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Old 12-02-2018, 8:58 PM
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Default Let's talk about rainbows

Does the rainbow mean simply that God will not destroy the flesh with the flood again (as explicitly stated in the scripture ) or can some other symbolic meaning be gleaned from it?

Here's the contextual text: Genesis 9:12-16

12 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: 13 I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh." Genesis 9:12-16 ESV

An interesting thing I learned is that the NIV version says, "rainbow", but the ESV version says, a "bow", as in archery bow. The questionable interpretation that I heard in a sermon is that the bow is pointing up towards heaven, not us, which implies that the wrath is not against us. Further, the bow is specifically pointing towards Jesus, who has taken God's wrath on our behalf.

I'm not sure about that interpretation. Seems like a sappy forced interpretation to link everything to Jesus.

To me, the rainbow means God's mercy and simply that he won't destroy us with a flood again.

Interestingly, the rainbow appears in Revelation as well.

"And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald."
Revelation 4:3 ESV

I believe that it means Jesus' everlasting mercy.

What do you guys think?
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