Isaiah 54:9-10 Noahic Covenant as the Umbrella for the Greater New Covenant

Isaiah 54:9 “This is like the days of Noah to me: as I swore that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth, so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you, and will not rebuke you. 10 For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

For Noah, a stable ordinance of creation became the guarantee of peace with God, but Isaiah goes further: even should creation lose its stable permanence with mountains (10) shaking and hills (lit.) ‘tottering’, there is a covenant that cannot (lit.) ‘totter’. The Servant bore the punishment that made peace (53:5) and now that peace is a covenanted reality, more steadfast than the cosmic fabric and rooted in the divine compassion (see 7–8). The emotion of anger is gone for ever but the emotion of surging love abides.[1]

[1] Motyer, J. A. (1999). Isaiah: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 20, p. 385). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

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