Read: Isaiah 54:1-55:5, Matthew 24:36-46, 1 Peter 3:18-22
When you think about Noah, what pictures come to your mind? It is likely that you envision a sunny day with a rainbow in the sky and happy animal faces peeking out of windows of the ark. Everything is wonderful. Right? Sadly, we seldom give much thought to what preceded this that wonderful day. We must remember that all of humanity had become desperately wicked, so much so that God had just destroyed everything living thing on the face of the earth. Nothing survived that was not secured within the safe confines of the ark. But because of God’s own Word, He could not destroy everyone and start over.
God promised that one day someone would come from the “seed of the woman” to defeat Satan forever. God had unconditionally bound Himself to His Word! If that were not important to God, there would have been no reason to save Noah’s family from the flood. But, God’s credibility has been proved again and again, throughout the entire course of human history. This fact provides one of the best arguments believers have today for their 21st Century proclamation of the Gospel. We 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!
- As followers of Jesus, we have the privilege of sharing the story of His glory with all who will listen!
Judgement Is Coming
From Adam to Noah, God withheld His justified judgement against all mankind for over 1,500 years. When judgement day arrived, just eight people found shelter against God’s fury, unleashed on unrepentant humanity. But, God had to preserve Eve’s line through Noah. If He didn’t, God would have proven Himself untrustworthy. Because God kept His word, death has been defeated through Jesus’ own death, burial, and resurrection from the dead almost 2,000 years ago.
Today, God’s grace continues to be extended to the people of all nations, Jew and Gentile alike. His desire is that no one would perish. Look at 2 Peter 3:9. His offer of Himself as the answer to mankind’s sin situation is the same for everyone. He extends the exact same offering of personal forgiveness for the personal sin of every man, woman, girl and boy.
The Bible also tells us that God’s fury will not be withheld from humanity forever. Once again, as in the days of Noah, God’s wrath is going to be unleashed on all who refuse to accept His free offer of grace on His terms.
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 powerful in communicating truth?
- How have the stories you have been told about your family impacted the way that you look at the world around you today?
- What are you doing to prepare yourself to tell the grand story of God to the people God has placed in your life?
- How are you equipping your family to be the primary spiritual leaders of their own families in the future?