Genesis

Genesis 8:1-14 Noah’s Deliverance.

“Then God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the animals that were with him in the ark” (v. 1a). Obviously God never ceased to have knowledge of Noah and those with him, so when it says that “God remembered” it takes on a special significance. The time of judgment had now ended. That all creation is included hearkens back to the situation with Adam, creation as a whole having been cursed because of that act of rebellion (3:17-18). It was the sovereign God who brought the flood, and He would now cause the waters to subside and the rain to stop (vv. 1b-3), until the ark settled “on the mountains of Ararat” (v. 4 Cf. II Kgs. 19:37). Again, unlike other stories of a flood in pagan myths, the biblical account is rooted in specific indicators of time and place (vv. 4-5).

It is also interesting to note that “God made the wind to pass over the earth” (v. 1b). The word for wind is the same as that for the Spirit, and the activity which follows echoes the original creative acts. “Successive re-creative acts mirroring the original creation follow: the gathering of the waters (vv. 2-5; cf. 1:6-9), the placing of birds in the heavens (vv. 6-12; cf. 1:20-23), the establishment of dry ground (v. 13; 1:9-12), the emergence of animals and humans upon the earth to multiply (vv. 16-19; cf. 1:24-27), and the divine blessing (9:1-3; cf. 1:28-30).” (NGSB p. 21) However, it should be noted that the final blessing comes only after the LORD established the renewal of the covenant of grace with the whole of creation, through Noah, with the required sacrifice being made.

“The account of post-Flood history (8:1-12:9) mirrors the pre-Flood period: the creation out of dark waters (1:1-2:3; cf. 8:1-9:16), the depraved condition of the human founders, Adam and Noah (3:1-14; cf. 9:18-23); the division of the founder’s sons into elect and reprobate lines (ch. 4; cf. 9:24-27); the tyrannical non-elect building a city and making a name for themselves, Cain and Nimrod (4:17-24; cf. 10:8-12; 11:1-9); the preservation of a godly line (5:1-32; cf. 11:10-26) and of a faithful agent of blessing in the fallen world (6:1-9; cf. 11:27-12:9). The parallel judgment of the reprobate (6:9-7:24) will come with the fiery judgment and the introduction of the new heavens and the new earth (2 Pet. 3:13-17; Rev. 21:1).” (NGSB p. 21)

Ultimately Noah and every living thing with him, only escaped the judgment of the flood because of the covenant and the sacrifice here anticipated. This is in fact how all the saints of the old covenant lived-faith in the provision God would make through covenant and the sacrifice therein. So at the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark and sent out a raven and a dove, to confirm that the waters were receded enough to permit them to exit the ark (vv. 6-12). Again, with specific dates, the time for their departure from the ark is recorded (vv. 13-14). Then, as the LORD would call Adam to fulfill the original creation mandate (1:26-28), and later would call Abram to leave his old country for the one promised (12:1-3), even so He now calls Noah to answer the same call within a renewal of the one covenant of grace.

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