Thursday, June 23, 2011
“I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth” (Genesis 9:13 KJV).
Was the Great Deluge of Noah’s day truly a global flood? Or, as much of the (skeptical) scientific community contends, an inundation confined within the Mesopotamian Valley?
Today’s Scripture, documenting the first appearance of the rainbow, verifies that it was a global, not a regional, flood. The rainbow is the sign (token) of God’s promise, the Noahic Covenant, to never again flood the whole world to destroy all flesh (Genesis 9:8-17). Had the Great Flood been merely a regional flood, why would God promise to never again destroy “all flesh?”
The Great Flood indeed covered the world. In fact, the peaks of the highest mountains were covered by 20 feet of water, forcing it to be a global flood (Genesis 7:19,20). In a regional flood, how could mountain peaks be covered with 20 feet of water?
Prior to the Great Flood, Scripture indicates that it had never rained. [Imagine how foolish Noah sounded when he warned of a coming flood!] Before the Great Deluge, God used a mist to water the earth’s vegetation. The Bible says (Genesis 2:5,6): “And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.”
Interestingly, a rainbow has seven distinct bands of colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Seven in the Bible represents perfection.
Whenever you see a rainbow, remember what God told Noah (Genesis 9:15): “And I will remember my covenant, which between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.”
Was the Great Deluge a global flood? The rainbow is the multicolored evidence that it was indeed a worldwide flood!