Author’s Note: I am preaching through Genesis on Wednesday nights. Here I will present edited notes in blog form. You can listen to the sermon below and download it here. May God be glorified and His people edified. Comments below if you like.
In Genesis 9 we have previously seenGod addressing Noah after he and his family came off the ark. God blessed Noah. He restated, in large part, the command He originally gave Adam — be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth. And He also gave Noah every animal for food. Obedience to God would no longer require a fruit and veggie diet. Noah could now eat meat.
We also saw God as the just God He is, and now His justice would be reflected through mankind. Before the Flood, in Genesis 6:8, the earth was filled with violence. But after the Flood God instituted human government to restrain evil, specifically through capitol punishment in cases of murder. God is pro-life, beloved. He is the Creator of life, the Sustainer of life. Life matters to God. Life is precious to God. Thus, Noah, his family, and those who came after them were also to treasure life.
That brings us to verses 8-17, which is a very important passage in the history of redemption… a passage of God’s grace, God’s promise, God’s faithfulness… to sinners like you and me.
Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying, “Now behold, I Myself do establish My covenant with you, and with your descendants after you; and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you; of all that comes out of the ark, even every beast of the earth. I establish My covenant with you; and all flesh shall never again be cut off by the water of the flood, neither shall there again be a flood to destroy the earth.” God said, “This is the sign of the covenant which I am making between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all successive generations; I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth. It shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow will be seen in the cloud, and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the cloud, then I will look upon it, to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.”