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January 11th, 2012

The Days of Noah

I was curious to see what the New Testament has to say about the Flood. Here are some passages that I found.

Jesus teaches that the Flood actually happened. He warns his listeners about the coming judgment.

"But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be." Matthew 24:37-39

Peter teaches that God's judgment and salvation are good.

"For if God ... did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly ... then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment..." 2 Peter 2:4-9

The writer of Hebrews describes the faith of Noah.

"By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith." Hebrews 11:7

It is my life

Deuteronomy 32:46-47

"Set your hearts on all the words which I testify among you today...all the words of this law. For it is not a futile thing for you, because it is your life..."

Keep in Step

Lately, this is the pain on my heart - that the words I pray sound nothing like the words God speaks to me. Should not my prayers sound like those of the saints of old (Psalm 89:5)? Should I not consider "the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith?" (Matthew 23:23) Should I not praise God for who He reveals Himself to be? Should I not sing the same songs as David, a man after God's own heart? (1 Samuel 13:14)

Where else can I turn but the word of God? Still, I struggle with weakness and with sin. When I read, I often neglect to recall what I've just read. When I recite Scripture to myself, I often don't stop to savor the truth the words contain. Often I don't even understand what the words mean! But these weaknesses are opportunities to receive strength from on high.

Moses has said, "Oh, that all the LORD’s people were prophets and that the LORD would put His Spirit upon them!" (Numbers 11:29) and in the mystery of the gospel, the Father has poured out His Spirit upon His people, answering the request of His Son Jesus (John 14:16-18; Acts 2:32-33,37-39). Praise the Lord!

May the Lord "teach me all things" (John 14:26) because of the covenant established in the Lord's blood (Matthew 26:26-29) - "...I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people." Jeremiah 31:33 "Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him." Romans 6:8

רני בת־ציון הריעו ישראל (Zephaniah 3:14)

Psalm 118:15
"The voice of rejoicing and salvation
Is in the tents of the righteous;
The right hand of the LORD does valiantly."

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