Message: "The Meaning of the Rainbow"
After the creation and the fall, God runs through the process again. Man falls. He calls one who is righteous, Noah, and after the flood, establishes a new covenant with him, the sign of which was the rainbow. It was actually a warrior's bow, hung upside down in the sky, pointed away from the people – thus, a sign of peace.
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Year of the Book Discussion Questions
- When you think of or see a rainbow, what does it bring to mind?
- What does the rainbow signify in this day and age?
GOD: WHAT IS GOD SAYING/DOING?
- What does God promise to Noah, his sons, and their descendants in this covenant He is establishing?
- God's covenant also includes "every living creature" (v.12). What does this communicate to you about how God views and values creation?
GATHER: WHAT IS THE COVENANTAL COMMUNITY DOING AND WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR US?
- God's covenantal promise to Noah's family and descendants indicates that community is important to God. In fact, the Church is often referred to as the covenantal community. As you think about the unique relationship you have with God, why is it important for you to gather regularly with the church family?
- As Christians, what does it mean to be in a covenantal relationship with other Christians? How is that different from other "regular" relationships?
GO: HOW CAN THIS SCRIPTURE SHAPE YOUR INTERACTIONS WITH NEIGHBORS?
- How does God's promise to "every living creature" change or strengthen the way you see others in your neighborhood/community?
- How would you talk about the rainbow when you see one with your neighbors?
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