IN THE WORD DAILY
with Brother Rick
Genesis 8: 20, 21
And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
V- 21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour;
We saw in our devotion yesterday how God in his infinite wisdom and loving compassion has set before us an atonement for our sin. The ark is a type of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are in Christ, therefore we will escape the coming judgment for our transgression against God and his word. The Lord Jesus Christ is our escape. Jesus is the propitiation for our sins. Romans 5: 10, 11 says, “For, if when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.” My sins are forgiven and I am in Christ. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit”, Romans 8: 1. I don't just know who Jesus is, I am in Christ and he is in me. John 17: 20, 21 says, “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word: That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”
Noah shows us two things in the text that give record that he has been delivered. Once in the ark, he was spared the judgment of God. Once we are in Christ, we are spared the judgment of God. Yes, we as believers will stand at the judgment seat of Christ, but we will not receive the judgment we deserve. Christ has paid the sin debt in full and we will be judged as children for our stewardship. How's that working our for you? Are you a good steward with the gift God has given you?
Noah shows us the fruit of deliverance. We see in the text, the first thing Noah did when he walked off of the ark was find the best musicians in the land and began to praise and worship God; Not quite!! Doesn't sound like a such a bad idea, but that is not what the Lord is looking for. Noah didn't start any false ministries, he didn't publish any perversions of God's word. He didn't set himself up as a king or a prophet. Noah built an altar. Noah had one thing on his mind, he gave to God. No! That is not a dirty word. We love to receive from God, when was the last time you gave to God. Where is your altar? Romans 12: 1, 2 says, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” You cannot offer your body as a living sacrifice, when you are conformed to this world. The offering becomes unacceptable. Notice in the text, and this is the second point, Noah offered only the CLEAN beast, and the CLEAN fowl. God got the very best Noah had to offer. Can you see it? Don't you get it? God deserves our very best, not the leftovers. Noah stepped off of the ark with one thing in mind; To give God the very best he had. If you ever discover the magnitude of the gift of grace that God has given you, by offering up his only begotten Son, friend, you will never be the same. You WILL give God what he deserves.
It is a mockery to God, when we call him LORD, and walk with the world. It is a shame, when we profess Jesus and then offer up the sacrifice of rock and roll in the house of the LORD. I am against it. God deserves better than that. It's a disgrace when we call on the Lord and offer him worldly things. HE DON'T WANT IT. God gave up on the flesh and the world, when he sent the flood. God wants separation. God wants dedication. God wants sanctification. God wants purification. 1 John 3: 3 says, “And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.” God is not interested in your spare time, Gods wants the best you have to offer. Have you built an altar in your heart, a place where only God can go? Have you offered up the clean beast and the clean fowl for a sacrifice? Most of us only give a SMALL portion out of our abundance. God gave all.
Don't short change the Lord, build God an altar and offer up the best you have.