"A Cleansing Flood"
Why a world-wide flood? When we talk about Noah, let us consider some lessons from Genesis 6 to 9.
A Cleansing Flood
A. The Doomsday Clock is a symbolic clock face, representing a countdown to possible global catastrophe (e.g. nuclear war or climate change). It has been maintained since 1947 by the members of the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The closer they set the Clock to midnight, the closer the scientists believe the world is to global disaster. On January 22, 2015 they set the clock at 3 minutes to midnight.
B. “Today, unchecked climate change and a nuclear arms race resulting from modernization of huge arsenals pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity. And world leaders have failed to act with the speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from potential catastrophe,” said Kennette Benedict, executive director of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, in a news release. “These failures of leadership endanger every person on Earth.”
C. The end of the world. The Bible speaks about the end the world very clearly. I would like to read to you a series of verses. I want to hear them before we begin our meditation on the reading from Genesis.
1. 2 Peter 3:8-10. Paul would also tell the church in Thessalonica that Jesus would come from heaven with his might angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.
2. When Peter wrote those words talked about “the last days.” We have been living in the last days for 2000 years. Some would say Peter was wrong and Jesus will not come again. But that thought is not new today (2 Pet. 3:3-7)
3. When Jesus himself spoke of the time of desolation and the coming of the Son of Man, he reminded the people of Jerusalem these words (Matt. 24:36-39).
D. The days of Noah. Paul, Peter, Jesus take us back to the days of Noah and the time of the flood. If that which has happened is for us the example of what will happen, then we must look back and see how one family survived.
I. Sin Is Rampant On The Earth
A. Look at the conditions of what life was like in antediluvian days. Gen. 6:11-13. There is approximately 1500 years from the time of Adam to the time of the flood. In those years mankind grew more and more corrupt. The word “corrupt” has the meaning of “damaged, spoiled, ruined.” In this case, mankind is morally corrupt. Their actions of how they treat one another degraded to the point of almost animalistic. It is was nothing more than living out base passions – from lust to anger – mankind had no true regard for one another.
B. I mentioned the Doomsday Clock at the beginning of this sermon. The idea there was how mankind will destroy mankind. When we examine the culture of world today, East or West, we see corruption in how people treat people. We no longer are willing to call sin, sin. Instead we want a language that the world calls tolerance, that God calls wickedness.
C. The people who call themselves Christians are too often acting like the rest of the world. Our regard for those who are poor is often first met with the idea that they are lazy. Our regard for those who are wealthy is often first met with the idea that they are snobs. Those who call themselves Christians are often similar in thinking to the culture around them. To the point that even we don’t like the word sin, wickedness or abomination. We prefer to talk about a God who accepts the sinful behavior. But that is not the God of the Bible, the One True God.
D. God chose to cleanse the earth by bringing upon it a flood. A flood of such great magnitude that all living creatures – both mankind and animals would be whipped out. The LORD was sorry that he made man, and he was grieved. The sin of society was so great that God hurt deep within. Mankind had so far removed itself from God that they no longer were in fellowship.
II. Noah, A Righteous Man
A. Then we read the wonderful words (Gen. 6:8-9). Look at the description of Noah: He found favor because he was righteous, blameless in his generation, and he “walked with God.” Did you catch that last phrase? He walked with God.
B. God walked with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, but when it comes to walking with God, we only read of Enoch who did not see death for God took him, and now Noah who saw all mankind die, but he lived.
C. Walking with God is the idea of fellowship. It is a common NT expression to describe our relationship and spiritual journey. We walk in the light, we walk in righteousness, we walk in the truth. “Walking in” is abiding in, or being in relationship with. Noah was the only person on the earth at that time that was in relationship with God. You think our society is bad today? I would hope that at least those of us here could have it said that we “walk with Lord.”
D. The difference between Noah and the world was the relationship with God. How is your relationship? How is your union with, your fellowship God? Is your walk one that is God sees as different than the culture you live in? When God looks at you, does he see a light shining in the darkness? We are called to be Noah to the world, for the truth of the matter is this world is going to be destroyed and the vast majority either don’t know, don’t care, or don’t believe. But Noah…But You.
A We know the rest of the story the story. We know that God had Noah build an ark in which he, his wife, his three sons and their wives were all saved. Eight in all were saved in the flood. The flood which cleansed the world is talked about by Peter.
B. 1 Pet. 3:18-22. Quite a set of verses. Jesus takes away sin – the people in days of Noah died in their sin. Water that destroy the world is now symbolized in baptism – water that destroys sin. It is not simply an action, but an attitude tied to an action. Just as it was necessary to be in an ark to be saved, it is necessary to be in Jesus to be saved. Baptism saves only when it is connects our pledge of a good conscience to Jesus who saves.
C. What can wash away your sins? Nothing, but the blood of Jesus. Today, you can either live cleansed from those sins, washed in the blood of Jesus or you can die in your sins like those in the days of Noah. Many don’t believe, you today you must decide.