GOD OFFERS NEW OPPORTUNITIES
Genesis 8:15-9:29 December 30 2007
Noah , his family , and the animals remained in the ark until
God commanded them to leave. God told Noah the animals would
migrate throughout the earth , reproduce, and give a new start to
His creation. God had saved Noah, his family, and all animal life
from the flood and had provided a new beginning. Noah responded
by worshiping God . When God saw Noah’s offering of clean
animals and birds, He promised never to destroy all humans
and animals again , even though human nature remained prone to
sin (En 8:15-22).
God then established a covenant with Noah and all humanity
throughout time not to destroy the earth by flood again . As a
sign of His covenant God provided the rainbow Gen. 9:1-17).
Noah lived 350 years beyond the flood dying at the age of
950 (Gen. 9:18-29)
1. Opportunities to Worship (Gen. 8:15-17,20-22)
Gen. 8:15 Then God said to Noah, 8:16 “Come out of the ark, you
and your wife and your sons and their wives. 8:17 Bring out
every kind of living creature that is with you —the birds, the
animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground —so
they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in
number upon it.” 8:20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and,
taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed
burnt offerings on it. 8:21 The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma
and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because
of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from
childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as
I have done. 8:22 “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and
harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will
Come out the Ark. (Gen. 7:1). Muliply. . . Be fuitful. . . Increase in
number. (Gen.1:22 ). The animals and birds could now repopulate
their former habitats.
LORD. Since worship is a very personal matter, it is to God as
“the LORD” (Gen.2:4) that Noah brought his sacrifice (Gen.4:4).
Burnt offerings. (Lev 1:4).
Smelled the pleasing aroma. A figurative way of saying that the
Lord takes delight in his children’s worship of him (Eph 5:2;
Php 4:18). Curse the ground . Although the Hebrew here has a
different word for “curse,” the reference appears to be to the
curse of (Gen. 3:17). It may be that the Lord here pledged never
to add curse upon curse as he had in regard to Cain (Gen.4:12).
Even though every inclination of his heart is evil. For almost
identical phraseology (Gen.6:5). Because of man’s extreme
wickedness, God had destroyed him (Gen.6:7) by means of a
flood (Gen.6:17). Although righteous Noah and his family had been
saved, he and his offspring were descendants of Adam and carried
in their hearts the inheritance of sin. God graciously promises
never again to deal with sin by sending such a devastating deluge
(Gen.9:11,15). Human history is held open for God’s dealing with
sin in a new and redemptive way —the way that was prepared for
by God’s action at Babel (Gen.11:6,8) and that begins to unfold
with the call of Abram (Gen.12:1). From childhood. The phrase
replaces “all the time” in (Gen.6:5) and emphasizes the truth that
sin infects a person’s life from his conception and birth (Psalms
Times and seasons, created by God in the beginning (Gen.1:14),
will never cease till the end of history.
2. Opportunities to Work (Gen. 9:1-3)
Gen. 9:1 Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be
fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. 9:2 The fear
and dread of you will fall upon all the beasts of the earth and all
the birds of the air, upon every creature that moves along the
ground, and upon all the fish of the sea; they are given into your
hands. 9:3 Everything that lives and moves will be food for you.
Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.
Gen.9:1-7 At this new beginning, God renewed his original
benediction (Gen.1:28) and his provision for man’s food (Gen.9:3;
Gen.1:29-30). But because sin had brought violence into man’s
world and because God now appointed meat as a part of man’s
food (Gen.9:3), further divine provisions and stipulations are
added (Gen 9:4-6). Yet God’s benediction dominates and
encloses the whole (Gen. 9: 7).
They are given into your hands. God reaffirmed that mankind
would rule over all creation, including the animals (Gen.1:26).
Everything that lives and moves will be food. Meat would now
supplement mankind’s diet.
3. Opportunities to Trust (Gen. 9:8-13)
Gen. 9:8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: 9:9
“I now establish my covenant with you and with your
descendants after you9:10 and with every living creature that
was with you —the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals,
all those that came out of the ark with you —every living
creature on earth. 9:11 I establish my covenant with you: Never
again will all life be cut off by the waters of a flood; never again
will there be a flood to destroy the earth.” 9:12 And God said,
“This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and
you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all
generations to come: 9:13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds,
and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
I now establish my covenant. God sovereignly promised in this
covenant to Noah, to Noah’s descendants and to all other living
things (as a kind of gracious reward to righteous Noah, the new
father of the human race Gen. 6:18) never again to destroy man
and the earth until his purposes for his creation are fully realized
(“as long as the earth endures,” Gen. 8:22). For similar
commitments by God see his covenants with Abram (Gen.15:18-20),
Phinehas (Num. 25:10-13) and David (2Sam. 7).
Never again will all life be cut off by the water of a flood. A
summary of the provisions of the Lord’s covenant with Noah —an
eternal covenant, as seen in such words and phrases as “never
again” (Gen. 9:11,15), “for all generations to come” (Gen.9:12)
and “everlasting” (Gen.9:16).
Sign. A covenant sign was a visible seal and reminder of covenant
commitments. Circumcision would become the sign of the covenant
with Abraham (Gen. 17:11), and the Sabbath would be the sign of
the covenant with Israel at Sinai (Ex 31:16-17).
Rainbow. Rain and the rainbow doubtless existed long before the
time of Noah’s flood, but after the flood the rainbow took on new
meaning as the sign of the Noahic covenant.
The rainbow constitutes one of the most beautiful marvels in
our world. Even now when we see the sun peek out of the clouds
while the rain is still falling, we go outside to look for a
rainbow. On those occasions when a rainbow appears, some
invariably remember god’s promise to Noah, but also of His
trustworthiness. As He has kept and will keep His promise never
to send a worldwide flood again, so we can depend on Him to Keep
all His promises. God’s faithfulness provides a continuing reason
and opportunity for us to trust in Him.