The Lord Shut Him In

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In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.  (Genesis 7:11)

In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;  (Genesis 7:13)

And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.  (Genesis 7:16)

Can you imagine what this day must have been like?  All the fountains of the deep were broken up and gushed forth from inside the earth under the crust.  The force of this cataclysmic event must have been tremendous, terrifying.  It also ripped a seam all around the globe like the seam on a baseball that is still visible today as oceanic trenches.  At the exact same moment the windows of heaven were opened and it rained.  Not just any rain though, this was the downpour of all downpours.  Torrents of water streaming, pounding down from the sky, meeting with the geysers of waters from the deep, flooding the earth completely.

That’s what it was like the day Noah and his family entered the ark.  They heard it, felt it, knew what was coming on the world as God sent them aboard and shut them safely, securely inside.  It would have been horrific I am sure.  I imagine that all those whom Noah had been witnessing and preaching to during the century it took to build the ark were suddenly attempting to beat the door down before the onslaught of flood waters swept them away.  I am sure that there were tears shed inside the ark for the lost of that dark world, tears for all those souls who denied the Lord, refused to obey Him, who scoffed and made a mockery of him and his creation.  Tears and frustration that though they had ears to hear they were deaf and eyes to see but were blind.

And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.  (Genesis 6:5-7)

The above passage is hard, and terrifying in so many ways.  The thought of man being so wickedly evil that God would destroy His whole creation to wipe out the sin that had filled the world, that’s scary.  What’s scarier is that in spite of God’s work to turn the hearts of man to Him so that we may live the lives He made us for, filled with the blessings of peace, hope, love, glory, grace, mercy, justice, God man still rejects him.  Even one of Noah’s own sons who saw first hand the consequences of rebellion and sin.  Ham heard every fist pounding, every tearful crying, begging voice, suddenly very much aware that yes there is a God, he is very real and he is very just, righteous and holy.  He will not abide man’s rejection, injustice, cruelty, sin forever.  But Ham rebelled and so it continued through the ages.

Folks we have a strong warning in the New Testament straight from the mouth of the Son of God of what to expect in this world, especially in these latter days.

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And as were the days of Noah, so shall be the coming of the Son of man. For as in those days which were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and they knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall be the coming of the Son of man.  (Matthew 24:37-39)

Those words have never been truer.  Our world is sinful, fallen, cursed, the prince of it reigns with so many.  Idol worship is rampant – just look at how everyone talks about celebrities, the latest gadgets, iPhones.  When folks ask for my cell number and I tell them that I don’t have one they look at me like I just crawled out form under a rock.  But it’s true, I don’t have one and don’t want it.  It’s just one more thing to distract me from the Lord and using my life to bring honor and glory to Him.  My sincerest hope is that like Noah I will find favor in His eyes.  The world is all about “me” to the point of killing babies because it was too inconvenient to use protect or wait till marriage to have sex.  Facebook posts are more accurately Fakebook posts where everyone tries to outshine everyone else, making up a perfect glossy lie and calling it life.  I don’t have Facebook anymore either.  I don’t spit out 176 character tweets or Snapchats or plaster my face, food, books, whatever all over Instagram.   I do have Pinterest and Tumblr but they are rarely used and then only to point the world back to Jesus our Lord and Savior.

Folks, it’s not about us, never has been.  It’s about God, Jesus.  We should spend every second proclaiming His truth, glory, majesty, love, mercy, grace.  Let praises to Him be continually be on our lips, let the light with which He fills us pour forth like burning lamps into this dark, lost, seeking, world.  Let us love like Jesus, let us focus our hearts and minds on Him, we are the clay, he is the potter.  We are His children, He is our loving father, our creator, worthy of our adoration, deserving of all the glory.  Spend time in His word, hiding it in your hearts, drawing nearer, ever nearer to Him as He speaks to you through it.  Let’s show the world the light of pure true love and let’s grow the kingdom of God.  Time is running out and one day it will be too late.  The believers in Christ, Jesus followers like me and you, we’re going to be gone, taken out of the coming terror, judgement, just as Noah was when God shut him inside the ark.  All that will be left is the prince of this world and his followers.  You wanna talk about dark, evil days – that’ll be them.  The darkest days this world has ever known, it will be hell on earth.  I beseech you all to use every second we have before the Lord returns and calls us home to light the lives of everyone we come in contact with, if we just live out the faith we claim and we can win souls from ole slewfoots camp to the light!

But of that day and hour knoweth no one, not even the angels of heaven, neither the Son, but the Father only.  (Matthew 24:36)

Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.  (Matthew 24:40-44)

Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.  (Matthew 25:13)

 

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