09 Feb 2020

The Great Flood

The Great Flood : Judgement & Redemption

We all are aware of this story and we may have heard it so many times again and again “Noah & the Ark”. Today we are going to study the Great flood.

We are going to look at this story of Great flood  with two different themes, which the Author is trying to convey, one is judgement and second is redemption:

We all are aware of the Author of this book, who was it? Moses, it was written in a time when the Israelites were in a journey from Egypt to Canaan.

Before, we look at these two different themes (Judgement & Redemption ). Let us look at who Noah was.

Chapter 5 : 21-25’

21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. 22 After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. 24 Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.

Enoch , who walked with God ; then he was no more , because God took him away. He was the father of Methuselah , who lived 969 years (Longest ever lived)

Methuselah became the father of Lamech , Lamech the father of Noah.

Let us look at the first theme , which looks like the major theme when we read the story of the Great Flood:

Judgement :

God wiped out the whole earth in a matter of time. Why did he do that, and what made him do that. Is this punishment too harsh? Let us read

Chapter 6:5-8

The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the timeThe Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubledSo the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

Great is their wickedness , every thought was evil and God regretted.

Sin has taken hold of the entire human race.

And God said “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground”

Genesis 6 : 11-13

11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence12 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 So make yourself an ark

Because of the sin of mankind , the entire creation is under wrath.

And God is going to Judge the face of earth.

Why this fierce Judgement , why there is no Grace for the entire earth ?

He is also a Gracious God, right?

I believe God may have given them  ample of opportunities.

  1. The Great Flood : Redemption

The second theme which is usually overlooked is the Redemption plan of God.

There was evil, and violence .

We read that Enoch was taken back to God . Why did God not take back Noah and destroy the whole earth and the creation ? We saw that it happened before the flood event . Why?

Because his love for his creation. And we read that God showed Favour to Noah.

Later part  when we see Noah drunk and lying naked , I don’t justify his purity and you can take a call on that.

What I want to covey is God showed unmerited favour on Noah and the entire human race

Genesis 6:8

But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

Because of one person the entire family is saved. Not only him all his entire family was saved because of him (8 of them survived )

For this Redemption, we need obedience .

Chapter 6 :22

22 Noah did everything just as God commanded him.

Noah obeyed and did what the Lord commanded. Obedience is a key to be part of this great redemption .

Noah Obeyed and followed Gods instruction and he built this great Ark (45 feet high)

He brought all the creatures inside and the entire family of Noah went inside, and the Great Flood came which swept the entire Earth.

Chapter 7:16

7:16 – God commanded Noah … The Lord shut him in ..

God gave the command but in his role as a redeeming God , He closed the door of the ark behind Noah and his family.

7: 22 breath of Life: God’s gift at the time of creation was taken away because of sin.

When we read chapter 7, which is about judgment, and then from chapter 8 , redemption takes place.

It starts with “God remembered Noah” an act of Love and care for them.

And we see the desperation of Noah, to come out of the Ark, he sends a Raven, a Dove. A dove brings Olive leaf, which does not grow on high elevations, it shows that the water was receded from earth.

After flood, it’s like a new beginning.

The Lord destroyed the earth because it was full of violence, don’t we see that happening today? Why is he not destroying the whole earth?

Chapter 9 :

In chapter 9, we see that God makes a covenant with us. A covenant which will last forever “a rainbow”, that conveys, never again will I destroy the whole face of the earth with flood. Never again will I curse the ground because of Man “even though his heart is evil.”

Do we foresee something similar in the New Testament :

It is the cross. Here the Ark was accessible only to Noah.

The Greater Ark of redemption, i.e The cross is accessible to everyone who ever believes in him , who comes to this ark will not perish but  live forever.

Jesus made that provision to us, to enter the ark, whoever we are, whatever background we come from, if we believe in Him, we will be saved.

If we want to be saved, we need to come to this ark.

Virjil Selvan is Pastoring the New Hope Community. The New Hope Community is situated in the heart of the city between Old and New Panvel. We can confidently share that New Hope Community is a Church in Kamothe, Church in Khandeshwar, Church in Khanda Colony, Church in Panvel, Church in New Panvel because we are centrally located and these places surround our church Venue.

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