Did you know that God created the rainbow as a covenant between Him, Noah and every living thing that the earth would never again be destroyed by flood?

Genesis 9:8-17, NIV 8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: 9 "I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you 10 and with every living creature that was with you --- the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you --- every living creature on earth. 11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be cut off by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth." 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 rainbow 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." 17 So God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant I establish between me and all life on the earth."

So what is a rainbow? A rainbow is a large band of parallel stripes, blended at the rims, which displays the full spectrum of colors that make up the sun's white light. The sun's light looks white to the human eye however it is actually made up of seven colors --- red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.

In order to have a rainbow you must have raindrops and the sun present at the same time. As sunlight enters the falling raindrops, it breaks up into its true colors. These colors are always arranged according to their wavelengths, with red being at one end and violet the other. Once inside the droplet, the particles of colored light bounce from side to side, reflect off of the far side of the droplet, exit the droplet and reassemble, according to their wavelengths, to form a rainbow.

All factors must be precise in order for us humans to see the rainbow. Rainbows can only be seen by the human eye in the early morning and late afternoon … it is physically impossible for us to align our eyes with the sun at other times of the day. Logically a morning rainbow appears when the sun shines in the east and the rain falls in the west and an afternoon rainbow appears when the sun shines in the west, and the rain falls in the east. Occasionally a ray of the sunlight enters the raindrop a second time and travels along inside the droplet until it comes out once again. That is why sometimes we see the primary rainbow which is produced by one internal reflection and the secondary rainbow which is fainter produced by the second reflection.

There are only three (3) other times a rainbow is mentioned in the Bible ---

Ezekiel 1:28 NIV Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking.

Revelation 4:2-3 NIV 2At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. 3And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian. A rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled the throne.

Revelation 10:1 NIV Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars

Every time the rainbow is mentioned, it is mentioned in the context of God and his sovereign power. The rainbow around God's throne is a symbol of His faithfulness that even in judgment; God will always remember His covenant and protect His own. The rainbow is a sign of God's faithfulness to His people.

Every time we see a rainbow we should think about how awesome is the sovereignty, glory, faithfulness and love of the God we serve. There is no other!

Pam Goulding © August 2006

We hope you enjoy this poem. It was written by one of our subscribers.

Rainbows Come After The Rain
Connie Ciccone

Whatever your cross,
whatever your pain,
There will always be sunshine
after the rain.
Perhaps you may stumble,
perhaps even fall,
But God is always ready
to answer your call.
He knows every heartache,
sees every tear,
A word from His lips
can calm every fear.
Your sorrows may linger
throughout the night,
But suddenly vanish
at dawn's early light.
The Savior is waiting
somewhere above,
To give you His grace
and send you His love.
Whatever your cross,
whatever your pain,
God always!!!!
Sends rainbows after the rain.

Rainbows Come After The Rain
Connie Ciccone ©August 2006

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