Genesis 8:13-22 – The Mercy of God and the Praise of Man

 13And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry.

14And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.

 15And God spake unto Noah, saying,

 16 Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee.

 17Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.

 18And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him:

 19Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.

 20And 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.

Noah built the ark at the command from God. He had planned and preached up until it was time to enter into it. He floated on the waters for over a year and waited on God. Now God tells Noah and his family to come out of the ark. They exit with all of the animals. Noah does something that at first doesn’t seem like much but when you think about it speaks volumes as to how Noah found grace in the first place.

And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD

Noah built an altar to the Lord, with no commandment, no pressure from God. He just built an altar to God in order to sacrifice offerings to Him.

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.

Noah took of every clean beast, and every clean fowl and offered them right there as burn offerings to God. We can learn a few things from this sacrifice for our lives.

Our sacrifice should be costly too us

God had caused only 7 of each clean animal to be saved in the ark, so Noah risked extinction by sacrificing some of these animals before they could replenish the earth. Costly sacrifice pleases God.

Sacrifice should cost us

2 Samuel 24:24

18 And Gad came that day to David and said to him, “Go up, erect an altar to the LORD on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.” 19 So David, according to the word of Gad, went up as the LORD commanded. 20 Now Araunah looked, and saw the king and his servants coming toward him. So Araunah went out and bowed before the king with his face to the ground.
21 Then Araunah said, “Why has my lord the king come to his servant?”
And David said, “To buy the threshing floor from you, to build an altar to the LORD, that the plague may be withdrawn from the people.”
22 Now Araunah said to David, “Let my lord the king take and offer up whatever seems good to him. Look, here are oxen for burnt sacrifice, and threshing implements and the yokes of the oxen for wood. 23 All these, O king, Araunah has given to the king.”
And Araunah said to the king, “May the LORD your God accept you.”
24 Then the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price; nor will I offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God with that which costs me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.

Our sacrifice should be prayerful and thankful toward God

That’s the kind of praise and worship that God wants from us, regardless of where we are or our situation. We are saved! We are delivered and we should be thankful for just that.

Romans 12:1

1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service

Our sacrifice should be an offering from our hearts toward mercy from God

God did not have to tell Noah to offer these animals as sacrifices, Noah just did it right then and there. Noah must have been thankful to God and he must have wanted to praise Him and thank Him. God has blessed us in so many more ways that scream out for our honor and praise. Yet God has to command us or coax us to offer the slightest thanks. We grumble and huff about getting up and praying to Him, reading about Him in His Word, and offering praise too Him when He offered much, much more than we could ever hope for

Ephesians 5:2

2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

 21And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.

 22While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

Noah’s sacrifice pleased God. He smelled this wonderful barbecue and it pleased Him and He made this wonderful promise to Noah and to mankind.

Matthew 9

12 When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’] For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

Hosea 6

6 For I desire mercy and not sacrifice,
And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
7 “ But like men they transgressed the covenant;
There they dealt treacherously with Me.

God desires an obedient heart more than physical sacrifice. He accepted Abel’s sacrifice and not Cain’s because of the conditions of the hearts of these two brothers.

Genesis 4

1 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the LORD.” 2 Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. 3 And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the LORD. 4 Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering, 5 but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.
6 So the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”

“do well” is yatab, a verb meaning “to do well”


We do well when we worship and praise God without command, without prodding as God usually seems to have to do. We come to the Lord with some kind of attitude like we are doing God a favor through our “being there” at church. Many times, we don’t even deserve to be in His presence because of the state of our hearts as we come to worship.


I challenge myself and anyone who will accept it with me. Let’s come to worship God with every breath and every thought in each day that we are blessed with on this earth. Then when we are gathered together with our fellowship, our church home, then let’s make sure that our hearts are ready and in the right shape and mindset to honor and bless God. Make sure your body, your temple to God is prepared before you step into the sanctuary of praise and worship and He will draw nigh unto you in a way that you have always dreamed


May we have the heart of Noah and may our worship be a sweet savor to God


About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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