When I was a new Christian and engrossed in reading the Bible for the first time I was struck by the beautifully vivid stories we find in the Old Testament. We all know many Old Testament stories, whether we have read the Bible or not, as so many of them have been made into plays, musicals, and movies.
The story of Noah really spoke to me and I felt a personal connection to that story because the day that the ark came to rest on Mount Ararat after the flood was the seventeenth day of the seventh month, which is by birthday. I thought it was wonderful that this passage that represented a new birth for creation was the day of my own birth. I shouldn’t read too much into this coincidence, however, as the Hebrew calendar was different to our own…
I believe the flood really happened. God became so angry with His rebellious creatures that He wanted to start over and so He sent rain for forty days to completely submerge all life on the planet except for Noah, his family, and the animals on the ark. Once the flood was over, God made a covenant with Noah; that He would never again destroy all life on Earth in this way. It’s a beautiful passage:
Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying: “And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth. Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”
And God said: “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow 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; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.”
(Genesis 9:8-17 NKJV)
So there we have it. The reason why we witness the wonder of the rainbow today is because God said to His creatures that no matter how far we stray from honouring Him and obeying Him, He will never again destroy all life with flood water. When I see a rainbow it reminds me of God’s goodness, of hope, of His awesome power, and that He is a covenant-making and covenant-keeping God.
In light of this, isn’t it utterly abominable that the rainbow in the 21st century has become a symbol of rebellion against God and of that attribute that is so despicable in God’s sight – pride?
Our society has strayed painfully far from God’s commandments and has become so secular that seemingly “anything goes” when it comes to sexuality. The natural union between a man and a woman has become just one in an ever-increasing number of socially acceptable sexual scenarios in a culture that worships sexual promiscuity while forgetting what sex is really about.
And those who defend LGBTQ+ culture are proud of their rebellion.
I am sad because I love God and I love God’s commandments. They have been given to us so that we can live a life pleasing to God, and receive all the good promises that we find in the Bible. God is awesome. He is so awesome that He created the universe. He is powerful beyond measure and not to be trifled with!
So I hope that as a culture we will reclaim the rainbow for God – the God who according to the Bible is going to judge us all. 🌈