Monday, August 8, 2011

God Remembers Noah - Genesis Chapter 8

Genesis 8:1 (NKJV) 8:1 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 Bible says that God remembered Noah.  But I don’t think God ever really forgot Noah, his family or the animals on the ark.  I think this word "remembered" means that God focused his attention on Noah and the others and began the process to end the judgment. 
 When we suffer some kind of affliction we often feel like God forgot us.  We go through a “wilderness” experience and think God has abandoned us.  In our prayers we offer God our own verson of “Eloi, Eloi lama sabacthani?” (My God, my God why have you forsaken me?)  But I think it is more likely that God hasn’t forgotten us.  God knows what we suffer. 

Matthew 10:29-31 (NKJV) 10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father's will. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.  Sometimes we go through what we would judge to be adversity and think God has abandoned us, but doesn’t that scripture say that God knows
 Rather, I believe that “God remembered means that he intends to pay attention to, to fulfill a promise and act on behalf of somebody." For example, in Hebrews 10:17 it says:

Hebrews 10:17 (NKJV) 10:17 then He adds, "Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more."
God's promise "Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more," means that God doesn't hold our sins against us and treat us as sinners. Certainly God knows what we've done; He hasn’t really forgotten our sin.  But because of Jesus, our sins aren’t counted as sin any longer.  God deals with us as though our sins had never been committed! The Lord remembers them against us no more.  When God remembers Noah, it isn’t that He has forgotten him; it’s time to end the judgment and begin to fulfill the covenant from Genesis Chapter 6.  So God brings an end to flood and begins to cause the water to recede so that life can be reestablished on the earth.
 God never intended to end life on earth.  I find this absolutely amazing!  God created mankind and met every single need that human beings had:  The physical, (food and shelter), the psychological (a task; meaning and purpose), the spiritual (He walked with them in the garden) and the emotional (He gave them each other).  But even though they had received everything that they needed from God they rebelled.  We continue to sin to this day.  We’re all guilty of what Adam and Eve were guilty of in the garden.
 Genesis 8:15-19 (NKJV)
15 Then God spoke to Noah, saying, 16 "Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons' wives with you. 17 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." 18 So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives with him. 19 Every animal, every creeping thing, every bird, and whatever creeps on the earth, according to their families, went out of the ark.

God could have just decided that mankind wasn’t worth the trouble and destroyed everyone and that would be it.  But in the moment that God judged Adam’s sin He made a promise.  He promised that there would be one who would come and avenge mankind by destroying the devil.  That promise was a promise of Jesus.  God, because of that promise couldn’t allow mankind to be wiped out completely in the flood. A remnant had to remain in order for that promise to be kept.  If not, then God would be a liar and God is incapable of lying. 
Titus 1:2 (NKJV) 1:2 in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began,
So God “remembered” Noah and kept His promise!  God has made promises for our lives, as well.  The Bible is full of those promises.  To us it sometimes seems that God has forgotten about us.  But He hasn’t.  His promise for you is real and His intention is real.  There will come a time when God will “remember” that promise, that will begin the process of its fulfillment.

Stream of Thought:

  1. God “remembered” Noah, that is, He fulfilled the covenant.
  2. God never really forgets us. 
  3. God knows what we suffer: Hebrews 10:17
  4. God promises to “forget” our sin.
  5. "Remember" means to fulfill the promise God made.
  6. He has made promises for our lives
  7. He will “remember” us and the promise will be fulfilled
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1 comment:

  1. Hi Chris,
    I like how you put God's remembering; that He focused His attention on Noah. It does often feel like this in the Christian life - times of God's favour and times of dryness when He seems distant. We are so fortunate that God does remember His promises and never actually leaves us.

    I'm enjoying your blog, I mostly keep up via RSS feed but it is nice to call in and see all your hard work in full colour!