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After the Flood


This week is an opportunity to extend our knowledge of a familiar bible story, perhaps known since childhood: Noah’s ark.


We may already be familiar with what God said to Noah before the building of the ark. We can readily recall that God expressed heartbreaking disappointment in the wickedness of the human race and revealed the divine plan to 'start over' with the earth through a flood. But what were God’s words to Noah after the flood, after Noah and his family and animals had come out of the ark? Read them for yourself in Genesis 9:1-17.

What were God’s words to Noah after the flood? After Noah and his family and animals had come out of the ark?

God’s post-flood speech can be divided into three parts: God commands, God makes a covenant, God gives a sign of that covenant. Note that the words that begin each section are also used to end each section.


God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth” (Read Gen. 9:1-7).


Then God said to Noah and to his sons...”I’m establishing my covenant with you and your descendants...” (Read Gen.9:8-12).


I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant...” (Read Gen. 9:13-17).


Having created the world in Gen.1, God sets out to