For those who wish to consider a Biblical View of the Noahic Covenant
As the Pastor, that is, the teacher of Landmark Missionary Baptist Church, I can, along with the numerous highly skilled, and trained educators (disciple-makers) can testify that the work of bridging knowledge gaps is a lifelong endeavor. For example, James A. Pershing (2006) stated, “that instruction should be used to bridge skill and knowledge gaps, and describe how instruction often can be used along with other interventions to meet performance challenges” (pg. 331). Handbook HPIT Third Edition Copyright © 2006 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
In application, it often the case that the error of omission is the cause of the knowledge gap, and; consequently, results in an “omissive element.”
In relation to the Noahic Covenant, the Interpreter, Dr. John Penn guided my attention to an easily overlooked aspect of the covenant, leading me to research the texts, and find supporting data. Consequently, therefore, may you find this brief synopsis helpful in the bridging of your own knowledge gap.
(MacGregor 2017) observed:
“The biblical account does not allow for the death of an entire species after the flood. In Genesis 8:17, God commanded Noah to “bring forth” with him all animals (every single living animal and species) that were on the ark, so they might “breed abundantly on the earth and be fruitful and multiply upon the earth” (italics mine). It was clearly God’s intention that all creatures that boarded the ark be preserved to replenish the earth after the flood. Genesis 9:11–12 says that the covenant not to destroy the living creation with another flood was with Noah and ‘every living creature that is with you, for all successive (Hebrew olam, translated everlasting) generations.’ Wouldn’t this imply that every living creature that got off the ark would survive those everlasting generations? The Genesis account only allows for every species of animal that exited the ark to be the very animal population we see today and the same animal population that will endure into the millennial and eternal state” MacGregor, Slayden. A Panoramic Study of God’s Plan: Eternity Past to Eternity Future . WestBow Press. Kindle Edition.
- The term breed:
שָׁרַץ shârats, shaw-rats’; a primitive root; to wriggle, i.e. (by implication) swarm or abound: —breed (bring forth, increase) abundantly (in abundance), creep, move.
- Also, in reference to Genesis 9:11-12 you will notice:
Genesis 9:11 And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there anymore be a flood to destroy the earth.
Gen 9:12 And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:
The term “everlasting:”
עוֹלָם ʻôwlâm, o-lawm’; or עֹלָם ʻôlâm; from H5956; properly, concealed, i.e. the vanishing point; generally, time out of mind (past or future), i.e. (practically) eternity; frequentatively, adverbial (especially with prepositional prefix) always:—alway(-s), ancient (time), any more, continuance, eternal, (for, (n-)) ever(-lasting, -more, of old), lasting, long (time), (of) old (time), perpetual, at any time, (beginning of the) world (+ without end).
Wherefore, as the endless banter between the two sides of the “dino-debate” continue, like children, to pout and pipe, it is my honor, as with all professional educators, to bridge the “knowledge gap.” God’s plan for Noah included a covenant, the Noahic covenant was between God and Noah, and the animals on the Ark. The duration of that covenant is everlasting. So, let your children know that the loving God of the Bible did NOT lead animals onto the Ark, so that they might later experience extinction. I, for one, rejoice greatly when highly skilled practitioners of Hermeneutics, like the beloved Dr. John Penn favors me the privilege of searching, and researching the Scriptures.
-Timothy Evans Carter
Landmark Missionary Baptist Church
2200 Marshall Road Jacksonville, Ar. 72076