Reflection on Genesis 9:8-17


“I establish my covenant with you. Never again will all life be cut off by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy life on earth.”

God calls Noah and his family out of the ark where He makes a covenant with them and with every living creature. He promises that He will never again send a flood to cut off all life on the earth.

The sign of this promise is the rainbow which God sets in the clouds to remind both God and His people that there will not be another flood.

It is interesting the number of times that this covenant is mentioned in this short passage and in the chapter as a whole.

God’s covenant with the planet is being emphasised. He will not break this promise.

No matter how severe a local flood event might be, we can be sure that it will not spread to the whole earth.

God’s grace is such that whenever there is discipline it comes to an end. God does not keep on whacking us. The floods recede and a rainbow appears.

Sometimes it seems like a time of difficulty will never end, but God’s rainbow reminds us to put our trust in Him and to know that He is good.

Thank you Father that you do show us rainbows to remind us of your goodness. Amen.


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