God’s confirmation of, and commitment to maintain, his relationship with the natural order- implicit in the act of creation- whereby he promised never again to destroy the earth with a flood. This divine pledge, given unconditionally to Noah and to every living creature on earth, was accompanied by the sign of the rainbow.
God’s relationship with the natural orderGe 8:22; Jer 33:25-26God’s relationship with the created order is here expressed as a covenant. It is probable that this is a reference to the Noahic covenant through which the implicit relationship between Creator and creation was confirmed. See alsoGe 1:14,31-2:1; Ps 74:16-17; Jer 5:24; Jer 33:20-21
An everlasting covenant
Ge 9:16See alsoGe 9:12 Isa 24:5The reference here is to the Noahic covenant. Though this covenant was unconditional, the prohibition of bloodshed—often described as bringing pollution to the land—was associated with it. There may be, also, a wider reference to the effects of mankind’s disregard for the norms laid down at creation. See alsoGe 9:6; Nu 35:33; Isa 26:21
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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