Friday, February 20, 2015

As in the Days of Noah

It is interesting that Jesus described the days before His return would be like the days of Noah. Look carefully at His words in Matthew 24, “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.
Life for Noah and the people of the earth continued day after day without little change. The same things they did back then we do today. Our children get married, and we eat and drink. However one day God intervened directly with Noah’s pattern of life and for him Noah’s life was radically changed!
Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence. God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth. Then God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth. Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with rooms, and shall cover it inside and out with pitch…Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall perish. But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall enter the ark– you and your sons and your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. As for you, take for yourself some of all food which is edible, and gather it to yourself; and it shall be for food for you and for them.  Thus Noah did; according to all that God had commanded him, so he did. Then the LORD said to Noah, “Enter the ark, you and all your household, for you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me in this time.”
We also are told in the New Testament that Noah preached that a flood was coming, and it was time to prepare. No one but his family believed his message. When the flood came only Noah, and his family were saved. The ark was their safety.  
This could be the days Jesus referred to when He talked about Noah’s day. I truly believe it is. The ark is Jesus Christ, and He keeps those who believe His words and acts upon them. We are to come into Him while there is still time. God does not desire that any perish. His ark is large enough for all.
Notice that even though God provided the plan for Noah’s deliverance He still told him to gather food for yourself and the animals in the ark. God told Noah to prepare. Jesus is telling us to prepare for what will come upon the earth. My advice is to make preparations for you and those you love. Moreover, share Christ with those who will hear.  Tell them a loving God has made a way for their security and eternity. Prepare and preach.

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