The Ark made of gopher wood has now settled on Mt Ararat. An indescribable peace and calm must surely exist for Noah, his family and all animals aboard this wooden ship. God, however, is not finished with this work of grace: 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 creatures of every kind on the earth, Gen 9:12-16.” Quite a promise and quite a change for the entire atmosphere of the earth! A rainbow definition: A rainbow is a meteorological phenomenon that is caused by reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky. It takes the form of a multicoloured circular arc. Rainbows caused by sunlight always appear in the section of sky directly opposite the sun. God has kept his promise—-the earth has never been destroyed by a deluge of water since the days of Noah and the rainbow, when seen, reminds both God and those who believe of this promise made over 4,000 years ago. Those who were saved on the wooden ark received this covenant.
Today, the promise by God to the prophet Jeremiah over 2,500 years ago, is the “rainbow” covenant for everyone who carries the wooden cross from Calvary: “Behold, the days come,” saith the LORD, “that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more, Jeremiah 31:31-34.”
The Hebrew writer explains this relationship even further: For by one sacrifice (the cross) he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says: “This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.” Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary. Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus…..Heb 10:14-19. Let us taken up our wooden, gopher wood, cross daily and embrace the promise of eternal life, our rainbow, which will be filled with more gold than has ever been dreamed!!
Scott and Jane Johnson minister with East Faulkner Church of Christ and BRG Bible. Bible questions can be sent to [email protected]