As we go through a systematic study of the Holy Bible, it is easy to get caught up with the big picture and major accounts, that sometimes, we overlook some of the details that are extremely significant. We are journeying through the study of Genesis and I almost overlooked the name/title by which the sovereign God of the universe is referred to in the account of Noah’s flood.
Genesis 6:22 states that Noah did all that God commanded him.
Genesis 7:5 states that Noah did all that the LORD commanded him.
God is used interchangeably with the word LORD and one of the main reasons for the LORD being used in place of God’s name is attributed to the Israelite custom of not spelling or pronouncing the Hebrew name of God (“YHWH”).
Merriam-Websters dictionary defines the word “God” as the one who is perfect and all-powerful spirit and it defines the word “LORD” as a ruler with power and authority over others.
So Noah was commanded by the perfect, all=powerful, ruler with authority over all – the LORD God and Noah did all that he was commanded to.
Point to ponder:
How do we respond to the LORD God i.e., the perfect, all-powerful, ruler who has power and authority over all? Do we respond as Noah did – totally/completely?
Genesis 6:5 (KJV)
22 Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.
Genesis 7:5 (KJV)
5 And Noah did according unto all that the Lord commanded him.