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God made an everlasting covenant with Noah and his three sons and every living creature upon the earth, that he would never again destroy every living creature with the waters of a universal globe-encircling flood (vv. 8-11). Then He gave a token for special meaning when He made this covenant by giving a rainbow, or rare beauty (vv. 12-17). The Hebrew word for rainbow is also the word for a battle bow or we could say a weapon. The bow is now hung in a place by the clouds and suggests that the battle of rainstorm is over and the rainbow speaks of peace. It is the product of storm and sunshine. Just about everyone rejoices in seeing a rainbow in the sky and we should delight each time we see this display of God’s faithfulness to us.
Noah’s three sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, left the ark and the Bible says of these sons, “Of them was the whole earth overspread” (vv, 18-19). Here we see that everyone on this earth came from Noah’s family and went throughout the whole earth. Jesus says to us “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). So we see that Noah’s family went throughout the whole earth and we’re to go throughout the earth with the gospel.
Isn’t it much easier to stay in our own little area than to go to the ends of the earth with the gospel? What are we doing to get the gospel to the ends of the earth? Are we going? Are we giving to others that are going and are we praying for those who are going?
Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, "Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the livestock, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark; it is for every beast of the earth. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth." And God said, "This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 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." God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth." The sons of Noah who went forth from the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Ham was the father of Canaan.) These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the people of the whole earth were dispersed.
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Genesis 6:1-8Sons of God and Daughters of Men
Genesis 6:9-12God Warns Noah
Genesis 6:13-22Noah Builds The Ark
Genesis 7:1-9Entering The Ark
Genesis 7:10-24It Rained 40 Days And Nights
Genesis 8:1-5The Water Goes Down
Genesis 8:6-12Noah Sends Out a Dove
Genesis 8:13-19Noah And His Family Leave The Boat
Genesis 8:20-22Noah Built an Altar
Genesis 9:1-7God’s Covenant With Noah
Genesis 9:8-19God Will Never Destroy The Earth Again With Water
Genesis 9:20-29Prophecies About Noah’s Family
Genesis 10:1-32The Descendants of Noah
Genesis 11:1-9The Tower of Babel
Genesis 11:10-32Shem And Terah’s Descendants
Genesis 12:1-9Promises to Abram
Genesis 12:10-20Abram in Egypt