Gen. 9:12-17 GOD PUT A RAINBOW IN THE CLOUDS FOR ME
Intro: Ill. The flood, the reason for it, the
reality of it, and all the ramifications of it. Afterwards, God
put a rainbow in the air for Noah and his family. Let me say by
way of introduction that God put three items in the sky to speak
1. The Pillar of Cloud and Fire -
His Presence - With, above, under, before, behind and in.
(Heb. 13:5; Matt. 20:28; John 14:18)
2. The Star - His Preeminence - He is above
all, before all and the all in all.(Col. 1:18; Song 5:10) (Ill.
Place, Prominence, Preeminence)
3. The Rainbow - His Promise - (Ill. Not a
contract!)He is a covenant-keeper.What He says He will do, He
will do! (Heb. 6:18; Rom. 4:21)This is the only one that remains
for us today! (Ill. A constant reminder that Jesus was raised up
into the Heavens as a token of Gods promises in salvation!)
- (Ill. The Rainbow has been perverted by
- The Rainbow is a Picture of Jesus.
The colors from the bottom to the top are:
- Purple - Royalty - King
(Ill. 1 Tim. 6:15)
- Blue - Heaven - He came from
Heaven (Ill. John 3:13)
- Green - New Life - He gives
life (John 14:6)
- Yellow - Sun Light - He is
the light of the world (John 8:12)
- Orange - Warning - Repent!,
"Ye must be born again." (John 3:3, 7; Ps.
- Red - Blood - The only way
to God! (1 Pet. 1:18-19; Rev. 1:5)
(Ill. When I am under the bow, I am shielded by
the Blood - Ill. High Priest - Heb. 9:7, 12)
(Ill. All the colors of the spectrum, even
color the eye cannot see, are contained in the rainbow; and Jesus
colors all of life with His great glory!)
When I look up, I must first see
Him as the King of Glory! (Ill. Man cannot come to God until we
see Him as He really is!)
When He looks down, He must see
the Blood of the Lord Jesus! Praise God, He never sees me as I
am! (1 Cor. 6:9-11; Isa. 1:18!)(Ill. Justification - Glory to
There is a secondary rainbow! In
it, the colors are reversed.
When I See the red, I am reminded that the only
way to get to Him is through the Blood of Jesus! When He looks
down, He looks at men through the eyes of the King of Kings! He
is Holy Righteous God. Do not be deceived, God will Judge all
those outside of His Son Jesus - 1 John 5:12!
2 things are necessary for
a rainbow to develop:
1. A Disturbance in Heaven -
(Ill. Storm - Ill. Calvary!)
2. Sunlight - (Resurrection!) - Ill. The sunshine
of His resurrection shined through the drops of His shed Blood
and produced the Heavenly Rainbow of Gods Eternal Grace!
(Ill. On rare occasions, the moon can produce rainbows!)
Notice some facts about
I. Man didnt ask for the rainbow,
it was all Gods idea! (Ill. Calvary! It was all
God!) (Ill. Revelation 13:8) (Ill. Natural man is dead, Eph. 2:1!
He cannot initiate any movement toward God! Man would never have
a desire for God unless God called first - John 6:44) (Ill. The
danger of trifling with God - Gen. 6:3)
II. Man cannot destroy a rainbow!
(Man cannot undo the work of Calvary!)(Ill. Psa. 119:89 -
Its settled! Glory!!) (Ill. The critics, the liberals, the
infidels and inforhells can never change the work that Jesus
III. All men see the rainbow the same!
(Ill. the Spirit reveals Jesus the same to all men!)(Ill. The
Brazen Serpent! Num 21) Theres only one Jesus - Acts
IV. God looks upon the rainbow and
remembers His promise! (Ill. Jesus at Gods right
hand! - Rom. 8:34; Heb. 1:3)
V. The rainbow touches both Heaven and
earth! (Ill. Jesus and the cross!) (Ill. The Daysman -
Job 9:33; Ill. 1 Tim. 2:5)
VI. The rainbow cannot be taken back!
(Ill. v.12 and 16) (Ill. Perpetual - So is salvation! John 10:28
- Ill. Never! "Ill. Never Never Land!) (Ill. Jesus sat down!
- Heb. 10:12!!)
VII. Nobody has ever seen a complete
rainbow! (Ill. Nobody has ever fully comprehended all
that Jesus is and can be!) (Ill. Solomon and Sheba - 1Kings 10:7)
(Ill. In Heaven, we will understand - Rev. 4:3!) (Ill. The half
has never been told! - 1 Cor. 2:9!) (Ill. How I know Him now, 1
Cor. 13:12, how Ill know Him then!)
Conc:Rainbows are best seen when the sun is at
the morning and evening! Christians are in one of three places.
We are in the "Dark night of the soul", Isa. 50:10;
just coming out of it; or heading into it. Regardless, Jesus
looks His best in the bright morning when the dark night has
passed. However, He also looks His best when the darkness is
beginning to gather. But, wait, He looks best when the darkness
has stolen the sight of His glory and shining, because we know He
is there and when the light comes in the morning of our
deliverance, Jesus our blessed rainbow, will be waiting to shine
on us once again! Isnt God good?
Sermon By Alan Carr