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After God destroyed the old world with a deluge of wrath, He made a covenant with Noah that He would not destroy the earth again by a flood. This covenant was a clear picture of God’s everlasting covenant of grace in Christ. Because the Lord Jesus Christ has suffered all the fury of God’s wrath, He has fully satisfied justice and put away the sin of His people. And God has sworn to never be wroth with His people, nor rebuke them in anger (Isa 54:9). God gave Noah a token of the covenant, whereby God would remember His covenant and Noah would be comforted. In the event that God brought a raincloud over the earth, God promised to set His bow in the cloud (vv 13-14). What a beautiful picture of Christ our Savior, a picture we may contemplate and rejoice in every time we see a rainbow in the clouds!
A COVENANT ESTABLISHED BY GOD
Sinners are saved by a covenant of grace established by God alone. He made it, He established it, and He will remember it (vv 8-9, 11-12, 15, 17). God established the covenant of grace in Christ by a divine election of grace, and it shall stand (Eph 1:3-6; Rom 9:11-13). God established the covenant by the blood of the covenant, by the precious blood of Christ that obtained eternal redemption for us (Heb 9:12; 13:20). God establishes the covenant in the hearts of His people when the Token of the covenant is seen by faith. Christ is the Token of the everlasting covenant of grace (2 Cor 4:6; Eph 1:13).
THE EVERLASTING COVENANT
The rainbow is a beautiful picture of God’s everlasting covenant of grace in Christ. It’s not commonly known, but a rainbow is a perfect circle. From the ground only part of the bow is seen. But viewed from above it is a beautiful, complete and colorful loop. It has no place of beginning, and no place of ending. So also is Christ our Rainbow of the covenant. “Art thou not from everlasting, O LORD my God, mine Holy One? we shall not die” (Hab 1:12). God’s people are loved with an everlasting love (Jer 31:3). God’s mercy is everlasting (Ps 103:17). And because God’s covenant is everlasting in Christ, His grace is unchangeable and unaffected by the sins of His people (Mal 3:6).
THE REVELATION OF GOD
The rainbow is a picture of the full revelation of God in the face of the Lord Jesus Christ. A rainbow is simply the manifestation of all the beauty and glory contained in invisible light. We cannot see the full spectrum of colors in natural light. But when God brings a dark raincloud over the earth, the light of the Sun is refracted and divided in the millions of raindrops, revealing the beauty and diversity of colors in the light. Sinners cannot know the living God, until God brings a dark cloud of Holy Spirit conviction and the heavy shower of His word. Then Christ is revealed in the cloud by the Spirit of God. The saving grace that God purposed from all eternity is manifested and brought to light by the Gospel of Christ (2 Tim 1:9-10; Col 2:10). We’re made to see the glory of God!
THE RAINBOW BETWEEN
The rainbow was set in the cloud between God and the earth. God said, “And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth” (v 16). What a picture of Christ our Mediator! The Lord Jesus stands between chosen sinners and a holy God, making intercession for us. Because Christ is our everlasting Mediator, “He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them” (Heb 7:24-25).
THE GOVERNING RAINBOW
In Revelation 4:3 John saw a vision of God’s throne, and it was encircled round about with a beautiful rainbow. God rules all things according to His everlasting covenant of grace in Christ. The Lord Jesus reigns for the salvation of God’s elect, for them that are called according to His purpose, for every sinner that trusts in Him (Rom 8:28). In fact, Christ our covenant Head is crowned with a rainbow (Rev 10:1; Eph 1:22-23). Grace reigns through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord (Rom 5:21).
THE RAINBOW OF PROVIDENCE
God promised Noah that the clouds would come and the rainbow would be seen in the cloud. He said, “And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud” (v 14). Noah could not otherwise see the beauty of the rainbow of God’s everlasting covenant, except God in His wise providence bring a cloud over him. Children of God, our Savior has promised, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (Jn 16:33). In His all-wise, adorable providence, God our Father sends the trials of affliction and trouble, both in body and soul, in order that we might see the glory of Christ and be made to rest fully in Him.
“God in Israel sows the seeds,
Of afflictions, pain and toil;
These spring up, and choke the weeds,
Which would else overspread the soil;
Trials make the promise sweet,
Trials give new life to prayer;
Trials bring me to his feet,
Lay me low, and keep me there.”
God teach us to be ever trusting, ever patient, and ever thankful in whatever clouds He sends over us. Let us be looking for the glory of Christ in every trial, for He has promised, “The bow shall be seen in the cloud” (v 14). We could not otherwise see the beauty and glory of our Savior’s sovereign grace. In all things, Christ is glorified in the lives of God’s elect. The everlasting covenant of His grace stands sure and firm through all the storms of life.