January 10, 2019

Obedience Breeds Obedience

Genesis 7

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Then the LORD said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation. Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals,1 the male and his mate, and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and his mate, and seven pairs2 of the birds of the heavens also, male and female, to keep their offspring alive on the face of all the earth. For in seven days I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living thing3 that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.” And Noah did all that the LORD had commanded him.

Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters came upon the earth. And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives with him went into the ark to escape the waters of the flood. Of clean animals, and of animals that are not clean, and of birds, and of everything that creeps on the ground, two and two, male and female, went into the ark with Noah, as God had commanded Noah. 10 And after seven days the waters of the flood came upon the earth.

11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened. 12 And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights. 13 On the very same day Noah and his sons, Shem and Ham and Japheth, and Noah's wife and the three wives of his sons with them entered the ark, 14 they and every beast, according to its kind, and all the livestock according to their kinds, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, according to its kind, and every bird, according to its kind, every winged creature. 15 They went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in which there was the breath of life. 16 And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him. And the LORD shut him in.

17 The flood continued forty days on the earth. The waters increased and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. 18 The waters prevailed and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the face of the waters. 19 And the waters prevailed so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered. 20 The waters prevailed above the mountains, covering them fifteen cubits4 deep. 21 And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, livestock, beasts, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all mankind. 22 Everything on the dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died. 23 He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens. They were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark. 24 And the waters prevailed on the earth 150 days.


[1] 7:2 Or seven of each kind of clean animal
[2] 7:3 Or seven of each kind
[3] 7:4 Hebrew all existence; also verse 23
[4] 7:20 A cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters

Obedience Breeds Obedience

Key Verse | Genesis 7:5

And Noah did all that the LORD had commanded him.

Bio | MacKenzie Korsi

Hey, y'all! I'm a girl from Wisconsin who grew up in Minnesota and currently calls Texas home. Three and a half years ago, I moved to Texas to start studying at Southern Methodist University. Fast forward to now: I just graduated and am trying to figure out this whole adult life thing.

God is good, and He used my move to Texas to radically draw me to Himself. I walked through Join The Journey in the hardest season of my life, and my prayer is that the Lord would use it to change your life the way He changed mine. I'm so glad you're here!

Central Truth

Obedience to God always leads to the opportunity for more obedience. As we trust the Lord in small steps of obedience, He may call us to larger and more radical acts of obedient faith. Because He has carried us through before, we can trust He will be with us again.

Devotional | Genesis 7

There is a lot going on in this chapter. God speaks directly to Noah; Noah and his family go into an ark followed by at least two of every type of animal; a flood covers the whole earth for 150...

There is a lot going on in this chapter. God speaks directly to Noah; Noah and his family go into an ark followed by at least two of every type of animal; a flood covers the whole earth for 150 days; and God kills all of mankind except the one He calls righteous and his family. If you're anything like me, you're probably lost trying to figure out what all of this means.

Looking closer, it seems like this whole section of Scripture points to one word: obedience. Genesis 7:5 says, "And Noah did all that the LORD had commanded him." That verse seems so simple, until we put it in the context of what the Lord commanded Noah. God told Noah to go into an ark with only his family and some animals so the whole earth could be wiped clean.

Wow. I can't imagine God audibly speaking to me, let alone asking me to hop on a boat so He can destroy everything I know.

And yet, the Word doesn't say Noah questioned God or challenged God or even hesitated. It says, "Then the LORD said to Noah . . . . And Noah did all that the LORD had commanded him." (Genesis 7:1, 5) This seems radical—and I believe it is. But I also believe Noah just saw this as his next step with the Lord. Until this point, "Noah walked with God." (Genesis 6:9) Noah going into the ark with his household was just the next step of obedience, as radical as that next step seems.

Noah's obedience in Genesis 6 breeds his obedience in Genesis 7. That is how God loves and blesses His people: He invites us, like He invited Noah, to walk with Him. As we learn to walk obediently with Him through reading His Word and living life with His people, He offers us another step to take in obedient faith. And another. And another. And pretty soon we are obediently stepping onto an ark to find shelter in the Lord as He works out His good and perfect plan. What an invitation!

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Discussion Questions

1. Noah points to our Savior, Jesus Christ. God always provides the means by which we can be saved. Noah was the first man God used to save the human race because of his righteousness, but even Noah could not save us from the wickedness of sin for eternity. Jesus alone has done that for us and invites us into an eternity of perfection with Him. Do you know Him? If you know Him, how are you trusting in His sacrifice?

2. Look back on your life. Have you taken steps of obedience in the Lord? How has He been faithful through those steps?

3. What is the next step of obedience God is calling you to? If you don't know Him, that step may be learning more of who He is. Romans 6:23 is a good place to start.

Obedience breeds obedience, my friends. We don't work for our salvation because Jesus paid for our sins on the cross, but we are invited into the work He is doing here on earth. I can't wait to hear the stories of how He uses your simple steps of obedience to build the next ark and offer life to a new generation.

13 Comments available

CATRICE HINES over 1 year ago

So I’ve read this story many times and this time, for some reason my mind zoomed in on the word “blot” or “blotted” out - it’s mentioned 3 times in this passage. Then my mind goes to the passage where John the Baptist says “Behold the Lamb of God who TAKES away the sin of the world!” Christ didn’t just come and blot out our sin as part of our deliverance. He came and TOOK AWAY my sins!!! Glory!!!

Jay Caruso over 1 year ago

I was a day late on this one but as far as being obedient I think for me it’s stepping out of my comfort zone and bringing the truth forward and walking in his truth and letting my family and others understand that I am trying each and every day to be obedient and honor him in everything that I do regardless of how tough or inconvenient it might seem

Erin Hobbs over 1 year ago

Will I obediently step into His ark and find shelter…and let Him shut me in? Or will I stand outside in the downpour, trying to defend myself from the rain and keep my hair from getting wet? What a sight.

Will I pick up the tug of war rope when criticized and slandered and try to fight back? Or…enter the ark, find shelter, let Him shut me in, and know that He is enough for me. Let the rains come. My light and momentary afflictions…floods mere puddles in light of eternity…are producing NOW an eternal weight of glory. His words on His pages tell me He sees me, defends me and keeps me when rains come. Words matter…if He said it, it’s true, I can trust it…so I choose to. Lord, shut me in again today from the rain…and help me keep my eyes on the unseen.

Paula Bloom over 1 year ago

This is a great devotional. Obedience shows our love for God, and does result in blessings in our. It’s sad when I’ve experienced Watermark Staff all the way through Todd condoning my son & and his family to act in disobedience to us, his parents, disobeying the commandment to honor parents, instructions to care for parents - but instead support them in abandoning parents even while his dad was dying. This will never make the comment list b/c Watermark staff will not take responsibility from lower staff, pastor staff, JP, Todd. Our hearts have been broken.

Wade Souza over 1 year ago

Great job capturing “how God said” and “Noah did,” MacKenzie!

Our circumstances, age, or the actions of others must never dictate our dependence on God. He is worthy of our worship and praise in the pit, through the plains, or on the peak. To grip the hand of our Heavenly Father and follow where He leads, we must let go of the world and our fleshly desires. Though His directions seem daunting, we can trust His perspective, plan, and power are perfect.

In this passage, Noah lives for an audience of One. He trust and obeys, no matter the cost, or the countercultural craziness of His Creator’s call. Amidst the chaos of the most devastating storm in human history, God provides peace, protection, provision, and purpose for His people. Evildoers, and death itself, cannot extinguish the hope of those who trust in God.

Elizabeth Lariscy over 1 year ago

Mackenzie! Thank you for your encouraging devo! It made my day! I can hear the joy in you! I’m praising God for this group of Christ followers that I get to journey with. God bless you!

Tati Martinez over 1 year ago

Thank you MacKenzie for your comments this morning. I loved your central truth “obedience leads to the opportunity for more obedience” easy but at the same time difficult ( at least for me) it was very encouraging reading all the comments. Have a great day

Greg Jones over 1 year ago

Noah in his wisdom and walk with God did not deviate from God’s instructions. God did not tell Noah to build a boat dock around the ark. God did not tell Noah to build a terminal with room for long registration lines to handle the wicked who are seeing rain for the first time next to the ark.

God doesn’t save swimmers or door pounders He saves the obedient ark builder. My God walks and blesses ark builders, not gangway porters. The Word says God saves the obedient ark builder not the weak regretful door pounder. The strongest wicked sinners cannot survive His holy and just wrath.

kristen lira over 1 year ago

Thank you Mackenzie ! That devotion was very cool and We love it so much I like how you showed your life using the story on Noah’s ark and how God is bringing you in the ark of Holy Spirit .

Michael Scaman over 1 year ago

The one door was opened up to the day God told Noah’s family to enter. And it was God who then shut the door.

Some claim Noah’s flood may have been a local flood but I don’t think the story supports it. You don’t need a boat for a local flood as men and animals can take a long walk and migrate. Additionally notice the use of the word ALL… the waters cover ALL the high mountains under ALL the heavens… and the word for flood is a special word for not just a ‘flood’ a ‘super flood ,a torrent’ ‘Mabool’ in Hebrew and last God promised not to send another ‘Mabool’ but there have been local floods. SO I pass on ‘local flood’ and believe the ‘global flood’

Hope Harris over 1 year ago

GM JTJ Family!

Great Devo this morning. I am struck by the fact that building the ark most likely took decades. Some Bible scholars say 120 years. that’s a long period of time to face being mocked and ridiculed. Yet he readily obeyed from start to finish.

No matter how long it took Noah’s life is marked by long term obedience.

My notes show role models in Genesis of how to live for and with God:

Abel- Has a heart to honor God and was murdered

Enoch- Walked with God and was take up to be with God

Noah-Obeyed God saw the earth and humanity wiped out

All three-Had a relationship with God

They lived outside the gates of Eden in an increasingly dark world marked by people who rebelled and ignored God.

Lord let me remain faithful to what you have called me to do.

Lindsey Driscoll over 1 year ago

MacKenzie great central truth “obedience leads to obedience.” Noah is an incredible example of obedience like we see again in verse 7:5 “Noah did all the Lord commanded him.” It’s also interesting to see that Noah was not alone, but the Lord was with him. Verse 7:16 says “then the Lord shut him in.” The Lord was present with Noah while the waters were rising, he shut them in and promised to keep them secure.

Hugh Stephenson over 1 year ago

GM MacKenzie. Great devo and Central Truth

Trust, obedience and patience. Could I EVER have the measure of these that Noah had?

I imagine Noah spending over 100 years building the ark to prepare for the torrential rains. Except there had never been rain.

I imagine Noah trying to explain it to others and they don’t believe him or laugh at him or think he is crazy.

I imagine the sadness he felt when the rains came, and the door closed. Surely people were pounding on the door screaming and pleading to be let in. I wonder how he felt about the promise of 3:15 then?

What is God calling me to do that seems impossible? Trust Him with my unsaved children is one thing. What if His plan does not include them? Matthew 10:37 calls to me.

What promise(s) of His do I need to rely on?

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