In the rainbow we have more than a hint of grace. As some one has said, “The bow is directed towards heaven, and arrow to it there is none, as if it had already been discharged.” There are many parallels between the rainbow and God’s grace. As the rainbow is the joint product of storm and sunshine, so grace is the unmerited favor of God appearing on the dark background of the creature’s sin. As the rainbow is the effect of the sun shining on the drops of rain in a raincloud, so Divine grace is manifested by God’s love shining through the blood shed by our blessed Redeemer. As the rainbow is the telling out of the varied hues of the white light, so the “manifold grace of God” (1 Peter 4:10) is the ultimate expression of God’s heart. As Nature knows nothing more exquisitely beautiful than the rainbow, so heaven itself knows nothing that equals in loveliness the wonderful grace of our God. As the rainbow is the union of heaven and earth–so grace in the one Mediator has brought together God and men. As the rainbow is a public sign of God hung out in the heavens that all may see it, so “the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men” (Titus 2:11). Finally, as the rainbow has been displayed throughout all the past forty centuries, so in the ages to come God will shew forth “the exceeding riches of His grace, in His kindness toward us, through Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:7). 1
1 – A. W. Pink (1886-1952), Gleanings in Genesis, Volume 1, (Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1922). Pg. 117, 118.