The Flood: A warning of judgment.

Gen. 7

 It is everybody’s favorite time of year. Tax season.

I read in a Reader’s Digest issue: A woman who works for the IRS in Utah has the job of communicating with delinquent taxpayers. On one occasion she called Anchorage and was patched through to a ham operator in the Aleutian Islands. Two hours later the ham operator raised the taxpayer’s home base and from there reached him at sea with his fishing fleet. After the woman identified herself as being with the IRS in Utah, there was a long pause. Then over the static from somewhere in the North Pacific came: “Ha! Ha! Come and get me!”

I know of those personally who have one way or another got by without paying taxes.

Just like those tax dodgers, a lot of folks believe that judgment will never happen. Some may be able to dodge the IRS. But no one can dodge God’s day of reckoning. But people look around and see the wicked literally getting away with murder. The unrighteous often seem to fare pretty well in this life. And so people mistakenly conclude that judgment will never happen.

Listen to Asaph: (Psalms 73:1- 17)

Thankfully Asaph got it together. (Ps 73:28) But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.

We often mistake God’s patience and grace in delaying the Day of Judgment to mean that it will never take place and that they can sin without consequence.

Here as we are going through the book of Genesis we have a sober reminder and a divine warning.

Unfortunately, the story of Noah and the great flood is often regarded as a fairy tale, not as fact.

    • At no other point in history has God’s judgment on the earth been as severe and widespread as it was at the flood.
    • At various times God has judged individuals, groups, and even whole nations.
      •  Sodom and Gomorrah.
      • God ordered Israel to destroy the Canaanites because of their sin.
      •  Israel itself was judged by the Babylonian captivity.
      •  Jerusalem was destroyed in A.D. 70 because of rejecting the Messiah.
      • Ananias and Sapphira.
    • The flood stands as the past example, of the fact of God’s judgment on the whole earth.
      • Just as He judged the whole earth with the flood, so He will judge the whole earth in the end times, and none will escape.
    • Historically.
      • In verse (11) we are given an exact date. It is written as a statement of fact.
      • Jesus and Peter referred to the flood. Using it as a historical fact not a traditional tale.
      • Many cultures other than biblical accounts refer to a great flood.
    • Universal.
      • The wording in the Genesis account is very descriptive.
      • (Ge 7:19-23)
      • The commonsense. Why take mating pairs of animals? Why build an ark? If you could just go somewhere else?
      • The amount of time for the water to dry up. they were on Noah cruise for over a  year.

Just giving a few simple things. There are a ton more. Yes all are debatable. It all depends on rather you trust God’s word or man’s reasoning. I want to get to the crux of this time we have.

  • Suddenly. (but not without warning.)
    • God had been warning that evil world for almost 1,000 years. Enoch preached against the ungodliness of his day. But God’s warnings were ignored.
    • Noah’s ark was finally finished after 120 years. People watched as the animals migrated toward the ark, two by two.
    • Remember, there wasn’t a drop of rain yet. The ark sat there on dry ground. The day of the flood dawned just as every other day had. Then God closed the door of the ark, the rain began, and the earth quaked as the deeps were opened. Judgment came suddenly, but not without warning.
    • Why is this important? It’s important because the flood is the one great historical example of God’s future judgment for the whole earth.
    • Just as none escaped the judgment of the flood, so none will escape God’s coming judgment.
      •  In the flood, every person on the face of the earth had to come to terms with God, either by accepting His means of escape (the ark), or by perishing in the flood.
      •  In the coming judgment, all will appear before God’s bar of justice. Those who are protected by God’s means of escape, the Lord Jesus Christ, will be protected from that judgment. Those who have not trusted in Christ will be condemned.
    • It will be a historical event:
      • God “has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead”
      • Remember what Paul told the men of Athens?(Ac 17:31) Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
      • Remember what some of them did? (Ac 17:32) ¶ And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter.
      • Thank God for others.
    • It will be universal:
      • He will judge “the world”–every person who has ever lived.
      • Those who have taken refuge in Christ will be spared, but all who are outside of Christ will appear before the Great White Throne.
      • Those whose names are not written in the book of life will be thrown into the lake of fire (Rev 20 11-15)
    • It will be sudden, but not without warning.
      •  There is the warning of the Scriptures.
      • Even many who do not read the Bible know the story of the flood, which serves as a warning to them.
      • But over and over Jesus and others in the Bible warn of the certainty of the coming judgment.
    • There is the warning of those who live godly lives.
      • Surely Noah’s life served notice on that ungodly generation that their lives were not pleasing to the Lord.
      • His obedience in the face of an almost impossible task which took 120 years stood as a testimony that they needed to repent.
      •  Even the march of the animals to the ark, obedient to their Creator’s command, bore witness to that generation that God was about to do something significant.
    • Today we have more signs of the Second Coming of Christ than ever before but yet it is the professing born again who are more hardened, less committed, and increasingly antagonistic to the things of God.
      •  But even this was already spoken of.
      • Jesus himself said: (Mt 24:12) And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
      • Paul speaking to the Thessalonians. (2Th 2:10-11) And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. (11) And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
    • You have heard preacher after preacher. Friend after friend. Crying out to you to be sure of your salvation.
      • Yet churches are full of those pretending their right with God.
      • They most often hold to an act they performed as a child or a day of distress.
      • They speak of their works as if it’s proof of a humble walk with God.
      • Many spout of that they are closer to God than me or another preacher. Can I tell you this? I pray you are closer to God in your relationship with Him than me. I feel most often like I have come nowhere near where I need to be with the Savior of my soul.
      • Please hear this. It is not comparing or justifying according to another man born in this sin stained world. How does your salvation experience, your everyday life compare to that of biblical standards?
    • The truth that Paul is referring to is a truth that captivates your very being.
      • You realize that God deserves the praise of all people everywhere and you purposely live in a way that ensures that!
    • The story of the flood shows us that before He brings judgment,
    • Noah didn’t think up the idea of the ark himself.
      • Clearly, the ark was God’s initiative. He revealed it to Noah. He designed it and gave him the directions he needed.
    • God’s grace is seen in not closing the door until the last possible moment.
      • The people watched Noah working for 120 years.
      • They watched the animals streaming in from all parts of the globe.
      • They watched Noah and his family board the ark.
      • The door was still open for any to come aboard. Nobody did. They watched as the Lord shut the door. The rain started. It was too late.
    • There was only one means of escape provided by God.
      • It was not especially fancy or inviting: A great big box daubed with pitch.
    • And there was only one door.
      • The proud lions and the lowly lizards all entered the same way.
      • It was very narrow and restrictive
    • God has ordained one means of salvation from the judgment to come:
      • The Lord Jesus Christ, crucified for sinners.
      • Whether you’re wealthy or poor, moral or immoral, educated or uneducated, there is only one way to heaven, the way of the cross of Jesus Christ.
      • He is the only means of salvation God has provided.
  • The question is, have you gotten on board? 
    • That will be the only issue when God’s Day of Judgment comes suddenly.

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