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The Flood

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Good morning, welcome to NHCC, please open your Bibles to Genesis 7.
Evil leads to judgement; but in the midst we find salvation.
Everyone else will die, yet Noah finds favor.
Much like last week- Make a point, see it laid out in the text, see where it takes us.
Pray.

1. The consequence for sin is death.

Read Genesis 7:1-5- Then the LORD said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation. Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and his mate, and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and his mate, and seven pairs of the birds of the heavens also, male and female, to keep their offspring alive on the face of all the earth. For in seven days I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living thing that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.” And Noah did all that the LORD had commanded him.
Read Genesis 7:17-24- The flood continued forty days on the earth. The waters increased and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. The waters prevailed and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the face of the waters. And the waters prevailed so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered. The waters prevailed above the mountains, covering them fifteen cubits deep. And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, livestock, beasts, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all mankind. Everything on the dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died. He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens. They were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark. And the waters prevailed on the earth 150 days.
Remember that this judgement is tied to the evil, the corruption, and the violence of men.
Seen in our text quite clearly, man’s punishment for this sin is the death of all mankind, save 8 people.
What images come to mind when you contemplate the flood narrative?
Children’s books- animals lined up two by two.
Gustav Dore sketches.
At the core of this account is the death of nearly everyone. Can we imagine such a judgement?
Why must there be such judgement? Briefly touched on this last week. But lets consider it more broadly.
We have seen the presence of God’s judgement already- first in Eden, then in the account of Cain.
One of the most uncomfortable truths in all of Scripture, that sin requires judgement. Evil requires death as a penalty. But why? A couple of things to keep in mind:
First, God is the standard of perfection. He is truth. He is the standard for what is right. In Him is no sin, no shortcoming, He is perfection.
Deuteronomy 32:4- “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.”
Second, God is just, and we see it clearly in Deut. 32.
He doesn’t mess up. His feelings don’t get in the way. At the core of His character is justice, what is right, with no wrong mixed in.
Here, we must wade through the contrast between God and man. For man, justice is fluid.
Azariah- I don’t know how you punish that boy.
Everything seems to be on a sliding scale for us. How bad was the offense. How much regret is present? How cute was the offender?
We let those close to us get away with things we would never want to see anyone else get away with.
This is why so many parents talk a big game with other people’s kids, but when it comes down to it, find themselves unable to carry it out with their own kids.
Not so with God. God is the standard of perfection, and while He is perfectly loving, He is also perfectly just.
With God, any offense is truly abominable, because of the perfection of God.
Movies with all morally questionable characters- not overly saddened by offenses against anyone.
Finally, God is life itself.
Death as a consequence for sin means that death is the natural conclusion to sin. Sin removes mankind from the presence of God, Who is life itself.
When spiritual life is removed, what remains is death.
Need for food and water. Imagine if we left it aside.
Abraham Kuyper- “In Paradise Adam was like the blooming plant, flourishing in the warmth and brightness of the Lord’s presence. By sin he fled from that presence. The result was not merely the loss of light and heat, but since these were essential to his nature, that nature languished, drooped, and withered. The mildew of corruption formed upon it; and the positive process of dissolution was begun, to end only in eternal death.”

2. God is faithful in His promises.

Read Genesis 7:6-10- Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters came upon the earth. And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him went into the ark to escape the waters of the flood. Of clean animals, and of animals that are not clean, and of birds, and of everything that creeps on the ground, two and two, male and female, went into the ark with Noah, as God had commanded Noah. And after seven days the waters of the flood came upon the earth.
God said that something would happen, and it came to pass. The flood was promised, and the rain began.
God is faithful in all that He says. His actions carry out His promises.
John 17:17- Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
Notice that Jesus doesn’t say God’s Word is true, but that again it is the very standard of truth.
Why can God be trusted? There is no falsehood, no doubt, mixed in with what God says.
Numbers 23:19- God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?
We have no capacity for complete understanding of this concept.
At our best, we are flawed. At our most powerful, we find ourselves quite weak.
Though we seek absolute control, we find ourselves at the mercy of things far beyond our control.
Anselm of Canterbury- Consider the vicissitudes of things, and you will find in them a has been and a shall be. Think of God, and you will find an is, where there cannot be a has been nor a shall be. Rightly, therefore, Christ, who is the eternal and immutable Truth, speaks to those who are tossed by the tribulation of the world, “It is I, be not afraid.”
God fulfills His promises, both saving and devastating, with absolute certainty and precision.
It is tied to His sovereignty over all of creation, over all of existence. What He says will come to pass.
Life is best lived when we trust the promises of God.
For those who do not know Jesus, we must be reminded of the promised judgement to come, the consequences of our sin, and as a result be drawn into the Savior.
For most of mankind, those who would be killed in the flood, they ought to have listened to the promise of coming judgement, preached by Noah.
For those who do know and trust Jesus, we would do well to live in light of the promise of our secured salvation.
Consider Noah in those hundred years of building the ark. He was freed to live as God had told Him to live. Didn’t need to worry about consequence. Salvation was coming.
Same ought to be true for us.

3. God provides the only means for salvation.

Read Genesis 7:11-16- In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened. And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights. On the very same day Noah and his sons, Shem and Ham and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them entered the ark, they and every beast, according to its kind, and all the livestock according to their kinds, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, according to its kind, and every bird, according to its kind, every winged creature. They went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in which there was the breath of life. And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him. And the LORD shut him in.
Note the action of God in our account of the flood.
He brings judgement, but provides salvation for Noah and his family.
Accomplished through the revealing of coming judgement, the instruction for salvation, and ultimately through the accomplishing of salvation (God shuts the door).
Please note that there is one way, and truly only one way, through this flood.
God does not save according to our strengths or our devices.
B.B. Warfield- It is not, strictly speaking, even faith in Christ that saves, but Christ that saves through faith. The saving power resides exclusively, not in the act of faith or the attitude of faith or the nature of faith, but in the object of faith; and in this the whole biblical representation centres, so that we could not more radically misconceive it than by transferring to faith even the smallest fraction of that saving energy which is attributed in the Scriptures solely to Christ Himself.
God does not save according to our sensibilities.
Our salvation comes in ways that make little or no sense to us whatsoever, prior to loving God.
1 Corinthians 1:18- “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
This is why salvation is so often likened to light invading darkness. Clarity and sight are given. I once was blind, but now I see.
1 Peter 2:9- “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
God does much in our salvation- part of which is opening our eyes to what has been accomplished.
God does not save according to our own desires or preferences.
God’s salvation never truly looks quite the way we would like for it to look.
Consider Israel saved from Egypt. Would Israel have drawn up the plans in a similar fashion?
Plagues, Red Sea, Wilderness Wanderings.
Now consider our own. Saved through the brutality of the cross and the surprise of the empty tomb. And saved to what? Eternal life yes, but life here of the cross.
Pick up your cross and follow Jesus.
Would you have drawn it up this way?
John 14:6- Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
The flood is coming. Christ will return and gather His family while condemning
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