God Remembers His Covenant
Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying: “And as for Me, behold, I 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 go out of the ark, every beast of the earth. Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” And God said: “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.” (Genesis 9:8-17)
A covenant is an agreement, a binding promise. Here, God makes an agreement with mankind and all creatures: never again!
Never again will He destroy the earth with a flood; never again will He cut off all flesh by means of a flood. Although one day He will destroy the present heavens and earth by fire (2 Peter 3:7; Psalms 102:25-26).
God then gave the rainbow as the sign—as His signature on the covenant … that He would keep His promise and remember what He’d said. He is the faithful God who keeps His covenant and mercy. (Deuteronomy 7:9). His Word cannot fail; His Word will not fail.
It is a wonderful thing that God makes promises to His creatures. It is amazing that He confirms His promises with signs. His Word, all by itself, is enough … but He goes even further by attaching a confirmation to that word.
When we see a rainbow, we remember God’s promise, as does God Himself.
When we read the promises and prophecies of the Bible, we remember that God cannot lie and that He magnifies His Word above His own name.
When we receive the bread and cup at communion, we remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and His promise to safely take His believers to heaven.
God is a God who keeps His covenants. We are those who trust Him to do what He says.
For Further Review
1. What covenant has God made with those who fully trust Jesus Christ? What is this covenant called?
2. What are some of the provisions of this covenant? (2 Corinthians 3:6-11; Hebrews 8:7-12)
3. Have you trusted in God’s covenant He made through Christ? Are you trusting in God’s covenant which He made with you? Spend some time contemplating the exceedingly great and precious promises of God, and thank God for each one specifically.