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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Noah: The Only Way to Float

August 5

(Genesis 6:5-22 NIV) "The Lord saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. {6} The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. {7} So the Lord said, "I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth--men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air--for I am grieved that I have made them." {8} But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. {9} This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. {10} Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth. {11} Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight and was full of violence. {12} God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. {13} So God said to Noah, "I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. {14} So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. {15} This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. {16} Make a roof for it and finish the ark to within 18 inches of the top. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. {17} I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. {18} But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark--you and your sons and your wife and your sons' wives with you. {19} You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. {20} Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. {21} You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them." {22} Noah did everything just as God commanded him."

(Genesis 7:21-23 NIV) "Every living thing that moved on the earth perished--birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. {22} Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. {23} Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; men and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds of the air were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark."

(Hebrews 11:7 NIV) "By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith."

Early in the biblical history of mankind, humans became so corrupt and perverted that God decided to start over. The Lord would save Noah, his family, and a host of animals, but the rest of the world would be swept away. Noah’s Ark is a picture of salvation. It’s God’s idea, and by grace, He calls us to its safety. A judgment is coming. There is no other survival plan offered by God. There is only one ark, with one door, and it will be open until God shuts it. Noah’s Ark is seen by many as a harsh fairy tale, because post-modern intellectuals have done away with the concept of God as Holy Judge. This conveniently dispenses with the need for a Savior. Jesus is trivialized as a “good teacher”, and culture grows deaf to the true gospel. But Jesus died to become the one and only door on God’s ark of salvation. If there was no flood -- if there is no Holy Judge… Christ died in vain. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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