Touching the Heart of God | Noah 

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The first covenant God ever made with man was with Noah, a man of the soil. The flood had subsided. All living creatures, save for those in the ark and those at sea, had been washed away to their death. The waters had resided, the ark had come to rest upon the mountains of Ararat. About a year since they had entered the ark, Noah and his entourage exited onto dry land once more. And the unchanging God reaffirmed their mandate to spread out, to be fruitful, and to multiply upon the land in Genesis 9:1&7

Instinctively, Noah knew to build an altar to Adonai and offer a burnt offering on it. It’s the sweet-smelling aroma of this sacrifice that prompted Adonai to decide in his heart that he will never again curse the ground nor smite all living creatures on account of man. Genesis 8:21-22 tells us –The lord smelled the sweet aroma and said in his heart: “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.” 

Even while acknowledging the wickedness of man’s heart and that every inclination of his heart is evil, God still purposed in his heart to treat us, not according to how we deserve to be treated, but instead to show us grace and mercy by giving us certainty. For one can only imagine how fretful life would be if lived under the constant fear of yet another flood wiping the world clean.

When we realize that the sacrifice of a sweet smelling aroma caused God to determine never to wipe away mankind with a flood again, this gives us great insight into the character of God and what he responds to. For our dispensation, animal sacrifice is no longer required since Christ fulfilled that by shedding his own blood on the cross at Calvary. Yet still, a sacrifice is required; the Psalmist, King David, tells us in Psalm 51:15-17 what it is: “O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

When your season of appearing dawns and the Lord says to come out, remember to offer burnt offerings of praise on his altar. This will rise to Adonai as a sweet aroma. Remind him that you are nothing but dust and pray that he may remember mercy when dealing with you. Noah’s sacrifice made God remember man favorably, even while acknowledging the now inherently wicked state of his heart, he purposed in his heart never again to smite mankind in that way, leading him to promise that as long as the earth endures, these things will be guaranteed along with it: seedtime and harvest; summer and winter; cold and heat; and day and night -these, he promised, will not cease. 

Noah’s story gives us discernment on how we can please God, how we should approach the throne of grace for mercy. God loves it when we honor him, when we seek to please him. He enjoys it when we lavish him with praise, when we acknowledge him, when we reverence him. This is one of the many patterns revealed in his word on how we can touch the heart of God, and when we do, his blessings overflow to us. Because he is a good father, he loves to be good to us and to bless us. May we forever seek to please him. 

What God was promising is that the patterns of nature that he has established will remain. That the cycles will continue, one season will follow another, day will follow night, that his design for earth and nature will continue. He was saying that we can count on him, that he isn’t temperamental and that we can trust him, that we can continue with life as we know it. That is God’s grace to mankind.

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