Noah lived 350 years after the flood and therefore was given the opportunity to retell the story of the flood along with his sons. This is why every culture has a story of a great flood in antiquity.
God’s Covenant with Noah:
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 9:1-3 NIV
Everything we have is given to us by God. We do not have ownership over anything, we are stewards of what God has given to us.
Never again will all life be destroy by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.Genesis 9:11 NIV
I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.Genesis 9:14 NIV
Interesting, I had never noticed that it said earth. I don’t know how I missed it, but I did.
The fact that God uses earth here means that the covenant – thought He is speaking to Noah, is not between God and Noah, but between God and the earth. God is promising the earth to never flood it again. If you read the previous verse, you will see that God does not just mention Noah, but He also mentions every living creature that is with Noah along with the future generations. God’s covenant is with everybody.
Now, you might’ve already known that part, but I just recognized it and wanted to share it in case there’s anyone among y’all that didn’t catch that part – and my southerness just shined through right there.
I just find it so interesting what God reveals to you when you give Him the opportunity to do so; when you sit down to read the Bible with an expectation that you will hear from God and not just to read the Bible because that’s what the pastor says we should be doing as believers.
When you sit down and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in your reading you will be mind blown at the revelations.
I wrote this a couple months ago in my Instagram page and I feel it’s timely to share it now here, and I’ll it this post with this:
At some point, you need to start listening as you read.
If you’re just reading, the letter will always be pars of words that form sentences that sound great.
But when you listen as you read those letters will be parts of words that form sentences that become the backdrop of your testimony.
Don’t treat the Bible as a book you should read because you’re a Christian. Read the Bible because you know that within the pages you will find the love of God.
A love unlike any other. The overwhelming, never ending, crazy love of God. A love that will chase you down, fight til you’re found, and leave the 99 just for you.
A love that will remind you daily that you’re a child of the Most High God, that you’re here for a reason – for a purpose. That you’re not alone. That you are dearly and unconditionally loved.
So don’t just read the Bible, allow the words to embed themselves in your heart.