Noah, Covenants Vs. Contracts, and a God of Second Chances

We’re on week three of the series on salvation history. This week’s Old Testament figure, Noah. And there’s more to his story than a cute children’s tale. It’s a story that puts the rumors of a mean, angry, and eager to smite God to bed. Through Noah, God redeems and renews the covenant Adam broken. Listen as Richaél Lucero reveals the details. And! how that reflects on your relationship with God. Plus we do a deep dive into the difference between covenants and contracts.

Throughout the series Richaél Lucero will examine one of the six key figures, the covenant they made with God and its meaning.

SHOW NOTES

Episodes referenced

salvation history series

The story of God’s active presence in the history of humanity from Adam through Jesus and the eucharist.

Covenant definition

A covenant is a sacred bond between two parties that makes them family by means of swearing an oath. That comes with conditions and a (self) curse if broken.

Scriptures referenced

God’s promise to Noah.

I will never again curse the ground because of man, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I ever again destroy every living creature as I have done. While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.

Genesis 8:21-22

God’s covenant with Noah.

And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every bird of the air, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea; into your hand they are delivered. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; and as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. For your lifeblood I will surely require a reckoning; of every beast I will require it and of man; of every man’s brother I will require the life of man. Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for God made man in his own image. And you, be fruitful and multiply, bring forth abundantly on the earth and multiply in it.”

Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, “Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your descendants after you, 10 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark.[a] 11 I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13 I set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 When the bow is in the clouds, I will look upon it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.” 17 God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.”

Genesis 9:1-17

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