The chapter in the NIV translation begins with the word “But”. I thought this was an odd way to begin a chapter, so I refreshed my memory on what just happened as this seemed to be connecting itself to a previous action.
Up to this point, the story of the flood had been about God’s judgement and punishment on mankind, moving forward it becomes a story of redemption. God had not forgotten about Noah and his family and all the animals, but saved them. (As a side note, in my Bible’s footnotes, it said “that to ‘remember’ in the Bible is not merely to recall to mind, but to express a concern, and to act with loving care.” This is true of God here, and also reminds me of God remembering His chosen people during the great Exodus.
Speaking about an exodus, how awesome would it have been to hear God say, “Come out of the ark”!
The first thing Noah does after coming out of the ark, is build an altar to the Lord. I’m sure for most people, their first thoughts would be what we usually here on Survivor……..Okay, we have a lot of work to do, so let’s start building our shelter and make sure we have food. But not Noah. He takes the first moment he has, and gives it back to the Lord. What a great example Noah was in demonstrating the importance of giving back to the Lord our best and our first in everything!