And Noah built an altar to the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
The sweet savor of man's burnt offerings -
(1) not the offerings of caprice, but the fulfillment of Divine commands,
(2) the reciprocation of Heaven's communications -
(3) ascends from the earth-built altar and fills the Lord with satisfaction. In return for that obedience and devotion the curse is removed, the earth is sealed with the saving strength of God in a covenant of peace.
I. RELIGIOUS LIFE IS ACCEPTABLE TO GOD when it is
(1) grateful acknowledgment of his mercy;
(2) humble obedience to his own revealed will;
(3) consecration of place, time, life, possessions to him.
II. UNION and COMMUNION between God and man is the foundation on which all earthly happiness and security rest.
III. The FORBEARANCE AND MERCY OF GOD in his relation to those whose hearts are yet full of evil is at once probation and grace. The ground is not cursed any more for man's sake, but, the more evidently, that which falls upon the ground may fall upon man himself. The higher revelations of God in the post-Noachic period were-certainly larger bestowments of grace, but at the same time they involved a larger responsibility. So the writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews reasons as to the punishment of those who trample underfoot the covenant of the gospel. The progressive covenants which make up the history of God's grace recorded in the Scriptures are progressive separations of the evil and the good, therefore they point to that complete and final separation in which God's righteousness shall be eternally glorified. - R.
Parallel VersesKJV: And 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.