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The rainbow sign
Bible Passage Genesis 9: 13-17
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2024 & book Genesis.

The rainbow sign

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached January 6, 2024

13 I’ve set my rainbow in the sky to symbolize the covenant between me and the earth.

14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow becomes visible in the clouds,

15 I’ll remember my covenant between me and you and every living creature, so that water will never again become a flood to destroy all living beings.

16 When the rainbow is in the clouds, I will observe it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living beings on the earth.”

17 God also told Noah, “This is the symbol of the covenant that I’ve established between me and everything that lives on the earth.”

God made a covenant with the people of Israel after the flood had destroyed almost all of them for their disobedience during the days of Noah. After that destruction, God covenanted with the people that He would not destroy them with flood anymore. The symbol for this covenant is the rainbow in the sky.

Rainbows are formed when sunlight is scattered from raindrops into the eyes of an observer. Most raindrops are spherical rather than the often depicted ‘teardrop’ shape and it is this spherical shape that provides the conditions for a rainbow to be seen.

The colours of the rainbow are Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. The rainbow appears in this order of colours.

A rainbow is often a sign of hope, the beauty after the storm, a pot of gold, and good fortune at the rainbow’s end. For many, a rainbow carries a personal symbolic meaning–representing inclusivity and diversity, an all-embracing image of love and friendship.

A covenant was an agreement between two parties carrying obligations and possibly benefits or punishments, depending on whether a person kept or broke the covenant. However, covenants to which God was a party differed from covenants between people in that they were not agreements between equals. God was always the giver and the other person the receiver. The covenant promised originated in the grace of God and was guaranteed solely by Him.

Earlier God had made a covenant promise to Noah to save him and his family (see Gen. 6:18). After the flood God made another covenant promise, and, like the first, it originated entirely in God’s grace. The covenant was made not with Noah as an individual but with all earthly life through him. God would never again destroy earthly life by a flood (Gen. 9: 8-11). God pointed Noah to the rainbow as his sign to all generations that the covenant depended entirely upon him for its fulfillment.

🔷 Covenants must not be broken since God is always involved in our covenants

🔷 God is a merciful God always showing compassion toward His children

🔷 God is the sovereign ruler of this world and exercises authority over all His creations

💥 Pray that you’re able to keep your vows to God
💥 Thank God for His love

God will always calm His own wrath and show mercy to His people. But believers ought to keep their role and perform it creditably to honour God with it.

In series Bright Morning Reflections