The Covenant Of The Rainbow: Flood Series Part 5 of 8

Genesis 9:12-16
“12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come:
13 I HAVE SET MY BOW IN THE CLOUDS, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”

God is a good God! If He says He is going to do something or not do something, He, Who CANNOT LIE, will keep His word. He doesn’t have to swear.  He doesn’t have to promise.  He doesn’t have to cut covenants.  His word alone is enough.

Who are the ones that don’t keep their word, that need guarantees?  US. We are the fickle ones.  We need to swear.  We the ones who waver.  We lie, we cheat, we steal.  We are the faithless ones, not God.
So why, if He is Faithful and True, does He swear and make covenants with man?  To reassure unsure, wishy-washy, shakey ones of mankind. He does it for our benefit; our peace of mind.
So far, we have discussed what the world was like at the time of the flood, Who was in the Ark during the flood, the changes to the Jewish calendar, and some interesting things about doves.  In part 5 we’re going to talk about a covenant that remains in effect to this day:  The rainbow!
Facts About Covenants.
Covenants in ancient Israel, and in other cultures around the world, are “cut” with another person, tribe or nation. Unlike a paper contract which can easily be broken, there is a SHEDDING OF BLOOD involved to seal it.
Each person or tribal head made a small incision on their wrist, joined them together and mingled their blood. Now it flows as one.  This is why marriage is a covenant, not a contract.
(David and Jonathan cut a covenant with each other.)
In the process of cutting a covenant, each also took off their respective outer garments and exchanged them, indicating a change of positions.  They exchanged their respective armaments and wore the other persons gear. You now share mutual possessions, mutual enemies, and fought mutual battles of your (now mutual) enemies and, if you suffered any lack, the other would provide for you.
Jonathan and David made such a pact.
No More Judgment.
The Rainbow does not only refer to physical floodwaters.  The scripture below from Isaiah bears this out.
Isaiah chapter 53 describes more graphically than any other Jesus’ sufferings.  In the very next chapter, 54, God makes an amazing statement.   Because of what Jesus would endure for our sakes, God could declare the following in verses 9-10:
“9 “To me this {Jesus’ death on the cross, referring back to the previous chapter} is like the days of Noah, when I swore that the waters of Noah would NEVER AGAIN cover the earth.
So now I have sworn not to be angry with you,
NEVER TO REBUKE {condemn} you again.
10 Though the mountains be shaken
and the hills be removed,
yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken
nor my covenant of peace be removed,”
says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”

 

Secrets In The Hebrew.

The sign from God to Noah, and to all creation, of His covenant was the RAINBOW.  Don’t think it’s only a symbol of no more physical flood waters but of NO MORE JUDGMENT EVER…..Period!…for the believer, that is.

The word in Hebrew for “rainbow” is this word: “Qeshet.”  It not only means “rainbow,” but also the kind of bow from which you would shoot an arrow.  The passage above from Isaiah means that God will NEVER AGAIN shoot arrows of judgment at us or be angry with us!  NO MORE JUDGMENT!
Portent Of The Cross.
David, speaking prophetically of Jesus’ sufferings, says in Palm 42:7;
“…7 all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.”

At the cross, when everything went dark for three hours, there was a storm of epic proportions. All God’s “Billows: waves and waves of judgment,” literally rolled over Jesus. What happens after the dark clouds clear and the sun begins to shine again as the rain drops linger?  
A RAINBOW APPEARS! I truly believe there was a rainbow around the cross as Jesus bowed His head.

Everything….ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING IN THE WHOLE OF SCRIPTURE AND ALL OF HISTORY POINTS TO THIS ONE EVENT IN TIME.  God was able now to shout to the whole world, “Finished!!! No more judgment!!!”

At that very instant, the Father ripped from top to bottom that 8″ thick temple veil that had separated us from Him since the garden!!! HALLELUJAH!!!

Now, when the enemy tries to attack us, we have God’s seal of approval–a rainbow around our heads–to remind him that our debt with God is settled…FOREVER!

Isaiah 59:19
“19 So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in LIKE A FLOOD, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.”
And…
Revelation 12:15
“15 Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a flood, to overtake the woman {a picture of the church} and sweep her away with the torrent.”
Standard Against The Accuser.
The rainbow is a standard that God raises up against him, the accuser, who spews out a flood of words that accuse and condemn, communicate shame, deliver despair that he wants to charge to our account….BUT…..The flood is turned aside!

We need to continually remind ourselves that we are standing on NO CURSE GROUND;” that we have the standard of the rainbow over our heads!  God will NEVER AGAIN BE ANGRY WITH US OR CONDEMN US.”
We raise up our shield of faith that we are the righteousness of God in Christ and quench all the fiery darts–flaming arrows–of the devil.  That’s how we walk victoriously through life.
(The throne of God encircled by a Rainbow.)

Revelation 4:1-3
“1 After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” 2 At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. 3 And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A RAINBOW that shone like an emerald {green=New Covenant=NO MORE JUDGMENT} encircled the throne.”

And that, Church, is why there is a rainbow around God’s throne and the door is open wide for us to freely enter His presence.  He wants to comfort us with the truth about THE COVENANT OF THE  RAINBOW.

Please follow the link below to part 6.  There’s a wonderful message from our Father to us in the meanings of the names in Genesis 5!

https://emmausroadministries.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/genesis-5-has-a-message-for-us-flood-series-part-6/

 

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