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In Genesis 9:8-17 God makes a covenant with all creation. He will never again wipe out all the creatures through a flood. His covenant is purposeful. It is for the good of his creation. In the original mandate, the creatures are to be fruitful. They are to multiply. In the flood, God preserved a remnant, but his desire is that his creation be able to keep the command. He will not destroy the world by flood because it would prevent the creation mandate.
God makes a protective covenant. He will remember his covenant. He even makes a sign and says it is a sign to remind him, as if he will ever forget anything. He promises to keep this covenant forever and protect his people.
The covenant, then, is purposeful, protective, and permanent. As long as God is God, he will keep his covenant. As long as God is God, his character will never change. As long as God is God, he will preserve a people, just as he said.
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