Tuesday, 8 May 2012

As in the days of Noah...

The Bible teaches that just prior to the return of the Lord Jesus, the world will be in a similar condition as it was in the days of Noah when God destroyed the world with the flood and also as in the days of Lot when God sent fire on Sodom and Gomorrah and destroyed everyone in those wicked cities.  So the question is - Is our world heading into those kinds of conditions and is the world about to fall uder the judgement of the Almighty God?

 Luke 17:26-30 says -  And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.  Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.  Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

 1. Why is it that Noah was spared in his day and Lot also was spared when Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed? 
2. And secondly what was it that made God decide to destroy the world in the flood and the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah?
In Genesis 6:8-9 we find the answer to question 1? Why was Noah spared? - verse 8 " But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD " and verse 9 -
 Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
The answer is that Noah lived for the LORD and this pleased God very much.  Noah was doing right and living faithfully to God  in the midst of all the evil around him so God in His grace provided the ark and everything  that was needed for Noah in order to spare him and protect him from the judgement that God was sending on the wicked people. God did not destroy the righteous ones, He only destroyed the people who were living in their wickedness. Only Noah, Noah's wife, their 3 sons and the sons wives were saved alive, that is 8 people in all.

In 2 Peter 2 we read that Lot was a just and righteous man living among the wicked people of Sodom. Verses 7-8 say
And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
(For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
So we see also  that Lot was living for the Lord and God saved him and his wife and two daughters. They escaped the city before God sent the fire down upon it.

Now question 2 - What kinds of evil was it that brought these judgements to fall?
 Violence - Genesis 6:13 says ....for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
 People were carrying on without a thought for the things of the LORD - Luke 17:27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
Ungodly, filthy conversation, wicked, unlawfull deeds - according to 2 Peter chapter 2

Homosexual practices - Genesis 19: 4-5 describes the sexual addictions of the people of the city -   Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom —both young and old—surrounded the house. They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.” Genesis 18:20 -
20 And the Lord said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;

So we see that God does not take sin lightly. It says their sin is very grievous and I believe that God finds sin grievous today also. When He looks down at our world today, He sees the same things happening as what caused Him to decide to destroy the world in the flood in the days of Noah and also to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. Violence, homosexuality, drunkenness, immorality, ungodliness, and filthiness is all around us. This is exactly what the entertainment business makes it's money on and it is what people want to fill their minds with day in and day out. It is time to repent of these evils and cry out to God for mercy. Today is the day to come to Jesus for salvation. It would seem to make sense that the judgments are near but we know our God, the God of the Bible will defend and protect us who are His children. He is mighty to save!

2 Peter 3:9 - The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

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