So I’m working at my WordPress site today (June 26), and when I view the stats page this colorful banner confronts me. Huh. Looks kind of tacky. I don’t go around imposing my Christian symbolism on sites that are public and have users from all different backgrounds, beliefs, creeds, and whatnot, but hey, I guess WordPress can do what it wants.
Anyway, thanks for putting up a reminder of God’s covenant with humankind, given through Noah, after God destroyed the Earth and most that was in it by water. God had judged the Earth’s inhabitants to be too far along in their selfish and evil desires. But instead of destroying humankind altogether, He chose Noah and his family to start the human race all over again. It’s a good thing they could all have kids. While we’re all descendants of Adam and Eve, we’re also all descendants of Noah and his wife, too.
But what does the rainbow have to do with God’s destruction of most of humanity? It’s such a happy symbol, and a real rainbow is a delight to see. We don’t usually think of all those depraved people killed before its appearance. It was given as a sign and a promise by God, though, that He would never do such earthly destruction by water again. God also said to Noah, in what is referred to as the Noahic Covenant, that humankind could now eat meat (before, He ordained a vegetarian diet), resulting in animals fearing us from then on. Also, God instituted the death penalty since human life was sanctified; we are made in the image of God and no one is to murder the creation that is His image.
Of course, God didn’t imply that He wouldn’t judge humankind or individuals again. Eventually, human disobedience, selfishness, and corruption will bring down God’s wrath, and the Earth will suffer destruction by fire instead of water. The rainbow, relating to God’s time of wrath over humankind’s fleshy (nonspiritual) living, reminds me of His wrath to come. Yep, it’ll happen eventually, probably at the point when people don’t think there’s anything left to judge, let alone A judge.
By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:7-9)
I wonder if I put hearts together with crosses across the internet, if people will somehow automatically believe God is love (as He is), or if they’ll just view it as me obnoxiously imposing my beliefs on them? But I’m glad WordPress reminded me of the Noahic Covenant and God’s promises. Thanks WordPress.