And you, be fruitful and multiply, increase greatly on the earth and multiply in it.”
Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, “Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the livestock, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark; it is for every beast of the earth. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”
Comment: We now have only 4 married couples, and no singles to get married. God tells them to multiply, and I don’t think it being too presumptive to think that there was in this command the initial command to be good stewards of all that God had made. There are several aspects to the covenant; It is made with all living creatures; Its core is a promise that everything will never again be totally destroyed by a huge flood (there is no promise made about smaller and even very significant flooding, as much of the world has experienced in this last year); The rainbow is to be seen as a sign of God’s faithfulness to His promise. How often do people look at the beauty of a rainbow and fail to see that it is a word from God to us! Some people these days want to make it symbolise something else (a demonic touch maybe!).
At the end the covenantal promise is repeated.
Prayer: Help me to discern Your writings in the skies, O God.