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This is the TRUE story of an event that happened approximately 4,370 years ago.

Contrary to popular belief, the rainbow is not important because of the possibility of finding a leprechaun at its end. It's also not important because of the adopted cultural re-branding we see everywhere today.

 

The rainbow is important because of what it represents. The Rainbow is the symbol of the covenant God made with mankind, past, present, and future. 

There was a time on this earth when according to the Word of God, in Genesis 6:5-8: “5) Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6) The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.  7) The LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.”  8) But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.”

All of humanity had become so defiled, engaging in sexual sin, murder, and every other imaginable atrocity, that God’s heart was broken. Let’s just pause for a moment and think about that. God’s heart was broken. My heart has only been broken a few times in my life. And it was broken by people I loved and cared for DEEPLY. It was grievous and I would never want to do that to anyone, MUCH LESS, God.

BUT Noah. Noah was a righteous man who walked with God and lived among all the depravity. He stuck close to God, raised his family to love God, and he preached to everyone around him, too. Noah is a beautiful example of what it means to live upright in today’s culture. 

So, God’s heart was grieved, and He sent the Flood to destroy everything, save Noah, his family and the animals on the Ark. But before God would destroy the earth, except for Noah and his family, God gave him very specific instructions as to how to construct the Ark. It is estimated by Bible scholars that it took Noah something between 100-120 years to build it. That was no small feat. As if that wasn't crazy enough, no person on planet earth had ever experienced rain falling from the sky! At that time, everything was watered from a mist that came up from the earth. (But that's another story for another time.) And, because God's timing is perfect, shortly after Noah completed building the Ark, he and his family entered the Ark and God shut and sealed the door behind them. It was then, water began falling from the sky and it came up from the earth, and it rained for 40 days and 40 nights and as the waters increased, they raised the Ark high above the earth. "Every living thing that moved on the earth perished, birds, livestock, wild animals, all creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. (Genesis 7:21)" And the waters flooded the earth for 150 days. At that point, the waters began receding from the earth. It would be more than a year as Noah and his family waited for the flood to do it’s work and for God to get them out of that boat. Noah began sending a dove out in search of dry land and after the dove finally came back with a branch in its mouth, Noah finally knew they would be getting of the ark soon.

 

Nobody really talks about it much, but I’m sure being on a boat tossed around for what probably seemed like forever, navigating family and animals in such close quarters, they were probably all pretty close to wits end by the time the door of the Ark opened again on dry land! I also imagine it was very emotional, too. Realizing they were the only eight humans on the whole planet. Realizing that God was SO gracious to them. Realizing that all of humanity had just been destroyed. I would have been brought to tears.

Finally, God instructed Noah and his family and the animals to come off the Ark. And Noah built an altar to the Lord. The Lord smelled the incense and was pleased. And the Lord blessed Noah and his family.

Then the Lord made a promise to them and to all of humanity to come.  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 have established between me and all life on the earth.”

The rainbow is a symbol of God's judgement against humanity and of His mercy to a fallen world. It is a warning of what happens when the world shuts God out and ruthlessly pursues its own pleasures and it is a  symbol of hope, new beginnings, and of the promise God made to never destroy the earth with water again.

So that's the incredible, true story of how we came to have the beautiful rainbow. You can read more about Noah and his descendants by going to the Bible and starting in Genesis. The whole Bible is a beautiful true story of God's relationship with His creation.

It is good for us to remember the method God will use to destroy the earth at His second coming, too. Jesus said we would know the times of the end by the wickedness of man, "as in the days of Noah and Lot". And as much as I wish it weren’t so, this world has so much evil in it now and so little love for God, it  breaks my heart. This next time when God comes to judge the earth, it will be destroyed, consumed by fire.

All that to say this: God loves you. Jesus loves you. And He has a beautiful plan for your life. More beautiful than the rainbow. But you must come to HIM. Surrender your life, stop fighting Him. Jesus gave His life on Calvary for you. On a wooden cross, He suffered the most inhumane death invented by man. All to offer you a life in eternity with Him. You might be thinking this is all stuff and nonsense and there’s no heaven or hell, and what if it were stuff and nonsense? The only thing I would be out is the act of being wrong and still living a fantastic life being lead by Jesus. But what if I’m right? What if the act of refusing Jesus in this lifetime results in an eternity of suffering, anguish, and darkness? That’s a pretty big risk. Too big.

I'm always saying there are no coincidences. So, you being here, right now, reading these words, is no coincidence. If you've read this far, I want to ask you something. Is there a goofy or maybe weird feeling in the pit of your stomach right now? Almost like you wanna get up and run or throw up? Is there something in your head telling you this is true? I want to tell you that is Jesus knocking on the door of your heart right now. You must be the one to open the door. Jesus won't come in unless He is invited. Friend, won't you invite Him in? 

Asking Jesus to come into your life is as simple as ABC. You can talk directly to God. I promise you, He is listening and waiting to welcome you with open arms. 

ADMIT THAT YOU’RE A SINNER.  This is where that godly sorrow leads to genuine repentance for sinning against the righteous God and there is a change of heart, we change our mind and God changes our hearts and regenerates us from the inside out.

BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART THAT JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR YOUR SINS, WAS BURIED, AND THAT GOD RAISED JESUS FROM THE DEAD.  This is trusting with all of your heart that Jesus Christ is who he said he was.

CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD.  Ask Jesus to come live in your heart and change your life. Every single person who ever lived since Adam will bend their knee and confess with their mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord, the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings.

"TODAY IS THE DAY OF YOUR SALVATION!"


"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that none can boast."

EPHESIANS 2:8-9

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