And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all future generations.” Genesis 9:12 (Full context: Genesis 6:1-9:17)
Throughout the Bible we see God issuing covenants between Himself and His people. God makes promises for the good of His children. I feel like today we don’t hear the word covenant used much. We might use synonyms like agreement, promise, contract, or pledge.
But as Webster’s dictionary states, a covenant is usually a formal, solemn, and binding agreement. Formal and solemn make things serious. We might think of a formal dinner, something you dress up for. Or a solemn ceremony, something really serious and focused. And binding, that’s something you don’t get out of.
God’s covenant in this passage, that the world will never be destroyed by a flood, and the rainbow that reminds us of this covenant, helps us remember that He is loving but serious! This covenant for all generations, saying God loves and protects everyone, that God sent His only Son to save. All generations, that includes us. This isn’t something that just happened thousands of years ago, a flood no one remembers, and a promise made to Noah. No, God makes a covenant with you and me. It’s binding, solemn, and formal. This covenant for all generations is just the start of many other promises to come, leading us ultimately to Jesus our Savior.
Do I truly believe God made a covenant with me? For me?
Ornament Credit: Laura Ajibero