If God made a covenant with Adam and Eve, it’s not recorded within the first nine chapters of the Bible. The first recorded covenant is with Noah, his family and every living creature that was on the ark with Noah. The covenant is a promise from God to “never again” destroy all life with a flood. Most are familiar with the covenant of law made with the children of Jacob in the wilderness that contained a blessing for obedience and a curse for disobedience. The covenant God made after the flood is different in a number of ways.
The covenant of law is limited to one family, the children of Jacob and their descendants. This covenant is with every living creature (human and animal) and their descendants. God is bound by this promise as long as he lives. Our death has no bearing on whether or not God will keep his promise to “never again” flood the earth.
The covenant of law limited what the children of Jacob could and could not do. The first covenant God made limits God’s actions but not the actions of all living creatures. The only limit God set on humanity’s actions was to empower us to protect ourselves from those who commit murder. People who shed innocent blood will also have their lives cut short.
With the covenant, came a sign. God said, “I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.”
The rainbow is for God’s benefit more than the inhabitants of the earth. God will see the sign and remember his promise. It doesn’t matter if we see the sign or not. It doesn’t matter if we remember God’s promise. We cannot restrain God’s actions. The only power great enough to restrain God’s actions is his integrity.
 All scripture quotes are from the NIV Bible unless otherwise noted.
 Genesis 9:11
 Genesis 912-16