Genesis 9 is broken into two sections (1-17 & 18-28) and I want to take a moment today to draw out some key truths and applications from each section.
The first section describes God’s covenant promise with Noah and the whole earth after the great flood. This is a major moment in scripture where God makes a covenant promise with man. Noah and his family had been spared from God’s wrath because he was a righteous man who walked with God when no one else in the world did (Gen 6:9). God’s covenant promise to Noah was one of salvation. He promised to save Noah and his family from the flood because of their faith and obedience to Him. The sign of that lifesaving covenant was the rainbow that would appear in the clouds when it rained. The next time you see a rainbow in the sky it should remind you of God’s saving covenant with His people. Not just of Noah’s salvation from the flood, but the covenant of salvation God has guaranteed those who place their faith completely in His Son Jesus. God is faithful to His promises and when He makes a promise He keeps it. For those who surrender their lives to Jesus the promise of salvation is secure because of God’s faithfulness.
In the second section of our passage we quickly see that the righteous and faithful Noah is not a perfect sinless man. He drinks, he gets drunk, he is a poor example to his kids, and his sin directly affects his family. Two quick points: Noah was so quick to forget the magnitude of the salvation he had just experienced from God. Furthermore, we see clear evidence here of how pervasive the sinfulness of man is and how even a righteous man can succumb to the powers of sin in his life. This is so important for us as believers to remember today and pray about. Let us never forget the magnitude of the salvation we have received from God through Jesus Christ. If we lose sight of how much we have been forgiven, we will lose sight of who God is and why He is worthy of our complete devotion. At that point our focus will shift to ourselves and the power of sin in our lives will cause us to stumble. Sin is always present and Satan is always tempting, even the righteous person to choose sin over God. We must guard our hearts against Satan’s attacks through the power of Christ within us.
Take time today to praise God for His faithfulness in keeping His covenant promises to you even when you are unfaithful to Him.
Spend time praying today for the power of Christ to rest upon you and to guard your heart against the sin that can so easily entangle you and draw you away from God.
By: Matt Mofield