“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. And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake…” (Genesis 8:20-21).
The deluge of the old world and the salvation of Noah in the ark is a vivid picture of the suffering and satisfaction of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the salvation of God’s elect in Him. God poured out His wrath on the earth in judgment, destroying every living thing that had breath. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD, and was delivered by divine judgment in the ark. That ark was Christ! In Christ, God’s elect are delivered from destruction through His mighty work of grace as our divine Substitute. He suffered to the full satisfaction of God’s justice in our place, as our Representative.
THE FOUNTAINS OF THE GREAT DEEP
In chapter seven we’re told that all the fountains of the great deep were broken up (Gen 7:11). When Christ our Redeemer suffered as the God-man our Substitute, all the fountains of the great deep were broken up.
First, the fountains symbolically portray the source of satisfaction, our God of all grace! In Christ all the fountains of God were broken up. All the attributes of God are fully displayed in all their glory at the cross. In Christ, God’s mercy, love and grace are satisfied and agree with justice, truth and wrath.
Second, the fountains of God are a great deep. “Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me” (Ps 42:7). The abyss that is God’s infinite, unsearchable, holy nature summoned from the deep to draw out an answer for the sins of God’s elect. What does that mean? Our Savior said, “All thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.” Waves of infinite wrath, billows of divine fury, prevailed against Him and covered Him. Our Savior was baptized under the wrath of God, when God made Him to be sin for us (2 Cor 5:21). He went down into the depths of unspeakable misery and woe, suffering infinite rage as our Substitute. God made His soul an offering for sin (Isa 53:10). Our blessed Savior suffered as a real man, but in Him there is also a great deep, because He is God’s eternal Son. Only infinite God could satisfy infinite God. Only the God-man our Redeemer could give a just answer to the calling of the deep!
Third, the fountains of the great deep were broken up! That means the earth opened up and water gushed out from deep within its bowels. What a picture of that precious Fountain of blood that was opened for sin! Our Savior said, “Take eat: this is my body, which is broken for you” (1 Cor 11:24). The earth itself is a picture of our crucified Redeemer. In the deluge of the old world, the earth was covered with water. By the death of our Substitute, God’s elect are covered under the precious, sin-atoning blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
HOW MUCH DID OUR SAVIOR SUFFER?
I cannot give you a measurable answer. God only knows the magnitude of sorrow that our dear Redeemer endured. But I can give you this: “And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered. Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered. And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man: All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died” (Gen 7:19-22).
When God by His Spirit reveals in a sinner’s heart that Christ suffered in his/her place, the lofty pride of man is drowned in Mercy’s fountain of blood.
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.
– Isaac Watts, pub.1707
THE SATISFACTION OF CHRIST
Noah offered burnt offerings to the LORD, “And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake” (v 21). This is a clear picture of the satisfaction Christ made by His all-sufficient sacrifice on the cross. In Christ God’s wrath was spent, and all our sins were paid for in full. Our Savior removed the curse so fully and completely that the heart of God is forever pacified toward all that believe on Him. God declares to every sinner that trusts Christ, “Fury is not in me” (Isa 27:4). In fact, God promises to never rebuke or be angry with those who rest by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. He said, “For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee” (Isa 54:9).
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (Jn 3:36).
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