembered Noah by His mercy.
      • God gave him a sign. (V11)
      • God never told Noah how long the flood would last. He sent this dove back with an olive shoot revealing new growth and dry land.
    • God remembered Noah personally.(V15)
      • Here, God speaks directly to him.
      • What a comfort that had to be.
      • Over a year afloat with all those animals and all that family.
      • To hear the voice of God was the surety that He had brought them through to a new day.

We are living in a day that seems like we are simply afloat. No direction. No place to land. It is easy for us to start allowing the waters of the world to trickle in and began to pool around us.

Although chapter 8 is primarily about God remembering Noah I cannot help but notice the character of the man God chose for this.

  • Faithful to the end.
    • In all the time that they were afloat there is no record of God speaking to Noah. 
      • Yet Noah had been faithful in caring for the animal’s day in and day out.
      • Been there for his wife his children.
    • I’m sure he was tired of being around those animals day and night.
      • We can’t even imagine the smells and the other aspects of living in the ark.
    • No doubt Noah was ready to see the family have a little bit of elbowroom.
      • It’s not easy to dwell with your sons and your daughters-in-law and your wife in close range for over a year.
      •  Talking about Cabin fever
    • Aint that our job
      • To live our life in faithful obedience.
      • Rather we feel like God is speaking to us our not?
      • Rather circumstances are great, good, or even bad?
  • Grateful to the end. (V20)
    • It is an awesome testimony to the devotion and love Noah had to his Lord God.
      • Noah was very aware that God did not have to save him nor his family.
    • The same opportunity God gave the rest of the world God gave Noah.
      •  Noah believed and responded.
    • He was eye witness to the fury and magnitude of the raging torrents of water.
      • He knew it was God’s hand that kept them afloat.
    • He was mindful of God’s provision for his family and that of the animals.
      • He was in awe of God’s mercy.
    • How do I know this?
      • Look in (v20) again
      • The first thing he did was give God credit and thanks.
    • He didn’t just say he believed he showed it.

     We have the tendency to forget God.  Do you know when we remember God?  We remember God when the chips are down.  We remember God when the bottom falls out.  We pray, Lord, help me.  Lord come quickly.  We will pray in King James English.  And then when God answers our prayer we will thank God and then we will forget God. 

            But not Noah.  The very first thing that he does when he gets out of the ark is to offer a sacrifice. 

            Now what would you do after you have been cooped up for over a year?  What would be the very first thing that you would do?

            Not Noah, the very first thing that he does is to offer a sacrifice to the Lord.  We forget to do that, don’t we?

            Remember the 10 lepers that cried out to Jesus, “Jesus, master have pity on us.”  And Jesus did and he healed them all.  A little time had  passed and only one of the lepers sought Jesus out to thank Him.  And Jesus response was, “Were not all then cleaned, where are the other nine. 

            And right now Jesus may be asking you, “Where is your attitude of gratitude?  Why don’t you remember me?  Why art you thankful?  Where are all the people that I blessed?  Where are all the people that have had their prayers answered by me. 

            We are so quick to call upon God when we need something, but so rarely do we give  God thanks for the mundane things of life. 

 It was an altar of obedience. With Noah the will of God was paramount. What is religion but obedience? — “the obedience of faith” — of which the entire simplicity constitutes its true perfection. Noah’s career in the new world began in the spirit of essential obedience. At the command, “Go forth,” the Ark is deserted; and, doubtless, in the spirit of faith the altar was erected.

2. It was an altar of gratitude and dedication. Noah was grateful to his Almighty Friend; and, as gratitude is a quality which loses its fragrance by delay, so he postponed every business and consideration to the thankful acknowledgment of his mercies.

3. It was an altar of propitiation. This is its most important feature. Worship and sacrifice are incorporated and identified from the beginning of the world. Man was always a sinner. He could never approach his Maker in any other character.

4. The altar of Noah was a family altar. He was the priest of his family. He required their presence before the throne of grace. He persuaded them to assist in praising God, and in making a covenant by sacrifice. A family altar is, transcendently and incalculably, a family blessing. With Noah, the worship of God was the first business he attended to. He lacked neither calls of necessity nor momentous cares; but he postponed all ether considerations to the service of God. Not like the majority amongst us, who fancy that they have too much to do to devote any time to religion. In the patriarch’s worship there was no trace of selfishness. Many think there is no worship like free worship, and are most willing to pray where they have little to pay. What a reproof may they find in Noah! The seventh part of his whole stock and substance he dedicated to God. He reasoned not about future wants, but made an instant and “a whole burnt offering” to his Maker. He did it because it was God’s appointment.

Our text contains an important message of hope. In the midst of judgment, God always remembers mercy. He remembers those who suffer and he keeps his eyes on them. Though they suffer long and often feel forgotten, the Almighty will not abandon them. As God remembered Noah, even so he will remember you and me. There is no trial so severe that it can separate us from the God who loves us.

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