When we last saw Noah and his family they had just set foot on the new world and God had determined that he would never again curse the ground with universal devastation. He determined, instead, to bless sinful humanity and to be forbearing, not bringing divine intervention like the Flood again. "Wait a minute", you might say, "this doesn't make sense! You blessed Adam and Eve and look where that all ended - in such corruption that you destroyed everything except for this one family! If it happened once, won't it happen again? God, if you start over with forbearance, of all things, how will you fulfill your grand purpose?". How then, did God accomplish his grand redemptive purpose of raising up the woman's conquering seed to defeat the seed of Satan? Listen in to hear the answer to this question as Pastor Tim teaches from Genesis 9.
6 “Whoever sheds the blood of man,
by man shall his blood be shed,
for God made man in his own image.
7 And you, be fruitful and multiply, increase greatly on the earth and multiply in it.”
8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, 9 “Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you, 10 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the livestock, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark; it is for every beast of the earth. 11 I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13 I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17 God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”
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