“I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.” Genesis 9:13
The rainbow is a token of the covenant of preservation made with Noah, and with all the creatures of the earth. It is fixed and sure; it may be considered also as an emblem of the covenant of grace (Isaiah 54:9-10). Or rather, it may be an emblem of Christ Himself (Revelation 10:1), and that in many respects.
When we are apt to fear being overwhelmed by the rain, Jehovah shows this seal of the promise that we shall not. Thus He removes our apprehensions, by reminding us of the covenant of grace established in Jesus. The thicker the cloud, the brighter is the bow in the cloud; so when affliction abounds, consolations do much more abound.
The bow appears when one part of the sky is clear, which intimates mercy remembered in the midst of wrath. The rainbow is caused by the refraction of the beams of the sun; so all the glory of the covenant of grace and the significance of the seals, are derived from Christ, the Sun of righteousness. The bow speaks terror; but this is without string or arrow, is directed upward, and not to the earth.
God looks upon the bow, to remember His covenant; so should we, that we may be mindful of the covenant of grace. Blessed covenant, ordered in all things and sure!
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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