I just had THE most amazing word picture given to me and wanted to share it with you!
Do you remember the story of Noah and the ark, where God was grieved that He created man...
"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. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth..." Genesis 6:5-7a
so He destroyed all living, except Noah and His family, through a worldwide flood? (Genesis 6)
This seems like a sad, terrible story...but I love how my God, is the Author of happy endings!
Remember, when Noah was getting out of the ark, God placed the rainbow in the sky as a monument/sign of His covenant; to not destroy all flesh by a flood again?
In Genesis 9:13-17 it is called a "bow".
You know, a bow, (in the orig. sense of bending; a bow for shooting) like the kind my boys use to hunt with. Think of the string like the horizon.
"I do set my bow in the cloud and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud; And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth."
A covenant is a VERY serious thing with God! Covenant means "cutting; a compact; (because made by passing between pieces of flesh)"
Jesus is the mediator (a go-between; a reconciler) of the New Covenant
"And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, ..." Hebrews 13:24
Jesus is God in flesh, The Only One who never sinned, Blameless to come before a Holy God.
"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time." 1 Timothy 2:5-6
which is who the rainbow is pointing to...JESUS!
"For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgement unto the Son..." John 5:22
Jesus was judged in my place, with God's wrath, that was meant for me!
"But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed; All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all." Isaiah 53:5-6
I always knew the rainbow was God's sign to never flood the world again...but I will NEVER look at a rainBOW the same way again.
"Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed." 1 Peter 2:24
healed= "to cure"
Thank you Father for curing me from being Your enemy...
"For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life."