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Genesis 8

Victor M. Eskew


I.           The Title of Genesis 8


A.   And God Remembered Noah

1.     This title comes from the opening words of Genesis 8:1.

2.     Some think that Godís remembering Noah indicates that He forgot him.† How did God remember Noah?

a.     God had done two things to Noah.

1)     He had made a covenant with him (Gen. 6:18).

2)     He had shut Noah into the ark (Gen. 7:16).

b.    God remembered Noah in the sense that the time had come to bring his salvation to ultimate fruition.


B.    Go Forth of the Ark (Gen. 8:16).


C.   Back on Solid Ground


D.   Bye, Bye Birdies


II.         The Key Verse of Genesis 8:† Genesis 8:14-16


And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.† And God spake unto Noah, saying, Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and they sons, and thy sonsí wives with thee.


Why this text?† The waters of the flood have abated.† The earth is dry.† Noah and his family have been spared.† They now return to the face of the earth to begin again.† God was true to His promise.


III.       Outline of Genesis 8


i.               WATERS RESTRAINED (Gen. 8:1-3)

ii.              ARK RESTS (Gen. 8:4-14)

iii.            NOAH RETURNS (Gen. 8:15-20)

iv.            GODíS REASSURANCE (Gen. 8:21-22)


IV.        Lessons from Genesis 8


A.   God remembers the righteous (Gen. 8:1a).


And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark.


B.    God is a powerful God.† It was His power that controlled the waters of the flood (Gen. 8:1b-2).

Öand God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters assuaged; the fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained.


1.     Jesus said:† He that hath seen me hath seen the Father (John 14:9).

2.     Jesus has the same powers as the Father (Matt. 8:27).


But the men marveled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?


C.   After the flood, Noah was still under the dictates of the Almighty God (Gen. 8:15-16, 18).


And God spake unto Noah, saying, Go forth of the arkÖAnd Noah went forth.


D.   God is the God of a new start (Gen. 8:17)


Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abun-dantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.


E.    Manís response to Godís salvation should be to worship and sacrifice unto God (Gen. 8:20).


And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.


F.     The sacrifices of man please God and can influence Him (Gen. 8:21-22).


And the Lord smelled a sweet savor; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground for manís sake, for the imagination of manís heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every living thing, as I have done.† While the earth remaineth, seed time and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night, shall not cease.


G.   The heart of man is evil from his youth (Gen. 8:21).


Öfor the imagination of manís heart is evil from his youthÖ