Peter Sammons explores the world’s adoption of the rainbow as its current motif of hope.
For the Christian the rainbow means just one thing. That God has promised He will preserve this world even in, and despite of, its continuous and egregious rebellion against Him. In that sense (alone) our human future is secure: The Lord said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done. While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.” (Genesis 8: 21-22).
A rainbow consists of seven distinct colours. How interesting! Biblically seven is always a number of perfection or of completion. It is as though God is saying, my promise is complete and perfect. I will not forget it, and you should place your full, complete and perfect trust in it.
Quite why the world’s temporal (temporary!) systems should have latched-on to this Christian symbol is not easy to fathom; so we shall waste no time trying to work it out! Rather more interesting, surely, is what God’s rainbow symbol spells out to all Mankind, whether or not it is prepared collectively to see “the writing on the wall” – or perhaps we should say, the writing in the sky!