Sunday, March 7, 2021

God’s Timeline – Part 16 God’s Covenant with Noah

 

God’s Timeline – Part 16

God’s Covenant with Noah

Pastor Bruce A. Shields

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SERMON INTRODUCTION

 

noah and family after the flood

-         Creation Week

-         Adam, Eve, and the Fall

-         Cain and Abel

-         Evil Fills the World

-         Noah Did All God Commanded Him

-         The Flood

-         God’s Covenant with Noah

 

After creation week, the covenant God made with Adam was broken (do not eat of the tree), and the result was eviction from paradise. Before the eviction, we see evidence in scripture that God explained to Adam and Eve sacrifice, the how-to as well as the what-for. I believe during this time some things were commanded to them as well, such as you shall not murder.

 

We then read about the children of Adam and Eve, and we see Cain breaking God’s covenant (established sacrifice) by giving what he thought to give as opposed to what God instructed them to give. His offering rejected; jealousy of his brother brewed inside him. The Lord God spoke to Cain and tried to correct his path; however, Cain chose to sin and break another of God’s commands, do not murder.

 

The result, eviction from the land. He was also marked, I believe with the command of God, you shall not murder, as part of his punishment.

 

1,600 years pass, and slowly more and more break covenant with God, to the point where there was only Noah who found favor with God for his obedience. The result, they would be removed from the earth.

 

God instructs Noah to build the Ark, save his family, and God would wipe the slate clean, limit the length man could live, and rebuild society.

Last week we read of the flood taking place.

 

So, Genesis 1-8 has shown us the following.

 

God created during the 7 days

Made a covenant with Adam (do not eat of the tree)

The covenant was broke and they were expelled from Paradise

 

God made a new covenant (sacrifice and commands like do not murder)

Cain broke the covenants and was expelled from the land

 

After 1,600 years, more and more broke covenant until Noah was the only one left

They would all be expelled from the land now (earth)

 

What we can see from this is;

1.      God makes a covenant with us so we can have the benefits of Him

2.      If we stray, He reaches out to us (like He did with Cain before Cain sinned)

3.      If we continue straying there will come a point where we sin and break covenant

4.      Once broken, we expel ourselves from the Kingdom of God and its benefits

5.      If we do not confess, and repent, we will be excluded from Paradise

 

SCRIPTURE READING

Genesis 9

“Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. 2 The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. 3 Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.

 

4 “But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it. 5 And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of another human being.

 

6 “Whoever sheds human blood,

    by humans shall their blood be shed;

for in the image of God

    has God made mankind.

 

7 As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.”

 

8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: 9 “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you 10 and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth. 11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”

 

12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”

 

17 So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.””

 

  

       I.         GOD’S COVENANT WITH NOAH

a.      God blessed Noah and his sons

                                  i.      The verses here all have to do with the covenant God makes with Noah, therefore it is safe to assume “the blessing” is a covenant with God!

 

                               ii.      All blessings, benefits and good comes from the hand of God, by our being in right standing with God through obedience to His commands of covenant.

 

1.      When Adam was obedient and didn’t eat of the tree, he had Eden

2.      When Cain offered first born sacrifices, he had favor

3.      When mankind is obedient to covenant commands, we are blessed

4.      When we disobey, or break covenant, we are ejected from paradise, do not have favor with God and lost the blessings, benefits and promises of the covenant

 

                            iii.      A covenant from God is a legal spoken document with benefits and penalties

 

 

b.     Living creatures now have the dread of man

                                  i.      Before the flood, creatures did not fear man

 

                               ii.      Now, the power of life and death is handed to mankind, and we are to use it according to the covenant, “they are given into your hands”

1.      This responsibility covers caring for, protecting, using appropriately, fostering, and for sustaining the life of humans

 

                            iii.      God’s covenant says we can now eat animals for food

 

 

c.      We are now permitted to eat meat

                                  i.      “just as I gave you green plants, I now give you everything”

 

 

   II.         CREATE LIFE, DO NOT TAKE IT

a.      Do not eat the ‘lifeblood’

                                  i.      At this point, God puts the responsibility of animal conservation into the hands of man so that the animals can repopulate the earth.

 

                               ii.      And though we are permitted to eat meat, we are not permitted to drink the blood of animals.

                            iii.      This restriction was for many reasons, now that the earth is in a fallen state, there are pathogens, infections, diseases, many bad things about raw uncooked blood.

 

                             iv.      But the number one reason was, because one day, the Lord would sacrifice Himself, and the blood of sacrificed animals at this point in time represent that.

 

                                v.      Even though most of us love a good, scary vampire tale, vampirism is mocking Christ, His sacrifice and Christians who take communion.

1.      If you want to live forever you drink blood

2.      The “master” vampire makes other vampires by letting people drink their blood

 

                             vi.      Although many don’t actually know this, and are not purposely enjoying books and movies mocking our faith, it is still a mockery

 

                          vii.      In the first century when pagans found out Christian took communion, they started rumors about Christians being “cannibals” eating flesh and drinking blood.

 

 

b.     Animals and Humans must give an account

                                  i.      An account of what?

1.      Sport killing of animals

2.      Murdering of humans

 

                               ii.      God is saying that He is holding all living things accountable because the earth is starting over, and there must be an increase in the number of humans and animals to fill the earth.

 

                            iii.      Therefore, no “sport” killing is permitted, only killing animals for food needs

 

                             iv.      Also, no murdering of humans, even by animals

1.      I believe this is one of the reasons God put fear of humans into animals

2.      The last thing you need when trying to repopulate the earth is a bear eating a couple of the 8 people left on earth

 

 

c.      Do not murder

                                  i.      God establishes once more the instruction I believe He already gave to Adam and Eve

                               ii.      Evidence of this is the fact God punished Cain by expelling him from the land for murdering his brother.

 

                            iii.      God, being righteous, would not punish Cain if it were not known and stated, do not murder. I also believe this is why God used Cain for a walking billboard with the command written on him for all to see and learn that God meant business!

 

                             iv.      God now adds to the command, do not murder.

1.      Stating how serious He is in verse 6, “do not shed human blood, or by humans your blood will be shed.”

 

2.      If someone is a murderer, God wants them removed permanently from society and the earth, because there are so few people you cannot risk more deaths by a murderer’s hands.

 

3.      This is the same attitude we should have when it comes to unrepentant murderer’s, serial killers, child molesters, etc.

 

4.      Jeffery Dahmer as well as Son of Sam (Sam Berkowitz) both confessed Christ in prison, and said they became born again Christians.

a.      Only God knows the heart of man, not I

b.     However, neither of them wanted to be released, saying they were where they belonged for the crimes they committed.

c.      They appear to confess their sin, repent and are willing to pay the price, therefore, in this state they are no longer a threat to other people.

 

5.      Not all who have committed crimes are like this though. Some repeat their offense and murder again as soon as they are released.

 

6.      When you have so few people on earth, trying to repopulate the world, you cannot have a killer running around killing.

 

7.      Satan would try and use one man to destroy God’s plan of salvation for mankind.

a.      Why? So, Satan can remain in rule over the fallen world, and escape final judgment, which can only happen once the prophecies have been fulfilled.

 

b.     If Satan can stop redemption, Judgment Day can never happen!

 

 

 

III.         ESTABLISHING THE NEW COVENANT

a.      Established with the Spiritual Heads

                                  i.      The Spiritual Heads who are given the Word of God held to a higher accountability

 

                               ii.      They would be responsible for ensuring everyone knew and understood what God’s covenant was

 

                            iii.      Adam failed, Cain failed, all of mankind with the exception of Noah failed

 

                             iv.      But this was a new start, with the blessings of God on a clean slate

 

 

b.     The Promise of God and sign of the covenant

                                  i.      A non-believing friend of mine once said to me when discussing the flood, “this is stupid. The reason there is a rainbow is because of the light enters a water droplet, slowing down and bending as it goes from air to denser water. The light reflects off the inside of the droplet, separating into its wavelengths--or colors. When light exits the droplet, it makes a rainbow.”

 

1.      To which I replied, “Yes. However, it does this because God commanded the “scientific” law for it to do so.”

 

                               ii.      He did not become a Christian because of this conversation; however, he did rethink the “how” of things and what I believe.

 

                            iii.      God says this would be a sign to the covenant

1.      Remember, the covenant is MORE than just, “I won’t destroy the earth with a flood again.”

 

2.      This is a sign for the COMPLETE covenant, with all the commands and blessings, and benefits and penalties!

 

3.      God said, “I will remember my covenant between you and me and all living creatures.”

 

4.      Using the rainbow for anything other than what God meant it for would be a mockery and perversion (like vampirism is to Christianity) as well. It was meant for a symbol to MAN so he remembers what happens when you sin and break covenant with God.

 

5.      In some cultures that “promise” of God has forgotten the commands of the covenant reminder, and only remembers the promise not to destroy again.

 

6.      So, rainbows represent peace, love, harmony, which is a disregard for truth

 

7.      Rainbows are a symbol of breaking covenant (sin) leads to death, as well as a seal for the covenant made with Noah, and lastly, a promise not to destroy the earth in flood again.

 

 

c.      God remembers for our sake, not His

                                  i.      Remember, not as in God forgot, but as in to keep in mind, bear on, think about, take into consideration.

 

                               ii.      God wanted us to know that with His new covenant established with Noah, they would remember what happened because of sin.

 

1.      He wouldn’t do it ever again, a promise so they could “choose” to be obedient to His covenant, rather than a threat.

 

2.      God wants us to understand that disobedience to His covenant leads to sin, and sin leads to death, and He does not want that for us, but LIFE, and a relationship within His covenant so that He can righteously judge us and bless us with all of the benefits and blessings and fulfillment of promises that come to those in the kingdom!

 


CONCLUSION –

 

Matthew 24:37-39

“37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. (There is a second Coming-and Judgment Day)

 

38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, (they did not recall that disobedience leads to sin and breaking covenant with God, then death)

 

39 And knew not until the flood came (because THEY forgot, not God), and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

 

There will be a day when disobedience and sin have finally taken over the world, just as it did in the days of Noah!

 

Genesis 6:5 “The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.”

 

They will all be living their lives as they choose, apart from God’s Covenant. The Lord Jesus will come, and just as the Lord God tried to correct Cain’s path, Tribulation will commence, and those who do not confess and repent will be exiled from the New Earth. Judgment Day will separate the sheep from the goats.

 

 

Next week we will read about the sons of Noah and the beginning of nations (Genesis 9b-10)

 

 

 

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