Letters from Neil | April 30th, 2020

Redemption AZ / May 31, 2020

April 30, 2020

Good morning Salties and friends,

Today we’ll continue to work through Genesis 7. It’s a chapter that highlights 3 important themes of Scripture; God’s grace to undeserving sinners, God’s judgment of deserving sinners, and belief in God should lead to obedience to His Word. Verse 4 says in 7 days it will start to rain. Most commentators believe there had never been rain on the earth before this. God told Noah in advance so he knew how much time he had to finish preparations. Also, because Peter says in 2 Peter 2:5 that Noah was a preacher of righteousness, there’s a good chance he continued to preach a message of repentance as well. But we know from Jesus’ words in Matt 24:38-39 that no one paid attention.

Verse 5 shows that Noah continued to obey God’s commands despite the lack of response from his peers. Verse 6 confirms that Noah would have fit with our Salt group at a spry 600 years old. Verses 7-9 verify that Noah did exactly as God instructed in verse 1 while verse 10 confirms verse 4 that the rain came in 7 days. Verse 11 adds detail to verse 6 giving Noah’s exact age right down to the day. All of this detail gives us a clear indication from God that this flood was a historical event and not some ancient fable. Verses 11 & 12 demonstrate that this was no ordinary flood. The flood waters came not only from rain but also from the fountains of the great deep. Verses 13 – 15 give the full “roll call” of those entering the ark using the phrase according to its kind, echoing the creation narrative from Chapters 1-2.

When all were aboard verse 16 says “And the Lord shut them in.” God sealed the deal, Noah and his family couldn’t have gotten out if they wanted to. This is a picture of God’s sovereign grace in closing them in behind the door and the first of several examples in Scripture where doors provide safety for God’s people during times of judgment. He did it for Lot in Genesis 19:10; for all Israel in Exodus 12:23 and for Rahab in Joshua 2:19. Likewise, those who are saved by the blood of Jesus are “shut in” (Matt 25:10) “And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with Him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut.” All that are His are kept permanently away from any possible eternal condemnation (Romans 8:1; Matt 10:28-29.) Thank you Lord.

I’ve attached a picture of just some of the birthday cards I’ve received from Salt members. Thanks to one and all for making my birthday special even from a distance.

Love, Neil