All the Animals and All the Creatures

Came Out of the Ark, One Kind After Another

8: 18-19

REFLECT: Are you more of a doer or a talker? Do you find yourself picking and choosing the areas of your obedience with God? Or is your heart eager to please in all the areas of your life? Can you identify this fruit of obedience? What is or has been the fruit of disobedience in your life? What can or did you do about it?

Waiting for the LORD’s timing is one of the most difficult things we have to do. Noah and his family had been in the ark for about a year. They must have really wanted to get off that ark! But Noah waited for ADONAI to show him when he should leave.158 Just as he had been obedient when God had told him to build the ark, here Noah was obedient to go out of the ark. Noah had not uttered one word. He was a doer more than a talker. So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives. This is the last of five times Mrs. Noah is mentioned in the Bible (6:18; 7:7 and 13, 8:16 and 18). No one knows where she stood with Elohim, but the question is one she needed to answer. Did she side with her neighbors or with her husband? There was no middle ground. The fact that they were still married after all the stress they had been through spoke volumes. As one of eight that was saved, we must believe that she was a righteous, blameless, obedient servant of God.

All the animals and all the creatures that move along the ground and all the birds – everything that moves on the earth – came out of the ark, one kind after another (8:18-19). Our love of God is made clear as we obey Him. Yeshua said: Whoever has My commands and obeys them, is the one who loves Me. He who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I too will love them and show Myself to them (John 14:21). This does not teach that our works save us; rather it teaches that the one who believes and obeys Christ’s Word is loved by Him. Saving faith comes from obedience: the obedience that comes from faith (Romans 1:5).

 

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