One Year Bible, Saturday, January 3, 2015
Genesis 5:1-7:24; Matthew 3:7-4:11; Psalm 3:1-8; Proverbs 1:10-19
Jesus said that prior to His Second Coming, the world would degrade in similar fashion to the days of Noah (Matt. 24:37). I see at least four lessons in the story of Noah and the ocean liner he built.
1. UNCONDITIONAL OBEDIENCE. Noah was obedient even when given an unconventional assignment.
2. PROTECTION AND DELIVERANCE. The ark is a picture of protection and deliverance in a world under judgment.
3. FAMILY SAFETY. God saves families. Noah’s leadership brought safety to his wife and children.
The last lesson is the strangest. One of the most interesting aspects of the story is the setting. The reason God judged the world was because of extreme wickedness. The first 6 verses of Genesis 6 are some of the strangest in the Bible.
4. SPIRITUAL AND MORAL ABOMINATION. Angels (the evil kind) cohabit with women and the result is some sort of giant half-man/half-god.
We shouldn’t bog down here trying to figure out the scientific possibility of this story. Rather, let’s look at what God is saying. In the days of Noah, there was a huge rise in occult interaction between mankind and demons, and it took on sexual overtones.
Sounds like our day! Take a look at the hottest movies out today. Superheroes, vampires, werewolves — and much of it intertwines romance between humans and these “spiritual beings.” An example is the Twilight series.
We are living is days shockingly similar to those of Noah. Our answer to the spiritual darkness must be to do just as Noah did.
Rise to live in UNCONDITIONAL OBEDIENCE to God.
Trust Him and believe Him for supernatural PROTECTION AND DELIVERANCE. He is near and He is powerful.
Thank God for keeping your FAMILY SAFE. Your intercession, your walk with God, your covenant link will have powerful affect in keeping your family safe in coming days.
“As it was in the days of Noah”, so we will see both judgment on the world and deliverance on God’s people. It is a great day in which to live.