At this point in Genesis, I ask myself, “What’s the first thing I would do after leaving the ark?” Perhaps kiss the ground, like a sailor who had just spent months at sea? Or, maybe just exclaim, “FINALLY!”
What Noah did first was build an altar, and offer a sacrifice of every clean animal. That wasn’t even on my radar. I mean, what?
Remember I said earlier that Noah was a remarkable man? Noah’s first thoughts were to thank God directly by giving up some of the animals.
Well, it worked. God smelled the sacrifices, and said to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.
“While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, And cold and heat, And summer and winter, And day and night Shall not cease.”
God couldn’t just stop being just. But, He has just totaled the earth and it’s inhabitants. Clearly, the old method won’t work. Man is always going to be evil. But, God … is God, and that means He can choose to hold off on final judgement. Never again will he waste the earth by flood.
We now know that the earth will be destroyed (2 Peter 3:10-13). But, God will not use a flood again.
With that knowledge, would that we would stand with Noah and worship the King of Heaven before that happens.