Children’s Study – Noah, Part 10
Noah – Part 10
God gave Noah a rainbow as a sign of His covenant
by Victor Torres
Hello dear children. In our previous study, we learned why Noah and his family were given meat to eat after the flood. We learned that this is telling us that if we are one of the chosen people of God, we will become mature in understanding, and we will have a strong faith in Him. We learned that those who eat only vegetables symbolized those who have weak faith. The mature person has to be patient with those who have weak faith because he knows that he came from that same position, he had a weak faith himself, but it was only through the mercy of God that he was given a strong faith.
This is the same lesson that we can get from the answer to the question of why Noah sent out a raven first then a dove. Those who have strong faith know that it is God who chooses who He wants to blind (symbolized by the raven, the word raven means darkness) and who He wants to understand the secret spiritual lessons hidden in all the stories of the Bible.
Those whom He wants to understand the secrets are those given the keys to the kingdom of the heavens in this verse:
Mat 16:19 (CLV) I will be giving you [His elect] the keys of the kingdom of the heavens, and whatsoever you should be binding on the earth shall be those things having been bound in the heavens, and whatsoever you should be loosing on the earth, shall be those having been loosed in the heavens.
Let’s continue the story of Noah:
Gen 9:3 Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herb.
Gen 9:4 But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.
Gen 9:5 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man.
Gen 9:6 Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.
Gen 9:7 And you, be fruitful and multiply, increase greatly on the earth and multiply in it.”
Gen 9:8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him,
Gen 9:9 “Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you,
Gen 9:10 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the livestock, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark; it is for every beast of the earth.
Gen 9:11 I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”
Q – When God said in Gen 9:11, “…never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth”. What about places in the world today such as the Philippines that experience floods often? Many people die from the flood and lose everything such as their homes and belongings.
To answer this question, we must remember two things:
1) The Lord never tells lies:
1Pe 2:22 Christ did not sin or ever tell a lie.
2) When the Lord speaks, He is teaching those who understand His words and at the same time hiding those teachings to the rest of the world.
Mat 13:11 Jesus answered: I have explained the secrets about the kingdom of heaven to you, but not to others.
This covenant [agreement, promise] made to Noah by the LORD God is mainly spiritual. But physically speaking, He didn’t break His promise despite the floods in the Philippines and more recently, in South Carolina and Texas, USA. He said “that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood” and what he said was that never again there will be a physical flood that will destroy all the people and animals in the earth.
But let us see the much more important lesson behind the Lord’s promise.
Isa 54:1 Sing and shout, even though you have never had children! The LORD has promised that you will have more children than someone married for a long time.
Isa 54:2 Make your tents larger! Spread out the tent pegs; fasten them firmly.
Isa 54:3 You and your descendants will take over the land of other nations. You will settle in towns that are now in ruins.
Isa 54:4 Don’t be afraid or ashamed and don’t be discouraged. You won’t be disappointed. Forget how sinful you were when you were young; stop feeling ashamed for being left a widow.
Isa 54:5 The LORD All-Powerful, the Holy God of Israel, rules all the earth. He is your Creator and husband, and he will rescue you.
Isa 54:6 You were like a young wife, brokenhearted and crying because her husband had divorced her. But the LORD your God says, “I am taking you back!
Isa 54:7 I rejected you for a while, but with love and tenderness I will embrace you again.
Isa 54:8 For a while, I turned away in furious anger. Now I will have mercy and love you forever! I, your protector and LORD, make this promise.”
Isa 54:9 I once promised Noah that I would never again destroy the earth by a flood. Now I have promised that I will never again get angry and punish you.
Isa 54:10 Every mountain and hill may disappear. But I will always be kind and merciful to you; I won’t break my agreement to give your nation peace.
“I rejected you for a while, but with love and tenderness I will embrace you again.” That is the spiritual meaning of the Lord’s promise to His chosen people and to all the people of the world. Even though most Christian religions teach that God’s anger to those who are disobedient to Him will not go away, Isa 54:9 tells us that His promise to Noah means that His anger with disobedient people does stop at a certain point, and His punishment doesn’t last forever.
Let’s continue the story of Noah:
Gen 9:12 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:
Gen 9:13 (BBE) I will put my bow in the cloud and it will be for a sign of the agreement between me and the earth.
So again, the promise is not only between the Lord and Noah, it is between the Lord and the whole earth.
Q – Why did God set a rainbow as a sign?
Gen 9:14 And whenever I make a cloud come over the earth, the bow will be seen in the cloud,
Gen 9:15 And I will keep in mind the agreement between me and you and every living thing; and never again will there be a great flow of waters causing destruction to all flesh.
Gen 9:16 And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.
Gen 9:17 And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.
So God made the rainbow as a sign of His agreement with “every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth” (Gen 9:16), meaning all men and women of all time. What does the rainbow symbolize? To know this, let’s look at what God does first before we see the rainbow:
Gen 9:14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:
God brings in a cloud over the earth first, before the rainbow is seen IN the cloud. When the rainbow is IN the cloud, then God will remember His agreement with every living creature in the earth. This is figurative language, it uses metaphors and similes, so I hope it’s obvious to anyone reading that God doesn’t need a rainbow or anything to remind Him of His promises.
So before we see what rainbow means, let’s see first what this cloud that the Lord will bring over the earth mean:
Isa 60:7 All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together to you; the rams of Nebaioth shall minister to you. They shall come up on My altar pleasing Me, and I will glorify the house of My glory.
Isa 60:8 Who are these who fly like a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?
The cloud is a symbol of those who come up on the Lord’s altar and pleases Him. It is a symbol of the house of His glory. The cloud is a symbol of God’s elect:
Heb 12:1 Therefore since we also are surrounded with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily besets us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
How about the rainbow, what does it symbolize? We see that in the vision that the prophet Ezekiel had.
Eze 1:26 I then saw what looked like a throne made of sapphire, and sitting on the throne was a figure in the shape of a human.
Eze 1:27 From the waist up, it was glowing like metal in a hot furnace, and from the waist down it looked like the flames of a fire. The figure was surrounded by a bright light,
Eze 1:28 as colorful as a rainbow that appears after a storm. I realized I was seeing the brightness of the LORD’s glory! So I bowed with my face to the ground, and just then I heard a voice speaking to me.
So the rainbow is a symbol of the brightness of the LORD’s glory. The reason He brings in the cloud first is because the LORD will save the elect first, His house of glory (Isa 60:7), then He will save everyone else who are “in Adam”.
1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
1Co 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
So every time you see a rainbow, I hope you remember His promise that He will save you and all your loved ones, through the storm, through trials.
Again this is His promise to everyone:
Isa 54:7 I rejected you for a while, but with love and tenderness I will embrace you again.
2Co 4:17 (BBE) For our present trouble, which is only for a short time, is working out for us a much greater weight of glory;
Let’s continue the story of Noah:
Gen 9:18 The sons of Noah who went forth from the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Ham was the father of Canaan.)
Gen 9:19 These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the people of the whole earth were dispersed.
Gen 9:20 Noah began to be a man of the soil, and he planted a vineyard.
Gen 9:21 He drank of the wine and became drunk and lay uncovered in his tent.
Gen 9:22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brothers outside.
Gen 9:23 Then Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned backward, and they did not see their father’s nakedness.
We have learned from our study of Adam and Eve that nakedness means sinfulness. Drinking wine is not a sin, but being drunk is a sin.
Those who are immature like Ham will always mock someone who are sinning.
Pro 14:9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.
Those who are mature like Shem and Japheth will take a garment and cover the “nakedness” or sinfulness of someone they see sinning. The garment or clothing that Shem and Japheth used here is a symbol of Christ’s righteousness.
Rev 3:18 Buy your gold from me. It has been refined in a fire, and it will make you rich. Buy white clothes from me. Wear them and you can cover up your shameful nakedness. Buy medicine for your eyes, so that you will be able to see.
Again, the Lord is using symbols here. Of course He is not selling physical gold and physical white clothes. The gold here is a symbol of His words that we need to value more than anything. The white clothes is a symbol of obeying His words. When we see someone sinning, they are spiritually naked, we should clothe them by encouraging them to stop sinning.
This symbol of covering should remind you how God commanded Noah to cover the ark with pitch inside and out. Jesus Christ cleans our inside first (our thoughts) so that we can become good examples to others.
In our previous study, I taught you that you need to listen to those who are mature, especially your parents. When they are correcting you, they are spiritually “covering your nakedness”.
Gen 9:24 When Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him,
Gen 9:25 he said, “Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.”
Canaan, the youngest of Ham’s children, is a symbol of our old person who is immature spiritually. Our old person will be destroyed by God to bring in the new person.
Gen 9:26 He also said, “Blessed be the LORD, the God of Shem; and let Canaan be his servant.
Gen 9:27 May God enlarge Japheth, and let him dwell in the tents of Shem, and let Canaan be his servant.”
Shem and Japheth are symbols of our new person. The new person in us who is mature spiritually will be blessed by God. Here again are the spiritual blessings of those who are given the holy spirit.
Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Gal 5:23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Here’s what we are told about Noah after the flood:
Gen 9:28 After the flood Noah lived 350 years.
Gen 9:29 All the days of Noah were 950 years, and he died.
Q – How did Noah live so long?
Q – In Genesis 9:29 it tells us that all the days of Noah were 950 years… Why do so many people mentioned in the Bible, especially the Old Testament, live a long time, but now the average person lives to be 80 or so?
Q – Why did Noah live so long, and why don’t we live that long?
Physically speaking, there is a major difference between the atmosphere before the flood and after the flood. If you remember, it never rained before the flood.
Gen 2:5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.
Gen 2:6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
If you also remember, in the second day of creation, God divided the waters.
Gen 1:7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
Gen 1:8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
These waters above the heavens, because it hasn’t rained yet, filtered the ultraviolet (UV) rays that has harmful effects when you’re exposed to it too much.
After it rained nonstop for 40 days and 40 nights, man’s exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun has been greatly increased.
Here are excerpts from the website sciencelearn.org.nz regarding the harmful effects of prolonged exposure to UV rays besides sunburn:
Causes skin cancer – UV is an environmental human carcinogen. It’s the most prominent and universal cancer-causing agent in our environment. There is very strong evidence that each of the three main types of skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma) is caused by sun exposure. Research shows that as many as 90 percent of skin cancers are due to UV radiation.
Damages immune system – Over-exposure to UV radiation has a harmful suppressing effect on the immune system. Scientists believe that sunburn can change the distribution and function of disease-fighting white blood cells in humans for up to 24 hours after exposure to the sun. Repeated over-exposure to UV radiation can cause even more damage to the body’s immune system. The immune system defends the body against bacteria, microbes, viruses, toxins and parasites (disease and infection). You can see how effective the immune system is by looking at how quickly something decays when it dies and the immune system stops working.
The flood is a symbol of baptism, or dying to the flesh. So the shorter lifetime of man after the flood is a symbol of the shorter rule of our flesh in our life after our spiritual baptism. If you are one of the elect, our Lord will begin the process of your conversion, your change into a new person. Slowly, but surely, you will serve the flesh less and less, and you will serve the spirit more and more.
Living a long physical life should not be our goal. Our Lord Jesus Christ died when He was only around 33 years old. He began His ministry when He was about thirty years of age, and His ministry lasted around 3 and a half years.
Luk 3:21 Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened,
Luk 3:22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
Luk 3:23 Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the son of Heli,
Our goal in this life should be to serve others and to enjoy a spiritual life with Him that will last forever when we are given a spiritual body.
Mar 10:45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.