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A Covenant With All of Creation
Not maybe the first covenant in the Bible, but the first one that’s clearly identified as a covenant is the Noahic covenant. The Noahic covenant is the covenant that’s unlike the rest of the covenants in the Bible. It is a covenant that’s made with all of creation. After the flood, God essentially re-establishes humanity and it’s very interesting to see that God essentially puts back onto Noah all the original callings and obligations and privileges that were given to Adam. It’s like we’re starting over.
In that context, God promises in covenant form that he will never again judge the world through the flood. This covenant does not establish salvation for anyone, instead, we think of it as a common grace covenant. It essentially guarantees that there will be a playing field, there is going to be…