"Noah and his family were free from the smelly ark, but were they free from the stench of sin? Unfortunately the answer is no. Even though God knows human beings are hopeless sinners, never again will he consider completely destroying them. At this point, a rainbow would be the symbol of his love." (New Zealand's Rhema Radio)
God continued, "My covenant is between me and you and every living thing with you. It is a covenant for all time to come. Here is the sign of the covenant I am making. I have put my rainbow in the clouds. It will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Sometimes when I bring clouds over the earth, a rainbow will appear in them. Then I will remember my covenant between me and you and every kind of living thing. The waters will never become a flood to destroy all life again." (Genesis 9:12-15, New International Reader's Version)The rainbow is a sign from God reminding us that he has promised never again to flood the entire earth destroying all life. God saved Noah, his family, and the other incredible animal life he had created. The flood was both an act of justice and mercy. To me the rainbow is a reminder that God's justice and mercy can never be separated.
We will see God's justice and mercy together in another history changing event. An event that will give us another sign of the incredible justice and mercy of God. The Cross.
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