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Genesis 9:12-17

Lesson # Genesis 9:12-17
Study Material - Genesis 9:12-17

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Gen. 9:12-17

12 And God 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; 13 I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth. 14 And it shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud, 15 and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 When the bow is in the cloud, then I will look upon it, to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.' 17 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.'

God is immutable, Heb. 6:17, and He is a sure and secure foundation, 2 Tim. 2:19. Again in Rev. 4:3, and Rev 10:1, a rainbow is seen surrounding Christ, representing the faithfulness and sealing security of God with man.

God offers man a seal, something never before given, and therefore never before seen by man. This is the promise of God to never again destroy the earth by water. This also tells us that there had never been rain on the earth prior to the flood because this is the seal offered by God, the rainbow, as a part of this new covenant God gave all living and breathing things. Remember that the earth was watered by means of springs bubbling up out of the ground.

The rainbow appears when storms and sunlight are present. Of course we know that it is the prism effect of light bending through the vapor in the air, thus revealing all the colors of the rainbow. God gives this sign as a reminder of His mercy and as a reminder of His justice. Fair warning is given to all. Storms are always imminent, just as judgment is. But also mercy and grace is ever present too. The sunlight shining through the clouds giving that ray of hope. And God is the only source of hope in creation.

Also we see that God controls all of the element of nature. He can allow precipitation and evaporation and condensation and the whole process of rain in its cycle, and He can prevent it as He did prior to the flood. This seal of the covenant is the first presentation of the rainbow. When God gives something new, he does not reuse something old and simply give us second hand guarantees. All things from God are originals, not garage sale discards.

God repeats His promise over and over in these few verses. He restates His remembrance of His promise as well. God does what He says He will do. He will not go back on His word. He is reliable, dependable, faithful, and fearful too. Judgment is certain, but blessing is certain too. We have only to make the correct choices to be beneficiaries of blessings rather than cursing.

Thought the earth is filled with storm clouds, because life is an endless stream of hardships, so also the light of the sun is always there too. In everything we experience, God is as close as your volition. The rainbow is not of the ground, but of the air. It only occurs when light passes through the clouds of vapor. When darkness passes through the clouds, there is no hope, no rainbow. Only light can provide hope and a solution to the storm.

Throughout the scriptures this theme is repeated over and over. It is illustrated over and over. Many analogies are used. Many parallels, many contrasts, many examples are used, so as to teach us and to get things through our thick heads. Sometimes we just read the words and do not ponder the meaning. When ever you study your Bible, you should ask yourself, why? Why is this or that placed here? What is excluded and why is it excluded? All scripture is meant to teach us principles of doctrine, and not simply entertain. It is meant to help us learn more about God and grow in our faith and advance to spiritual maturity. It is too easy to forget God, or too easy to ignore God in these busy advertising filled days we live in.

Just as everyone on earth has seen a rainbow at one time or another, there are many reminders of God all around us. Not just the day and light repetition, the seasons, the intricate details of matter, or life, or the universe. What we can easily take for granted, like the rainbow, has a greater principle behind its existence. Gods existence, Gods plan, Gods faithfulness, our destiny whether good or bad should be apparent to us all. Life is full of choices. God has made many choices for us all ready, we have only to accept them and we will benefit from then immensely, or reject them and pursue our destruction at our own hand.

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