During the days of Noah “the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). God was not pleased with His creation—not because the Lord created anything bad, but because everyone was “corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth” (Genesis 6:12).
Because of this, God “determined to make an end of all flesh” (Genesis 6:13). The Lord sent a world-wide flood upon the earth and destroyed everyone and everything; except, Noah, his family and some animals.
But God didn’t judge the world without providing a way of salvation. By His grace, He spared Noah and his family when He commanded them to build an ark. It wasn’t, however, just an ark that saved Noah and his family from drowning. It was an ark of salvation. The ark was the means God used, not only to save Noah and his family, but to offer salvation to anyone who chose to get on and be spared the judgment of God. As Noah was building the ark, he was also a “herald of righteousness” (2 Peter 2:5). As Noah prepared for the rain, he told the people about their sin. He warned them about the coming judgment of God. No doubt, he also invited them to be saved when that day came by entering the ark. The people of Noah’s day did not have to drown. They could have been saved from their sin and the wrath of God if they would have believed God’s messenger and entered the ark of salvation.
Today, God feels the exact same way about humanity. Mankind is still corrupt in the eyes of the Lord. When He looks upon the earth, He sees that “none is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one” (Romans 3:10-12). We are children of wrath “storing up wrath for [ourselves] on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.” On that day God “will render to each one according to his works” (Romans 2:5-6).
Today’s world is no different than Noah’s in terms of man’s corrupt morality and standing before God. Because of this, another judgment is coming, but it won’t be a flood. It will be far worse. When Jesus Christ unleashes His judgment upon His enemies, people will try to hide “themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb” (Revelation 6:15-16). “From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty” (Revelation 19:15). Christ will make the days of Noah seem like a child’s play time in the bath. And that’s just His earthly wrath. His eternal wrath will make people wish they’d never been born.
But, once again, God is raising up heralds of righteousness who are not only proclaiming man’s sinfulness and the coming judgment, but the true ark of salvation, Jesus Christ our Lord. Jesus bore the wrath of God upon the cross for sinners. He experienced the full weight of the Father’s hatred for sin. Now, whoever runs to Him and trusts in His great Name will be saved from the judgment of God.
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Brandon Sutton is the pastor at Blue Ridge Christian Union Church and the founder of Sutton Church Consulting (Suttonconsultations.com). You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org