God's-covenant-with-Noah

Texts: Gen. 9:1-7 :

Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.

“But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it. And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of another human being.

“Whoever sheds human blood,
    by humans shall their blood be shed;
for in the image of God
    has God made mankind.

As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.

INTRODUCTION:
Your destination influences all your decisions from the start The things you do at the beginning make sense because of your goal at the end. (Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” –Ps. 139:16). Before you get up tomorrow to make your little contribution to God’s planned history, he has already written in his book what you will accomplish. And when he writes it down, he is not guessing, Isaiah 46:9, 10). At the beginning of history God saw the end of history. He saw what he aimed to perform, and he knew what had to be done to achieve it, and he decreed that it be: My counsel shall stand, I will accomplish all my purpose!

PURPOSE OF GOD’S COVENANT WITH NOAH

Preparation for the Way for Christ: The wickedness of man was very great and the heart was full of evil continually. God’s patience does come to an end and he destroys unrepentant sinners in judgment Nevertheless, God does not surrender his purpose in creating man. Even in judgment God does not leave off building his pathway. His counsel shall stand and he shall accomplish all his purpose “All the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord” (Numbers 14:21). Judgment is real and horrible, but it will not be the last word. So, the purpose of this covenant is to ensure man is brought back to God in his beauty.

THE ESSENCE OF THE COVENANT

  1. The wickedness of Human Heart: The story of the flood teaches us that the human heart in its natural condition is very wicked. Now and then the Old Testament makes explicit pronouncements about human depravity. (Psalm 51:5). usually, the incorrigible evil of the human heart is simply portrayed in its results. After the fall in Genesis 3, Adam passes the buck to Eve, Cain kills his brother; Lamech kills a boy, commits bigamy, and boasts. Gen. 6;5, 11, show that all these inward evils were breaking out everywhere.
  2. God’s unending Patience (Gen.6:5):  The (story about the ) flood shows us that God’s patience does come to an end and he destroys unrepentant sinners. “ So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.” –Gen. 6:7
  3. God’s purposes are not surrendered to man: But there is a third lesson from the flood, namely, that in spite of man’s intolerable sinfulness, God does not surrender his purpose in creating man.

THE COVENANTS

To fill the earth: God created man in his image and aims for man to fill the earth with God’s glory reflected in marfr faith ard righteousness. Therefore, he preserves one righteous man and his family and gives him the duty and blessing of filling the earth again. ( “Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.” –Gen. 9:1 & “God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” –Gen. 1:28. God is prepared to start over with a new •Adam.• But this time the beginning is not in paradise. So the new “Adam’ must reckon with three real threats against him and his mission to fill the earth: a threat from animals a threat from man and threat from God. So, God makes three special to protect the life of man in the new world where sin and corruption will again soon abound.

God Gives Righe over Animals: God gives to man new rights over the animals so that they will not threaten him but serve him even as food. Genesis 9:2-3. So, God supported man in his mission to fill the earth with the knowledge of his glory by removing the threat of animals: man, now has the right to put them in dread and even use them for food.

God Makes Provision to Prevent Murder: God gives man a portion of the divine prerogative to take human life and thus guard society against murder. The mission to fill the earth is threatened by men as well as animals. Gen. 9:5-6: Man is created in God’s image. God’s purpose is that people in his image fill the earth with his glory. Therefore, when a man presumes to snuff out the potential of that glory, he attacks God in such a way that his own execution by men becomes a part of God’s purpose. Later on, God reveals some of the practical legal implications of this (Romans 13:1-6); but here the point is that a special provision is made by God to protect his mission from the threat of men.

No more flood. Gen 9:11: There is the threat from God himself. How shall the earth ever be filled with his glory if his wrath overflows again in a flood against sin? To protect men against this threat God makes a covenant with Noah and his sons While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest cold and heat, summerand winter, day and night, shall not cease.” Gen. 8:22.

CONCLUSION

At the end ofthe flood and before God had made his covenant, “Noah built an altar to the Lord and took ofevery clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And when the Lord smelled the pleasing odor, the Lord said in his heart, ‘I will never again curse the ground because of man.'” God’s gracious covenant with Noah was a response to a pure sacrifice. Is not this, too, a foreshadowing that God, who must find a remedy for sin, will find it in another greater sacrifice, namely, the sacrifice of his Son?

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