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God’s Covenant

May 11, 2012

ImageCame across this in my quiet time today. I have never thought about it like this. According to Moyter the “rainbow” is translated as “bow” like a weapon. Here is what he says.

“J. Alec Motyer reflects on the covenant and its sign: If in the world as constituted before the Flood, there had been such a thing as a rainbow, the Lord here took the familiar and filled it with new meaning–just as later, he would do, with bread and wine. But the word translated “rainbow” is actually “bow”–the weapon. It is as if the Lord were saying, “See, the war is over; I have hung up my bow.” And ever after, as soon as a threat loomed, Noah saw too the “sign” that no ultimate threat could again touch him: the Lord had promised.”

Read Gen. 9:1-17…really shed a new light for me!

9 And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “ Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. The fear of you and the terror of you will be on every beast of the earth and on every bird of the [a]sky; with everything that creeps on the ground, and all the fish of the sea, into your hand they are given. Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant. Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is,its blood. Surely I will require [b] your lifeblood; [c] from every beast I will require it. And[d]from every man, [e]from every man’s brother I will require the life of man.

“ Whoever sheds man’s blood,

By man his blood shall be shed,

For in the image of God

He made man.

“As for you, be fruitful and multiply;

[f]Populate the earth abundantly and multiply in it.”

Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying, “Now behold, I Myself do establish My covenant with you, and with your [g]descendants after you; 10 and 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.” 12 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 [h]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 It shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow will 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.”

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