God Remembers His Everlasting Covenant [Genesis 9]

 8Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying,9"Now behold, I Myself do establish My covenant with you, and with your descendants after you; 10and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you; of all that comes out of the ark, even every beast of the earth.11"I establish My covenant with you; and all flesh shall never again be cut off by the water of the flood, neither shall there again be a flood to destroy the earth."

 12God 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; 13I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth. 14"It shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow will be seen in the cloud, 15and 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."

 17And 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."


It never ceases to amaze me when I read God's word, that no matter how many times I have read it before, I always learn something new about God.  In this familiar story I have always thought that God gave the sign of the rainbow for mankind.  But today I learn that it is for Him. "It shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow will be seen in the cloud, 15and 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."  He emphasizes it again, "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."  God will look upon it to remember!  I get the sense that the bow is always there for God to see on His side, and we only see it occasionally.


We praise You, Lord, that You keep and remember the promises and covenants that You have made with Your people.  The next time we see a rainbow cause us to believe that You are remembering Your covenant with us.

 

Verna McCrillis, 2/21/2010