___Hawaii, our 50th state, is a favorite location for vacationers. It is a beautiful place with lovely beaches, impressive mountains, rich vegetation and intense rainbows (often even double rainbows).
___The Hawaiian Islands used to be ruled by royalty. In the 1800’s, King Kamehameha II and his Christian mother, Queen Ka'ahumanu, put an end to a lot of the false religious customs that were being practiced there. They also allowed Christian missionaries to come to Hawaii and tell the islanders about the Lord.1
___Henry Opukahai'a, a native Hawaiian, had made their jobs easier. Having become uncomfortable as a child with being trained to be a pagan priest, Opukahai'a took a ship to America. While there, he became a Christian. Studying Greek and Hebrew, he translated portions of the Bible into Hawaiian. He also helped inspire missionaries to go to Hawaii and tell his beloved countrymen about the Lord.2
___Today there are many, many Christians living in Hawaii and many Christian churches. If you ever go to Hawaii, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a church where you can "proclaim his praise in the islands."

Ps 97:1 The LORD reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice.
Is 42:4 . . . "In his law the islands will put their hope."

An Extra Lesson: God’s Rainbow Promise
___Do you know the special significance of the rainbow? It is a sign from the Lord! Here is the background story. By the time of Noah’s flood (which probably occurred about 4,400 years ago 3), most of the people on earth had become very wicked. Noah and his family were the only good people left. God was going to send a flood to destroy the wickedness. He told Noah to build an ark to protect his family, himself and the land animals.
___Some scientists believe there was a huge water canopy around the earth before the flood. This turned into a terrible rainstorm.4 Apparently there may also have been major meteor showers, volcanic activity and earthquakes. These would have broken up the face of the earth, opening huge reservoirs of water.5
___After the flood was over, God started putting rainbows in the skies. Although there will still be floods in some places, rainbows are God’s sign to us of His promise that He will never again cover the whole earth with a flood!

Gen 9:13 "I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth."
Gen 9:15 "I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life."
Gen 7:11-12 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month--on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.

[Note: For more information on the worldwide flood of Noah's time, see the Young Earth costume section.]

1 William J. Federer, America’s God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations (Coppell, TX: FAME Publishing, Inc., 1996) 341.
2 Federer 488.
3 Henry M. Morris,
The Genesis Record (Baker Book House: Grand Rapids, MI, 1976) 285.
4 Dennis R. Petersen,
Unlocking the Mysteries of Creation (South Lake Tahoe, CA: Creation Resource Foundation, 1986) 26-27.
5 John D. Morris,
Noah's Ark and the Lost World (El Cajon, CA: Master Books, 1988) 20-21.
Let them give glory to the LORD and proclaim his praise in the islands.
Is 42:12

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