21 The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.
22 “As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease.” Genesis 8:21-22
In response to Noah building an altar and sacrificing upon walking on firm ground once again, God vowed not to destroy all living creatures again. God is very aware of the human heart. So, while he wont destroy every living being, there will be a judgement day when all human life will be judged. Many may wish He had destroyed them.
In the Old Testament, sacrificing animals on an altar was a form of prayer and worship. When God smells the aroma and it’s pleasing, it’s as if it’s answered prayer (I didn’t make up this concept; scholars long before me have been studying this thing for a long time). It certainly gives meaning to the New Testament verse that states, “the effective fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16
What if two did the same? How about an entire church or city or state? How would it move God to take action? I’ve often wondered about answered prayer like that. How many people does it take to “move God”? We of course will never know and it’s not important that we do know because if prayer is just a formula, then we would gather the right number of people to make change in this world. But as it stands, we don’t know how many people need to pray before God takes action.
For Noah, his prayers during his sacrifice certainly availeth much. How do ours stack up against his?