It's Not Getting Any Better

Genesis 6

We hear of people talking about the good old days. Well, things are worse than they were a century ago, but not as bad as they were in Noah’s time. It says in Gen. 6:5 “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.”

My children will have to face different issues raising their children than I did. Gone are the carefree days when a youngster could walk to town alone, could ask a stranger for help,could talk of God in school. Our world is changing…sliding downward quickly. But Jesus told us it would get this way. Matt. 24:37 “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

My Scofield Bible study tells me that Enoch going home with God is a type of the rapture of the saints. Noah and his family are a type of Israel going through the tribulation, then being saved from the wrath of God. I don’t know if this is true, but I do know that there will be a day when the chance to repent will be closed…just as the door of the ark was closed. What a horrible thought!

It must have been torture for Noah and his family to listen to the cries of those who pleaded to be let in when it began to rain. There must have been neighbors, maybe even family members who begged for him to open the door. He couldn’t save them. It was too late.

We don’t know why God chose Noah. It says in Genesis 6:8 “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” Grace is undeserved favor. We don’t deserve God’s favor either. “It is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:9

Lord, thank you for your gift of salvation. Help us to be like Noah: faithfully doing what is asked of us, even if we don’t understand, and patiently telling others of Your grace and warn them of the wrath to come. We look for the day when we will see the promise of Your coming. In Jesus’ Name, Amen


Joanne Sher said...

It's so hard sometimes to act in the face of opposition - thank you for reminding me of the importance of doing so. This was an excellent look back at the "not-so-good" old days.

LauraLee Shaw said...

Love your wisdom and gentle admonition. All 'tis to true...


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