By RANDY WHITE, D.Min.
Founder and CEO
(Read Part 12)
In this article, we will complete our study of the new revelation that God gave to mankind at the inauguration of the dispensation of conscience. Once again, we note that the main portion of the covenant deals with God’s obligations, which He has revealed by means of promises to mankind.
God Repeats His Plan for Men and Women
And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.
One of the chief reasons that mankind was created was so that he could go out and subdue the Earth, and part of that action of having dominion over the Earth would involve bearing children who could participate in this great endeavor. As Genesis 1:28 states:
God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (NASB)
God Confirms His Covenant with a Scientific Sign in the Sky
There would also be confirmation of God’s covenant by means of a magnificent token that God placed in the sky.
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 all successive generations; I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth. It shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow will be seen in the cloud, 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. 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.” (Gen. 9:12-16, NASB)
Have you ever noticed how we are drawn to rainbows? Each one of us has seen a rainbow. Yet, anytime that we would see another one we would pause and say, “Oh, look at the rainbow!” No one ever grumbles that they have already seen hundreds of rainbows. And a double rainbow is even much more spectacular!
Even when we create a rainbow from a sprinkler, we are still impressed. People love these incredible displays of water and light. We are like kids—we never outgrow the amazement of a rainbow.
We are awed by a rainbow, aren’t we?
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.
A rainbow is amazing and beautiful for us, and it serves as a reminder for us, but God tells us that it is also important to Him.
The next time you look at a rainbow, you can be reminded that God is looking down at it from the other side!
Maybe one of the reasons that we are awed by rainbows is because when we look into them we know that our eyes are on the same thing that God’s eye is upon.
God is looking at both Jerusalem and the rainbow, and therefore humanity is also drawn to look at both of them.
Scripture also states:
God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5)
Light is a co-mingling of all the colors. A prism is needed to separate those colors. Water serves as the prism in rain, and causes all the colors to separate from one another. The prism allows us to see light—and to see all the variations of color within that light and, by extension, to see the variegated “grace of God” (1 Pet. 4:10).
When that light separates and gives us all of those colors, we say, “That is the most beautiful light that there is!”
The rainbow reminds us that God is looking down to see us. What a wonderful reminder of his grace—even following a storm!
Here we have a reminder that, even in a storm—even though the biggest worldwide disaster in all of history had just taken place in the form of the worldwide flood—we have this token that tells us not to worry. God is in charge! We will be okay.
That is the beauty of a rainbow.
In fact, on the basis of all that we have studied about God’s instructions in the post-flood world, I can tell you that the sun is going to come up tomorrow morning—and it will go down tomorrow evening. The days will continue to get longer until June 21, and then they will begin to get shorter. Now is a good time for planting seeds. In just a few months, it will be time harvest time—but if you plant then you will not get any harvest at all.
We thank God for this covenant, and for the token of this covenant, and think of our responsibilities that we have in light of it.
We have a responsibility to respect, honor and protect life, and also to subdue and take dominion of this Earth and to populate it.
Man finally will have dominion in the way that is described in Psalm 8:6:
Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet.
We are grateful for these beautiful days of spring, but we are even more grateful for the beautiful days that are to come.
And we pray,
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. (Matt. 6:10)
Editor’s Note: This blog article is taken from the following sermon, which you can watch in its entirety here:
(Read Part 14)
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