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Introduction                         characteristics are ascribed to God – what
           God’s covenant with Noah was His first   we call anthropomorphism. Here, one of
        unilateral agreement, whereby uncondi-  the human senses is attributed to Him: He
                                             smelled the fragrance of Noah’s sacrifice.
        tional promises were made by a “God, that
        cannot lie” (Tit 1:2). Before the flood, God   The word “savor” carries the thought of
        had promised Noah that “with thee will I   an odor being blown (Strong), and the
        establish my covenant” (Gen 6:18); note the   imagery is that of a pleasant aroma waft-
        singular pronoun “thee.” After the flood,   ing heavenward. The word “sweet” has
        it became evident that this promise would   imbedded in it the concept of “rest,” and
        become effective for all humanity: “And   thus some translate the phrase “a savor of
        God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with   rest.” These sacrifices provided God with
        him, saying, And I, behold, I establish my   a sense of contentment, and He responded
        covenant with you, and with your seed   immediately to Noah’s activity by resolv-
        after you” (9:8-9 KJV). This would be an   ing, “I will not again curse the ground any
        arrangement with men universally, for   more for man’s sake.” Incorrigible human
        everyone is descended from Noah and   wickedness would have demanded a flood
        his sons, for “of them was the whole earth   at regular intervals! It would never hap-
        overspread” (v19). In fact, it benefitted   pen, because God had “smelled a sweet
        every species – “all flesh that is upon the   savor.”
        earth” (vv16-17).
                                             The Covenant: Part 1
        Background                             God’s  intention  was  to  permanently
          Before examining the covenant, remem-  maintain varying climates and seasons
        ber the background. The flood was now   and the day/night routine “while the earth
        recent history; escalating evil during the   remaineth,” uninterrupted by another uni-
        centuries had necessitated the extermina-  versal flood (v22). There is no record of this
        tion of earth’s occupants. Massive reserves   being communicated to Noah, but it was
        of water stored beneath the earth’s crust   obviously part of God’s agreement with
        had spewed relentlessly across the face of   him. Jeremiah described it as God’s “cov-
        the planet and, in addition, there was an   enant” when asserting the permanence of
        incessant deluge from the heavens (7:11-  David’s dynasty. His argument was that
        12). The result was a universal flood to the   there is as much possibility of interfering
        extent that “the mountains were covered”   with God’s promise to David as there is
        (v20). Noah was the survivor; grace on   of interfering with His “covenant of the
        God’s part (6:8) and faith on Noah’s part   day and … of the night” (Jer 33:20-21). So,
        (Heb 11:7) saw him emerge from his shel-  as Noah’s descendants, we still enjoy the
        ter, “saved through water” (1Pe 3:20 RV).  benefits of changing seasons that facilitate
          There  was  immediate  gratitude  on   crop production for our sustenance, and
        Noah’s part, resulting in his offering burnt   the day/night cycle balancing activity and
        offerings (Gen 8:20), and “the Lord smelled   sleep for our systems. William Cowper
        a sweet savor” (v21). In Scripture, human   captured the concept of the decrees of a su-

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