The incredible trauma of the flood would have undoubtedly left Noah quite battered.
Think about it.
Besides him and his family, every human being on earth had been destroyed.
Once the waters burst forth from both the heavens and the ground, Noah would have heard the screams of his neighbors, men, women and child, as they cried out for help.
Many of them would have been banging on the ark doors and walls, their fingernails piercing into the gopher wood as they futilely attempted to gain entrance to the only means of salvation that God had provided to mankind.
Noah may have wanted to reach out to them to help.
I am sure there was much sorrow in his heart because he knew there was nothing he could do at that point.
It was too late.
Noah wanted to reach out and save those who were perishing but could not.
However, we still have that chance that Noah didn’t .
We still have a chance to lead others to salvation by sharing the good news of Yeshua.
Remember, Yeshua said his second return would be just as it was in the days of Noah.
NOW is the chance to reach out to that cynical neighbor or that elderly relative of yours whom you so dearly love and tell them about Yeshua.
Given that the flood was the most terrifying experience that Noah had ever been through, he probably needed extra reassurance that the world would never again be subjected to another flood of such cataclysmic proportions.
God not only verbally reassures Noah, but he announces that he will place a rainbow in the sky as a physical sign and reminder to Noah and his descendants that never again will He ever destroy the world by flood.
This is the FIRST COVENANT that God makes between Himself and man.
Actually, this particular covenant was made between God and ALL living creatures (both man and beasts).
One important point you should recognize.
This particular covenant with Noah is unilateral.
In other words, this covenant does NOT depend on man’s response nor man’s behavior……it’s all on God.
Later we will see that with other covenants, there will be mutual requirements that both God and man must fulfill for the covenants to remain valid.