“Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying: “And as for me, behold, I establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you” (Genesis 9:8, 9).
This is the first covenant, Lord God made with the men of the world. Noah and his family members stood as our representatives and executed the covenant with God. God is a faithful Lord who follows the covenant fully. He is the Lord of promises. God is one who has made the covenant with compassion. If you live in accordance with God’s grace, promises and the covenant, you will see His glory.
The rainbow is seen as a covenant not only on earth but also in the heaven. John, the Apostle looked up at the heavenly throne from the island of Patmos. “And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald” (Revelation 4:3).
How is the rainbow formed? It is caused by reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets resulting in a spectrum of light appearing on the opposite side of the sun. It takes the form of an arc of seven colours. By the by, how does the rainbow appear in the heaven? Our God is seated on the throne like a sun of righteousness. The light which comes out of that sun reveals His characteristics through the seven lamps of fire and thus we see the rainbow. It is nothing but God’s love and compassion.
God who made a covenant with Noah has now made one with us through His Son Jesus Christ. He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin and iniquities of the world. What is His covenant? “For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but my kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you” (Isaiah 54:10). So king David prayed reminding the covenant of God. “Have respect to the covenant; for the dark places of the earth are full of the haunts of cruelty (Psalm 74:20).
“Covenant” is one which is made between two persons. God’s part of the covenant is “I will not bring flood and destroy the world” and there is a part of the covenant which you have to execute. Do it, as Joshua said “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. We will praise Him. We will follow Him.”
To meditate: “It is He who sits above the circle of the earth and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, who stretches out the heavens like a curtain and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in” (Isaiah 40:22).