"I (Elohim) set my bow in the cloud and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.
But is the bow in the cloud the sign of the covenant between Noach (Noah) and his descendents? It sure could be. It is what I have always been taught.
I am still learning Hebrew. I still cannot sit down with the Torah and just read. I am learning though it seems that I am slow. Even so, light still manages to break through. The word translated "This" in Genesis 9:12 is the Hebrew word "Zayin-aleph-tav". "Aleph-tav" is the base word, a picture of the God of the Cross. The Aleph is the strong leader, God. Tav is the sign letter. When Moses developed his aleph-bet, the Tav was the cross. Throughout the Torah, Aleph-Tav is untranslated unless it suits the need of the translator. Generally it is simply skipped over. But in Revelation 1, Jesus introduced himself to John as, "the Alpha and Omega" which is the Greek equivalent to Alaph-Tav, the God of the Cross.
In Genesis 9:12, Aleph-Tav is prefixed with Zayin, the sword. The sword of the God of the Cross. You may wonder, what made me think that this sword of the God of the Cross is the Word of God. It was the Apostle Paul who told the Ephesians that the full armor of God included "the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God" Ephesians 6:17. But wait, there is more! The person introduced to us in Isaiah 42:1, speaks for himself in Isaiah 49:2 when he says, "He (YHVH) made my mouth like a sharp sword". The writer of Hebrews (4:12) proclaimed that the Word of God is sharper than any sword that it could be compared to. And when John gave the Revelation, He told of the Son from whose mouth came a sharp two edge sword (Revelation 1:16) which is used to make war (Revelation 2:16).
How effective is the Sword of the God of the Cross? The Apostle Paul taught that it is unlike ANY earthly weapon in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5. We do not wage ware like the rest of the world.
Matthew 26:51-52. Peter did not understand the weapon of divine warfare on the night of the arrest of Jesus. He pulled a weapon from its sheath and cut off an ear. Rebuke for Peter and restoration for the one whose ear was sliced off was the result. By Acts 2:37 Peter knows how to use the Sword of the God of the Cross, and the crowd is "cut to the quick".
When Simion spoke to Mary he said, "a sword will pierce through your own soul… " I am sure it was the sword of the Spirit that he spoke of. Luke 2:35
In this world, the sword brings death. It is used to defend oneself or to be an aggressor. It is interesting to me that an earthly sword is not used to punish offenders. Instead, the children of Elohim are instructed to stone those who have committed a capital offense. The sword of God, the Word, brings life, not death. From the time of Eve, the enemy of souls has asked us to choose a way that makes us our own god, decider of our own fate instead of standing our ground in faith on the Word of God, which is the sign of covenant between Elohim and we who have descended from Noah.