At the outset, one might claim to notice a contradiction. It seems that God had forgotten Noah and the little ark floating upon the great terrestrial sea. Yet, we confess there are no contradictions in Scripture and that God is all-knowing. How do we reconcile these? Well, definitions matter and knowing the difference between a contradiction and a paradox is elemental. God’s acting in covenant promise to abate the deluge prompts Noah to test the waters. This is not a bad thing, for work on our part as covenant children is both necessary and expected.
In the end, God’s deliverance is true and Noah does the only correct response: worship. He rightly worships God according to His design and brings to the altar of the Lord his thanksgiving, awe, and reverence. The display of God’s preservation, mercy, and wrath climaxing in the cross of Christ should likewise move us to worship Him.
About the series
The Book of Genesis is the starting point of God’s covenant with His people. This book gives us the historical sketch of the creation, fall, and redemption of the world. Genesis is also a perfect litmus test to gauge whether or not a person fully trusts in the authority, sufficiency, and inerrancy of Scripture.