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December 5, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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Continuing the story of the Flood, this past weekend Pastor Doug took us through Genesis 8. In this message, we saw Noah and his family exit the ark. We also saw the establishment of the very first covenant as God makes a promise to mankind.
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Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Doug’s message this weekend:
Cov·e·nant: A promise that binds two parties together.
God’s Spirit Is Looking for a Place to Land: Here in Genesis, the raven, a scavenger, left and did not return. Why? Because it found carcasses to feed on. But the dove could find no resting place. Like the dove, the Spirit of the Lord is looking for a soft, open heart upon which to land. Does the dove have a place to land in your life? Or is your life flooded with pride, apathy, hardness of heart, secret sin, and the distractions of this world?
God Commands Us to Take Ground: After a year of silence, God issues the command for Noah and his family to come out of the ark. It’s time for them to begin again, and thus He reasserts His command for all creatures of the earth to be fruitful and multiply.
Imagine being this family. After a year on the ark, you step out into an empty world; everyone and everything is gone. It’s like a post-apocalyptic wasteland from a sci-fi film. They survived this catastrophe and are likely now wondering, Where do we go from here? But here’s the thing. God has called them for something more. He wants them to do more than just survive . . . He wants them to thrive, so He tasks them with taking ground!
Where are You Going to Plant Your Flag?: Upon walking out, God gives them the original mission; they’re given dominion. To take ground, to have dominion, you have to show up. You have to shine light in the darkness. Jesus came to earth and planted His flag in the darkest of places: the heart of mankind. He established His spiritual kingdom on earth. Today, He’s calling us to plant His flag in the lives of people, of neighborhoods, of communities, of cities.
God Will Always Meet Us in Our Worship: What was the first thing Noah did upon exiting the ark? He built an altar to the Lord! John Gill wrote, “Not a house for himself and his family, but an altar for God; his first and greatest concern being for the glory of God.” Joseph Benson pointed out, “The first thing that he did after his wonderful preservation was to pay this debt of gratitude so justly due to that God who had so wonderfully preserved him.”
Imagine that moment. These eight people, having lived through the greatest catastrophe the world has ever known, coming together to worship the Lord. Common sense would tell you not to sacrifice one of the few remaining animals after exiting the ark, to use scarcity mentality. But worship says to offer up to God what belongs to Him. He is worth it. We must remember we’re not promise takers.
The sacrifice presented by Noah pointed to the coming sacrifice of God’s only begotten Son and the atonement for all human sin. God saved Noah from the flood, and it was an amazing display of His mercy. Through Christ, God saved us from hell even though God said “everything they think or imagine is bent toward evil from childhood”—this is an unfathomable display of His mercy! This should make us want to offer ourselves to Him daily all the more.
God Will Keep His Promise to You: The rainbow represents God’s mercy. Did you know that the rainbow reappears three more times in the Bible? All three are around the judgment seat to remind us that mercy triumphs over judgment.
When God makes a promise, we know it’s secure and guaranteed. That's why Paul says, “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God” (2 Corinthians 1:20 NIV). God is a promise-making, promise-keeping God. His covenant is sure, but it also always comes with a promise, a symbol. Why? Because we forget. Here it was the rainbow. For Abraham, it was the stars. At weddings, it’s a ring. For believers, it’s baptism. And out in the world, we are the sign of God’s covenant through Jesus! Our changed lives, our testimonies, our witness, we are the symbol of God’s work through Christ. Let us take ground and shine light into the darkness as the symbols of His promise of redemption!
Quote to Remember: God can make you clean again!—Pastor Doug Sauder
This Wednesday, join us for an incredible night of powerful worship and heartfelt prayer as we reflect on God’s goodness and worship Him together. As a church family, we will pursue God’s heart and lift up His name!
As we continue our study through the first part of Genesis, this weekend Pastor Jerry Sander of our Boca campus will explore Noah’s bad day. Learn how shaming is not a new thing, discover what we should do, and how your actions impact your family, your children, and your legacy.
Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.