The Flood and The Rainbow

 

In recent history we have seen the devastating impact of tsunamis in the Phlippines and Japan, and the devastating force of water during hurricanes in the Americas. Life was normal in the eyes of the people before the Tsunami hit, and then everything changed. The tsunamis and hurricanes normally prevail for a couple of hours or days and subside. Consider this going for forty days and forty nights. If you can imagine it, that brings you to the great flood in the days of Noah when “all the fountains of the great deep were broken up and the windows of heaven were opened” (Genesis 7:11a, italics added).

In the days leading up to the flood in Noah’s day, the God of the universe and the people on the earth were center stage, one doing their life and the other grieving over it, a situation which Jesus determines will be similar to the prevailing  circumstances at the time of His return. “And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man:  They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all” (Luke 17:26, italics added).

“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So, the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord” (Genesis 6:5-8, italics and bold emphasis added).  Without Noah, civilization would have ended right there at the flood in his day however his faithfulness before God resulted in humanity still being here today.

“This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God. And Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. So, God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth” (Genesis 6:9-12, italics and bold emphasis added). God out of wrath chose to end civilization at that time but extended grace to Noah which resulted in him building the ark that saved him (Noah), his wife, his three children and their wives and the animals that were allowed onto the ark by the covenant  of God “But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark—you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you” (Genesis 6:18, italics added).

“Then the Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation.”” (Genesis 7:1, italics added).

From the narrative in the scriptures, nobody survived the flood except Noah and his family. That shows how one man can change the cause of history by being in favor with God. Fast forward to Genesis 18 and 19, the days of Abraham and Lot and we see again that but for Abraham, Lot would have been destroyed, however, Lot survived because Abraham, who had favor with God, stood in the gap for him. The Twin cities were eventually destroyed though because God could not find ten righteous people in the twin-city.

When the flood subsided in Noah’s day, God made a promise to ALL mankind never again to destroy the whole earth with a flood. Tsunamis, Hurricanes and floods may come in different forms, but never again will the whole earth be destroyed by a flood. 

“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, and with every living creature that is with you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth. Thus, I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”

And God said: “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth”” (Genesis 9:8-17, italics and bold emphasis added). 

“These were the families of the sons of Noah, according to their generations, in their nations; and from these the nations were divided on the earth after the flood (Genesis 10:32, italics and bold emphasis added).

There have been many connotations associated with the rainbow in modern times, but for me and from a christian worldview, when I see the rainbow, I remember the story of the flood and the fact that all the people of the earth as we know it today trace their genealogy back to Noah, the only surviving family after the flood. Before the flood, it went back to Enosh in whose time men began calling on God and further back through Seth to the first Adam who was the friend of God in the garden of Eden (around present-day Iraq).

Thus, out of the many on earth we are ONE (Ubuntu), the great African philosophy of common humanity. I also remember the goodness of God, the great I AM, and the promise that: NEVER AGAIN will the waters of the heavens, the waters of the earth and the waters of the great deep become a flood to destroy ALL of mankind.

I remember nothing more, nothing less, except the faithfulness of God towards mankind!

#dadwedaa, January 11, 2019

“A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain counsel.” – Proverbs 1:5

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