January 3: The Flood

Read Genesis 6:5-7:24

My closest parallel experience to the flood mentioned in today’s reading only happens on the Internet.  Occasionally, on weather.com, I see a little red “Alert” indicator for the Wooster, Ohio area.  Often, that “Alert” is an indication that the Killbuck River might flood.  Because I don’t live in close proximity to the Killbuck, I am unaffected when it overruns its banks.

That’s the closest literal parallel in my life…but it is a far cry from that which happened in Noah’s days.  Notice some of the specifics about this flood:

  • Sin was the problem.  Sin permeated his culture.  It started in the heart, penetrated the thoughts, and worked its way out into words and actions…all of the time.  It sounds like it could have hardly been worse! 
  • Punishment was the consequence.  That’s true of all sin, actually.  Because God is holy, each and every sin requires His punishment, not just then but also today.
  • The punishment was global.  Because sin characterized all of mankind that had filled the earth, God brought a world-wide flood.  The Bible says that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23).  Every one of us, then, is deserving of His punishment.
  • God provided rescue.  Though Noah is described as uniquely righteous in his day, he was not perfect.  No one is.  He did, however, walk with God by faith.  The ark became a vessel of rescue for him, his family, and the animals.  God rescues all those who turn to His Son in faith (Romans 10:9, 10).
  • Others were invited to experience rescue.  You may not pick up on that from the book of Genesis.  Peter, however, describes Noah as a “preacher of righteousness” (2 Pet. 2:5).  Apparently, he not only built the ark but also warned people like the “Alert” indicator on my computer screen.  But none responded.

Even though I haven’t experienced a close literal parallel to a flood of water, my life resonates with the truths of the above bullet points.  I have wandered from God and deserve judgment.  Meanwhile God offered me the lifeboat (ark) of forgiveness.  Jesus, you see, came on a mission to seek and to save what was lost (Lk. 19:10).


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