But thanks to modern technology, I have apps on my phone that allow me to create a “to-do list.” And not only can I keep a list, but I can set it up to remind me at a particular time that I need to do or remember something. As long as I am diligent about putting these reminders in my phone, I am sure to minimize my detrimental forgetfulness.
In that way, I guess my phone is kind of like a rainbow. Everyone always says that God gave us rainbows to remind us of His promise that He will never flood the earth again. We look at it as a symbol of our relationship with Him, and of His covenant with us. We love rainbows, so let’s take a look at what the Bible says about them.
Then God said, “I am giving you a sign of my covenant with you and with all living creatures, for all generations to come. I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth. When I send clouds over the earth, the rainbow will appear in the clouds, and I will remember my covenant with you and with all living creatures. Never again will the floodwaters destroy all life. When I see the rainbow in the clouds, I will remember the eternal covenant between God and every living creature on earth.” (Genesis 9:12-16 NLT)
Awww…isn’t that sweet? Wait…hold on. That isn’t the way that I remember the story being told to me as a kid. While the rainbow is, indeed, a sign of God’s promise not to flood the earth again, it seems like it is not necessarily meant as a reminder for us. According to the passage, rainbows serve as a reminder to God not to destroy us. Apparently God needs to be reminded not to kill us. I think that makes me appreciate rainbows even more.
I find it amazing and disturbing that the stories we tell from of the Bible, specifically the Old Testament, have been so distorted from the original text. This is only a small example, but there are so many passages throughout scripture that we misquote, misinterpret, or completely ignore due to what we have been told by other Christians. While we should trust each other and share our spiritual experiences with one another, these constant Biblical misunderstandings make it so important that we question each other and ultimately get our information straight from the source.
So the next time you catch yourself gazing at a beautiful rainbow, thanking God for His grace, take a moment to reflect on the Biblical origin of the rainbow. Then pray that God sees it.