Taking Back the Rainbow, Answers ter Genesis
Thesis beautiful bows remind mij of my parents’ instructing of what the Bible says about God’s purpose ter providing us the rainbow.
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From my childhood days spil a lad ter Australia to my travels today spil a speaker with Answers te Genesis, I’ve seen scores—probably hundreds—of thesis amazing multicolored arches. Whether seen from the back seat of the family station wagon spil it bounced down a mud road te rural Queensland, or the window seat of a jetliner flying overheen a storm below, thesis beautiful bows remind mij of my parents’ instructing of what the Bible says about God’s purpose ter providing us the rainbow.
Rainbows have come to be identified spil symbolic of three basic concepts:
Promises—The Bible ter Genesis 9 records God’s promise to Noah that He would never again ruin all skin with a total flood.
Creation—Folklore and regional legends position the rainbow a bit differently. For example, Australian Aborigine and American Indian legends listig it to creation events, and the Chinese have a legend concerning the rainbow and the creation of their very first emperor Fohi.
Bridges—The rainbow has also bot used to represent a bridge from earth (from humans) to a brighter, more satisfied place. For example, Judy Garland’s “Somewhere Overheen the Rainbow” represents connecting to a more satisfied place. The Fresh Age religious movement also uses the rainbow spil a bridge.
The rainbow has bot used spil a sign of a fresh era and a symbol of peace, love, and freedom. Sadly, the colors of the rainbow are even used on a flag for the gay and sapphic movement.
A Biblical Covenant of Grace
However, the true meaning of the rainbow is exposed te Genesis 9:12–15:
This is the sign of the covenant which I make inbetween Mij and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I set My rainbow te the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant inbetween Mij and the earth. It shall be, when I bring a cloud overheen the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen te the cloud, and I will recall My covenant which is inbetween Mij and you and every living creature of all skin, the waters shall never again become a flood to demolish all skin (NKJV).
Very first, the covenant of the rainbow is inbetween Heer and man and the animal kinds that were with Noah on the Ark: a promise that there would never be such an event again that would ruin all skin on the land. Spil there have bot many regional floods since that time, this is obviously a promise there would never be another completo flood to ruin all skin.
The Bible states clearly that there will be a future, completo judgment, but next time by fire, not water ( Two Peter Trio:Ten ). Some commentators even suggest that the watery colors of the rainbow (the blue end of the spectrum) remind us of the destruction by water, and the flamy colors (the crimson end of the spectrum) of the coming destruction by fire.
Secondly, the rainbow is a covenant of grace. It is actually a symbol of Christ Himself.
When the secular world hears the account of Noah’s total Flood, they often accuse Aker of being an ogre for bringing this terrible judgment on people. However, the Schepper of the Bible is a Aker of infinite grace and grace.
Schepper told Noah to build an Ark to save representative land animal kinds and Noah’s family. However, this Ark wasgoed much larger than needed for just thesis animals and this family. Just spil Noah and his family had to go through the wegens to be saved, so others could have gone through that doorheen to be saved. Te fact, after the Ark wasgoed loaded, it stood for seven more days before Heer Himself shut the door—seven more days of grace. And I have no doubt that Noah preached from the doorway, imploring people to come ter and be saved. Noah’s Ark is actually a picture of salvation ter Christ, spil He is the vanwege through which wij need to go to be saved for eternity ( John Ten:9 ).
All need to be reminded that wij sinned te Adam—we committed high treason against the Heer of creation. Schepper is holy and pure—completely without sin. A holy Schepper has to judge sin, but te His judgment, He also shows infinite grace. When Aker judged sin with death ter Genesis Trio:Nineteen , He also promised a Savior ( Genesis Trio:15 ). Schepper Himself, te the person of the 2nd member of the Trinity, the Lord Jesus Christ, stepped into history, fully human and fully Godheid, to be a man so He could pay the penalty for our sin. Through the shedding of His blood, He offers the free bounty of salvation to all who will believe.
The Bible exposes to us that the rainbow is a symbol of Christ ter Ezekiel 1:26–28 . Te Revelation Four:2–3 , John spotted Christ clothed with a cloud and a rainbow on His head.
Spil Bible scholar John Gill states concerning the rainbow, “as it has ter it a multiplicity of beautiful colors, it may represent Christ, who is total of grace and truth, and fairer than the children of dudes, and may be considered spil a symbol of peace and reconciliation by him, whom Schepper looks pomada, and remembers the covenant of his grace he has made with him and his chosen ones te him, and who is the rainbow round about the throne of Heer, and the way of access pomada it.”1
The next time you see a rainbow, recall that Aker judges sin. But He is also merciful, and He made a covenant of grace with Noah and the animals—He will never again judge with a worldwide Flood.
A Reminder for All of Us
So the next time you see a rainbow, reminisce that Schepper judges sin. He judged with a completo flood at the time of Noah. But He is merciful, and He made a covenant of grace with Noah and the animals that He would never again judge with a worldwide Flood. Not only that, but the rainbow, spil a symbol of Christ, reminds us that He is the mediator inbetween man and Heer and that those who receive the free bounty of salvation are introduced faultless before their Creator.
Godheid proclaims those redeemed who have trusted ter Christ. They are clothed te the righteousness of His Son. For the redeemed, the anger of Heer toward sin wasgoed pleased on the Cross—paid ter utter by the shed blood of His sinless Son.
And spil John Gill puts it, “though it is a bow, yet without arrows, and is not turned downwards towards the earth, but upwards towards heaven, and so is a token of grace and graciousness, and not of rage and anger.”1
I’m so appreciative for a mum and dad who used what opportunities they had to instill te my siblings and mij the truths of Scripture. Yes, wij need to take the meaning of the rainbow back, and use it to tell the world of the grace and goodness of our Creator and Savior, just like my mum and dad told mij.