The Bow of Promise

In the ninth chapter of Genesis it is recorded that after the flood God made a covenant with Noah: "And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth." And, moreover, God gave a token or sign of His covenant: "I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth." There, in one of the early chapters of Genesis, lies a definite promise that never again will there occur a flood in which every living creature is engulfed.

The teachings of Christian Science enable us to study the Bible from a spiritual and scientific standpoint, and to perceive something of the meaning of both the prophecies and the promises contained therein. It will be noted that wherever a vision of Christ, Truth, appears, there is a healing and saving message for mankind. Referring to man's oneness with the eternal Christ, Jesus said, "Before Abraham was, I am." Mrs. Eddy, in her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," writes (p. 333) that "the Christ is without beginning of years or end of days. Throughout all generations both before and after the Christian era, the Christ, as the spiritual idea,—the reflection of God,—has come with some measure of power and grace to all prepared to receive Christ, Truth. Abraham, Jacob, Moses, and the prophets caught glorious glimpses of the Messiah, or Christ, which baptized these seers in the divine nature, the essence of Love."

Noah, from whom Abraham was descended, must have caught some glimpses of the Christ, for he "found grace in the eyes of the Lord" and "walked with God." And he and all that were with him were saved from the destructive flood. Thus it was proved in that far-off period of human history that to walk with, or reflect, God brings to mankind protection from the destructive forces associated with the belief of life in matter.

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A God-filled Home
November 28, 1936

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