Summary: AFTER THE FLOOD, God put a Rainbow in the sky as a symbol of His eternal covenant with mankind.
Genesis 9:8-17 “And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying,
9 And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; 10 And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth. 11 And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. 12 And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: 13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: 15 And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. 17 And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.”
Noah came from a long line of God honoring parents.
• Noah was the son of Lamech (5:28-29). Lamech was a man who knew God because he attributes his toil to God’s curse.
• Noah’s name means rest and comfort.
• Noah’s great grandfather was Enoch (5:18, 21-24).
• Noah’s grandfather was Methuselah (5:21-22, 25-26). His name means When he is dead, it shall come.
The times in which Noah had lived were Evil – 6:5, 11-13.
• They resemble that spoken of in 2 Timothy 3:1-5.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
• In 2 Peter 2:5 Noah is called a “preacher of righteousness” who ministered to a “world full of ungodliness.”
• His ministry rivals that of our own time – 2 Timothy 4:2-5.
“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.” (See also 2 Peter 3:4-7).
Notice the contrast between Genesis 1:31 & 6:5 (What did God See?).
Notice the Progression of Sin:
• The Entrance of sin (3:1).
• The Extent of Sin (6:5-6).
• The Effect of Sin (6:7).
BUT, Notice God’s answer to those wicked times.
• God Had A Man (Noah) – 6:8. In every age God has raised up unique and specially chosen men and women endued with power from on high.
• God Had A Plan (the Ark, a type of Christ) – 6:14-22.
Made of wood – A picture of the cross.
Shape like a coffin – Portraying death.
Covered with pitch – Same word is translated “atonement” elsewhere.
One Window – One source of light from heaven.
One Door – One way of salvation.
AFTER THE FLOOD, God put a Rainbow in the sky as a symbol of His eternal covenant with mankind.
Isaiah 54:7-10 “For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. 8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer. 9 For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee. 10 For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.”