God's Covenant with the Animals

Ever have the experience of finding something new in a Bible passage you've heard more times than you can count? This happened to me today when the promise of the rainbow was recounted (emphasis mine):

"This is the sign that I am giving for all ages to come, of the covenant between me and you and every living creature with you: I set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.

When I bring clouds over the earth, and the bow appears in the clouds, I will recall the covenant I have made
between me and you and all living beings, so that the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all mortal beings."

Until today, I never realized that God's promise was also made to the animals and other living creatures that had survived the flood. I assumed it to the humans only, although animals got the benefit of not drowning.

If God mentions the creatures of the earth as co-heirs to the promise He made us, maybe they deserve more respect than we give them through factory farming and trophy (as opposed for food) hunting.

If you've had an experience of a familar passage opening up into a new meaning, I'd love to hear it.

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