Our text for this sermon comes from Genesis 9.
The title of this sermon is: The Covenant Established With Noah.
vs 1-7: God establishes His covenant with Noah.
vs 1 God tells Noah: Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. God starts by renewing the original blessing given to Adam.
God also gives Noah and his family a land grant. The whole earth, as long as it remains belongs to Noah, his family and every person that comes after them. Noah is to have dominion over the earth. People are to possess and live in the earth.
Next, God changes Noah’s menu. vs 2-4
God says that all animals, birds, fish, and everything that creeps on the ground have been delivered into Noah’s hand. God goes on to say that everything that moves is now food for Noah in addition to all plants and vegetables.
The only condition that God gives Noah is that he cannot eat raw meat. You can’t just walk up to an animal and get all vampire/zombie on it. Also, because God delivers all of creation into Noah’s hand, this does not mean that you can abuse animals or eat them while they are still alive (take a leg or part of an animal and leave the rest.) Just because you don’t like cats, this does not mean that you get to use it for field goal practice as much as you would like to. Animals were given to us for food, and for our use and benefit. We use them for work, for making clothes and other things.
Another benefit of animals being delivered into the hands of Noah, wolves, coyotes, gators, dogs and other animals are not running rampant through cities and taking it over as their territory or killing people. It is because of the natural fear and dread of man that an animal has that keeps it at bay. It is also because of this fear of man that makes animals submissive to people.
Nowhere does God uphold the life of an animal as greater than that of a person. The Bible also does not mention pets. However, having dominion over animals means that if you have pets than you are a good steward over that pet.
vs 5-6 God reveals to Noah why people are so valuable to him. All people are created in the image of God.
This is broken down into three parts:
If a person decides to take their own life, they are directly accountable to God.
If an animal kills a person, God will kill the animal.
If a man kills another man, God will have the killer’s life taken.
For God made man in his own image.
vs 7 Be fruitful and multiply and increase greatly on the earth.
vs 8-17 The rainbow is the sign that God chose to be a symbol to all created beings that He would never destroy all life on earth again by a flood. It also symbolizes that He will never flood the whole earth again.
God never changes His promises. If you covenant with God and your spouse to be married and your marriage falls apart, it is not God’s fault. It is highly likely that you did not work at it to cultivate the relationship and pursue each other the way God would have you to.
If you feel lost and you begin to doubt that Jeremiah 29:11 is wrong or that Proverbs 3 is a mistake, it is not that the Bible is wrong or that God has failed you. God ALWAYS honors His part of the covenant.
It is not wise to take verses out of context. Jeremiah 29:11-13 and Proverbs 3:5-6
If you cannot hear God, if you do not know what direction you are supposed to go, if you see no vision for your life, if you do not see how God is using things for His glory and your good, it is NOT His fault.
You did not honor your part of the covenant. You cannot expect God to keep His part of the promise if you are not willing to keep your part of the promise.
vs18-29 Canaan is cursed.
This is setting the stage for when Moses dies and Joshua has to lead the Israelites into the promised land even though this will not take place for almost 1000 years.