The Rainbow Promise

When Noah’s family leaves the ark, God commands them to be fruitful and multiply. He gives them all the animals to eat. What had they been eating on the ark? I don’t know.

However, they are told not to eat anything with its blood in it. Again, blood is important. In the early church, the new Gentile believers were told that they didn’t have to be circumcised but that they shouldn’t eat blood. This forbidding of blood supersedes the Law of Moses; it comes before and after it. I don’t understand it, but I can see in Scripture it’s important to God.

They are warned that if they kill someone, they will be killed. They are told, “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in His own image.”

Murder, the shedding of blood, again goes beyond the Law of Moses. It’s an innate wrong. It’s something that never should be done apart from God’s justice and knowledge of His will.

Noah’s family makes offerings to God, and God makes a promise. He promises to never destroy the world again by flood. They don’t need to be scared every time it rains. The Lord never wants us to be afraid. He gives us promises to keep us from fear.

God works all things together for good. (Rom. 8:28)

God has a plan to prosper you and not harm you. (Jer. 29:11)

God will keep me safe in his dwelling in the day of trouble. (Ps. 27:5)

God will meet all my needs. (Phil. 4:19)

The Lord will destroy the world again, next time by fire. It’s not something the believer has to fear because we will be with Him and have our new bodies that will never grow old and die. And He will create a new heaven and new earth that will never be corrupted. And He Himself will be its sun, its light. Amen!