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Week 1 Day 7
God started over with humankind this time fully accepting the premise of our inclination to do evilI can hear those wheels turning in God's head as God ponders what to do about sin and deliverance from it.
Another picture of God in this passageGod is like a man who smells something very good cooking in the kitchen and it affects his heart and mindThe ancient Hebrews viewed their animal sacrifices in that way God smelled them looked down was pleased and then blessed them.
Signs are reminders the sign of the covenant with Noah was the rainbow with Abraham it was circumcision with the Israelites it was the SabbathThese are all visible signs to help people remember their covenantal relationship with God.
THE ARK OF DELIVERANCE After the flood came the rainbow and a new beginning. Genesis 8 & 9
1Then God remembered Noah, and every living thing with him in the ark. God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided. 2The fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain restrained. 3At the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters decreased. 4Then the ark rested in the seventh month, on the mountains of Ararat. 6At the end of forty days, Noah opened the window and sent out a dove 9but the dove found no resting place. 10 He waited another seven days, and again sent the dove out. 11The dove came to him in the evening, and behold, a freshly plucked olive leaf was in her mouth. 12So he waited yet another seven days and sent out the dove, which did not return again to him anymore. 13Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and indeed the surface of the ground was dry. 15Then God spoke to Noah, saying, 16"Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons' wives with you. 17Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you: birds and cattle and everything that creeps on the earth, so that they may abound, and be fruitful and multiply." 20Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21The Lord smelled a soothing aroma, and said in His heart, "I will never again curse the ground for man's sake, although the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done. 22While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease." 12God said: "This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creaturethat is with you, for perpetual generations: 13 I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be the sign of this covenant. 14 It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; 15and I will remember My covenant and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. I will remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature that is on the earth." This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV < prev page next page >