Genesis 9

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“I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth” (Genesis 9:13 NLT).

January 4, 2018

The Noahic (Rainbow) Covenant

Whether this was the first appearance of a rainbow or not, the rainbow was now a sign of God’s covenant with Noah and “all the earth.” (Some speculate that it was the first rainbow because the post-flood atmosphere of the earth was changed from its pre-flood condition – This is called the “canopy theory.” ) This covenant had three important features:
1) It’s an unconditional covenant. This covenant is based on God’s faithfulness, not man’s (Gen. 9:9).
2) It’s a universal covenant. It’s for “all the earth.” No one is excluded.
3) It’s an everlasting covenant. God said, “Never again will a flood destroy the earth” (Gen. 9:11).

The covenant God made with Noah and “all the earth” is still active today. The next time you see a rainbow, think of God’s faithfulness.

“Then Shem and Japheth took a robe, held it over their shoulders, and backed into the tent to cover their father” (Genesis 9:23)

January 4, 2012

When someone sins, should we play “Gotcha” and expose them? Or should we graciously offer a covering? This story is a foreshadowing of what the Son of God and of Shem has done for us. Jesus comes not to accuse, but to cover our sin with His own blood.