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Summer Devotional and Sermon Series

Week 4/Heroes: Noah

The rain had stopped, the floods had receded and the earth was completely dry. Noah and his family stepped from the ark to begin their life again on dry land. The world had been given a new start… wickedness had been washed away and His creation was again pleasing to God.

How did Noah respond to being saved from the flood? I can just imagine his to-do list… find shelter, build pens for the livestock, find food, etc etc. He was going to be a busy man while re-establishing life on earth. But instead of checking off things on his list, Noah chose to worship God. He built an altar and brought animal sacrifices to God. He could have easily rationalized that there was just too much to do and he would worship when things settled down. That is not the case, however. His priority was to bless and praise the One who had supplied all their needs while the rest of the world perished. Like Abel, he brought his best to God. (on a side note, this is the first time an altar is mentioned for use for sacrifices and for worship)

Noah’s act of worship was pleasing to God. The aroma of the sacrifices reached to heaven and God’s response to that worship was to say ““Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done. As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter,day and night will never cease.” These words indicate that in spite of the continued sinful nature of man, God was reconciling himself to us.

What lessons can we learn from Noah’s act of worship?

  • Worship begins with the fear of God: Noah walked off the ark to an empty world.. He had seen the power of God through the flood and the destruction of all mankind. It stands to reason he had developed a healthy respect (fear) of God. “By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of righteousness which is according to faith.” (Hebrews 11:7) What motivates your worship?
  • Worship involves sacrifice: Noah’s worship came from a heart that feared the awesome power of God and was thankful for deliverance from destruction. That worship included a sacrifice “So Noah went out, and … built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.” (Genesis 8:18-20) His example stands in stark contrast to today’s world when so many Christians prefer worship of convenience…worship that meets their needs but demands nothing from them.
  • Worship comes from experiencing grace: Noah’s sacrifice was pleasing to God as He knew that he was worshiping from his heart and out of gratitude for his deliverance. That same grace is offered to us today and is what should undergird our worship. When we live to serve God and apply His grace to our daily lives, our worship will be a “pleasing aroma to Him.”

Scripture

Genesis 8:9-7

Prayer

When we come to worship you, let us come with hearts full of respect for you and the power of your grace. Our gifts to you should be of our first fruits and given with a sacrificial heart. Look with favor on our praises… may they be a pleasing aroma to you. Amen