Looking for God’s Message

RainbowAfter studying the parables of Jesus in Matthew 13, it occurred to me that in preparing Bible lessons teachers as well as pastors are guilty of writing parables about Bible verses.

For example, Genesis 9:14 is part of God’s correspondence with Noah. God is describing the covenant (contract) He made with Noah and his descendants as well as all living creatures on Earth.

It shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the  earth, that the bow will be seen in the cloud, ” Genesis 9:14   Enlarged Print, PDF for Genesis 9 14

Genesis 9:14 is just part of a sentence, but it is often used to tell a story that actually has nothing to do with the contents from which it is taken.

One common teacher-generated parable builds on the following analogies:

“..when God brings a cloud over the earth..” is compared to hardships in ones life brought by God.

…the bow will be seen in the cloud,” is compared to God providing deliverance (a solution).

Basically, Genesis 9:14 is often used for a lesson to about hardships and knowing that God will provide answers. After all, God brought the hardships–so there has to be a reason –another way of saying that God is training us for specific jobs.

I do believe that “All things work for the good of those who love the love, those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

My next statement is a new thought for me and one that I have not applied in the past.

I am going to start searching the scriptures for the message God has recorded instead of searching for terms and phrases to create a lesson for a specific topic.

WOW! How many times have I used concordances (before Google) to find a scripture for a specific lesson topic? Too many is the answer.

Now back to Genesis 9:14. To understand this verse, we need to understand who is talking and who is hearing the message. Actually, for complete comprehension, we need to read the whole story about Noah and the flood. But for those who know the story, the following verses give us enough to understand that Genesis 9:14 is a very important promise (covenant) from God. It gives us assurance that God will never destroy the Earth again with water.

Will global warming produce flooding that will destroy the Earth? Nope! God is in charge of the Earth and He promised that He would not do destroy the Earth with a flood again.

When you see a rainbow–Remember God’s promise.

Genesis 9: 12-15

12God said, “This is the sign of the covenant which I am making between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all successive generations;  13I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth.  14″It shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow will be seen in the cloud,  15and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh.