Summary: 6 of 7. God blessed Noah’s family with a restoration based on relationship. Man’s restoration is to be constrained/determined thru relationships. How do relationships constrain or determine our restoration? Restoration is constrained thru relationship with...
SUPPLANTING The LEGACY Of WICKEDNESS—Genesis 6:9—10:32
A—GOD’s REMOVAL STRATEGY—Genesis 6:9-22
Toward Removing the Legacy of Wickedness
B—GOD’s DESIGNED DESTRUCTION(& Salvation)—Genesis 7:1-24
C—SALVATION REALIZED(Getting to Normal)—Genesis 8:1-19
D—EXPERIENCING The VICTORY(Man’s Response)—Genesis 8:18-22...
OR RATHER--MANIFESTATIONS Of ACCEPTANCE—Genesis 8:18-22
E—CONSTRAINTS Of RESTORATION-VI—Genesis 9:1-19
1. CONSTRAINTS For FRUITFULNESS(Success)—Genesis 9:1-7
2. GOD’s COVENANT With The EARTH—Genesis 9:8-17
F—SAME Ol’ SAME Ol’—Genesis 9:20-29
G—The NATIONS—Genesis 10:1-32
There are certain constraints/limits/boundaries within which mankind’s restoration can be accomplished before God! If you/we will not operate within those constraints, then you/we will never reach the heights of God’s intent for yourself/ourselves.
Our Success as Christians is Constrained thru certain relationships & actions.
CONSTRAIN—‘To severely restrict the scope, extent, or activity of.’ OR--‘To compel or force toward a particular course of action.’
OR rather--for OUR/Today’s APPLICATION--‘To keep within God’s limits.’
The constraints attending mankind’s restoration may not be what you may imagine!
God blessed Noah’s family with a restoration based on relationship.
Man’s restoration is to be constrained/limited contained/determined thru relationships.
How do relationships constrain/determine our restoration?
Some relationships constraining/determining our restoration.
We have already found that ‘Our Restoration is constrained thru relationship with’...
5a. COVENANT(:8-19) as it concerns...
•GOD SPEAKS(:8 only)
(CONT...)5b—Restoration is constrained thru relationship with...
COVENANT(:8-19) as it concerns...
•The COVENANT & SIGN(:9-14 only)
:9—“And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you & with your descendants after you,
10—“& with every living creature that is with you: the birds, the cattle, & every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth.”
Here we see the actual words of God as directed to Noah & his sons.
“As for Me”—
God(:8) takes it upon Himself to “establish” a “covenant” that is entirely His “covenant.”
A “Covenant” is:–“A [formal] agreement which brings about a relationship of commitment between God & his people.”—New Oxford American Dictionary/Webster
Other words describing a “covenant” are: Accord/Pact/Treaty.
There is nothing in Noah to warrant this “covenant”, other than his own faithfulness to God(6:8-9). Noah is the exception among all other people on earth!
Gen. 6:8-9—“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.”
God Almighty is the One who causes the “covenant” to stand.
God “establishes” His covenant between Himself & Noah, yet it is a “covenant” which will also remain with Noah’s “descendants” after Him.
•Thus this “covenant” is for all generations of humanity from Noah on. This “covenant” is also for all of creation along with mankind, for all perpetuity(8:21; 9:12, 17), that is, until the end of these ‘current’ things(8:21-22; Rev. 21:1). This “covenant” is not dependent upon the personal faithfulness of anyone other than God Himself! It is independent of any faith other than God’s faithfulness to fulfill it Himself!
Gen. 8:21-22—“And the LORD smelled a soothing aroma. Then the LORD said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done. While the earth remains, Seedtime & harvest, Cold & heat, Winter & summer, And day & night Shall not cease.”
Rev. 21:1—“Now I saw a new heaven & a new earth, for the first heaven & the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.”
“Establish”(See :11, 17)—Mwq quwm—Hiphil(causative) Participle—1) To rise, arise, stand, rise up, stand up—1e) (Hiphil)—1e1) To cause to arise, raise, 1e2) To raise, set up, erect, build, 1e3) To raise up, bring on the scene, 1e4) To raise up, rouse, stir up, investigate, 1e5) To raise up, constitute, 1e6) To cause to stand, set, station, establish, 1e7) To make binding, 1e8) To carry out, give effect to. Strong—a primitive root; To rise(in various applications, literal, figurative, intensive & causative).
“Covenant”—tyrb ber-eeyth’—Noun Fem.—1) Covenant, alliance, pledge—1a) Between men—1a1) Treaty, alliance, league(man to man), 1a2) Constitution, ordinance(monarch to subjects), 1a3) Agreement, pledge(man to man), 1a4) Alliance(of friendship), 1a5) Alliance(of marriage), 1b) between God & man—1b1) Alliance(of friendship), 1b2) Covenant(divine ordinance with signs or pledges); 2) (phrases)—2a) Covenant making, 2b) Covenant keeping, 2c) Covenant violation; Strong—A compact(because made by passing between pieces of flesh).?From—hrb baw-raw'—To feed, eat, consume(in the sense of cutting [like arb baw-raw'—To create, shape, form]).?*LXX very consistently replaces—tyrb ber-eeyth’ with—diayhkh—Noun Fem.—1) A disposition, arrangement, of any sort, which one wishes to be valid, the last disposition which one makes of his earthly possessions after his death, a testament or will; 2) A compact, a covenant, a testament—2a) God's covenant with Noah, etc. Strong—properly--A disposition, i.e. specially--A contract(especially a devisory will). Used 33X.?From—dia—1) Through, With, In, Throughout, During, By, By the means of; The ground or reason by which something is or is not done, By reason of, On account of, Because of for this reason, Therefore, On this account. Strong—Through(in very wide applications, local, causal, or occasional).—&—tiyhmi—To place(in the widest application, literally & figuratively.