A far superior covenant
Genesis 8:20-22 And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
Genesis 9:11-13 And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
These verses are referred to as the Noahic covenant. A covenant is an oath or a promise made by God. The Noahic covenant is the promise God made to Noah – and to all of us who would be alive in the future – that He will never again destroy the earth by flooding. That’s good news. (Nevertheless, there will be a future destruction by fire, see 2 Peter 3:3-7)
As you read the Bible, you can always look to God’s covenants with confidence that He will keep His promises. Take time to thank God for His promises. jk
But even more thank and praise Him for a far superior covenant: Hebrew 9:15 Therefore Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, now that He has died to redeem them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.
Hebrew 8:6 Now, however, Jesus has received a far superior ministry, just as the covenant He mediates is superior and is founded on better promises.
Additional verses for study: Exodus 2:24; Psalm 105:8, Jeremiah 29:11; Luke 1:72, Romans 2:4; Hebrew 8:6-13, 2 Peter 1:4; Hebrew 13:20-21