More Four in the Rainbow
So, do you remember my fixation with ‘More Four’? How Mark 12:30, Luke 2:52, Ezekiel 1:10, Revelation 4:7, the four Gospel writers, the four sides of a square, the four suits in a deck of cards, the four kinds of love, etc. (I have gone on and on about this, you HAVE to remember) all reflect a four-fold view of life?
Well, what if the symbolism of the rainbow is another ‘More Four’ thing? Consider: the four aspects in every example are relational, spiritual, physical, and intellectual, right? So how would that fit the promises of the rainbow, if they are, indeed, a four-fold sign of Adonai’s love?
1. Spiritual: He Judged, but will not in that way again, out of His mercy and grace, as seen in the manifestation of a rainbow.
2. Relational: He gave 7 Noahide laws to all mankind, so that we can relate to Him, as seen in the colors of the rainbow.
3. Physical: He magnified the weakness of mankind with the splitting of Pangea and the removal of the aqueous layers of the earth, which resulted in the refraction of light.
4. Intellectual: I’m hesitant to explore this, because I keep turning to homosexuality with it, except that it goes WAY deeper than just that… The adaptation of the meaning of the rainbow to a way of thinking that… is subpar to what’s found in scripture.
I’m just looking at all of the four as a collective whole, and seeing that there is weakness in ALL of them. A need for law due to human weakness. A need for judgment, due to human weakness. A need for salvation, due to human weakness. A need for enlightenment, due to human weakness.
So YES. The rainbow is beautiful. It’s a reminder, a promise, a sign, and a provocation to us. But… the rabbis *are* right – there is an underlying negativity to be found. The thing is, to every poignant thing on earth – anything that matters – there is both a positive and negative aspect.
I tend to find that the christians throw out the negative entirely for a happy-happy, light n’ fluffy, cost-free view of everything, while the Jews seem to throw out the positive entirely for the dire, make-emunah-while-you-can, desperate for Mosiach view of everything. The reason I lean towards Jewish teaching is because christianity throws out so much meat and depth, while Jews mire in it. I’d rather have more than enough than far too little.
Which is also very interesting. I guess I’m aiming for balance. The ‘green’ area in the rainbow. His throne is also green… interestingly. Indicating balance. ((LOVE this stuff.))