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?).