Read: Isaiah 54:1-55:5, Matthew 24:36-46, 1 Peter 3:18-22
When you think about Noah, what pictures come to mind? A sunny day with a rainbow in the sky, and happy animal faces peeking out the windows of an ark is how most see it. Everything is wonderful. Right?
Sadly, we seldom give much thought to what preceded that mental image. Humanity had become desperately wicked. God had just destroyed everything living thing on the face of the earth. Nothing survived except what was safely secured within the ark. Because of His own previous covenant with Adam and Eve, God could not destroy everyone.
One day, someone would be born. The “Seed of the woman” was going to defeat Satan forever. God had unconditionally bound Himself to His Word! If keeping His promises was not part of God’s character, there would have been no reason to save Noah’s family. God’s credibility has been proved over and over throughout history.
This fact provides a convincing argument for the 21st Century proclamation of the Gospel. Jesus followers need not be timid or ashamed of the facts:
- Our God exists!
- He acts in the affairs of the world according to the promises of His Word!
- It is a privilege to share this story with all who will listen!
Judgment Is Coming
From Adam to Noah, God withheld judgment against all mankind for over 1,500 years. When judgment day arrived, only eight people found shelter in the ark. They were saved from destruction because they believed. Through Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection from the dead almost 2,000 years ago, God’s offer of salvation is extended to the people of all nations, Jew and Gentile alike. He desires that no one would perish. Look at 2 Peter 3:9.
The Bible teaches that God’s fury will not be withheld from humanity forever. As in the days of Noah, God’s wrath is going to be unleashed. When He does, will you, your family, and your neighbors be in the ark?
For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison, who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water. – 1 Peter 3:18-22
Think About It
- Why are well-told stories so compelling in communicating truth?
- How have the stories you have been told altered the way you see at the world around you today?
- What are you doing to prepare yourself to tell the grand story of God to those He has placed in your life?
- How are you equipping your family to be the primary spiritual leaders of their future family?