SIGN OF THE
Our God is
is it about rainbows that fascinate us? When
it rains, I tend to look to see if the sun is shining elsewhere in the
sky. I'm on
the lookout for a rainbow. When I
saw the double rainbow the other day, it got me to thinking about the covenant
God made with mankind after the flood.
said, "This is the sign of the covenant which I am making between Me and
you and every living creature that is with you, for all successive generations;
I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me
and the earth." (Genesis 9:12-13)
is a covenant? Simply put, it's a
contract. Other synonyms include commitment, pledge, promise, and bond.
It's like a legal contract, but in Scripture it's an agreement between
God and His people; so it's a two-way street, between us and God.
In the agreement between God and the people of Israel, God promised to protect them if they kept His laws and remained faithful to
first time we read of a covenant between God and man is in Genesis 9.
But it's not the last time. The
prophet Jeremiah foretold of the NEW covenant.
days are coming,"
declares the Lord, "when
I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah,
not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by
the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt."
the difference between the old and the new covenant?
The old covenant was written on stone tablets (Exodus 31:18).
But the people were unfaithful to God (Exodus 32:1-6).
new covenant was written on their hearts instead of stone tablets.
this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel. After those days, says the
will put My laws into their minds, and I will write them on their hearts.
And I will be their God, and they shall be My people."
when I saw this double rainbow I was reminded of God's covenant, which I
happened to see on the eve of a life-altering event in my life. After almost 20
years, an ending... but also a beginning. With
the pound of the gavel, the door slammed shut on the past.
I need not worry, for God has written His Word on my heart.