Fruitfully Living

The Rainbow God

photo copyMost of us know the story of Noah. We therefore know that the rainbow is the symbol of God’s promise that he would never again destroy the earth with water. However, did you know that there is a deeper Biblical significance to the rainbow? I did not know that either until I saw a very good video seminar by Truth or Tradition on what the Bible says about heaven ( I highly recommend their seminars). While watching, two verses that were discussed got my attention.

The first was Revelation 4:3  which says “And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.” This verse is describing the throne of God and it very specifically says that there was a rainbow around the throne.

The second verse was Ezekiel 1:28 which says  “As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.” This verse tells me that the glory of God appeared to Ezekiel to be like a rainbow. 

This just blew my mind. The images that I have stuck in my head of God are images with little color. Yes, there is light and brightness, and maybe a little blue and gold, but that is about it. The reality based on these verses is that God loves color and he describes his glory to be like a rainbow.

And here is something else to think about. 

I John 1:5 says “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”  

Do you know what light is?  Visible light is made up of seven wavelength groups which the human eye translates into seven colors! Can you guess what those colors are? The colors of the rainbow!!! And what is black (or darkness)?  It is the absence of light!!

I bet you will never look at another rainbow the same way again?  But this is also a wonderful lesson to teach our kids. Most children are naturally attracted to a lot of color so why not teach them about the “rainbow” God? I could not think of a better way to make God fun and approachable for young children. So next time your child asks you, “What does God look like?” Take them to Ezekiel 1:28.

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