And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you…
I. THE COVENANT.
II. THE TOKEN. The rainbow. "My bow."
1. An old thing invested with a new meaning. To the Christian common things are remembrancers of higher truths. The vine, the sun, etc., speak of Christ. Birds and flowers speak of Providence. They are silent on these matters to the worldly man.
2. Conspicuous. The rainbow, an object vast and visible. Spanning the heavens.
3. Attractive. Beautiful in shape and colour. Though often seen, always looked upon with a new delight.
4. Universal. Wherever the falling rain could bring the flood to mind, there the rainbow preaches of the mercy and faithfulness of God. LEARN:
I. The condescension of a covenant making God.
II. The faithfulness of a covenant keeping God.
III. The obligation we are under of covenanting to serve God, and of keeping that covenant.
IV. To see in natural objects remembrancers of Divine thoughts and truths.
(J. C. Gray.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: