Genesis 9: Over the rainbow

Credit: Petr Kratochvil

“I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.”  Rainbows are one of those natural phenomena which inspire awe every time you see them.  I know there is a scientific explanation for the formation of rainbows, but they are still a little magical to me.   The rainbow Noah saw wasn’t necessarily the first; God simply chose here to declare it a sign of His promise to never again destroy the earth by Flood.  It was a fitting symbol; rainbows are formed by rain, the very thing which brought the floodwaters.  No doubt, the sight of a rainbow in the sky, a sign of rain in the distance, might have filled Noah with dread, and with good reason.  But then God made that promise, and suddenly the beautiful arc of color became a symbol of hope.  We don’t live in fear of global floods today.  But we do have plenty of fears. Has God given us any signs or symbols to remind us of His promises–to give us hope?  How about the cross?  For the believer, the cross should have that same magical inspirational effect as the rainbow.  It should fill us with hope and assure us that God is faithful to keep His promises, from His promise of a Savior to His promise of an eternal home with Him in heaven.

Reading: Genesis 9