A Covenant Reminder

Today I saw a beautiful rainbow in the sky. Usually when I see a rainbow my mind is immediately brought back to the story of Noah and the Flood. The rainbow is a sign of hope and restoration. A sign that points to the Lord's grace and mercy on humanity. Even though all the thoughts and intents of man's heart are evil He still finds something in humanity worth saving. The Jewish people recite a blessing when they see a rainbow (Blessed are You, Ha Shem, our God, King of the Universe, who remembers His covenant, is trustworthy in His covenant, and fulfills His word). It is amazing how God will use natural phenomena of His world as reminders of His covenant. The Law's of Nature stand as testimony to God's covenant with man. The website HowStuffWorks describes the process as follows: In a rainbow, raindrops in the air act as tiny prisms. Light enters the raindrop, reflects off of the side of the drop and exits. In the process, it is broken into a spectrum just like it is in a triangular glass prism. In the oneness of a shaft of light there is a myriad of colors. The analogies are interesting to ponder (A husband and wife are ONE flesh yet two distinct entities, in the church there is neither Jew nor Gentile, slave nor free, male nor female for we are all ONE in Christ (Galatians 3:28), God is ONE (Deuternomy 6:4) yet eternally exists in a Tri-Unity). The ancient commentator on the Pentateuch, Sforno, says, "When you see it, it should remind you of the Flood, and you must bestir yourself to rouse people to repent." Never again would God use water as his means of total annihilation. However, God did use water for the destruction of the Egyptian army. Conversely, the Apostle Peter says that "... the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water. Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you -- not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but and appeal to God for a good conscience -- through the resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 3:21,22)." Water has both the power to destroy and to purify. It can cleanse our bodies and also crack a rock.

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