Genesis 7: 17-24….Watery desolation.

The flood continued forty days on the earth. The waters increased and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. The waters prevailed and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the face of the waters. And the waters prevailed so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered. The waters prevailed above the mountains, covering them fifteen cubits deep. And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, livestock, beasts, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all mankind. Everything on the dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died. He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens. They were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark. And the waters prevailed on the earth 150 days.

Comment: What does this story teach us, if it is meant to be more than just a record of an historical event? It wasn’t a cure for sin – because even those rescued continued in the post-diluvial world to sin. It does show how much God hates sin and it does show that God is prepared and able to save those considered ‘good’, as the record showed us that Noah was given that title. I think it shows that God loves His creation and is prepared to go to extremes to get it where He wants it to be. If we look at the Bible as a whole, there are many events told which when we look at the whole helps us to see that in the end God is going to have a judgement event when sin does disappear and God will save those whom He considers good, by hiding them inside His ‘saving ark’. That ‘ark’ is a person ‘Jesus Christ’ and we somehow have to discover the way to be found ‘in Him’. That way is called ‘faith’, a word which needs clarifying. May the search begin for you if the thought is new.

Prayer: Help to realize that there is another, unseeable to us, world, parallel to ours, where You and the Heavenly host dwell.

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