Promises Found in the Old Testament God’s Promise Found in the Rainbow – (Part 4 in series) Genesis 19:3

Today we will complete our look at the Bible verse found in Genesis 19:3. In this verse, the Lord
says, “I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the
earth.” This promise of God’s rainbow is a visible promise marker that He will never flood the earth
again. In and through the rainbow, we can see several reasons to trust the Lord and see His power at
work.
We saw the first promise the rainbow shows us is the great power of God. The rainbow reminds us
of this because we see that it is God that made it independent of man. Multiple scriptures were
referenced showing the second promise of the perfection of God’s promises. Last week, saw that the
rainbow speaks to us of the promises of God.
The final promise we can see is the rainbow speaks to us of the purpose of God. God’s purpose is
two-fold: judgment and grace. The rainbow, which speaks to us of grace, is set in the cloud, which
speaks to us of judgment. Throughout human history these two are placed side by side; the rainbow and
the cloud, speaking of grace and judgment.
Throughout the Bible we read of God’s condemnation of man’s sin (the cloud); but always, side by
side with this, we read of His love for the sinner and His day of deliverance (the rainbow). You see, God
must punish sin for He is a holy God, and He is righteous, but He loves the sinner and longs for our
salvation (Romans 3:26; 6:23). Therefore, as we see the goodness and the seriousness of God, we must
see the rainbow in the cloud!
In Romans 11:22 we see, “Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell,
severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off.”
To the believer, there is a rainbow in every cloud and for the sinner, there is a cloud of God’s wrath
resting upon him (John 3:36). In the cloud, there is always this rainbow along with the promise of full
and free salvation (1 John 1:7) through Jesus Christ.
What do you see as you look around? Do you see the blackness of the cloud of your sin and God’s
judgment upon it? Or can you see God’s rainbow of mercy and love and full salvation shining against
the dark background of the cloud? I hope you can see the rainbow and the Lord saying to you as He did
to Isaiah in Isaiah 55:6-7, “Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. Let
the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, And He
will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.”
The rainbow is a visible token given by God that He will judge sin and that He has made a way of
salvation through Jesus Christ. Have you accepted this way of salvation? If not, would you do so today?
I invite you to come and worship with us at First Baptist Church Timpson and see His love and
mercy. Each Sunday we have Sunday School at 9:30 am and worship service at 10:45 am. On Wednesday
evening at 6:00 pm we have a children’s program, a youth program, and an adult Bible study. Come and
join us for these times of Bible Study, fellowship, and encouragement. If you cannot attend Sunday
morning worship, we encourage you to watch us on Facebook Live from our Facebook Page (First
Baptist Church-Timpson). If you need us, you can always reach out to us at 936-254-2220 or through
our email at firstbctimpson@yahoo.com.
In Christ,
Bro. W Dee Daniel