And God said, "This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh."
Weekly Bible Readings
For our congregational scripture reading this Sunday we will be reading Genesis 7:1-5.
“Then the LORD said to Noah, ‘Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation. Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and his mate, and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and his mate, and seven pairs of the birds of the heavens also, male and female, to keep their offspring alive on the face of all the earth. For in seven days I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living thing that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.’ And Noah did all that the LORD had commanded him.”
This passage is a beautiful picture of God’s grace and mercy upon humanity. Despite the great wickedness of mankind, despite the fact that “every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (6:5), God chose not to destroy all humanity. He chose to remember and be faithful to the promise he made to Adam and Eve (Gen 3:15) that he would someday send a Redeemer to crush the head of the Serpent and deliver God’s people from the bondage of sin and death. This Sunday let us praise and worship God for his amazing and glorious grace!