“The bow shall be seen in the cloud.” Genesis 9:14
The rainbow, the symbol of the covenant with Noah, is typical of our Lord Jesus, who is the Lord’s witness to the people. When may we expect to see the token of the covenant? The rainbow is only to be seen painted upon a cloud. When the sinner’s conscience is dark with clouds, when he remembers his past sin, and mourneth and lamenteth before God, Jesus Christ is revealed to him as the covenant Rainbow, displaying all the glorious hues of the divine character and betokening peace. To the believer, when his trials and temptations surround him, it is sweet to behold the person of our Lord Jesus Christ-to see Him bleeding, living, rising, and pleading for us. God’s rainbow is hung over the cloud of our sins, our sorrows, and our woes, to prophesy deliverance. Nor does a cloud alone give a rainbow, there must be the crystal drops to reflect the light of the sun. So, our sorrows must not only threaten, but they must really fall upon us. There had been no Christ for us if the vengeance of God had been merely a threatening cloud: punishment must fall in terrible drops upon the Surety. Until there is a real anguish in the sinner’s conscience, there is no Christ for him; until the chastisement which he feels becomes grievous, he cannot see Jesus. But there must also be a sun; for clouds and drops of rain make not rainbows unless the sun shineth. Beloved, our God, who is as the sun to us, always shines, but we do not always see Him-clouds hide His face; but no matter what drops may be falling, or what clouds may be threatening, if He does but shine there will be a rainbow at once. It is said that when we see the rainbow the shower is over. Certain it is, that when Christ comes, our troubles remove; when we behold Jesus, our sins vanish, and our doubts and fears subside. When Jesus walks the waters of the sea, how profound the calm! – C.H. Spurgeon
Although Sunday school classes have concluded for the summer, we would like to have Children’s Church for kids 12 and under on July 9, July 30 and August 20. The children are invited to be dismissed from the morning service during the third hymn just before the pastor preaches. A rotation of Sunday school staff will share God’s Word with them downstairs until the morning service has concluded.
6:30 p.m. Sending Service for the D’Addurno Family
The Shorter Catechism
Q64: What is required in the fifth commandment?
A: The fifth commandment requireth the preserving the honour, and performing the duties, belonging to every one in their several places and relations, as superiors,1 inferiors,2or equals.3
1. Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. (Ephesians 5:21-22).
Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. (Ephesians 6:1).
Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ. (Ephesians 6:5).
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. (Romans 13:1a).
2. And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven. (Ephesians 6:9a).
3. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another. (Romans 12:10).
Bible Questions & Answers For Children
Q10: Who was the first man?
“Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.“ Genesis 5:2