One of my prayers this morning was “Open The gates of Heaven and let Your blessings rain down on me.” Amen! We exclaim.
🤔 Do you have a bucket, a teaspoon, a tub (you may ask “Why the silliness of a tub? Is he crazy?” Uhh! You are thinking about ME, I am aware. Jus’ sayin’)
Rain is referred to as a blessing after a drought, a symbol of God’s love and teachings to spread over the world, and even as a flood to wash away the sins of a corrupt world!
- “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 2 Chronicles 7:13
- Yet He has not left Himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from Heaven and crops in their seasons; He provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.” Acts 14:17
- “I also withheld rain from you when the harvest was still three months away. I sent rain on one town, but withheld it from another. One field had rain; another had none and dried up. Amos 4:7
- Then Moses left Pharaoh and went out of the city. He spread out his hands toward The LORD; the thunder and hail stopped, and the rain no longer poured down on the land. Exodus 9:33
- But there are many people here and it is the rainy season; so we cannot stand outside. Besides, this matter cannot be taken care of in a day or two, because we have sinned greatly in this thing. Ezra 10:13
When it rains, it pours! Cup, bucket, tub, pool, ocean…. Give me a break! In punishment the first ever rainfall soaked the Earth. Mind you! I said the first ever rainfall! Brother Don Stewart breaks it down:
Does the Bible teach that the earth did not receive rain until the Flood in Noah’s day? Is it possible that the people had never seen it rain before the earth was destroyed in the Flood? Two passages seem to teach this.
Then God said, Let there be a expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. Thus God made the expanse, and divided the waters which were under the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so (Genesis 1:6,7)
For the Lord God had not caused it to rain, and there was no man to till the ground (Genesis 2:5).
Some say these verses teach that it did not rain until the time of the Flood. The earth was watered by a mist until the Flood waters came down. The water source for the Flood, it is argued, are the waters above spoken of in Genesis 1:6,7. They had been stored up since day two of creation. God did not open these floodgates until He destroyed the world in the days of Noah (Genesis 7:11). Until that time the people had never seen it rain.
Donald B. DeYoung presents the case of no rain before the Flood.
The rain falling on the roof of the ark may have been the very first rainstorm on earth. Several lines of biblical evidence of this exist:
1.No mention is made of rain on the earth until the Flood (Gen. 7:4,12). The original earth and the Garden of Eden were watered by streams, rivers, and mist instead of by rain (Genesis 2:5,6,10). These sources may have been replenished from groundwater. Humidity and mist are still effective today in watering plants. Part of Adam’s responsibility in the garden may have been to provide irrigation for the vegetation (Gen. 2:15).
2.The vapor canopy that may have existed prior to the Flood would have greatly affected climate. It could have ruled out rain showers. With a uniform temperature over the entire earth, there would not have been significant high and low pressure regions that produce storms today. From the moment the canopy collapsed, rain would then become an everyday experience.
3.The rainbow represents a special covenant or promise of protection from another worldwide flood. The rainbow’s appearance to Noah may have been its first occurrence in the sky (Gen. 9:8-17). Typical raindrops of sufficient size to cause a rainbow require atmosphere instability. Prior to the Flood, weather conditions were probably very stable.
If the earth did not experience rain before the Flood, then Noah’s ark-building must have appeared especially foolish to his critics. Likewise, the faith of Noah described in Hebrews 11:7 was especially strong. Noah was warned about things not seen, which is perhaps a further indication that rain was not part of humanity’s early experience. Even with this accumulated evidence, a final authoritative answer to this question of pre-Flood rain is not known (Donald B. DeYoung, Weather and The Bible, Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 1992, pp. 112,113).
There Was Rain
Others believe that it did rain before the Flood. The Hebrew word translated mist in the King James Version is better rendered as stream as in the NIV. The picture therefore is not so much of an earth shrouded in clouds, as it is of an earth that had plenty of water from rivers to water the vegetation.
Before Fall, Not Necessarily Before The Flood
Thus the text seems to teach that there was no rain before the Fall, because there was sufficient water from the streams to irrigate the land. However, this does not mean that there was no rain after the Fall. After sin entered the world things radically changed.
As we examine the evidence it seems that the Bible says that there was no rain in the Garden of Eden before the Fall. The text does not say what happened after the Fall. Although a case can be made for no rain until the time of the Flood, we should not necessarily assume this happened. The evidence does not allow us to make any definite conclusions.
We have just traveled far and wide, whether there was rain or not before the flood in the day of Noah, we are aware now of just what rain is. The share about Noah was to show how plentiful it can be, Amen. The spoon, cup, pitcher, tub…? I laugh! Have we ever experienced a flood? Seriously? People die! Homes are destroyed… We could go on… but Love when He rains Controls all! Get soaked! And bless others, Amen.
Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain! Amen.