We are so familiar with the multicoloured arcs, made by light striking water droplets. A rainbow is actually an optical illusion. It does not exist in a particular spot in the sky even though it feels as if we could reach out and touch it! A rainbow shows up a magnificent spectrum of light and colour. This was first discovered in 1665 by Isaac Newton when he identified the colours red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. The idea of the rainbow has its origins in the Hebrew Scriptures. In Genesis 6 verses 5 and 6 we read: “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.” (KJV) God decided to destroy all flesh by sending a worldwide flood. However Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD as he was not corrupt. The record of Noah and how he, seven other people and the animals were saved in the ark, is well known to us. After the devastation of the flood, God spoke to Noah and said: “I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood. I do set my bow in the cloud and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.” (Genesis 9:11) So the rainbow is a reminder to everyone that God will not bring floods again to cover the earth. Why was God so angry? In Genesis 6:11 it says that the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and “the earth was filled with violence.” Mankind had corrupted God’s way on the earth so badly that God wanted to destroy them all, except eight people. Clearly God expects us to live and behave in a certain way if we are to be acceptable to Him. In Acts 10 verse 35 the Apostle Peter wrote “in every nation, he that fears God and works righteousness is accepted with Him.” So we can learn to behave in ways that are pleasing to God. To do this acceptably we need to read His word the Bible. As it says in Psalm 119 verse 105, “Thy word is a light unto my feet and a light unto my path.” pershore.bible pershore-christadelphians.org

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