The Noahic Covenant is forever intertwined with watery world-wide judgement on man’s pandemic violence, and the corruption of all flesh. Everything about the circumstances surrounding this covenant was tragic.
Yet, The end result was a beautiful covenant, and a new chance at following God’s ways with His wisdom !
By: James Hess
The Noahic Covenant, named after our protagonist rides the ray of hope that refracts into God’s covenant rainbow across the new sky.
It is not a stretch to say he was a living shadow of the sealing of the protection of the Holy Spirit.
Noah walked with God, and as such was filled with his spirit. He knew God and His ways filled his life. Noah was not a monster keeping men, women, and children from entering the ark.
Noah, with his wife, three sons, their wives, and an alter unto the Lord all start a land-lover’s life again
9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.”
It is apparent in the above verse that part of Noah’s walk with God involved leaving a Godly mark on his children, and beyond. I am part of that special blessing in Christ. You share that same blessing in Christ too in Ephesians 4 unity. That unity is manifested when we love each other and others as Christ loved!
God commanded Noah to release both the clean and unclean animals so they could multiply, respectively. I can imagine that the hibernating animals had a real big wake up call too.
Part of the unfolding of the Noahic Covenant as a year long sealing by God with the Holy Spirit, was Noah’s worship of God through his God given wisdom.
After all, it was wisdom to release ravens and doves until the world was right again. It was wise to offer sacrifices to God for preserving his family and the animal kingdom for future earth filling.
It takes a righteous man to offer a burnt sacrifice to God as a prefiguring shadow of Jesus’ final sacrifice on the Cross!
10 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.”
Now through Jesus it is wise to offer your life as a living sacrifices to God, Romans 12 style.
Doing such is holy, acceptable unto God, it is our reasonable service to help us not be conformed to this world: but to be transformed by the renewing of your mind!
Next, we read the nitty gritty of the Noahic Covenant below:
Genesis 8:20-22 wisdom of sacrificial worship
20 And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
21 And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”
5 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man.
6 Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.
7 And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.
8 And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying,
9 And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;
10 And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth.
11 And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.
12 And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:
13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:
15 And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.
16 And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.
17 And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.
18 And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.
19 These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.“
Noah the Coach and Mentor to his sons
Someone had to coach Shem, Ham, and Jepheth on surviving in the New World Disorder.
It takes a righteous man who walked with God to fully coach his boys on the right way of living in the ruined post deluge world. Righteous Noah as a patriarch must have helped heal the scar on his family’s soul after surviving the violence that brought on the world-wide watery cataclysm.
- Righteous men never quit.
- They endure.
- They help others to do the same.
A “God-send” friend!
Webb Eavenson has coached and challenged me to go the distance to really dig in deep into the truth of the scriptures during this survey of the first chapters of Genesis.
Webb truly lifts my spirits in the joy of the Lord! I began to consider the possibility of Noah being a Godly spiritual coach as part of the Noahic Covenant after talking to Webb. He really is a new, true friend in the Lord.
Talking to him about his profession even inspired me all the more to focus on and ponder these meaningful possibilities about Noah as a patriarch coach, and Hebrews 11 hero of the faith.
It makes complete sense to me that his profession is that of a “Life Coach with Elemental Coaching.” Effortlessly, my friend, Webb asks me thought provoking questions that challenge me to dig deeper into God’s word.
Always, it is important to exegete truth in God’s word.
Often, he texts asking how me and my family are doing. It is a real service of brotherly accountability. He prays fervently and sincerely for us when we talk.
He and I share the following in our friendship:
- A love for the truth of the word of God
- Walking with Jesus
- Sharing the light of Jesus, and
- Spiritual warfare and prophecy!
I thank Jesus for him everyday. And I suspect that at least Shem did the same concerning his father, Noah!
I pray that this revealing and personal blog post inspires you to do the same for as many men who you see can rise in spiritual leadership for Jesus. I pray that these men consider you their spiritual coach as well!
I am comforted by Webb’s friendship, and these words of promise from Isaiah 54, which just so happen to allude to Noah’s Flood as well.
54 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord.
2 Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;
3 For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.
4 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.
5 For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.
6 For the Lord hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.
7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.
8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer.
9 For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.
10 For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.