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The first post in this series about Creation is In the Beginning.
I deliberately used bad grammar for the title of this page. It should be “No More Floods”. However, I want to accentuate that God’s promise is not to never send (normal) floods again. No, He’s promising to never flood the whole earth again.
This is a covenant between God and all mankind who follow after Noah: “Now behold, I Myself do establish My covenant with you, and with your descendants after you; and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you; of all that comes out of the ark, even every beast of the earth.” (Genesis 9:9-10)
All flesh. Everything on the earth, plus all of their descendants after them. Never again will all life be cut off by water.
This covenant completely rules out any possibility that the flood was localized. If it were a local flood, then God lied, for we have experienced many floods.
No, it had to be global in scope.
To cement the covenant, God created rainbows. A rainbow will remind God (as if He needs reminding!) that He promised never to send another flood like the flood of Noah.
In verses 8-17, seven times God uses the word covenant. Now, there are two types of covenants. The first is where one party promises to do something if the other party lives up to their side of the bargain. God’s covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is this kind. The Israelites had to keep their side of the agreement.
But, this covenant is the other kind: one-sided, or unilateral. God is promising to do something (never flood the earth again), but He requires no action on the part of Mankind (or the animals, for that matter.)
There is no greater certainty than with this type of covenant. Only if God is unfaithful can this be broken. And, we know that can’t happen. Never again with there be a Deluge like this one. It is unique in history.
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