The book of Genesis describes the beginning of Heaven and Earth. The book of Genesis also describes God’s mighty vengeance, and also Gods forgiveness and hope.
Genesis 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
6:6 And it repented. the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
6:7 And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping things, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
God was truly upset at humanity on earth and although short lived, had upset God to the point of eliminating the human race on earth. God chose to flood the earth via the opening of windows in the firmament. Before the flood occurred God was endeared to Noah because of his purity of thoughts and inner goodness in his soul.
6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
Noah was given a chance to start a new civilization after the great flood. The hope was that Noah and his family would start a new world population with people of pure thoughts. Noah was given instructions to construct an Ark, a floating vessel large enough to carry Noah and his family, pairs of every animal, fowl, and all other living creatures. The ark must also be large enough to carry enough food and water to survive the great flood.
The flood of waters from heaven lasted for 40 days, enough time to completely flood the earth and subsequent destruction of all living beings on earth except for Noah and his seven family members, and all of the living creatures on the ark. It took over 150 days for the water to subside on the earths surface and allow the Ark to rest upon the mountains of Ararat.
After Noah and all the creatures departed the Ark, Noah built an altar.
Genesis 8:20 And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
8:21 And the Lord smelled a sweet savor; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
God established a covenant with Noah and his family and all that followed. This covenant is on display after every rain storm as proof of his on-going covenant.
Genesis 9:11 And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there be any more be a flood to destroy the earth.
9:12 And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for the perpetual generations:
9:13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
Many of God’s grace and mercy are promised by faith such as eternal life, a place in heaven, forgiveness for our sins. This covenant by God is a rare visual account of a promise, a promise of hope and forgiveness. A promise that we are to walk a pure life as Noah walked and gained God’s favor.
After the next rain storm, walk outside and look for the bow, the bow that God set in the cloud, a token of a covenant between God and earth.
You will know and understand, that the promises in the Bible and in God’s word all things are true. Continue to walk by faith and not by sight. Except for the bow, the beautiful rainbow that we see with our sight and further convict our faith in God Almighty, His Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
In Jesus precious name I pray….Amen…..