God Gave us the Rainbow
8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, 9 “Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you, 10 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the livestock, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark; it is for every beast of the earth. 11 I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13 I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17 God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”
The flood came and destroyed all flesh. Noah and his family received the warning from God and stayed in the ark built by Noah. Now it is time to replenish the earth. It is time to step back out on the earth and start over with a clean slate.
God, at this point, made a promise. He explains the flood was a one-time thing. Only one time in all of history has God or will He ever destroy everything with a flood. We don’t know how it will all end, but we know that a world-wide flood is not the way.
The rainbow is a symbol of God’s patience. It is not that humanity is better today than in the days of Noah. The promise is God will not destroy the creatures of the earth in this same fashion. He promised to put this reminder in the clouds. The reminder was the rainbow. In recent days, the rainbow very clearly means something else. But in the Bible God gave us this rainbow to remind us of not just a promise but a covenant, The Covenant of Noah to be exact. The difference between a promise and a covenant is simple. A covenant is unchangeable. No matter what happens God doesn’t lie, He will not revoke His promise. People make promises all the time that they do not follow through on. However, when God makes a promise He will not take it back. It will come to pass.
God is patient and loving. He wants all people to know Him and trust Him. He wants the believer to talk the talk and walk the walk in front of others so they know the truth. He wants us to love well, pray boldly and speak truthfully.
He is not surprised when people view things differently than Him, or do not seek righteousness. He doesn’t worry when his popularity rankings among the children of men goes down. God will always be God and to stand with Him is always standing with the majority.
2 Peter 3:9-10
9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you,[a] not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies[b] will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.[c]
Notice He is not slow. He is patient, but judgment will happen. It will come as a surprise to people and it will seem like all of a sudden, but it is not. God is patient and loving with us. He gives us the opportunity to be cleansed from sin and know Jesus forever. The rainbow He gave us is a reminder to this fact.
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