Something caught my spirit today as I was led to do a study on the word ‘rainbow’. I am beginning to see an exciting picture that goes from the beginning to the end of the Scripture.
The rainbow is actually a material sign of the likeness of the glory of God. Look what Ezechiel 1:28 says:
“Like the appearance of a RAINBOW IN A CLOUD ON A RAINY DAY, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. THIS WAS THE APPEARANCE OF THE LIKENESS OF THE GLORY OF GOD.”
It says here that this appearance – which looks like a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day (same as described in Genesis after the flood) – is the appearance of the likeness of the glory of God. It is a manifestation of the likeness of the glory of God.
The rainbow appears only 4 times in the Bible:
1. At the flood when God said He WILL LOOK AT IT and remember His covenant to not destroy men. (Did you know that when you look at the rainbow God looks at it too?)
2. In Ezechiel when it describes the appearance of the throne of God and the look of the glory surrounding it, which looks like a rainbow in a cloud.
3. In Revelation when it again describes the throne of God surrounded by it
4. In Revelation, where an angel is CLOTHED IN A CLOUD WITH A RAINBOW on the forehead (the angel was carrying the glory of God).
So, it seems to me that after the flood God decided to make a copy of the look of His glory, as it shows around His throne of mercy and grace – and put it in our skies to remind Himself to be merciful.
When Moses asked God to show him His glory, God replied with: I will make ‘My goodness’ pass before you. Which means that the glory of God represents the goodness of God.
So, God put a copy/sign of His goodness in the skies to remind Himself to be good to us and not judge us with a flood.
When you look at a rainbow, remember:
- God is looking at it, too
- It reflects the likeness of the glory of God
- It gives us a preview of the surroundings of the throne of God
- It assures us of His mercy and faithfulness – it’s a picture of His goodness on display.
This definitely changed the way I look at a rainbow from now on! I can’t wait to see one now …