Reclaiming the Rainbow

Reclaiming the Rainbow

Genesis 9:13 – I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.

In Genesis 9, God puts the rainbow in the sky to signify His covenant with His people. In that time, the main weapon of war was the bow and, when a warrior would return home, he would hang up his bow to denote peace. The rainbow was a picture of God’s grace and peace upon His people. To this day, when the rain is subsiding, the rainbow appears to remind us that, even though we are as sinful and rebellious as the people who died in the Flood in Noah’s day, all of us are living under God’s patient grace. We’re allowed to live in sin while being welcomed to turn from sin and trust in Jesus as our metaphorical ark who gets us through the coming judgment of the world by fire instead of water.

The rainbow from God for the Noahic Covenant is a lot like a logo, icon, or brand image in our day. When you have a business or a company, you generally have a logo or tagline that you get trademarked, like the Nike swoosh or the McDonald’s letter M. The symbol of the Noahic covenant was the rainbow, and Satan stole this logo and is now using it to mock God and God’s plan for marriage and relationships. In 1978, the original rainbow flag was created by a gay drag queen artist, and it had eight colors denoting sex, life, healing, sunlight, nature, art, harmony, and the spirit (or the demonic for Bible-believing Christians).

All throughout Scripture, and still in our lives today, Satan counterfeits things that God has created. In this instance, the symbol is connected to a month of pride, Satan’s motivation for all he does, which is the counterfeit of humility, the example of the entire life of Jesus Christ.

What God creates, Satan counterfeits, including the rainbow. What are some other areas you see where Satan has counterfeited something God created? (e.g. angels vs demons, humility vs pride, Spirit-filled vs demon-possessed, etc.)

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Mark Driscoll
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