Genesis 9:8-17

  • God spoke not only to Noah, but also to the sons of Noah who were present with Noah.
  • the covenant belongs to God
  • The establishment of the covenant is initiated by God and is an act of God.
  • How many generations qualify as the "descendants" of Noah and his sons?
  • The covenant was not only established with Noah and his sons, but also with all living creatures that were with these men.
  • Every "living creature" is identified with birds, domestic animals, and every animal on earth with Noah and his sons.
  • The covenant is established with all those living creatures, humans included, that came out of the ark.
  • The Covenant = "never again all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood."
  • More of the Covenant = "never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth."
  • All future generations are included in this covenant.
  • A bow set in the clouds is the sign or the testimony of the covenant between God and all living creatures that are with humanity.
  • The sign of the bow in the clouds will also remind God of the covenant made between God and all flesh.
  • It talks about waters not becoming...
  • The word "flesh" is significant.
  • The covenant does not seem to have been made with vegetation. Aka. Vegetation is missing from the covenant. Vegetation does not seem to be seen as "living" in the same way that things that have breath and flesh are seen as living.
  • "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."
  • This is an everlasting covenant.
  • God "sees" the bow.
  • The bow seems to always be in the clouds.
  • It is interesting that there was a distinction between domesticated animals and all other animals.
  • This is an "everlasting" covenant.
  • God's covenant extends beyond human beings.
  • God shows special care for all of His living creation.
  • God cares to not only protect humans, but also animals.
  • How can we show similar care to both humans and animals? What do we do to preserve life?

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