The Beauty of the Rainbow Covenant – My Daily Bread!
Our call to praise God for his faithfulness is taken from Genesis 9: 12-16 which reads:
“And God said, this is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creature of every kind on the earth.”
This passage was spoken by God to Noah and his descendents after they exited the ark after the flood. Genesis 6: 5 gives the reason for the flood: “The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.” In just a few generations after the fall of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, God was not pleased with the state of mankind and took action that had profound implications not only for man but for every living creature at the time ‘that moved along the ground and drew breath as well as birds of the air’. (See Genesis 6: 7, 17; also read Chapters 6-9 for the complete Story of the Flood)
For those of us who believe, the stories of God’s promises to Noah and his descendents has significance for us today, for this covenant is still in effect today! So each time you see a rainbow in the sky, be thankful for how great your God is and savor the moment. Now there are a few other things that we need to remember each time we see God’s rainbow that remind us of God’s faithfulness and the future hope of His New Kingdom.
First of all, it is important to note that God’s covenant was not just with man, but the passage above clearly states that His covenant was with the animals as well. “I now establish my covenant with you and your descendents after you and with every living creature that was with you – the birds, the livestock and the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you – every living creature on earth.” (Genesis 9: 9-10) Yes, the animals are God’s creation and precious to Him!
God‘s covenant was also with the earth as well. The Lord said: ‘Never again will I curse the ground because of man…as long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” (Genesis 8: 21-22) The earth is God’s creation and precious to Him! What a wonderful assurance by God of His faithfulness in bringing forth springtime and harvest and day and night that will not cease due to another global flood! So despite all the reports of tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes and such, we do not have to worry that the earth will be destroyed by these natural disasters.
After the flood the relationship between man and the animals changed. It was not until after the flood that man was permitted to eat meat. Up until that time they were only able to eat vegetation and fruit. “Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them…The fear and dread of you will fall upon all the beast of the earth and all the birds of the air, upon every creature that moves along the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea; they are given into your hands. Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plant, I now give you everything.” (Genesis 9: 1-3)
Two things are interesting here: (1) the animals were not afraid of mankind before the flood, they were able to live in harmony and (2) the human bodies that God originally created were able to thrive and flourish on a vegetarian diet! Meat was introduced later only because God allowed it!
So there is more beauty in the rainbow besides its spectacular array of colors! It is the beauty of knowing that our God is a God who keeps all of His promises. It is the beauty of God’s sovereignty over all His creation! It is the beauty in seeing the harmony that God intended for all His creation that was interrupted with the fall of man; that will be restored in His New Kingdom! This hope is pictured in Isaiah 65: 25 which tells us: “The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. … They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain.”
So the next time you see a rainbow, reflect on the beauty of God’s enduring covenant, think about His faithfulness, His hope, and shout “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory!” (Revelation 19: 6-7)
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