“I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” Genesis [9:13]
What do you think of when you see a rainbow?
The rainbow has become a symbol for a lot of different things over the years. Leprechauns & pots of gold! Happiness & Joy! LGBTQ+ Pride! However, long before it was a symbol for any of those things, it was a symbol for God’s Covenant with Noah, his descendants, and all of creation. The rainbow symbolizes God laying down His weapon of divine destruction and stands as a reminder that He will never again destroy all the earth with a flood. In His grace, God has delayed His divine judgement until His plan of redemption can be fully realized.
So, what should we think of when we see a rainbow?
We should think of God’s grace and mercy. We should be reminded that God is not against us but is for us. Instead of wiping us out He works to bring redemption to His fallen world and fallen humanity. The weapon of divine destruction by flood has been set down and the judgement that we all deserve has been poured out on Jesus. As God reminded His people in 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.” Next time you see a rainbow, I hope it is these things that are brought to mind.
Father, thank you for the gift of salvation through Jesus. Empower me and your global Church to faithfully share the good news of Jesus. You deserve worship in every language, and we pray for open doors for showing and sharing the good news. Amen.
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