The Two Covenants of Genesis 6-9

Thursday, 05 Jul 2007

The flood episode occasions two distinct covenants. In the face of rising wickedness, God determines to blot out the entire race, saving only Noah and his kin. Here we see God's faithfulness to his promise of Genesis 3:15, for precisely when the serpent's seed threatens to wipe out all hope of promise (only one faithful family remained!), God saves his people through judgment. The first use of the term "covenant" in the Scriptures (Gen. 6:18) refers to a special arrangement God establishes with Noah, for the express purpose of saving him in the midst of this crisis. ...

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