Gen 6:18                               Signs and Shadows of Christ                              12/17/2017      ßà   

 

 

 

#1.      There Was One Who Stood Out (Gen 5:28-29, Isa 11:10, Matt 11:28, Gen 6:8, Matt 3:17)

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2.      With Thee Will I Establish My Covenant (Rev 22:18, Luke 2:52, Gen 6:14,18-19, John 17:4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3.      The Kingdom That Noah Saved (Heb 11:7, Gen 7:8-9, Heb 2:8)

 

 

 

 

 

 

#4.      None Was Lost (Gen 8:17-19, John 18:9, Gen 9:1, Eph 1:3, Gen 5:29)

 

 

 

 

Please open your Bibles to the Gospel according to John, John 5:39 (2X). When we open the Bible to the NT we can clearly see the Lord Jesus already in the first verse. But when we open the Bible to the OT do we see Jesus there? Are we supposed to find Jesus there? Well, let us hear what the Lord Jesus has to say about this matter. After His crucifixion, when the Lord showed Himself to the two disciples who were walking to Emmaus, He said to them in Luk 24, “O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken”. Then He said in Luke 24:27, “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself”. In ALL the Scriptures. That includes Genesis, does it not? And so, we hear from Jesus Himself that:

When the Lord Jesus was speaking to the Pharisees in John 5:39 (2X), He said, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me”. It means that we must search the OT Scriptures and see Jesus there, almost on every page of the Bible. We are obligated to find Jesus in the OT Scriptures. And to what purpose should we see Him there? The purpose is to glorify God and to glorify the second Person of the Triune Godhead, the Lord Jesus Christ. For if we find the Lord Jesus throughout the Bible, then we will also honor Him, and worship Him, and glorify Him as God, for that He is. And then we come to understand the words of John 1:3, where we find that He was from the beginning with God, and we find the words, “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made”. It is really surprising to me that there are people who call themselves Bible believing Christians, but they do not believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is God. From the beginning, before God created the first speck of dust, God knew what He was going to write in the Bible, from beginning to end. That is why the Lord Jesus said in Heb 10:7 “Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God”.

These days we are in a series on Genesis. Please turn in your Bibles to the prophecy of Genesis, Gen 5:28 (2X). Today is installment number 6 in this series. And the sermon of today is titled, Signs and Shadows of Christ (2X). When we look at the unique figure of Noah, we are drawn to ask if he is perhaps reminding us of the Lord Jesus Christ. Is that possible? Let us line up here a comparison:

#1.      There Was One Who Stood Out (Gen 5:28-29, Isa 11:10, Matt 11:28, Gen 6:8, Matt 3:17)

Noah! Just his name already foreshadows the Messiah who was to come. The name Noah means “Rest”. And when he was born, his father Lamech regarded him as the rest-giver, and as the one who should provide comfort from the sorrow which was the result of God’s curse on Adam. We read in:

Ge 5:28 ¶  And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son:

Ge 5:29  And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil (lit: sorrow) of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed.

Lamech looked upon his son as the one who should bring deliverance from the curse, as the one who should provide comfort and rest from the weariness of the curse on Adam and on all his children. As you all very well know, because of the curse all Adam’s children come into the world as enemies of God. We all came into the world being at war with God. That is why we all were by nature children of the wrath of God, even as others who never become saved. And twice God said by the hands of the prophet Isaiah, “There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked”. And thus, there is no rest for all those who remain unsaved. But for those whom God chose to elevate out of this mess of evil mankind, God does provide a rest in the Lord Jesus Christ. God said in Isa 11:10,

Isa 11:10 ¶  And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

Christ is our resting place. The entire OT Sabbath was a figure of Christ, for Sabbath means Rest. All the emphasis on the seventh day Sabbath in the OT had one purpose: The Sabbath Rest was a picture of the rest we have in Christ, and thus the seventh day Sabbath was part of the Ceremonial Law. Moreover, the Lord Jesus said of Himself in Matt 11:28, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”. And so, the fact that the name Noah means Rest is already a sign that we perhaps should look more closely at the words surrounding this man.

Last week we have been looking at Noah plainly from a historical point of view. And that is right, for Noah was a true historical figure, and the flood of Noah’s days was truly a worldwide flood. This is where most churches stop. But if God wrote the Bible, then we must admit that He chose His words very carefully. God’s purpose in writing the Bible is to bring us the Gospel. And so, when we search for the Gospel we discover that the words God chose can also be viewed from a spiritual point of view. God’s holy words string together into a coherent spiritual picture that is altogether harmonious with everything else we know about Christ and with the Gospel of salvation. And that is the spiritual picture which unfolds when we continue to look at the figure of Noah. And when we read in Gen 6:8 (2X), “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD” then we realize that at the time of the great flood, Noah was the only one who stood out above all the rest of mankind. The only one! No longer does God let us focus on the very tiny fraction of mankind that was saved in the Ark. God makes us focus on just one man: Noah! Look at the contrast between verses 8 and 12. God says in verse 12, “All flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth”. But Noah was the only one upon whom God’s favor rested. Does this not remind us of the first words of the Father after the Lord Jesus had begun His public ministry? The Father said in Matt 3:17, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”.

Look at the words of Gen 6:9. Last week we looked at these words from a historical perspective. But God chose His words very precisely. God had a reason for choosing these words.

Gen 6:9  Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

Noah was a “just” man, which means Noah was a “righteous” man. Not a word is mentioned that Noah had to be saved. These words in Gen 6:9 are written in such a way as if Noah was intrinsically righteous. Of course we know that historically this is not the full picture, but who does Noah remind us of when we think of someone else who was intrinsically righteous? Of course, the Lord Jesus Christ was intrinsically righteous. Noah was the shadow and Christ was the substance that gave a shadow.

Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Hebrews, Heb 7:26 (2X). “Noah was perfect in his generations”. It means that Noah was not defiled by the sins of his contemporaries. When we search the Bible we find to our surprise that there is no one else of whom it was said that they were “perfect in their generations”. Noah is the only one. Now we know that historically Noah has sinned, for it is humanly impossible not to sin. But God chose His words so that there were no sins of Noah recorded before the flood, so that Noah may be a true representation of the Lord Jesus Christ. When Christ came on the scene, He was also uncontaminated by sin. When the Eternal Word of God was made flesh in the womb of Mary He did not inherit original sin like everyone else of mankind does. He was made “in the likeness of sinful flesh” (Rom 8:3) and He “was made in the likeness of men” (Phil 2:7), but He was not made of sinful flesh. In this sense He did differ from any other person on this earth. And during His entire life He was not contaminated by the sins of His generations. That is why we read in Heb 7:26, “For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens”. But when was He laden with our sins? He was laden with our sins from the moment He was born, for He was circumcised on the 8th day, which symbolically pointed to the cutting away of sin, and He was baptized by John the Baptist, which symbolically pointed to the washing away of sins. That is why we can say that Christ carried the guilt of our sins, rather than the sins themselves, for when we came into the world we were still carrying those sins until the time of the regeneration of our souls, for “we were by nature the children of wrath even as others”. Christ was the perfect Lamb of God, unspotted by any sin or imperfection, for only then did He qualify to be our Substitute. And thus the fact that “Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations” means that he qualified to be a true shadow of Christ.

Please turn again to the prophecy of Genesis, Gen 6:9 (2X). When we read in Gen 6:9, “Noah walked with God”, we realize that this fact was only spoken of Enoch, and Noah, and Christ. Enoch had very close communion with God, and God raptured him up to be with God forever more. This was a picture of the ascension of the Lord Jesus 40 days after His resurrection. Noah also had very close communion with God. So close that God spoke to him in his ears, not one time, not three times, but many times. God guided him through 120 difficult years of building the Ark, and God said to Noah,

#2.      With Thee Will I Establish My Covenant (Rev 22:18, Luke 2:52, Gen 6:14,18-19, John 17:4)

As you know, God does not do that any more with NT believers, for we must walk by faith, not by sight. Our faith does not depend any more on miraculous signs and wonders and miracles. When God has done a miracle of salvation in our souls, and God has given us a Bible that is a complete revelation of Himself and of His revealed will, He has given us enough to walk with God by faith, not by sight. God does not speak audibly to NT believers in their ears. That is not happening any more. Today there are many who believe that God is still bringing Divine messages in dreams or visions or angel visitations or tongues. In fact the majority of people who call themselves Christians believe this. But God said in Rev 22:18 that He finished His entire revelation to mankind. From about 100 AD, when the last of the Apostles received the last revelation from God, the Bible is complete and God will not add to the words of the prophecy of this Book. In fact, God says in Rev 22:18 that if anyone claims to have received a message from God, that person shall be subject to the plagues that are written in this Book. Just one of those plagues is sufficient to make us cringe and turn away from such evil beliefs, for “the smoke of their torment shall ascend up forever and ever”. It is a blessing that God has given us this fundamental principle, for with this we can have discernment. That is why we know that Mohammed and Joseph Smith and many others will be subject to the plagues that are written in this Book, for they all came with their revelations after 100 AD. And thus all those who believe that God is still bringing Divine revelations today are also subject to the plagues that are written in this Book. But to Noah God spoke audibly, for at that time God had not finished writing His revelation, the Bible. Noah walked with God, and Noah had very close communion with God. In this we can also see that Noah was a close picture of Christ, for the Lord Jesus Christ also walked with God. All His life He enjoyed a holy and blessed fellowship with the Father. During His early life in Nazareth “Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour (= grace) with God and man” (Luke 2:52). Many times while His disciples slept Jesus withdrew Himself to a lonely place to enjoy fellowship with His Father.

Please drop down to Gen 6:14 (2X). God said to Noah in Gen 6:14, “Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch”. And then God specified to Noah the size of the project that he has to start. If any of you know how much work it is to build and maintain a small yacht, you may appreciate the building of an Ark, so big that all species of animals can find a resting place in that big boat. Never before, and never after has such a huge task been assigned to a single man. And this was at a time when there were no electric tools, or nails, or paint available. They were not yet invented, for the rest of mankind had no need for such gadgets. Boats simply did not exist. And then God said to Noah in Gen 6:18-19,

Ge 6:18-19  But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.          And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.

Here we find the full scope of the task given to Noah: He had the task of “preserving from God’s judgment representatives of all creation”. This is very clearly a picture of the task given to the Lord Jesus Christ. He too had the task of “preserving from God’s judgment representatives of all mankind”, for He must save a remnant out of all nations, and kindreds, and peoples, and tongues. This is clearly the task that the Lord Jesus came to do. And all those who believe that the focus of Christ’s coming was to benefit the Jewish nation have completely missed the boat. Christ’s dealings with the nation of Israel in the OT time were only pictures of how God was going to deal with the remnant out of every nation in the NT time. This is the message in the NT gospels. This truly is what brings glory to God. And when the Lord Jesus came to the end of His ministry on earth, just before He went to the cross to pay for the guilt of all the sins He was already bearing, He said in John 17:4, “Father, I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do”. And just like Christ was the only one who had to accomplish the atonement for the sins of all His chosen ones, in like manner:

Is it not remarkable that nowhere in the Bible do we find any help for Noah in all this work that had to be done? If we just go by the words of the Bible, then Noah alone did all the work. Noah alone provided the necessary means “to save the lives of those that were under his care”. The reason for this is obvious. God wanted us to see a picture of Christ in the figure of Noah. This huge amount of work for Noah represents the huge amount of work that the Lord Jesus Christ had to accomplish on the cross “to save the lives of those that were under His care”. This aspect of the atonement of Christ was already visible in the Ceremonial Law when the high priest was making atonement for sins. For example, we read in Lev 16:17, about the rules that were to be kept during the Day of Atonement,

Le 16:17  And there shall be no man in the tabernacle of the congregation when he goeth in to make an atonement in the holy place, until he come out, and have made an atonement for himself, and for his household, and for all the congregation of Israel.

And thus, when atonement for sin was being made, the high priest must be alone. That was a picture of Christ as our great High Priest. It was required that Christ be all alone, for He is our only Redeemer. “There is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Like Christ alone did all the work, so in the words of the Bible Noah alone did all the work.

And is it not amazing that God did not say explicitly how long it took Noah to build the Ark. O Yes, we can infer that historically it took 120 years, but God did not write it in those words. God gave instructions to Noah to build the Ark, very explicit instructions, and the next thing we read in Gen 6:22, “Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he”. We know that it took Christ three days and three nights to complete the entire atonement. His suffering for our sins began in the Garden of Gethsemane on Thursday evening. That was the beginning of the atonement process. Then He hung on the cross until Friday at about 3 O’clock in the afternoon, He cried out victoriously, “It Is Finished!” which meant that His suffering for our sins was finished. Then He died and His Spirit went to be with the Father in heaven. His body was put in the grave until Sunday morning. All that was continuing humiliation for Christ, for only on Sunday morning was His atonement complete. He had spent “three days and three nights in the heart of the earth”, according to Matt 12:40. And since God does not lie, we must understand this “heart of the earth” in a spiritual sense. But the time for the building of the Ark was written as if the building of the Ark was done in a short time, since the time of Christ’s atonement was also done in a short time. God wanted us to see the building of the Ark as a picture of the process Christ’s atonement. And then we read in Gen 7:1, “And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation”. Is it not amazing that again Noah alone is addressed here? God says, “for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation”. Now we know that God saves individuals, not entire households. And thus we should not see in this process the act of salvation, but the picture of Christ saving all those who are in His household. And thus we have arrived at the subject matter of:

#3.      The Kingdom That Noah Saved (Heb 11:7, Gen 7:8-9, Heb 2:8)

Please turn in your Bibles to the prophecy of Hebrews, Heb 11:7 (2X). We know what kingdom Christ came to save for all eternity. He came to save the family of Christ, the eternal church, mount Sion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, His body of believers whom He has chosen from before the foundation of the world, that He might sanctify it and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word, and that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish before Him. This is the family, or the kingdom, which Christ came to save. He did not come to save the external church, but the eternal church. Christ mightily performed the work, and He is drawing all those whom He appointed to be in His family into heaven with Him. Amazingly, in the words of the Bible we see the same process taking place for Noah and his family. We read in Heb 11:7,

Heb 11:7  By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

Noah prepared an Ark “to the saving of his house”, just like Christ did “to the saving of His house”. And while this act was to the saving of his house, simultaneously this act was that by which he condemned the world. Likewise, when Christ atoned for all those whom He intended to save, the fact that He did not atone for the sins of all those whom He did not plan to save brought condemnation to them. And so we see that Heb 11:7 is also speaking of Noah as a picture of Christ. We will reserve the typology of the Ark for next week. But is it not amazing that all animal creation was made subject to Noah? Please turn again to the prophecy of Genesis, Gen 7:8 (2X). The flood of Noah’s days was a miracle from God. We should not try to invent natural phenomena to explain this miracle. Likewise, when the waters subsided this was also a miracle from God. Again we should not try to invent natural phenomena to explain this miracle. We walk by faith, not by sight. We read in Gen 7:8-9,

Ge 7:8-9  Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,         There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.

Can you see this miracle unfolding? Noah was inside the Ark. And all the animals and birds flew or walked into the Ark two by two, one male and one female, because God had commanded them to come to Noah inside the Ark. This was a process that went on for seven days. It took that long to gather all the animals and to assign them their resting places where they would remain for one year and 10 days. And thus all the animal creation was made subject to Noah. And does this not remind us of the fact that after Christ’s atonement all creation was made subject unto Him? God says in Heb 2:8 “Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet”. Let us now look at Noah as:

·      The Great Provider for His Kingdom (Gen 6:19-22, John 6:35, Gen 7:5, Phil 2:8)

Please turn to Gen 6:19 (2X). There we read of the preparations that went on before the flood.

Ge 6:19  And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.

Ge 6:20  Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.

Ge 6:21  And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them.

Ge 6:22 ¶  Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.

Historically Noah had to gather food for himself, for his family, and for all the animals that were to come to him, and it has to be sufficient to feed them at least for one year and 10 days. But Noah did not know how long they would be in the Ark. And Noah did not know which animals would come to him, and which food to choose for them. Can you just imagine what a great undertaking this was?

But God wrote this down in a non-specific manner. It was God’s purpose to picture Noah as a great food provider for his family, and also for his extended family, which was all the animal kingdom. God pictured Christ as the great food provider. The Lord Jesus said in John 6:35, “I am the Bread of Life”, and when we read through this chapter we understand that by this He meant that we must partake of the Bible as the Word of God. This is our spiritual food. This is food for our souls. But again this is totally non-specific. We find all kinds of spiritual food in the Bible, and it is sufficient to feed us until the end of our life. Is this what God had in mind when He spoke of Noah as the great food provider for his little kingdom? And indeed that is so. The way it is stated in Gen 6:21 it is actually an impossible task. But remember that God was the Divine conductor of all these events, and God would not permit one error to slip into all these preparations. And so, God wrote it down in such a way that Noah’s providing of food for all runs like a picture of Christ providing Himself as the Bread of Life.

In all this we must also see that Noah was obedient in all that God commanded him. We saw this clearly in Gen 6:22, and we see it again in Gen 7:5. There we read, “And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him”. Can we see that God stresses the perfect obedience of Noah as a picture of the perfect obedience of the Lord Jesus Christ? The perfect obedience of Christ to His heavenly Father is mentioned in the Gospels many times. This does not mean that the second Person of the Triune Godhead was a lesser God than the Father. It simply means that Jesus Christ, in His humanity, was perfectly obedient to whatever plan God had determined for Him. And thus we read in Phil 2:8, “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross”. Then came the flood, and then the waters abated, and then the Ark rested on the mountains of Ararat, and then we read the conclusions of this great adventure of Noah. But even in these concluding portions of this great story Noah still shined as a magnificent type of the Lord Jesus Christ. First of all we read that none was lost during this year on the waters.

#4.      None Was Lost (Gen 8:17-19, John 18:9, Gen 9:1, Eph 1:3, Gen 5:29)

Please turn in your Bibles to Gen 8:17 (2X). God spoke to Noah in these verses, and He said,

Ge 8:17-19  Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.         And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him:       Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.

What is implied in these verses? God said, “That they may breed abundantly in the earth”. Well, since only two of every kind went into the Ark, they all must have survived this ordeal of bobbing on the waters for one year and 10 days, or else they could not “breed abundantly in the earth”. Moreover it also implies that the carnivores, like lions and tigers and bears, and leaping leopards, and pumas, and wolves, and anacondas, had to eat vegetables for a few years, or go fishing, since the number of antelopes and gazelles and elks and zebras first had to multiply for a few years before any of the carnivores could kill them for food. Moreover, it also implies that all the carnivores and herbivores walked out of the Ark in perfect peace with one another, or else God’s command could not have been fulfilled. You see it was not only a miracle that all the animals came to Noah to lodge in the Ark. It was also a miracle that all the animals were at peace with one another for one year and 10 days, and that none of them got sick and died, and that none of them starved from lack of food. But it was God who orchestrated all this to make Noah a picture of Christ, for it was Christ who said in John 18:9, “Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none”. And so, in this also Noah is a type of Christ.

Then we read that God blessed Noah and his sons. We read in Gen 9:1, “And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth”. Noah was first the blessed one. And because of the work that Noah did his sons were also blessed. Is this not beautiful to see that Noah and his sons are now linked together in the enjoyment of God’s blessings? And does this not foreshadow the blessings that we inherit because Christ did all the work? God says in Eph 1:3, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ”. We are blessed because of what Christ did!

Let us now consider if Noah’s obedience and Noah’s great work had made a change in God’s dealings with mortal man. Remember that his father Lamech said, “This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil (lit: sorrow) of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed” (Gen 5:29). And what we see is that after the flood God made a covenant with Noah and with all living creatures that came with Noah out of the Ark. Yes, God made a covenant with the animals.

First we must consider the faithfulness of Noah to the God who saved him. We read in Gen 8:20,

Ge 8:20 ¶  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.

Ge 8:21  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.

Even though Noah brought of every clean animal only seven into the Ark, Noah offered upon the altar of every clean animal. “And the Lord smelled a sweet savour”. Where else have we read this in the Bible? More than 40 times do we read in the Ceremonial Law that an offering made by fire is a sweet savour unto the Lord. And what do these offerings by fire signify? They are all pointing to the atonement of Christ on the cross, which was also a sweet savour unto God. We read in Eph 5:2,

Eph 5:2  And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour.

And thus we see that both Noah and Christ were offering to God what was a sweet savour to God. So sweet, in fact, that God would make a New Covenant with both Noah and with Christ. But the Covenant with Noah was only a picture, or a type, of the Covenant that God would make with Christ and with all those who belong to Christ. The Covenant with Noah was made with Noah and with all those who were with Noah in the Ark. God spoke to Noah and his sons, saying,

Ge 9:9  And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;

Ge 9:10  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.

And like the New Covenant that God made with Christ and with all those that are in Christ, God said to Noah that His Covenant will be an everlasting Covenant. God said so in Gen 9:16,

Ge 9:16 And thhe 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.

What a magnificent picture of Christ! And God reminds us of the Covenant with Christ in Heb 13:20,

Heb 13:20  Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

AMEN.                 Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.