These notes accompany the sermon found at sermonaudio.com/sermon/99202314201131
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.
Gen. 6:8-9; 9:20-23; Hebrews 11:7; Isaiah 66:15; Romans 1:18.
Genesis 6:8 (favor); Ephesians 2:1-10; John 4:10; 2 Tim. 1:9; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 5:10.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.