Summary: A study of Genesis 9:8-17
Islington Baptist Church April 8, 2001
Sermon text: Genesis 9:8-17
Last week we began a study of Genesis 8:20-9:17. One of the things I drew your attention to was the big picture of this passage. Blessings. This passage is all about blessing—blessings that come by extension to us, in response to Noah’s seeking of the face and favor of God.
Last week we had time to consider 3 of the 4 major blessings bestowed by God
1. The continuing ability to have children: Be fruitful and multiply is what God said
-Here worded as a command and evidencing that God’s creation commands of Genesis 1 are still in effect.
2. Provision: God’s provision of the animals for food.
-until this time people were supposed to be vegetarians. Now….
3. The third blessing of our text is this: Protection.
Because we as humans are made in the image of God our lives are of incredible worth. Hence a protective law given, with a stiff penalty, designed to protect human life and uphold its value.
This week, amongst other things, we are going to consider the 4th blessing detailed for us in Genesis 8:20-9:17
4. The fourth blessing, which we didn’t have time for last week, is this: an unconditional covenant instituted by God that guarantees to this day that God will never again destroy our world by means of a world wide flood.
Where we are going:
1. Read Genesis 9:8-17
2. Address why the term covenant is one we must understand
3. Consider the covenant instituted by God here in this text: A covenant that has a sign –being the rainbow- that ought to make preachers of us all.
I. WHY THE TERM COVENANT IS ONE WE MUST UNDERSTAND.
7 times in today’s passage the term “Covenant” appears. When something is noted 7 times in such a short passage it means its important.
A covenant is a binding agreement. A bond is formed and entered into. It’s a pact of sorts, made between at least 2 parties. In the Bible the covenants most often featured are between God and man; sometimes they are between people i.e David and Jonathan. Sometimes these covenants are conditional, sometimes they are unconditional.
The topic of covenants permeates the entire fabric of the whole of the scriptures. It’s not a topic that a student of God’s word can ignore.
Throughout the scriptures, covenants are the vehicles by which God enters into lasting relationship with people. One wonderful truth to contemplate is this: God’s making and entering into covenants with people speaks of his relationality and of our created purpose: walking and relating with God.
Understanding the concept of covenant ought to be important to us because that is how we as Christians are related to God. If you are a Christian you have been brought into a relationship with God by means of a covenant—a covenant grounded in the person, work, and blood of Jesus Christ.
A whirlwind tour of some of the major covenants of the Bible—excluding today’s feature covenant: the one God makes here in Genesis 9
1. Abrahamic covenant: Genesis 12, 15, 17