The Rainbow

The spring is upon us and with its sunshine and pleasant rains we are often treated to a special heavenly spectacle: the rainbow. Personally, I enjoy thinking about the science behind such natural phenomena as the rainbow. It’s so interesting how all those tiny raindrops act like a prism and the sunlight shines through and gets dispersed into all those wonderful colors. Who knew all those colors were right there hiding inside sunlight? It reminds me of the beautifully ordered universe in which the Lord has created for us to live. He is indeed the God of order!

The rainbow, along with the rest of His creation, speaks volumes to the willing listener as stated in Psalm 19 which starts, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handiwork …” (See also Rom. 1:20). All of God’s creation serves to teach us of Him and the wonders of His power. But the rainbow is more; it serves a deeper purpose in the eyes of God, one beyond simply being beautiful to us.

After mankind had corrupted himself beyond reform and Noah had found grace and obeyed the Lord in building an ark, God destroyed the earth by a great flood.

(Gen. 9:12-16): “And God said, ‘This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you … I do set my bow in the cloud, … And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.’”

Notice that it is God who is going to “remember” His covenant to never again destroy the earth by flood when He looks upon it.

This reminds me of what we believers have in the Lord Jesus. We too have been corrupted by our sin beyond any hope of reform and have found grace and have “obeyed the gospel” (Rom. 10:16). Through the finished work of the Lord Jesus on the cross, we, like Noah, are delivered from God’s righteous judgment.

Imagine Noah’s sinking fear the next time it rained, perhaps wondering if it was another judgment. Then imagine his relief when he saw the rainbow and remembered that when God saw it, He would remember His covenant.

We too may sometimes experience moments of fear if we fail our Lord through sin. If so, rest assured. There is One sitting at the right hand of God, a constant reminder to the Father Himself of the everlasting covenant He has made with us, that we who have trusted in Him for salvation should never taste death. “Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them” (Heb. 7:25).

What assurance is ours through His faithfulness!

-J. Wilbur

 

First printed in the May 2012 edition of the “Chapel Clarion,” a monthly newsletter published through the efforts of several faithful saints who meet at the Nokesville Gospel Chapel in Nokesville, VA.

 

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