Tag: Noah’s obedience. God’s pain over sin. Judgment by fire next time.
January 3rd–Genesis 6-9
As I again read the story of Noah and the flood, I listened for God’s heart. He saw that the man that He had made in His own image had turned to wickedness instead of to the walk of faith God had planned for him. God’s heart was grieved and filled with pain. Our sin causes grief and pain in God’s heart! It also has consequences for us. Man has freedom of choice to choose his own path instead of God’s, but must accept the consequences. Sin always brings God’s wrath, His judgment, and ultimately death.
“But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.” (Genesis 6:8) God’s eyes are always looking for a way to show favor and mercy! Thank God for that! His eyes are looking for any who would be humble and teachable that He might save them and bless them. God revealed to Noah his plans for judgment of a wicked mankind and a polluted earth. He gave specific instructions for saving Noah, his family, and the animals. Noah did everything just as God commanded Him.” (Genesis 6:22)
“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the 17th day of the second month–on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of heaven were opened.” (Genesis 7:11) God did exactly what He said He would do on a specific day in Noah’s life! Jesus taught that it would be just like the days of Noah when God would again judge the wicked of the earth. (Matthew 24:36-39) This time it would be by fire! Is anyone listening? Could this possibly be true? The way of salvation for all who will believe is Jesus Christ! He is waiting patiently for all who will respond, but “a day of judgment” is coming!
“By these same waters the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.” 2nd Peter 3:6-7