The Bow In the Cloud

Have you ever seen a rainbow? Surely you have! Do you know how this beautiful spectacle comes into existence? Do you know its purpose?

How do rainbows happen?

The wisdom of the world tells us that a rainbow (simply) happens when rain and sunlight mix. Sunlight is actually made up of colors we don’t (usually) see. When rain and sunlight come together, meaning, if the beam of the light hits the raindrops, the beautiful colors become visible — and we see them in form of a bow in the sky.

But it is more — way more — than just a rainbow in the sky! 

What does God’s Word say about rainbows? 

And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 

Genesis 9:12-13 ESV

“Look a rainbow!”

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It’s a shame that many times, whenever we see His Bow in the clouds, we continue to go about our own business. Why don’t we stand in awe? Why not stop for a minute to dwell on the thought of its meaning for us? Thank God for His Covenant with us — the future generations.

I have kept two children’s books from the time I’ve spent sitting on the bed reading to my son. One of them is called Noah and God’s Promises (1985, by Gloria A. Truitt). It’s a lovely poem about Noah’s Flood. Listen to the last three stanzas of it:

“I’ll never bring a flood again
To cause all flesh to die;
The symbol of My vow will be
A rainbow in the sky.

Now when the storm clouds gather, and
Big raindrops start to fall,
We do not have to be afraid…
God’s promise we’ll recall.

The suns will shine! God told us so!
And through those shining rays
We’ll see His sign, the rainbow, and
To God we’ll offer praise.

(Emphasis mine)

We shouldn’t neglect to teach these things to our children — in our homes, on field trips, while going for walks, when putting them to bed and again at the breakfast table.

You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 

Deuteronomy 6:7 ESV

They need to know! 1) Show them the rainbow. 2) Tell them of God’s promise. 3) Give praise to God!

Dear Christian, we need to stand in awe! Look at the rainbow again. Think about zooming it until it’s right before your eyes. Can you see the beauty, the brightness — the glory of it? Ezekiel 1:28 says:

Like the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud on the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness all around. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard the voice of one speaking. 

(Speaking about The Glory Of the LORD — Ezekiel 1:4-28)



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