While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
Cold and heat,
Winter and summer,
And day and night
Shall not cease.
I had seen many rainbows throughout my 20 years of life; I watched how suddenly they formed, and it seemed as though they disappeared as quickly. Like most children, I had dreamed about the “pot of gold” that lay at their ends. Flying in that old DC3 from Bermuda to New York, you would have thought that I had found that pot of gold… there was that rainbow in a full circle and the colors so bright, so distinct. What a sight!
Noah did not have the advantage of a DC3 or of a place high enough to see that complete circle in all its beauty; however he did have such a communion with the Lord that just a half-moon vision of the rainbow would suffice, and the world would never again be destroyed by a flood.
In Genesis 5, we learn of the birth of Noah, named thusly because he said: “This one shall give us rest from our work and from the toil of our hands arising from the ground which the Lord has cursed.” It was a prophecy concerning the remnant then that would be saved from the flood. It was also a type of the Rapture of the church. (1 Thessalonians 4:17)
Things got progressively corrupt among the people and we finally read: “The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.” (Genesis 6:6) It was then that God said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land”. (6:7) End of the story, NO!
The ark was built and Noah “walked with God” in that godless generation. The flood came and Noah and his family survived. As soon as possible he descended from the ark, built an altar and worshipped God. At that moment God placed a rainbow in the sky and said that it would ever be a sign that He would “never again destroy every living thing as I have done. While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” There my friend’s is that “pot of gold” that we have talked about since childhood.