After the Flood

Text: Genesis 8-9

Noah Went Out of the Ark (Genesis 8:18-19)

  • What happened before he went out? (Genesis 8:1-13) — rain stopped (8:2), water receded (8:3), ark came to rest (8:4), sent out raven (8:7), sent out dove three times (8:8-12), saw dry ground (8:13)
  • Notice the timeline — entered ark (7:1-4), rains came (7:11), rains prevailed (7:24), ark rested (8:4), mountaintops were visible (8:5), Noah saw dry ground (8:13) — almost a year in the ark by this point
  • Noah finally left the ark (8:14) — several weeks after obtaining evidence that the earth was inhabitable
  • What was Noah waiting for? … God’s instruction (8:15-19) — lesson for us on authority (Colossians 3:17) and a warning against presumptuousness (Proverbs 14:12)

Noah Built an Altar (Genesis 8:20)

  • This was the first thing Noah did — worshipping God is a priority (Psalm 122:1)
  • This was an expression of gratitude — every acceptable sacrifice naturally involves gratitude (Hebrews 12:28)
  • Sacrificed of every clean animal & bird; he did not withhold anything — lesson for us to serve God wholeheartedly (Romans 12:1)

God’s Promise & Covenant (Genesis 8:21-22; 9:9-17)

  • Promise of His ongoing providence (8:22) — God created a world in which man can survive (Acts 14:17)
  • This promise was made despite man’s corruption (8:21) — He blesses the righteous and the wicked (Matthew 5:45)
  • Promise regarding destruction (9:9-17) — the earth would not be destroyed again by water, but it will be destroyed again one day (2 Peter 3:6-10)

Noah Planted a Vineyard (Genesis 9:20-21)

  • By God’s providence the vineyard was fruitful (8:22) — acting as He created it (Genesis 1:11-12)
  • But it is possible to use God’s blessings improperly (1 Timothy 5:23; 1 Peter 4:3)

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