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Precious Promises

1st August 2016, hej

 

3) Promise to Noah

Noah, personally, is promised 'the seed'. This is not a new promise but an addition to the first. After Noah offers a sacrifice,

God spoke unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, 9 And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; 10 And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth. 11 And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. Genesis 9:8

Verses 9 and 10 state that a covenant is made with Noah, and his seed after him, and it is established also with every living creature. Verse 11 says a covenant is made personally with Noah.

God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.15 And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. Genesis 9:12-15

This means what it says. We have never had a flood since that destroys all living creatures. This promise means we never will.

It is a covenant with every living creature. This covenant would be broken by sending a fire or a meteor to destroy the earth! Though there may be disasters, there will always be a continuance of life on earth.

After smelling Noah’s offering of the clean animals, we are told that Yahweh determines, while the earth is warm (yome- Hebrew 'day'= yom) that harvest and season and day and night would not cease (Genesis 8:21-22). In other words, that the earth would be suitable for life until loss of the sun's heat. This is despite the fact God knows the inhabitants' thoughts will be evil! Never again would Yahweh destroy life using any mechanism that would affect the natural elements. He cannot lie.

The second promise recorded is given to Noah, his three sons and his 'seed'. It is established with the rainbow sign. It is about the whole earth and all living things continuing. This promise is also for us today.

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