April 27, 2020
Good morning Salties and friends,
I hope you had a good Sunday and had a chance to enjoy the Redemption Gilbert worship service. Please continue to pray for our staff’s health as several key members of my team deal with various maladies. Also please pray for Dan Polk and family because of Elda’s sudden passing and for Sherry Simon who helps out with our luncheons. Her Dad passed away on Friday.
Today, we’ll begin our study in Genesis 7 which starts in verse one with God instructing Noah to take his family and go into the ark because God found him righteous. As we discussed earlier, Noah was found righteous because God gave him His unmerited favor (Gen 6:8.) Noah didn’t earn God’s acceptance. God saved Noah as He saves us as an unconditional gift purchased by the blood of Jesus. The flood was a purposeful act of judgment by God but most importantly it’s a reminder of God’s amazing grace. Verse 1 says God saw that he was righteous which means, he believed God and obeyed him. How can we say we believe God unless we’re willing to obey Him? More on this tomorrow.
It’s also important to understand that the flood is a historical event; it really happened; it is not a parable or fairy tale. Both Peter and the Lord Jesus refer to it as an example of the way people in the end times will reject God (2 Peter 2:5 & 3:3-10; Matt 24:37-39.) Those verses give us a picture of how those who are perishing spend their last days oblivious to the danger.
Although the flood came suddenly, it wasn’t without warning. God had been warning the world for 1000+ years. Enoch preached against the ungodliness around him. He named his son Methuselah who lived longer than any other, whose name means “when he dies judgment comes.” 2 Peter 2:5 says Noah was a preacher of righteousness. God always warns before bringing His judgment (1 Peter 3:20) giving time for repentance. But, like the flood eventually came there will be another historical event someday bringing a final judgment. Acts 17:31 says “because He has fixed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by a Man whom He has appointed and of this He has given assurance to all by raising Him from the dead.”
Let’s continue to be a witness to those who without Christ are perishing.
In Him, Neil