Do you know the real reason for the rainbow?
Do you know the science behind how come it appears? Do you know the environment necessary to see one? Do you know how it got it’s first start?
Today’s reading continues with Noah’s story in Genesis 9. As descendants of Moses, God has made a covenant with us. He has set things in motion because of 1 man’s desire to live a life pleasing to God.
12Then God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I am making between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you for all future generations.13My rainbow do I place in the cloud, and it will be a sign of the covenant between Me and the land.14Whenever I bring clouds over the land and the rainbow appears in the clouds,15I will remember My covenant that is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all flesh.16When the rainbow is in the cloud, I will look at it, to remember the perpetual covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the land.”17Then God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have confirmed between Me and all flesh that is on the land.”–from Genesis 9
The rainbow …a sign of the covenant between God and Noah post the great flood. …will materialize in the clouds over the land. …when God looks at it, He remembers the perpetual covenant between God and every living creature.
Or as the song puts it…
We need to consider our decisions and our actions, for they will have consequences. Some actions have good consequences, whereas other actions will have negative consequences. We see how this played out as Genesis continues with Noah and his sons. Ham’s actions and behavior got him cursed. His brothers Shem and Japheth’s actions and behavior got them blessed. Think before you act, realize there are consequences and choose wisely!
Today’s reading continues into Genesis 10 after Noah’s death. We see the genealogy of Noah’s descendants along with where they dwelt.
Today’s reading continues into Luke 5. We encounter Jesus at the shore with so many people pressing in on Him, that He hops into Simon’s boat and asks him to push out from land. After He finished sharing the Good News of the kingdom of God, Jesus ask Simon to go out deeper and let down his nets. Simon shared that they had fished all night and caught nothing, but at Jesus’ word, he did it. What a miracle to them after such a bad night. The nets were being so filled up to nearly breaking that they needed to call the other boat on shore to come and help them. They had such a big catch that the boats were so full they began to sync.
It’s interesting to see the action and consequence to obedience to the Lord! We see Simon’s response tot he miracle too — humbling himself because he knew who he was and felt inadequate (“Go away from me, for I am a sinful man!”) to be in Jesus’ presence. Jesus was one who brought peace to the situation, He responded “Do not be afraid. From now on, you will be catching men.” When the boats landed on shore they left everything and followed Jesus.
Consider another encounter where a man with leprosy encounters Jesus. His first action was to fall on his face and beg Jesus “Master, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Jesus wasn’t just out there somewhere, He lives with us. He has compassion and responds to the man’s actions by stretching out His hand and touching him (something most would never do due to the consequences of such actions) and said “I am willing. Be cleansed!” Immediate the man was healed. Jesus told him not to tell anyone, but to go to the priest and bring the offering for cleansing as a testimony of what has taken place.
Consider another encounter where the actions of good friends of a man who was paralyzed got them all into an encounter with Jesus. The men saw they couldn’t get to Jesus and had faith that Jesus could heal their friend. The men went up on the roof, broke it open, and lower him down on his stretcher before Jesus. When Jesus saw “their” – the groups – faith, Jesus turned to the man and said “Man, your sins are forgiven”. Their actions produced a consequence for their friend. But wait there is more because the religious leaders in the crowd started questioning amongst themselves “Who is this fellow speaking blasphemies? Who can pardon sins but God alone?” But Jesus knew their hearts and minds and replied to them
“Why are you raising questions in your hearts?23Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?24But so you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to pardon sins….” He said to the paralyzed one, “I tell you, get up and take your cot, and go home!”25Immediately he got up before them, picked up what he had been lying on, and went home, glorifying God.26Astonishment took hold of them, and they glorified God and all were filled with awe, saying, “We’ve seen incredible things today!”–from Luke 5
Jesus was coming to save the lost. He was a doctor to the sick. So He was going to go out and seek them, He was going to reach out and touch them at their point of need, He wasn’t just going to tell them, He was going to show them.
Will you be bold enough to do what o do what you are called to do? to complete the work God is asking you to finish? to act from compassion? to be available for the Holy Spirit to prompt you, lead you, guide you, into places of need and then use you?
Today’s reading continues to show actions and consequences…
27After these things, Yeshua went out and observed a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. He said to him, “Follow Me.”28And leaving everything, he got up and followed Him.29Levi made a great banquet for Yeshua at his house, and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others who were reclining with them.30The Pharisees and their Torah scholars began murmuring to His disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”31And Yeshua answered and said to them, “Those who are healthy have no need for a doctor, but those who are sick do.32I did not come to call the righteous, but the sinful to repentance.”33But they said to Him, “John’s disciples often fast and offer prayers, as do the disciples of the Pharisees. But Your disciples are eating and drinking.”34But Yeshua said to them, “You cannot make the guests of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them, can you?35But the days will come; and when the bridegroom is taken away from them, then they will fast in those days.”36Now he was also telling them a parable. “No one tears a patch from a new garment to use it on an old garment. Otherwise he will rip the new, and the patch from the new will not match the old.37And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins, it will be spilled out, and the skins will be destroyed.38But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins.39No man who drinks old wine wants new, because he says, ‘The old is fine.’”–from Luke 5
Today’s reading concludes in Revelation 3. We continue here speaking to the churches. (Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea)
We need to be alive – not just pretending to be. We need to wake up and realize what is really going on. We need to remember God’s teaching and be prepared before it is too late. We don’t know the day or the hour of Jesus’ returned, so we need to be ready! So let’s wake up and get ready! Let’s start to really live with purpose and passion for the ways of God before it is too late! The consequences to our actions are significant. Eternity with God or Eternity apart from God. You get to choose for yourself! Do you want to find your name in the book of life when it all comes to an end?
If God opens the door, nobody can close it! If God closes the door, nobody can open it! Will you walk through the open door in obedience, not denying Jesus’ name? Don’t give up! Live with patience endurance! Don’t lose faith! Hold onto it so that when Jesus returns you won’t lose your reward. We are to be overcomers through Christ. Remember in this world we will have troubles, but take heart, for Jesus has overcome the world, so let’s be overcomers in Christ!
Don’t lukewarm! It’s better to be hot or cold to be lukewarm. Do you believe? Do you live? Are you for it? Are you against it? Get off the fence! Are you in or are you out? What side are you on? You don’t want to be spit out right? Are you living giving God the credit or are you trying to claim it all for yourself? Are you putting on a show so that people see an outside that isn’t aligned with what is really going on inside? Will you turn back to God and allow Him to transform you, to purify you, redeemed by Jesus? Will you accept the rebuking and discipline from God to help you get back on track? He’s knocking on the door to your heart and wanting in. Will you open it and invite Jesus it? The door only has a handle on the inside, so it requires that you open the door and invite Jesus into your heart house! Let’s live boldly and be overcomers by the blood of the lamb and the words of our testimonies of God’s greatness!
Do you have ears to hear?