Genesis 6-9

These notes accompany the sermon found at sermonaudio.com/sermon/99202314201131

Sin

Genesis 6:5-8; Romans 2:14-15; 3:9-31; 1 Cor. 10:31;  Matthew 5:17-6:34, 15:19; Exodus 20:3-17; Ps. 14:2-3; Ps. 51; Jer. 17:9.

Wrath

Gen. 6:8-9; 9:20-23; Hebrews 11:7; Isaiah 66:15; Romans 1:18.

Grace

Genesis 6:8 (favor); Ephesians 2:1-10; John 4:10; 2 Tim. 1:9; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 5:10.

Covenant

Continuations: 

  • Parties: 
  • God as Creator and King
  • Man as Son and Image-bearer
  • Commands – Be fruitful and multiply, increase.   Gen. 1:22, 28, 9:1, 8:17. 
  • Expectations – Faithfulness of both parties. 

Additions: 

  • A three-part oath:
    • Never again to curse the ground. Gen. 9:21.
    • Never again to strike down all life.
    • Never again a major renovation of earth.  (Seasons will remain reliably in order.)  Gen. 9:22.
  • Animals for food:  Gen. 9:3.
  • Capital punishment (human government):  Romans 13:1-7. 
  • Not another global flood:  Gen. 8:21, 9:15.  2 Peter 3:1-13.
  • A sign of the covenant:  Gen. 9:12-17.

Applications

  • Understand the role of Jesus Christ, the promised seed, who obediently fulfills all covenants and offers to you a New Covenant in His blood. 
  • Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and be saved. 
  • Draw close to him who is able to strengthen you unto faithfulness. 
  • Join Noah in the proclamation of the Gospel. 

Other Observations:

  • The command to subdue the earth seems left out, and indeed, we have failed to completely subdue the earth. 
  • The life span of humans decreases from this point forward in the Bible.  God may have used a radical change in climate from pre-flood conditions to accomplish this. 
  • The concession to eat meat may have been given to compensate for the new conditions. 
  • The rainbow is a sign to God and not to man.  Every rain event forms rainbows from some perspective, so every rain event carries the covenant sign for God. 
  • Rain and seasons may have only occurred after the flood, but it is unclear.  This would make sense for the rainbow to be a sign of this new aspect of the covenant.  Gen. 2:6-7, 8:22.

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