The Flood

Posted: February 27, 2015 in Genesis, TLCC
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The Greeks had a story of the flood. So did the Sumerians and the Babylonians. Going through the stories of each nation, there is always the story of the flood. So if there is a myth on the flood, the question we ask is that did a great flood envelop the earth? In fact, science would explain that Ice Age happened and at one point, the ice melted and covered the earth. Which leads us to a discussion about the flood.

(Read: Genesis 6 before you continue)

We go back to Scriptures as we believe that the Bible is the final measure by which all truth is to be gauged (John 17:17). So we go back to see the account of the flood in Genesis 6.

First, we look at the reason on why God had to send the flood.

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 time. (Gen. 6:5)

Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence.(Gen. 6:11)

With the two verses in mind, look at man and the earth. Man is really wicked and the earth was corrupt. Even until today, we still face the same problems. Theology defines this as “depravity of man” and in simple terms, we call this, sinfulness of man. Our nature, as human beings, is inclined to sin. Our hearts are indeed sinful, and so is our thoughts. Any argument that says man is good, or that there is goodness in man, we just have to go back to Scriptures. Man is sinful. Our hearts and thoughts are sinful.

Earth, on the other hand, was corrupt. Personally, we see the corruption of earth every day. We have pollution, bad news on the media every day, violence is seen left and right, and there is just no day where in we don’t see corruption of the earth. I wonder what corruption is given at the time of Noah? The Bible speaks of corruption in a way that God had to wipe everything out and start with a clean slate.

Now that we have the reason for God to destroy the earth, we move on to the narrative that God sent the flood, spared Noah, his wife, his sons and his sons’ wives. The next question we have is, what are the attributes (or traits) of God in the flood?

#1 God is Personal (v.6). I say this because He has emotions. He grieved (or His heart was deeply troubled) when He saw what was happening to man. an impersonal god or a distant god is someone who does not care at what is happening with man. He is involved in the personal affairs of man. He is Immanuel, God with us. He cares for his creation.

#2 God is Just. When God saw the wickedness of man, He could not just let it go. Man must be punished because of sin. That is because…

#3 God is Holy. His holiness meant He cannot allow sin to run rampant. God being just is always associated with His holiness. Holiness is being pure, being unblemished, and thus sin cannot be allowed to run amuck.

#4 God is patient. Another term for patient is long-suffering. Scriptures is silent on how long Noah’s ark was built but in theory, it probably took 120 years. That’s pretty much a long time to be a pastor (imagine Noah telling people about the flood), with the only converts are your wife, kids, and their wives. God didn’t wipe out the earth immediately. It took a long time before He unleashed the flood.

#5 God is specific. When He instructed Noah to build the ark, there were specifications to follow. We can view God as someone who gives instructions for our own good. If Noah did not follow instructions, he would be in trouble because it could mean disaster for the entire ship.

#6 God is a promise – giver/keeper (v.18). God is someone who says something and does it. When He said He would destroy the earth with water, He did. When He promised something, He will do it. We can rely on what God promised because it is in His character to say it and do it.

Now what are the implications of this in our lives today?

First, We are to imitate God’s characteristics. As children imitate their parents and get their traits, so should we as carriers of the name “Christian” be imitators of Christ.

If God is personal, we should be personal in our concern for people. Take the time to get to know people on a personal level, specially the ones who belong to the same household (or church). Get to be concerned with the lost in a way of getting to know their needs.

Next, If God is Just and Holy, so should we be conscious in our actions. Do we take a pro-active approach for justice to be done? Are we concerned about holiness today? For our actions speak on what we believe in. If we believe in a just God and a holy God, we should reflect justice and holiness.

Also, God is specific. He has some things we need to pay careful attention. We need to come to a point of submitting to every detail that God gives. We need to live our lives in a way that we know He is specific. How do we know His commands? By reading His word, the Bible!

Lastly, God is a promise – giver/keeper. This means that our yes should be yes, and our no be no. We should be careful with our words and actions. When God promises us something, it means He will do it. Thus we should be imitators of that character of God.

I realize that as I continue studying God’s word, the more I am aware that I am not fully knowledgeable. I need God. We need God. Let the story of the flood get us to a closer relationship with God.

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  1. alden says:

    Thanks Pastor 🙂

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