God’s Covenant with the Present World
Book of Genesis Chapter 9
The Noahic Covenant is the promise that God made to Noah and his descendants after the flood which destroyed the world.
This Covenant has several distinguishing features.
First: it is an unconditional covenant.
Second: it was made to Noah and all his descendants (includes us today) as well as “every living creature” and the earth in general (Genesis 9:8-10).
Third: it was sealed with a sign, the rainbow.
The Noahic Covenant is an unconditional covenant since it does not depend upon anything Noah or his descendants, or us today have to do to fulfill the covenant.
We are also the descendants of Noah!
This promise is based upon God’s faithfulness alone!
Because of God’s faithfulness to always do what He says He will do, we can know today with certainty that there will never be another worldwide flood as there was in the days of Noah, no matter how wicked mankind becomes.
Neither the wickedness nor the righteousness of mankind affects this unconditional covenant!
There is no “condition” under which God will renege on His promise!
This does not mean that God will never again destroy the earth, however!
He has promised to one day destroy the earth by fire (2 Peter 3:10, 11; Revelation 20:9, 21:1 ) in the terrible events known as the “day of the Lord.”
After the flood, God promised that He would never again send a worldwide flood to destroy the earth as an act of His divine judgment for sin.
As a sign to remind Noah and his descendants of His covenant promise, God “set the rainbow in the cloud” (Genesis 9:12-13).
The lesson to us is, that when we see a rainbow we should always be reminded of God’s faithfulness and His amazing grace.
We should also be reminded that our God is a holy and righteous! God has a holy hatred for sin, and He will not allow sin to go unpunished forever.
Also, just as God provided a way for Noah and his family to be saved in the Ark, He also has provided a way for us to be saved through Jesus Christ who is my Ark.
Noah and his family were saved from the wrath of God that came in the flood, just as those who are in Christ will be saved from the “wrath to come” (1 Thessalonians 1:10).
*Gen 9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
The first thing we see after the flood is over and Noah and his family are free to leave the Ark, is that they receive a blessing from God.
It is from these four couples that all the earth would be established.
They were all still sinners because they inherited the sin nature of Adam just as we still do today!
Noah at this time was the head of the human race and I am sure our DNA can be traced back to Noah!
What we should understand that whatever God established with Noah is still in effect today in the eyes of God!
In blessing Noah, God has blessed us all!
In words used today, a New World Order had truly begun!
The lesson of what God does with sin is a reality.
More important, we now understand God’s mercy and His grace to those who choose righteousness based upon the Word of God.
We see God’s good will and God’s intentions.
We see God’s pleasure and joy in providing for those who love Him.
We see God has great gifts.
Most important, God makes great promises, and we begin to see that God will never break His promises!
All but these eight humans had been completely wiped out, erased, from the face of the earth.
The Apostles clearly understood these things of God.
1Pe 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
1Pe 3:19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
1Pe 3:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
Who did Jesus preach to? He went to preach to the descendants of Seth!
For the Word of God to remain true, then the Earth would need to be filled with humans.
Married couples, one man and one woman, would come together and repopulate this earth.
This could not happen if the world were full of Sodomites or lesbian women.
This is another reason that abortion goes against the Word of God!
God has never withdrawn His command to replenish this earth, and there has always been enough food and the capability to produce enough food for the entire population of this world.
It is so-called politicians and dictators, who cause the world’s food problems
It is evil and wicked humans who do not allow food to reach the poor.
God will not bless our soils until we quit spilling innocent blood!
Reproduction establishes families.
Families establish societies.
Societies establish governments.
In our nation the Democrats want the prisoners to vote.
They want the illegal immigrants to vote.
Yet, they reject those millions of babies murdered each year and they reject those votes.
Are they afraid every newborn will be a Republican?
Babies have been sacrificed since the beginning and every time it has been about false religion!
Their platform has this and another agenda!
Reproduction teaches us that we are all one blood, from one source.
Therefore all races, all people, all nations are to live and work together to subdue the earth and these who brag so much about the climate and the freedoms and constitutions, are the same ones trying to destroy these things because they belong to Satan and they are proud of it.
The animal world would also have to change for the populations of humans to reach out into the world.
*Gen 9:2 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.
This could be called a New World Order from the days that were before the flood.
God told Adam he was to subdue the earth.
Gen 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Notice the command to subdue the earth was not given to Noah!
Because of sin, mankind no longer has the ability to subdue the earth, so these things are left in God’s hands.
After all Jehovah, Elohim, is the Master of Life.
Man will never be able to control nature no matter how hard they try!
We can do our best to control climate changes, but our work will amount to nothingness!
Man will never be able to produce a pure environment and foolish to try.
Those monies would be better spent to help the poor and those that truly have needs, and not those who refuse to work.
2Th_3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
It is our God who is in control all of nature!
Heb 2:7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:
Even in our modern world, we still do not reign supreme over nature nor the animal world.
In fact our answer to things we do not understand is to destroy them!
*Gen 9:3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.
Gen 9:4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.
Notice that humans were given God’s permission to eat of the animal world.
Before the flood it is never stated that God would allow the consumption of animals. We do know that certain animals were sacrificed to God.
Remember Abel brought the best portions of the animal to sacrifice to Jehovah, but it never says they consumed that was remained even though the skins were used for clothing and probably milk was consumed.
Because of the curse, the vegetables and the herbs and the fruit did not provide the nourishment that it once did because of sin.
The land that had changed after the flood, made the tilling of the ground harder to accomplish.
We should understand that at no time would man be able to completely provide for himself without the help of God.
1Ti 4:4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
1Ti 4:5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
These eight people that remained totally understood the power of God and it was these eight people who were to teach those that came after them the truth of God and that sin has its consequences.
We think about these people from our past as having no law, but we should know that when it came time for Moses to write these things down by the Holy Spirit, many of these laws were observed in the time of Adam and the time of Noah.
There is one exception to the eating of animals. It is never to be consumed raw.
A live animal is not to be eaten, nor dead animals with the blood still in them. The blood needs to be drained from animals!
In fact animals need be killed in a precise manner. Every hunter knows that an animal that suffers until death will damage the flavor of the meat.
A quick kill is important in most all cases.
We know that certain beast prey animals and they start devouring their kill even before they die, and these animals are never good for food even though at the time of Noah all animals were approved because the answer to nourishment comes by prayer!
The answer to nourishment today is that prayer of thanksgiving at the provision of God!
Then God said you need to clearly understand that the murder of your fellow humans will not be tolerated!
*Gen 9:5 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man.
Gen 9:6 Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.
The beginning of policing. The beginning of laws and governments had their start in the time of Noah long before Moses.
To obey this law of God it would require government. To police is the internal regulation of government of a kingdom or state.
As these families of Noah spread out across the earth this commandment was to go with them just as all the Word of God is to be with us at all times.
Today we used the phrase, “Capital Punishment”, when we sentence a murderer to death, but we can see this is a command of God.
Murder is a serious offense in the eyes of God.
It is a fact that today the hardened criminal does not fear our “justice system”!
Our justice system has become a revolving door to the true criminal while the innocent victims are forgotten.
Today the victim of a crime is not even considered!
Example, those who are causing destruction in many cities are allowed to destroy private property, while the justice system stands by and allows it to happen.
Even God teaches us the difference between murder and murder by accident and there is the murder by self-defense.
God calls for those who plan a murder, to be put to death!
Blood for blood and life for life. God requires the death of the murderer!
What does God say about all those who reject “Capital Punishment”?
Psa 10:13 Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it.
It is wickedness to reject the Word of God!
Elsewhere the Bible says you will know them by their works.
If any animal causes the death of any human, then that animal should be put to death.
The human is God’s greatest creation, and the human was created in the image of God and this still does not have anything to do with our looks!
We must understand that when an innocent victim is murdered then his or her purpose is lost to society.
We will never know what good things we have lost to our societies by the murder of all those innocent babies who have been aborted!
The cure to many diseases could be in one of those babies who did not get a chance to live!
God told humans to populate our earth. Every family knows how many children they can provide for which is our job, but this is still not to abort any child that is conceived.
This does not mean to overpopulate the earth it means to produce a people that will follow our Creator!
Psa 127:3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
Psa 127:4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
Psa 127:5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.
Every quiver can hold only so many arrows!
Still we are to obey the commands of God!
*Gen 9:7 And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.
When God gives this command to Noah, the only ones alive were married couples.
The family, one man and one woman was established by our Heavenly Father!
You cannot have a society without families.
You cannot have government without societies made up of families.
It is the family that is being forgotten by the corruption of our government!
I am not talking about President Trump who does his best to serve the family!
All these things being true then marriage is a sacred institution!
This marriage must be between one man and one woman to be able to obey Gods command to multiply by procreation.
Any and all relationships outside this marriage of one man and one woman, is then a violation to the commandment of God and is only fornication a sin in the eyes of God.
Heb 13:4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
Tit 1:6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.
And God said to Noah, listen to my words and do them!
*Gen 9:8 And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying,
Gen 9:9 And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;
Gen 9:10 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.
Gen 9:11 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.
Now who did God make this covenant with?
To Noah and his wife.
To all three sons and their wives.
To all the descendants of Noah throughout life upon this earth.
This includes all of us here today.
No matter the color of our skin we are blood relatives of Noah!
This covenant was also made with every animal that had been saved by the Ark.
Remembering the Ark is a type of Christ, just as the water is a type of Christ!
That pitch is a type of the Holy Spirit.
We now begin to understand the promises of God that include us who are here today.
This flood in the days of Noah was the most devastating thing that has happened to this earth we live on.
Every living thing on the face of the earth was erased except the animals that survive in water and many of those died as the flood waters receded and the eight humans and the animals that were on the Ark.
It would have traumatic just to witness these things that happened.
When I was in Vietnam, I witnessed what rain for forty days can do to a small area.
At one time it rained day and night for 45 days and 75 inches of rain was recorded.
Wet weather streams became rivers and rivers became lakes and my platoon were out in this thing with no shelter but the terrain and the poncho.
This does not compare to the time of Noah, but it does have some similarities if you are caught in it.
In the time of Noah the earth changed from one large continent to breaking up into many continents and continued to do so for many years, especially through the days of Peleg.
In fact this earth we call home continuously changes every day, along with the climate.
It happens and most of it is not man-made not man caused!
What did Noah’s family need from the Lord as these days came to an end? They needed God’s assurance.
We must never be fooled, it is our Holy God who has total control of the happenings that take place on our planet earth, just as He does in all His creation.
The rains would come from above instead of from below as they do today, and Jehovah did not want this family of Noah to be frightened every time it came.
Another thing we must realize is, that these eight individuals were in the care of our Holy God until families began to be established again.
We can say that it was God who wrote down the facts of this first covenant!
A normal covenant is between two or more people, but God made this covenant with Himself!
This promise of God would be fulfilled no matter what Noah and his family did.
We can say that covenant was another covenant of Grace, a free gift of God.
This same covenant is still in effect today, since God made this covenant with every living being on this earth!
God said: “this is My Covenant”.
God said: “it is in My Power that these things will be true”
God said: “it is My Desire to keep you safe from ever seeing this thing again”
It is the promises of God that give us assurance.
If the oceans are rising, God did not tell us to build so close to the waters.
If the forests are burning, God did not tell us to not manage our forest in fact God told Adam to manage the forest of the Garden.
If the Amazon is being cleared for others to live, God did not tell us we could not plant new tree for those that are being removed.
Who are we to dictate what other nations are to do! They are also in the hand of God.
If we want to do something productive for this place called earth, we could at least pick up the trash that is thrown down and put a stop to this travesty to our earth, our nations, our cities and our communities.
We cannot say we are serious about the climate until we can stop those who litter!
All of nature is in the hands of God and there are no experts who can teach us how to stop nature or improve on nature.
Noah became the father of all life of the humans and Noah believed the promises of God.
Another thing we should understand is that this earth will exist until God says it will come to an end!
There will be seasons, there will be summer and winter, there will be hot and cold because these are the promises of God until the Lord returns!
Gen 8:22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
God will not break this promise to the descendants of Noah which includes us here today.
We must do what we can to keep our earth beautiful, but the safety of our earth lies in the hands of an All Powerful God who is a God of All Power and cannot be swayed nor defeated in His purposes!
Do not be frightened by those who claim the destruction of climate change, and I do not need some scientist’s approval when I have the Word of God and the promises of God!
Our earth will not be destroyed by floods.
Our earth will not be destroyed by hurricanes.
Our Earth will not be destroyed by volcanoes.
Our earth will not be destroyed by a disaster of any kind, even man-made until the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ when it will be destroyed by fire for the same exact reason God sent the flood, SIN, because we never learn.
Until then we do not have to concern ourselves, knowing we are to be good stewards of the things God shares with us!
This written picture of Noah and the Ark, because of sin, gives us the perfect picture of our salvation by the Lord Jesus Christ.
All those who claim destruction by “climate change” are sinners who reject the truth of God!
All those who trust the Word of God, live in peace that all these things are in God’s hands and God has never broken a promise!
2Ti 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
2Ti 2:20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
2Ti 2:21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.
“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”.
Then God gave us a sign to remind us of His promise.
*Gen 9:12 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:
Gen 9:13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
It was only Noah and his family that needed God’s assurance at this time, but we see that God knew we would need those same assurances today because sin still abounds.
Just over 5000 years ago God gave this sign to Noah and in the year 2020 we can still see the beautiful sign of the rainbow.
Ezekiel wrote; that the day he had a vision of the Lord, He stood out just as the vision of the rainbow which we get to see at end of almost every rain.
Eze 1:27 And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.
Eze 1:28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.
The truth is, the rainbow is not just a sign for us to remember the end of the destruction of the flood in Noah’s day also when God sees the rainbow He too will remember what He did because of sin.
Now we cannot say that God remembers His wrath in a bad way because He is righteous in everything that He does!
We also know that nothing that God does in our lives shows His intent to destroy us because everything that God does for us or to us is for our own good.
Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
We need to forget about whether God knows what He is doing because He does, and we need to concentrate on our obedience to Him.
There may stories from false religions about the “Rainbow” but the rainbow was placed in the sky for the reason God states right here in the Scriptures.
Do not get confused by some commentaries. There had never been a rainbow until it was shown to Noah!
A token is something intended to indicate another event!
The rainbow is to assurance, as the blood of the Lamb is to redemption!
*Gen 9:14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:
Gen 9:15 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.
Gen 9:16 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.
We should understand that that this promise is not that the rainbow will be seen whenever God sends the clouds to cover the earth, but that, whenever God sends the clouds and His rainbow is visible, He will remember His covenant.
The wrath of God is a sight to behold but the rainbow reminds the Lord it is not yet time for His wrath to return.
Hab 3:8 Was the LORD displeased against the rivers? was thine anger against the rivers? was thy wrath against the sea, that thou didst ride upon thine horses and thy chariots of salvation?
Hab 3:9 Thy bow was made quite naked, according to the oaths of the tribes, even thy word. Selah. Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers.
Hab 3:10 The mountains saw thee, and they trembled: the overflowing of the water passed by: the deep uttered his voice, and lifted up his hands on high.
Hab 3:11 The sun and moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of thine arrows they went, and at the shining of thy glittering spear.
Hab 3:12 Thou didst march through the land in indignation, thou didst thresh the heathen in anger.
Hab 3:13 Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even for salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah.
We should understand that God does not need reminders because He wrote this book called the Bible, and He knows exactly what He is going to do at every moment and why He did these things, so in the end all these things are to teach us the ways of our Savior!
*Gen 9:17 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.
There is no greater assurance than for the Lord to tell us what He is going to do and the reasons He does these things!
We now have seen what has happened since the time of Noah and things have stood just exactly as the Lord said they would.
So much in fact that scoffers ask; “where is the promise of His coming”.
2Pe 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
Notice these same scoffers are not believers because they have ignored the flood.
Our government is full of scoffers today!
All evolution so-called scientist are scoffers today!
God says they are just ignorant.
2Pe 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
2Pe 3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
2Pe 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
We must not be ignorant with them, but have “faith” in the Word of God and just trust that what God says He will cause to happen.
It is not guess work?
It is the truth of our Holy God who can do no wrong.
All those who die by fire will die because they chose it to be that way.
We cannot be ignorant of the truth of God and still say we are Christians!
We cannot be Pro Abortion and still be Christians!
We cannot ordain the marriage of two people unless it is between one man and one woman and still be Christians!
We cannot approve of sodomites and lesbians and still be Christians!
We must believe the virgin birth!
We must believe in the sinless blood of Jesus was shed for our sin!
We must trust in the work of the Lord Jesus Christ to pay our sin debt!
We must love the Lord Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father who sent Him!
We must be filled with God the Holy Spirit or we do not belong to God!
These are the covenants God has given to us!
There are other covenants we need to study!