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But God Remembered Noah …
Tim East, Northpoint Elder
Overview: When the Bible says that God remembered Noah, we shouldn’t think of that in the same way that we might “remember” an old friend or struggle to recall the name of someone we just saw. God never forgot about Noah. And in fact, it’s impossible for God to forget anything.
When God “remembers” someone who is the object of His grace, this expression in Scripture combines the ideas of faithful love and timely intervention. In the Old Testament, God remembered the children of Israel in Egypt—and acted to deliver them. God remembered Jacob’s wife Rachel—and opened her womb. When God remembers us, He takes action on our behalf, whether we’re aware of it or not.
Noah faces three kinds of trials in Chapter 8: the trial in the storm and flood, the trial of waiting for God’s timing, and the trial of whether or not Noah will remember God when the flood has receded. In all of these, God is faithful to sustain Noah, humanity, and His creation.
1. In times of trial, God remembers us …
– verses 8:1-7
2. In times of waiting, God answers us …
– verses 8:8-12
3. In times of flourishing, Noah thanks God
– verses 8:13-19
4. God remembers His creation
– verses 8:20-22