The biblical account of Noah (specifically Genesis 7-9) is a re-enactment of the fall of man (Genesis 1-3). Like Adam, Noah was appointed by God as head of a new world, a world brought out of water. And like Adam in the garden, Noah planted a vineyard and sinned by consuming its fruit improperly. He, too, was left naked and ashamed, in need of a covering. Despite Noah’s failure, however, God graciously pledged to delay His judgment as His covenant promises continued to unfold.
As Noah took his first steps on dry land, the covenant of the rainbow was administered by God along with the very same blessing and command given to Adam (“be fruitful and multiply”). To this day, the rainbow serves as a covenant sign of gracious preservation. There will be no more floods “to destroy all flesh,” for the eradication of sin cannot be achieved through the waters of death. No. The human heart needs living water.
Brothers and sisters, it’s clear that a cultural storm is brewing, but just as God preserved Noah and his family in the ark, so will God preserve us and our families in Christ. And this time, the door to the ark is wide open. "First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:1-4).
So when you see a rainbow flag—which tragically and ironically mocks God’s patience—be encouraged and allow your souls to rest. The clouds are overhead, the waters are rising, but we know how this story ends. Rather than seeing the rainbow as a symbol of our impending marginalization, we should see the rainbow as a symbol of God’s gracious forbearance, protection, and covenant love. From this position of unassailable security, we can live quiet lives, and we can pray for all people to the God who desires their salvation. Come what may, He will preserve His people and continue His work of redemption. There are blessings yet in store.