Genesis chapter 6
tells us the most sovereign warning issued by God after Creation â€" the
destruction of the earth through the Great Flood because of the great
wickedness of man. But did the Flood really happen or not? What are the
evidences? Is it just a myth? And if it is true, how does it impact our lives?
All over the world,
hundreds of stories are recorded about a great flood. Most of the stories talk
about a global flood, the wickedness of man, a favored family, a boat and
animals being saved. Evidence of the Great Flood can be found in the Chinese
character for â€śboat.â€ť This character is a combination of the words for â€śshipâ€ť,
â€śeight,â€ť and â€śpeople.â€ť Geological findings such as the marine fossils found on
Mt. Everest as well as the folded formation of sedimentary rocks of the Grand
Canyon point to the occurrence of a great flood.
The problem is not
lack of evidence, but it is prejudice in the heart of people. History,
literature, science, archaeology, etc. all present evidences to prove the Great
Flood. But if people do not want to believe, no amount of evidence will
convince them that it really happened. They would rather look for ways to
disprove it. Actually, the problem is our heart. If we do not want to believe
in the flood, no amount of evidence will convince us that it really happened.
Even Jesus Himself,
believed in the story of Noah. He paralleled the end times with the days of
Noah. â€śFor as in those days before the
flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the
day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came
and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man beâ€ť (Matthew
24:38-39). Like the days of Noah, today, people are so busy with the activities
of the world that they do not heed Godâ€™s warning.
God warns us to be
alert, as we do not know the day of Jesusâ€™ Second Coming (Matthew 24:42). The
truth of the past teaches us what to do (2 Peter 3:11-12). We have no excuse.
Our response must be to heed Godâ€™s warning. How do you heed God's warning?
In Genesis 6:14-17 God gave Noah
definite instructions about the ark he was to build and the flood God was about
to send. Noah had no concept of rain and flood. But Noah obeyed Godâ€™s
instructions anyway (Hebrews 11:7). Noah
was faithful because he knew God and had faith in Him. In the same way the
faith that God desires in us is not one that is temporary and fleeting but
faith that is enduring.
Ephesians 5:15-18 admonishes us â€śTo be careful how you walk, not as unwise
men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So
then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.â€ť Just
like Noah in Gen. 6:8-9, God wants us consistently walking according to His
ways and will, finding favor in the eyes of God despite the sin that surrounds
us. Let us be imitators of God, making the most of our time with what is
important, which is the advancement of the gospel.
The ark points to
Jesus and is a picture of salvation. When Noah entered the ark, God shut the
door (Genesis 7:16). Inside the ark, Noah and his family were under Godâ€™s
protection, as we are when we believe in Jesus Christ. Those who did not heed
Godâ€™s warning were outside the ark and suffered destruction. If you have
trusted in Christ but are living in sin, do not wait until disaster strikes.
Heed Godâ€™s warning now!