Who doesn’t smile over the rainbow? Rainstorms pour, suddenly clouds split, and there is it. Magnificence.
God said the rainbow was for His remembrance. “I will remember my covenant.” (Gen 9:15). What? Does God forget His promises? God needs reminders?
This is when hebrew meanings need reading. The hebrew meaning for remember: is zakar. To zakar is not like a string around your finger so you won’t forget something important you had to do. To zakar is: to use your hands and feet and lips to do whatever action that remembrance requires.
Jewish scholar Nahum Sarna comments, “In the Bible, ‘remembering,’ particularly on the part of God, is not the retention or recollection of a mental image, but a focusing upon the object of memory that results in action.”
God remembered Noah. God made a move on a promise He had made.
This is how I interpret God remembering Noah: When the hearts of men and women fill the earth with violence again, I will respond with mercy.
“Remembrance = mercy.” – Chad Bird