• The Noahic Covenant

    Genesis 8:20-9:17

    God’s covenant with Noah provides an arena for His special grace to operate for the sake of our salvation, but this covenant is also the fruit of His common grace for all people. Everyone benefits from the regularity of ...Read More

  • Comprehending the Pattern of Evil

    Are there spiritual “Babels” in your life that need to be torn down, such as an attempt to make a name for yourself? A project that takes precedence over God? An idol that is more important than God?Read More

  • The Father of Canaan

    Genesis 9:18–23

    Noah shows how even the upright can fall into sin, especially after enduring a trial. Matthew Henry writes, “Sometimes those who, with watchfulness and resolution have, by the grace of God, kept their integrity in the midst of temptation, have ...Read More

  • Signs of the Covenant

    Genesis 9:12–17

    The joining of sign and promise in the rainbow demonstrates how the sacraments must not be divorced from the Word. By themselves, the sacraments offer no aid, but with the Word and faith, they are powerful means of grace. As ...Read More

  • Never Again

    Genesis 9:8–11

    While we cannot always draw a one-to-one correlation between natural disasters and divine judgment, we should not be surprised when evil nations suffer the ravages of nature. Moreover, we must never think God has nothing to do with inclement weather ...Read More

  • A Required Reckoning

    Genesis 9:5–7

    John Calvin writes in his commentary on today’s passage: “No one can be injurious to his brother without wounding God himself.” As we have seen already, how we treat others reveals what we really think of the Lord (James ...Read More

  • Into Your Hands

    Genesis 9:1–4

    Genesis 9:1–7, is one of the most important texts we have on stewardship in Scripture. Our Lord has given the resources of the earth into our hands for our benefit and His glory (vv. 2, 7). Yet we ...Read More

  • The Pleasing Aroma

    Genesis 8:20–22

    Noah’s sacrifice prefigures Christ’s in many ways. But while Noah only placates God’s judgment of creation temporarily (“while earth remains,” 8:22) and cannot secure the salvation of the Lord’s people, Jesus forever turns away the ...Read More

  • Noah Went Out

    Genesis 8:18–19

    In our day, there are many people in Christian churches who confess Christ but have not trusted Him or followed His way. Even some who read this devotional today may not be in the heavenly kingdom. If you have never ...Read More

  • Out From the Ark

    Genesis 8:13–17

    Some might argue Noah helped save himself by building the ark. Note however, it was the Lord who graciously gave Him the blueprints for it (Gen. 6:15–16). Moreover, it was not his work that justified him but rather ...Read More

  • Another Seven Days

    Genesis 8:6–12

    If Noah could worship in the less-than-ideal conditions of the ark, certainly we in the West cannot, in most cases, use tiredness as an excuse to skip Sunday services, especially when so many Christians in other countries risk their lives ...Read More

  • The Ark Came to Rest

    Genesis 8:1b–5

    The story of Utnapishtim is not the only one offering us a history that remakes God in our image, downplaying His holiness and our depravity. Radical groups like the Jesus Seminar continue to offer us images of a Jesus who ...Read More

  • The Flood Continued

    Genesis 7:17–24

    Are you going through some period of difficulty right now? Perhaps someone close to you has recently died. Maybe you are ill or are doubting the Lord’s promises. Perchance a friend or family member is suffering. If you feel ...Read More

  • The Heavens Open

    Genesis 7:11–16

    John Calvin comments that water “threatens us with death from above and from beneath, except so far as it is restrained by the hand of God.” We may not be so inclined to view them as such today, but the ...Read More

  • As God Had Commanded

    Genesis 7:6–10

    The commendations of Noah’s righteousness are intended to illustrate the benefits of holiness and motivate our obedience. Those who seek to follow all that the Lord commands can rightly expect a blessing, even if the fullness of this blessing ...Read More