Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Weekly Devotion: The Days of Noah

“But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Matthew 24:37

This verse teaches us that the days surrounding Christ’s second coming will be very similar to the days in which Noah lived. Although Christ’s church will be caught up to meet Jesus in the air at least seven years before his physical return to earth, many parallels can be drawn in advance of this dreadful event just as dark clouds appear and winds pick up before a storm.

“For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Mt. 24:38, 39

People were so consumed with self indulgences such as eating, drinking, and marrying, that the flood took them by surprise even though Noah was preparing the ark and preaching righteousness (2 Peter 2:5) right before their eyes. Now consider some other commonalities between Noah’s time and today.

“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually… The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.” Genesis 6:5, 9

What seems to trigger Christ’s return is when the thoughts of men’s hearts are “only evil continually”. Since only God looks on the heart, we must take heed from the external “wickedness” and “violence” that result. Consider a parallel between the fall of Lucifer and the cause of “violence” in Noah’s time.

By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.” Ezekiel 28:16

Satan’s abundance of merchandise “filled” him with “violence” just like the people in Noah’s days. As we possess more and more merchandise, more and more violence will inevitably follow too. Logically then, our escape will have to be like Noah’s, “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD… Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.” (Genesis 6:8, 9b).

Just as surely as “God saw the wickedness of man” and pronounced judgment, he extended his “grace” to Noah when his “eyes” saw that Noah was “perfect” (without blemish from the world) and that he had a walk pleasing to God. The following verse tells us that God is still looking for people like Noah that he can bestow his grace upon.

“ For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him…” 2 Chronicles 16:9a

We can only be “perfect” and find “grace” by placing our faith in God’s word and humbling ourselves to Him, apart from works. His “grace” is our only hope of escaping the coming judgment. Friend, why not place your faith in Him only and receive His gift of eternal life so you don’t miss the boat too?

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” Ephesians 2:8, 9

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