Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, “Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you, and with every living creature that is with you […] I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”
And [Jesus] went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people.
Genesis 9 echoes the creation story of Genesis 1-3. As the earth emerges from the flood waters, it’s as if God has performed a re-creation. He gives the same mandate to Noah and his sons as he gave to Adam and Eve: “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.” God establishes a covenant with Noah and all creatures of the earth – that He will never destroy the earth by flood. God’s promises are good. His promises are true!
Despite God’s goodness to Noah, Noah follows in the way of Adam and Eve as he makes a sinful choice in Genesis 9:21. Just as God cursed Adam and Eve after their sinful choice, curses flow after Noah’s sinful choice …but so do blessings.
Noah curses his son, Ham, but blesses Shem. As we read forward to Genesis 10, we see even more genealogy, and that Abram (whose name was later changed to Abraham) is a descendant of Shem (11:26). Noah is in the family line of Jesus! The royal seed goes through Noah to Shem to Abraham. God is preserving the family line of the promised one! He is fulfilling his covenant promises to his people!
Matthew 1 also traces Jesus’s family line all the way back to Abraham. In today’s reading, Matthew 4, we see the promised offspring of the woman, the one who will crush the serpent, face the same tempter. Jesus is the new Adam, but unlike the original Adam, He overcomes and does not sin. Instead of curses… there are blessings, and we, His people, are the benefactors!! This is good news. This is the gospel.