Re:Verse reading–Genesis 9:1-17 (day five)
The flood doesn’t change God’s purpose for man. John Piper says, “God created man in his image and aims for man to fill the earth with God’s glory reflected in man’s faith and righteousness”. Noah gets the same marching orders that Adam did. “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth”. See Genesis 1:28, 9:1, 9:7. Only difference is that Noah is not in the garden. There are real threats. Sin still exists. The human heart (even after the flood) is wicked (see 8:21).
Yet, God makes a covenant. He sends a sign. He reminds the human race of His faithfulness and grace. Man can find hope in the promises and grace of God. Noah found favor (grace) with God. He found hope and courage. The covenant sign (rainbow) was a reminder of God’s faithfulness and man’s opportunity to live in relationship with Him through grace. The sign still reminds us today and will in the future. Revelation 4:3 -And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance. God’s grace can save us!!