(coming home on a rainy day we came upon a beautiful double rainbow that arched in a perfect bow across the sky )
Thousands of years ago ...... God said an amazing thing.
"And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.
And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:
I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
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.
Gen 9:17 And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth. "
Noah had just experienced the greatest flood this world has ever known ! In viewing his story from the safety of our vantage point in history we do not feel the emotional impact of being the sole survivors of the outpouring of God's wrath.
I'm sure Noah's family could not help but feel fear that it could happen again, and the next time there might not be an ark to carry them to safety.
Over and over throughout the scriptures God says to His people ....."Fear not!" God knew that He could say "Fear not" to Noah and Noah would believe Him... but would his sons? his sons' wives? his grandchildren ? his descendants thousands of years removed ?
And so God said "fear not!" in a way that would resound again and again as long the earth should stand. Man would continually have the assurance that God's covenant with Noah was an everlasting covenant.
The miracle of the rainbow !! Every time it appears in the sky it is God's promise repeating itself,
My husband loves space science -- anything to do with the heavens. He brought an article to my attention today and one paragraph caught my imagination !
In the article, atmospheric optics expert Les Cowley in talking about the amazing aspects of the rainbow said the following...
"Rainbows need transparent and almost perfect spheres to refract the sun's rays, so perfect it seems miraculous that we ever see a rainbow !"
The rainbow is described by modern scientists as 'miraculous' ? It makes me smile.
God's children have ALWAYS known that it is miraculous !! And should it surprise us that even after 6,000 years science marvels at its perfection?
God made a promise and the timeless pronouncement of His faithfulness is displayed in His perfect rainbow!