Genesis 9:8–17 (ESV)
God’s Covenant with Noah
8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, 9 “Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you, 10 and with every living
creature that is with you, the birds, the livestock, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark; it is for every beast of the earth. 11 I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all
flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature
that is with you, for all future generations: 13 I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the
bow is seen in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 When
the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17 God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that
I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”
The rainbow was God’s sign and reminder to His covenant with Noah. Unfortunately,
the rainbow has become a symbol for an ungodly movement today. The LGTB community has adopted a rainbow for their symbol, yet God considers their sexual lifestyle an abomination. This is not my word, but what God calls it (Lev. 18:22). There
is so much that is wrong with their use of the rainbow, but I am going to bite my tongue. God hates sin… period! It doesn’t matter if it is homosexuality, murder, gossip, not loving your neighbor, slander, drinking in excess, or dare
I go so far as “speeding” (you know… 46 in a 45 speed zone). We are all sinners and we all fall short. God calls us to repent of our sins. Repent means that we are sorry and we want to stop our sinful activity. God
flooded the world, yet through his grace and mercy… he spared the believing Noah and his family. The rainbow is a sign of the judgement… and love… that God carried out in the flood. It is a “second chance”…
a washing away of sin.
1 Peter 3:18–22 (ESV)
18 For Christ also
suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, 20 because
they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. 21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves
you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been
subjected to him.
I pray: O Lord, it is easy to point a finger at a sin and condemn it… yet we need to remember that when we are pointing our finger, we have three fingers on the
same hand point back to ourselves. Help us to repent of our sins, to stop sinning, and to turn around and walk according to your ways. Forgive us and renew a right spirit within us. Amen.