Monday, May 17, 2010

The Power Of The Bow

We associate rainbows with little girls & white ponies, leprechauns & pots of gold; we recognize it as a symbol of unity for the GLBT movement. Some of us still associate it with the Biblical account of Noah's Ark. However we see it, the rainbow has taken on a myriad of meanings. In Greek mythology, it clothes the "messenger of the gods". Various traditions consider it to be a bridge to heaven itself. Some cultures believe its a giant snake or even a demon. Still others think its the apex of spiritual enlightenment. Some believe it to be an archer's bow. And this is how I read it this morning:

God said, "I set My BOW in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth..." Genesis 9:13 NASB

Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around Him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking. Ezekiel 1:28 NIV

Did you know that two people won't see the same rainbow at the same time? When you see one, its for your eyes only. Sure, we can point & yell "rainbow"! & others can see a rainbow, but everyone sees it differently b/c the scene is in constant motion. How you see it depends on your position & the position of the sun as the raindrops fall... The enemy of our souls has taken the glory of God & made a mockery of it. Hes taken the rainbow, a symbol of God's covenant to us, & made it into something we associate with being dainty & weak. Its the stuff of myth & fantasies now. Its become an international banner for folks who live in controversy with God's Word. All of us, Christian & non alike, we all see the "bow" differently based on where we stand & the place we give God in our lives. But Isaiah 40:5 says: "...the Glory of the Lord will be revealed, & ALL mankind TOGETHER will see it...."


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