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Why a flood?
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
Category: Bible related
In this present world of turmoil, wouldn’t it be wonderful if everything was good and peaceful! There was a time when it was. In Genesis 1:31 it is written: ‘God saw all that He had made, and it was very good.’ But everything changed with the intrusion of sin into the world. The order of creation was upset, as God’s creation is governed by moral rules. The people became increasingly wicked and God decided to wipe mankind and everything He had made off the face of the earth by a flood. Only Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord (Genesis 6:5-8) and he built the ark to save him and his family.
God teaches us some very important principles through the flood:
1. The universe is governed by moral laws. In the eternal kingdom of God there will be perfect harmony. No one who breaks God’s moral laws will be there. ‘Outside are/will be the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood’ (Revelation 22:15). It is only those people whose transgressions have been forgiven by Jesus who will be accepted.
2. God, as Creator, can utilize nature to destroy the earth and to effect a renewal. It is not beyond God’s power to unleash the massive destructive powers of earthquakes, tornadoes, and other natural phenomena to destroy and burn up the world, and to replenish it again. As He was powerful to destroy the earth by a flood, He is powerful to destroy it eventually by fire (2 Peter 3:10-13) and renew it for his eternal kingdom (Revelation 21:1).
3. Sin will be punished. It is a clear illustration of God’s justice: sin will be punished and righteousness will be rewarded. The wages of sin is death. In future there will be eternal death, which is eternal separation from God. The reward of those made righteous by the death of Jesus Christ on the cross is eternal life with God (Romans 6:23).
4. The sign of the rainbow reminds God that He will let history run its course, until the end.
5. The history of the flood teaches us about God and His creation and how it applies to our lives (Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:1-12).
6. Despite the explanation of geologists, it is impossible that the massive coal beds all over the world, was the result of slow processes. The huge upright trees without roots, found through many meters of coal, indicate that the deposits that formed coal were most probably laid down during the catastrophic flood in Noah’s time.
7. Both in Genesis 6:8 and in 9:8-17 God says that He will establish His covenant with Noah. Nowhere is a previous covenant mentioned, and it is not by the usual method of ‘cut a covenant’ or by a formal arrangement of relationships as with men like Abraham. God is referring to His covenant He made with Himself that He will uphold the order of creation, and accomplish what He set out to do, namely the creation of an eternal kingdom of righteousness, despite the devil’s attempts to thwart it. God is saying to Noah, and to us, his descendants, that regardless of how ungodly the world around us becomes, God will do what He intended, namely to take His children to the Sabbath’s rest (Genesis 2:4; Hebrews 3:7-4:11). The message is that we can have faith in God, that we will enter the promised rest (eternal life with God, according to Revelation 22:1-5).
8. In the New Testament the flood is used as a symbol of salvation (1 Peter 3:20-22). Noah and his family were saved through the ark when God punished the sinful. Christians are saved through Jesus when God will finally punish the sinful in the eternal lake of fire prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:42).
9. Just as Noah committed himself to the waters and renounced the world, so the believer by baptism renounces the world. He acknowledges that he is in covenant with God to live a moral life to show to the world that God will keep his promise of a perfect, eternal
10. Could God have eliminated all evil? Yes, of course. He knows exactly what is going to happen. (For example, in the case of Mugabe and his atrocities, God could have stopped him years ago. Would that have served God’s design? No, then He would have to interfere in all cases. That would give people reason to argue on the day of judgement that if God had not interfered, they might have become believers. In the Old Testament, king Manasseh had an extremely bad record, yet when he was taken captive, he made a dramatic round about turn and acknowledged God as Lord - 2 Chronicles 33:1-20). That is the reason why God let history run its course with the sin of man in Genesis 6. He gave them a period of 100 years of grace in which to repent, while Noah was building the Ark. The strange phenomenon of a man and his sons building an ark in a very dry land would have surely led to a lot of speculation and questions asked. Yet they were unwilling to subject themselves to God’s wise and fair lordship.