Genesis - The Beginning
Lesson 4 - Deliverance, Blessings,
and a Promise
Moses continued his story about Noah and the ark in Genesis 7-9. Moses described how the floods covered the earth and how God spared Noah. The Jewish people had seen God judge Egypt while he protected them through Moses. Now, they heard of how God judged the earth while he protected Noah. They were and we are to follow the same miracle working and holy God that Noah followed.
From this story of Noah, we can also see how God can protect and deliver us even in the midst of difficulty. In today’s lesson, we discover what God revealed to Noah after the flood. What he revealed sounded very familiar (with a few changes) as to what he had spoken to humankind previously. God had a plan that would not be stopped even when opposed by humankind’s wickedness.
Genesis 9:1-3, 12-17
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.
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.”
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7 Faith opened Noah’s heart to receive revelation and warnings from God about what was coming, even things that had never been seen. But he stepped out in reverent obedience to God and built an ark that would save him and his family. By his faith the world was condemned, but Noah received God’s gift of righteousness that comes by believing.