The Sign of the Shut Door & Days of Covenant and Remembrance

Today’s selected reading continues in the Old Testament book of Genesis as it was write and recorded by Moses the servant of the Lord. More specifically, today’s passage is found in the eighth, ninth and tenth chapters of this first book of the Old Testament. THE DAYS OF COVENANT AND REMEMBRANCE! AND GOD REMEMBERED NOAH! THE RAVEN AND THE DOVE! NOAH REMOVES THE COVERING OF THE ARK! NOAH BUILDS AN ALTAR! GOD BLESSED NOAH AND HIS SONS! AND GOD SPAKE UNTO NOAH! THE ESTABLISHMENT OF COVENANT! THE NAKEDNESS OF A FATHER! THE GENERATIONS AFTER THE FLOOD! THE REMEMBRANCE OF GOD, THE RELEASING OF BIRDS, THE REMOVAL OF COVERING! THE RESPONSE TO GOD’S REMEMBRANCE AND MERCY—BUILDING AN ALTAR UNTO THE LORD! OFFERING BURNT OFFERINGS ON THE ALTAR! THE BLESSING OF GOD AND THE BOW IN THE CLOUDS! THE BLESSING AND THE BOW! NOAH BUILDS AN ALTAR, GOD BLESSED NOAH AND HIS SONS, GOD SENDS A BOW IN THE CLOUDS! COVENANT AND PROMISE! When you come to this particular portion of scripture you will find Noah, his wife, his three sons, the the wives of his three sons—together will two of every living thing that moved upon the earth—on the ark as it was raised up above the earth by the mighty flood waters. As the sixth chapter of the book of Genesis draws to a close it does so with the description of how the waters of the flood prevailed mightily upon the earth. So great we’re the waters which prevailed upon the earth that they surpassed the tops of the tallest mountains which were upon the face of the earth. It is incredibly unique and intriguing to think about and consider the fact that when the sixth chapter of the book of Acts draws to a close it does so with Noah and his family having boarded the ark and the Lord having shut them in. Pause for a moment and think about and consider the fact that after Noah and his sons and each of their wives entered into the ark, and after they were all safely aboard the ark it was the Lord Himself who shut them in. I can’t help but be completely and utterly fascinated with and by this thought, for even though Noah, his wife, their three sons and their wives entered into the ark, it was the Lord of hosts who Himself shut them in the ark in order to preserve their lives. How absolutely remarkable and wonderful it is to think about the fact that when you consider the flood waters which so prevailed upon the face of the earth you must also consider the fact that while those flood waters were present upon the face of the earth, they were essentially accomplishing two distinct and two unique purposes. It would be very easy to read the words which are found in the sixth and seventh chapters of the book of Genesis and read them through the lens we have always known concerning the flood. It would be very easy to read and consider the account of the flood upon the earth and consider it through our preconceived notions and ideas we have had throughout our walk and relationship with the Lord—perhaps even through the lease of flannel graphs we saw growing up in the church.

As I stand here this morning I can’t help but think about the fact that it is quite intriguing and astonishing that it was the Lord who shut Noah, his wife, their three sons and their wives in the ark. While it might not seem like much of anything at all that the Lord shut Noah and his family in the ark after they entered I have to admit that it is actually quite intriguing to think about it from the perspective of God. Pause for a moment and think about how often and how long Noah prepared the ark during those days. Pause for a moment and consider how many days and nights Noah spent preparing and building the ark without any sign or trace of rain. What’s more, is consider how many days, weeks and perhaps even months Noah spent it only preparing and building the ark, but also warning all those who lived during those days. Think about and consider the fact that during those days Noah didn’t simply prepare and build the ark, but he was also a preacher of righteousness as he warned the inhabitants of the earth of the judgment and destruction that was to come. During those days it wasn’t merely about building and preparing the ark, but it was also about preaching righteousness and warning the inhabitants of the earth of the judgment and destruction that would come upon the earth in the days to come. PREACHING AND PREPARING! It’s quite astonishing to think about and consider the fact what during those days Noah didn’t merely prepare the ark for the great deluge and flood that would come upon the earth, but Noah also preaches righteousness to the inhabitants of the earth. If you come to the New Testament writings of the apostles and early church writers you will find them writing concerning Noah and how Noah moves with fear and faith preparing and building the ark—and not only preparing and building the ark, but also standing as a preacher of righteousness during those days. Noah didn’t merely prepare the ark for the time when the flood waters prevailed upon the earth, but Noah also preached righteousness and warned the inhabitants of the earth. If we are being honest with ourselves when we read the words found in these chapters in the book of Genesis we must recognize and understand that for a great period of time Noah not only prepares the ark but he would also preach righteousness in the earth as men and women would hear and be warned of the judgment which was to come upon the earth. Please don’t miss and please don’t lose sight of this tremendous and incredible reality, for it may very well shine an incredible amount of light on the reality of the Lord shutting Noah, his wife, their three sons and their wives in the ark.

If you think about and consider the reality that Noah spent a considerable amount of time preparing the ark and preaching righteousness in the earth during those days, it might very well make sense that when the time come for Noah and his family to enter into the ark, it was the Lord Himself who shut them in the ark. The more I think about this reality and concept the more I can’t help but consider the fact that it might very well have been necessary for the Lord to shut Noah and his family in the ark for those in the earth might have attempted to board the ark. While I do believe that this might not be the case, I must consider the fact that the Lord might very well have shut Noah and his family in the ark for they would have been tempted to keep the door open as long as they could. When the lord shut Noah and his family in the ark it was the final sign that the floods and the great deluge was about to come upon the earth. THE SIGN OF THE CLOSED DOOR! THE SIGN OF THE SHUTTING IN! If you think about and consider the fact that it was the Noah and his family who entered the ark, you must recognize and consider that their entering into the ark wasn’t the sign or ultimate sign of judgment coming upon the earth. If and as you read the words which are found within these chapters you will find the the true and ultimate sign of the judgment and destruction that was about to be unleashed upon the earth was not necessarily the ark itself which stood upon the earth, nor the progress of preparing the ark, nor even the preaching of righteousness, nor even Noah and his family entering into the ark. In all reality I would dare say that the single greatest sign of the judgment and destruction that was to come was the door and entrance to the ark being shut—and not shut by man but shut by God. Once the Lord shut Noah and his family in the ark and sealed them in there was no going back, nor was their any turning away from the process. Once the Lord shut Noah and his family in the ark it was a sign to those who remained outside the ark that entrance and access to the ark was once and for all sealed, and there was no way for any of them to enter into the ark. The sign of the shutting in and the sign of the closed door was undoubtedly a sign of finality and judgment, as the door being shut and Noah and his family being shut in was the sign that the flood waters were about to come upon the earth. How incredibly interesting and intriguing it is to think about and consider the fact that it was the Lord who shut Noah and his family in the ark and it was the Lord who sealed them inside, thus performing the function and role of shutting out and shutting off all those who were outside the ark from having any access and entrance into the ark. Please don’t miss and please don’t lose sight of this reality, for it’s quite possible that the Lord did what Noah perhaps couldn’t and wouldn’t do. Is it possible that it was the Lord who had to shit ark and shut Noah and his family into the ark so Noah wouldn’t be responsible for doing so? We must realize that the shutting of Noah and his family in the ark was also the shutting out of all those who lived and dwelt upon the earth during those days. The Lord shutting Noah and his family in wasn’t merely about His shutting them in the ark, but about His shutting the door to all those who were present outside the ark.

Before I get into that which is written and contained within the eighth, ninth and tenth chapters of the book of Genesis I feel it absolutely necessary and imperative to present you with certain and distinct references found within the new testament gospels concerning the shutting in and the shutting of the door. If you study scripture you will undoubtedly come face to face with the tremendous reality that the days of Noah weren’t the only days when we read about the door being shut and access being denied. If you ready and study the words which Jesus spoke unto His disciples concerning the kingdom of heaven, as well as the end times and Last Days you will find and come face to face with the tremendous reality that Jesus too was a preacher of righteousness, and Jesus too spoke about the shutting in and the shutting out of the inhabitants of the earth. What’s more, is that you will find and read in the words of Jesus that He also spoke of the door being shut, and those inside being shut out from the outside and those outside being shut out and unable to enter in and access the supper that was found inside. What’s more, is that there are at least two specific references found within the New Testament gospels that speak to this reality of the door being shut and access and entrance to the supper and festivities inside being shut off from those who were outside. The first is found in the twenty-fifth chapter of the New Testament gospel of Matthew, and is perhaps the most notable reference out of all those found in the gospels. It is in this particular chapter we encounter and come face to face with the incredible and tremendous reality of a certain marriage that was taking place and the account of five foolish virgins and five wise virgins. Perhaps the most intriguing realities that surround this passage of Scripture is not only the shut door and those who were left outside, but also the forgotten oil as the five foolish virgins experienced their lamps going out while waiting for the bridegroom to come. While they went into town to purchase oil for their lamps the bridegroom came and escorted the five wise virgins into the hall where the marriage supper would be held. If you read the account of this passage you will encounter the tremendous reality that the door was shut behind the bridegroom and those who were inside, and when the five foolish virgins came knocking on the door, the bridegroom responded unto them that he never knew them. It is absolutely necessary and imperative we understand this reality, for by doing so we understand and comprehend even further the reality of what is found in the Old Testament book of Genesis. Consider if you will the words which are found written in the twenty-fifth chapter of the New Testament gospel of Matthew, as well as the words which are found in the thirteenth chapter which were also spoken by Jesus the Christ:

“Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered, and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are bone out. But the wise answered, saying, No so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and but your yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh” (Matthew 25:1-13).

“And He went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. Then said one unto Him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And He said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: then shall ye being to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God. And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last” (Luke 13:22-30).

THE SIGN OF THE SHUT DOOR! When and as you consider the words which are found—not only in the Old Testament book of Genesis, but also the words which are found in the New Testament gospels of Matthew and Luke—you must come face to face with and acknowledge the mystery and the sign of the shut door. There is not a doubt in my mind that Noah and his family being shut inside the ark, and the door and entrance to the ark being shut by the living God was the single greatest sign of the judgment which was to come upon the face of the earth. We dare not miss and dare not lose sight of this tremendous reality, for to do so would be to miss the tremendous warning and word of caution that is found in the account of Noah. What’s more, is that if you continue reading the words which Jesus spoke you will find Him speaking of the days of Noah and how men and women continued eating, drinking, taking in marriage, giving in marriage, and the like—and they did so until the day Noah and his family entered into the ark and the door was shut behind them. Oh I can’t help but wonder what that sight looked like as the Lord God Almighty shut Noah and his family into the ark. I can’t help but wonder what that shutting in might have sounded like, and if it wasn’t an incredible noise and sound that was heard in the earth during those days. Is it possible that there were people who were standing outside the ark during the days of Noah and watching all the way up until the day Noah and his family entered into the ark after spending such an incredible length of time preparing the ark? Is it possible that men and women—perhaps even families—watched Noah and his family as they entered into the ark, and what they must have thought when they witnessed the ark being shut by a force other than Noah or any of his sons. It is quite astonishing and remarkable to think about and consider the fact that the single greatest sign of the judgment and destruction which was to come during those days was not so much the preaching of Noah, nor even the preparing of the ark, but rather the door and entrance to the ark being shut, and access no longer being granted to those who were outside. Oh what a great sight and sound it must have been as the door to the ark was shut by a force other than by Noah and any of his sons, and as there was no longer any access that was made possible to the ark which stood upon the earth. As we read and consider the account of the days of Noah we must understand the sign of the shut door and the sign of the shutting in as the single greatest sign of the judgment and destruction that was to come, for with the shutting in and the shutting of the door it was the sign that the ark had been completely sealed—nothing that was in was able to leave, and nothing that was without was able to enter in. The same reality is true in the words which Jesus the Christ spoke concerning the end times and the Last Days, for in the last days there will also be the sign of the shut door, and even the sign of the shutting in and shutting out, as there will be those who will be left outside where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth as men and women behold those within the kingdom of heaven knowing that they themselves have been left out. Oh that we would recognize and understand the sign of the shut door, and the sign of the shutting in, for it points to and reveals unto us the tremendous reality and the tremendous mystery of the time of judgment and destruction coming, and everything that was preached and every word of caution and warning which pointed to this very moment and these very days had now come to and drawn to a close.

With the mystery and sign of the shutting out and shutting in comes a wonderful and tremendous reality that is found in chapters eight through ten of the Old Testament book of Genesis. If you read the words which are found within these particular chapters you will find that the final days of the flood—and even the days after the flood—were days of covenant and remembrance. THE DAYS OF REMEMBRANCE AND COVENANT! THE DAYS OF COVENANT AND REMEMBRANCE! The final verses of the seventh chapter describe how the flood was forty days upon the earth, and how the water increased, and bore up the ark, and it was lifted up above the earth. What’s more, is Moses goes on to describe how the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth, and how the ark went upon the face of the waters which were upon the earth. The waters which were upon the face of the earth prevailed exceedingly upon the earth, and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven were covered. Moreover, fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail, so that even the mountains were covered. So devastating and so prevalent were the waters upon the earth that all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man. All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land died. Every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven—all were destroyed from the earth. The final two verses of the seventh chapter describe how Noah only remained alive, and those that were with him in the ark. And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days. As you come to the first verse of the eighth chapter you will find mercy in the midst of the judgment, and grace in the midst of destruction. MERCY IN THE MIDST OF JUDGMENT! GRACE IN THE MIDST OF DESTRUCTION! The opening verse of the eighth chapter describes how God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark. Pause for a moment and think about and consider that, for while it is true that we find the Lord destroying all flesh and every thing that had the breath of life upon the face of the earth in the seventh chapter, we find the Lord remembering Noah, as well as every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark, and how God made a wind to pass over the earth. The days of Noah were indeed days which were filled with great wrath, great judgment and great destruction, however, those days were concluded with great mercy and grace, as the living God remembered Noah and his family, and all that which was upon the ark, and caused a wind to pass over the earth, thus causing the waters to decrease and recede. Please don’t miss and please don’t’ lose sight of this tremendous and incredible reality, for although the days of Noah were filled with great wrath, great judgment and great destruction, they concluded with great compassion and great mercy by the Lord of hosts. It is absolutely necessary and imperative that we think about and consider this reality, for when the eighth chapter of the book of Genesis opens, it does so with the words “And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark.”

How absolutely wonderful and incredible it is to think about and consider the fact that although the waters of the flood prevailed upon the earth for one hundred and fifty days, there came a point when the Lord God would look upon the flood waters which prevailed upon the earth and remembered Noah and every living thing that was with him aboard the ark. As a direct result of the Lord God remembering Noah, we read how the Lord caused a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters began to be assuaged. What’s more is the fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained. The waters which were upon the earth returned from off the earth continually, and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated. With all of that being said it’s worth considering that in the fourth verse of the eighth chapter we find and read how the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat, and how the waters decreased continually until the tenth month. Moreover, it was in the tenth month, on the first day of the month that the tops of the mountains were seen. GOD REMEMBERED AND THE ARK RESTED! For one hundred and fifty days the flood waters prevailed upon the face of the earth and the ark moved upon the face of the earth until that day when God remembered Noah and every thing that was aboard and upon the ark. It was in the day that God remembered Noah and every living thing that was upon the ark that the waters which were upon the earth began to recede and return to their place and the ark would finally rest on the mountains of Ararat. GOD REMEMBERED & THE ARK RESTED! How interesting and intriguing it is to think about and consider the fact that in the day that God remembered the waters would recede and assuage from the earth, and as a direct result of this remembrance of God the ark would finally come to a place of rest upon the mountains of the earth. There would come a day when the living God would remember Noah and all those who were with him upon and aboard the ark, and as a result of His remembering them, the waters receding, thus allowing the ark to rest upon the mountains of Ararat. When we think about and consider the reality of these days of covenant and remembrance we must recognize and understand that the first sign of God remembering is rest for the ark and rest for all those who were aboard the ark. For one hundred and fifty days Noah, his family, and all that was upon the ark endured the great flood waters which were upon the earth until that day came when the ark and all those upon the ark would experience rest. We must recognize and understand that the first sign of the days of covenant and remembrance is rest—and a rest that was made possible by the divine act of God. The rest which we read about in this passage of Scripture would and could not be made possible by anything or anyone other than the living God, for it was the living God Himself who remembered Noah and caused a great wind to pass over the earth to cause the waters to begin to recede from off the earth.

If you continue reading the words which are found within the eighth chapter you will find that Noah sent opened up a window in the ark and sent out a raven to discover that the raven would not return. Noah would then send a dove out, however, the dove would end up returning to the ark after finding no place of rest for its feet. After receiving the dove Noah would wait another seven days before sending the dove out again, and this second time the dove would return with an branch of an olive tree plucked and within its mouth. Noah would wait yet another seven days before sending the dove out again, and this third time the dove was sent out it would not return to the ark, thus confirming to Noah that the waters of the flood had been completely removed from the earth. In the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from the earth, and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and behold, the face of the ground was dry. In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month the earth was completely dried. It was in that moment God spoke unto Noah instructing him to go forth out of the ark with his wife, his sons, and the wives of his sons, and to bring forth every thing that was upon the ark in order that they might breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful and multiply upon the earth. Noah and his family would go forth with everything that was upon the ark, and went forth within and upon the face of the earth with the instruction and command to be fruitful and multiply—a command which was earlier given to Adam when he was formed and created from the dust of the earth. Here after the days of judgment and destruction we find the command to be fruitful and multiply once more being given, thus indicating that the days of covenant and remembrance include the command to be fruitful and to multiply upon the earth. The days of covenant and remembrance are days when the living God calls for multiplication within the earth, as men and women begin to fill the earth abundantly. Perhaps one of the greatest signs of the days of covenant and remembrance was the removing of the covering of the ark and Noah, his family, and every living thing that was upon the arts moving freely upon the earth and being fruitful and multiplying upon the earth. Everything that had moved upon the face of the earth had died and perished in the waters of the flood, and now during the days of covenant and remembrance the Lord once more gave the command to be fruitful and multiply in the earth, for the Lord would replenish and fill the earth once more from that which was spared within the ark as it moved upon the face of the waters during those days. Oh that we would recognize and understand this with great knowledge and wisdom, for the days of covenant and remembrance at the end of the days of the flood—and even during the days of receding waters—would include the command to be fruitful and multiply within the earth, thus fulfilling the original command and instruction that was given unto Adam after he had been formed from the dust of the earth.

Continuing to move even further within these chapters you will find and discover that these days of covenant and remembrance would also carry with it a tremendous manifestation and act of Noah, as when you begin reading with and from the twentieth verse of the eighth chapter you will find that Noah builder an altar unto the Lord. When we think about and consider the fact that Noah builder an altar unto the Lord, and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar, we must recognize and understand that the days of covenant and remembrance are also days of sacrifice, worship and offerings presented before and unto the living God. If we are to think about and consider these days of covenant and remembrance we must understand within our hearts and minds that these days were days which were marked by Noah building an altar unto the Lord, which would coincidentally be the first recorded altar that would be built within the earth. In previous chapters we would read of men calling on the name of the Lord, and we would read of men walking with God, however, we would not read of any one building an altar unto the Lord. It would be in the days after the flood when we find and read of the first ever altar that was built within and upon the earth—at least according to Scripture. If men built altars before and unto the Lord prior to the flood there is no indication or record of it within the book of Genesis, which provides this passage with the unique reality of being the first recorded instance of man building an altar unto the Lord upon the face of the earth. When we think about and consider the days after the flood we must think about and consider the fact that during the days of covenant and remembrance they were also days marked by by the building of an altar, as well as the presentation of burnt offerings before and unto the living God. Oh that we would recognize and understand this, for what is and what should our response be during days of covenant and remembrance other than building altars unto the Lord and presenting our offerings and sacrifices before and unto Him? The days after the great flood moved upon the face of the earth we find Noah building an altar, thus engaging in worship before and unto the living God. What’s more, is that Moses writes and records how the Lord smelled a sweet savour, and as a result of the sweet smelling savour that rose within His nostrils, He said in His heart that He would never again curse the ground any more for man’s sake, for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from their youth. Furthermore, the Lord said in His heart that He would never again smite any more every thing living, as He had done, and while the earth remains, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night shall not and will not cease. It’s worth noting that this response of the Lord was in direct response to the altar which Noah built before and unto Him, and the burnt offerings he presented upon the altar which he had built. Oh that we would recognize and understand the absolutely incredible concept and truth that in days of covenant and remembrance it is absolutely necessary that we engage ourselves in worship before and worship unto the living God as we built our altars and present our offerings unto Him. THE DAYS OF COVENANT AND REMEMBRANCE ARE DAYS OF BUILT ALTARS AND BURNT OFFERINGS. BUILT ALTARS AND BURNT OFFERINGS & THE DAYS OF COVENANT AND REMEMBRANCE. It is through built offerings and burnt offerings that we acknowledge the living God and respond to His faithfulness, His grace and His mercy in our lives, and do so through worship, through offerings, and through sacrifice.

As you continue reading in the these chapters you will come to the ninth chapter and will encounter the tremendous blessing that would come upon the earth after the Lord had purposed within His heart that He would never again destroy the earth or every living thing by a flood. The first verse of the ninth chapter begins and opens with the words “And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them.” If the eighth chapter begins and opens with the Lord remembering Noah and all those which were with him upon the ark, the ninth chapter begins and opens with the Lord God blessing Noah and his sons. It’s important to realize that the blessing of the Lord upon Noah and his sons came with a very specific instruction, for Moses writes and records how the Lord instructed and commanded them to be fruitful, and to multiply, and to replenish the earth. The blessing of the Lord in the days of covenant and remembrance would come with a command to be fruitful and to multiply upon the earth, and it would be followed by an incredible declaration that the fear and dread of them would be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, and upon all that move upon the earth, and upon all the fish of the sea. While the blessing of God would contain a tremendous command and word of instruction to be fruitful and multiply within the earth, it would also contain a wonderful and powerful sense of dominion and authority upon the earth, as the Lord would restore authority and dominion once more upon the face of the earth. You will recall and remember that when the Lord formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils, and when the Lord purposed to create man in His image and after His likeness, the Lord created man to have dominion and authority upon the earth, and to subdue the earth before him. It would be during the days of Noah before the flood that I would dare say this dominion and authority was and had been tainted by the giants which were upon the earth, and the seed and offspring that came as a result of the union of the sons of God with the daughters of men. During the days of Noah after the flood—during the days of covenant and remembrance—we find the Lord restoring the dominion and authority of man upon the face of the earth, as the dominion and authority would be subjugated by the giants which moved upon the face of the earth in the days prior to and leading up to the flood. How absolutely remarkable and astounding it is to think and consider the incredible reality that the days of covenant and remembrance would not only restore the command to be fruitful and multiply upon the earth, but it would also restore the dominion and authority that was originally given unto Adam when he was formed from the dust of the ground. Oh that we would truly come to recognize and understand this, for in days of covenant and remembrance, the dominion and authority which man was destined and designed to exercise upon the earth is restored. The days of covenant and remembrance are also days of tremendous restoration, as in and during those days the living God not only restores dominion and authority, but the Lord also restores the command to be fruitful and multiply upon the face of the earth. Oh that we would truly understand and comprehend this reality, for these days of remembrance are meant to restore the original intention and design of the living God—namely, the command to be fruitful and multiply, as well as the command to exercise dominion upon and to subdue the earth before him.

Preparing to bring this writing to a close I find it absolutely necessary to bring and call your attention to one more reality which is found in the ninth chapter, for as you continue reading in the ninth chapter you will find that these days of covenant and remembrance are also days when the Lord establishes covenant once more within the earth. If you study the totality of Scripture you will notice and discover that there were distinct covenants which were found within and during the days of the Old Testament—namely, the Adamic Covenant, the Noahic Covenant, the Abrahamic Covenant, the Mosaic Covenant, and the Davidic Covenant. What we find in the ninth chapter is the second of these covenants, for during the days of covenant and remembrance, it would be marked by the covenant which the living God would enter with Noah and with his sons. Beginning to read with and form the eighth verse of the ninth chapter you will find that God spoke unto Noah and to his sons which were with him, and declared unto them how he established His covenant with them, and with their seed after them, as well as with every living creature that was with them—all those which went forth from the ark. It would be with every living thing that was upon the earth during those days after the flood, as well as with every living thing that would come after the flood the Lord would establish a covenant, for the Lord would promise and declare that no more would flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, nor would there any more be a flood which would destroy the earth. With that being said it’s important to consider the fact that not only did the Lord establish and enter into covenant with Noah and his sons, as well as with every living thing during those days and in the days to come, but the Lord also gave a sign and token concerning that covenant. Moving even further into the words which are found within this chapter you will find that the Lord established a token of the covenant in the earth which was the bow found in the flood, which would be for a token of covenant between Himself and the earth. It would come to pass that whenever the Lord brings a cloud over the earth, that the bow would be seen in the cloud, and the Lord would remember His covenant, which was between Himself and every living creature of all flesh, and the waters would never more become a flood to destroy all flesh. This bow would be in the cloud, and the Lord would look upon it and remember the everlasting covenant between the living God and every living thing which moved upon the face of the earth. THE TOKEN OF THE COVENANT! How absolutely stunning it is to think that every since the days after the flood there has been a sign that has been directly connected to rain and directly connected to clouds which is a sign unto the inhabitants of the earth that the Lord would never again destroy all flesh from the earth with a flood. What’s more, is that as you examine magazines, internet posts and feeds, and various other forms of media you will find countless pictures taken of rainbows—and not only rainbows, but sometimes even of double rainbows. It is absolutely unmistakable that man has been and still is fascinated with and by seeing a rainbow in the sky, and yet what we must recognize and understand is that the rainbow—while it might very well be a sign of beauty and wonder—is a token and sign of covenant between the living God and the earth that He would never again destroy the earth, nor all living things with the flood. Let us this day recognize and understand this great sign and token which still appears today, and let us not only remember the days of covenant and remembrance, but also the God who remembers and the God who still enters into covenant with men.

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