A Bow in the Sky

Today’s Readings
Genesis 7-9
Matthew 3


12 God said, “This is the symbol of the covenant that I am drawing up between me and you and every living thing with you, on behalf of every future generation. 13 I have placed my bow in the clouds; it will be the symbol of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember the covenant between me and you and every living being among all the creatures. Floodwaters will never again destroy all creatures. 16 The bow will be in the clouds, and upon seeing it I will remember the enduring covenant between God and every living being of all the earth’s creatures.” 17 God said to Noah, “This is the symbol of the covenant that I have set up between me and all creatures on earth.” (Genesis 9:12-17, Common English Bible).

Good Evening Everyone…

I apologize that this post is coming late. It has been one of those days. I had good intentions all day and nothing seemed to move forward but here it is.

I also had someone ask me why I am focusing so much right now on the Old Testament lessons. Last year we spent the better part of the year looking at Matthew. With our current study series, there are other things on which we can focus. So, I am.

God said to Noah, “I have placed my bow in the sky.” I find it interesting that we interpret that to mean a rainbow. Some translations even say as much but most, including the Common English, NIV, New Revised Standard and the King James all use “bow,” which is the literal translation from the Hebrew.

I also find the picture of the rainbow above to be very interesting. It was taken from a drone and features a rainbow that is sideways, roughly 90 degrees off from how we are used to seeing a rainbow. It also makes me wonder if this might be how Noah saw the “bow” God placed in the sky. It looks, at least to me, a great deal more like a bow.

Let’s talk about the bow for a minute. A bow was the offensive weapon of Noah’s day. There would have been familiarity with the bow. It possibly was the first weapon humans created. It was the weapon of choice for armies everywhere.

Today we have come up with much more efficient and accurate ways that are the weapons of choice for armies. We might wish it to be different, but it isn’t. About the only people who still use bows are sports hunters.

When I think about this text I can’t help but think God is saying, “I am hanging up my bow. I am retiring my offensive weapon. Never again will I use it to knock humanity down.”

The other portion of this part of the story I find interesting is when God says, “When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow appears in the clouds, I will remember the covenant between me and you and every living being among all the creatures.”

I find this interesting because I find it difficult to accept that an omnipotent God, an all-powerful God would need a reminder about anything. I believe that closer to the truth is, God is just being nice. God knew and still knows, it is us who need the reminders about our part of the covenant. People like us, all too often do forget. We need the reminder that God is still with us and we are still a covenant people.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With joy and thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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