Rainbows, Circumcision, Sabbath

What do a rainbow, circumcision, and the Sabbath have in common?  Today I looked up ‘sign of the covenant’ in my lexicon and three verses popped up.

1.  Genesis 9:12 “And Adonai said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come.”

This ‘sign’ of covenant was given to Noah after the flood.  It was made between the Creator and all mankind.  The ‘sign’: a rainbow. The rainbow is a reminder to the Creator that He will be faithful to all generations.

2. Genesis 17:11 “You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you.”

This ‘sign’ of covenant was given to Abraham.  It was made between El Shaddai and a man of faith. The ‘sign:’ circumcision. The ‘sign’ of Abraham’s faith in a ‘promised seed’ was circumcision and his trust was credited to him as righteousness.  

3:  Exodus 31:13 “Say to the Israelites, ‘You must observe my Sabbaths.  They will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I AM YHWH, who makes you holy.”

This ‘sign’ of the covenant was given to the Israelites.  The ‘sign’: the Sabbath.  Sabbath is the sign between Adonai’s people and Adonai so they would know who set them apart from the nations.

What does a rainbow, circumcision and Sabbath have in common?  They are all ‘signs’ that prove one is in a covenant relationship with the Covenant Maker.

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