I Promise, Part 3

The Covenant with Noah
May 12, 2024 | By Paul Crouthamel

Noah, a righteous man in a sinful world, is chosen by God to build an ark and preserve a remnant through a flood, demonstrating God’s justice and faithfulness. Despite human nature remaining flawed, God remains committed to His promises, hinting at the ultimate hope fulfilled in Jesus.


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God makes and keeps all of His promises to us despite us.

God is Sovereign
He is Lord over all of creation. He is King and exercises his authority and control over everything.

Genesis 6:5-7
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. The Lord regretted that he made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.”

Genesis 6:11-13
Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.”

1. The heart of mankind (us) is wicked.
2. We have a way of ruining beautiful things.
3. We seek more for ourselves to the neglect of those in need.

Jeremiah 17:9
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?

Paul House
“God’s regret means action must be taken, not that a great cosmic mistake has been made.”

Genesis 6:8-9
But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.

Ephesians 2:8-10
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not of works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Genesis 6:17-18
“I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you.”

Genesis 8:21-22
The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done. “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”

Genesis 9:1-3
Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. 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. Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.”

Genesis 9:12-13
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: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.”

Genesis 9:16
“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.”

Genesis 11:1-4
Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”

What does this mean for me?
1. The rainbow is a continuing symbol that reminds us that God can be trusted.
2. We can live for God in the midst of a broken world.
3. God continues to work out His redemptive plan.

Stephen Wellum
“The Noahic covenant explains why fallen humanity simultaneously exists alongside God’s people until the consummation. Instead of continually wiping away fallen humanity and starting over again, two kingdoms emerge until the end: God’s kingdom or saving reign…and the kingdom of man or of this world.”