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Covenant With Noah

A Rainbow over the OceanThe answer to society's and the individual's need is found in the Christ world rainbow. She, the Body of Christ, is one of God's instruments for bringing a hurting world back to himself. Like a rainbow, Christ shines in many colors and meets our very varied needs.

Evil Humans

The account of Noah begins with a great increase in the earth's population and the Lord therefore limited their lifespans to 120 years. We read this in Genesis 6.1-3, "When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. Then the Lord said, 'My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.'" "My Spirit will not contend with humans" may be translated as "My spirit will not remain in humans." And the phrase "for they are mortal" may be rendered as "for they are corrupt."

Great Wickedness

This corruptness is described in the next few verses of Genesis 6.5-8, "The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. So the Lord said, 'I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created — and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground — for I regret that I have made them.' But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord." Despite all the evil on the earth, Noah "found favor in the eyes of the Lord." As a result of this evil, the whole earth was flooded and only Noah's family and the animals in the ark survived.

Rising Waters

Only after 40 days of rising waters do the waters eventually begin to subside. Finally Noah's family and the animals came out of the ark. The first thing that Noah does is sacrifice to the Lord as in Genesis 8.20-22, "Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: 'Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.' As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.'"

Rainbow Covenant

This covenant between God and humans was then marked with the introduction of the rainbow. Genesis 9.12-16 describes this "And God said, 'This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth."

Bow in the Clouds

So we have the rainbow, his bow in the clouds, as a sign that God lays down his weapon of destruction, to make a peace covenant with Noah and with the World for ever. Christ's rainbow today is a pledge that he will never again destroy the world because of its evil. Christ's rainbow is God's pledge of the possibility of peace to all people who will receive him as their savior. The multicolor rainbow as an outward and visible sign has sacramental meaning as an inward and invisible pledge of peace for all humankind forever.

Hidden Sacrament

A Rainbow HatThe Mystical Body in the World, like the rainbow, contains many emanations and colors in a multitude of rich and different forms. Like the rainbow of colors that emanate from white light in a prism so Jesus is the primary body himself like the sunlight. The individual Body of Christ has his or her being in the Christian believer. She is a hidden sacrament in bread and wine. She operates in households where Christians gather under the headship of Christ.

"Christ World Rainbow"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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