Summary: There was about 2,000 years of time that had passed since God created Adam & Eve and the first drops of rain falling of the Flood. The world was full of sin. God had to destroy/get rid of the old in order to establish the new.
“I Am Bringing the Flood” Series Part 1 10/02/2016
Don’t Try to Save What God is Trying to Drown
A There was about 2,000 years of time that had passed since God created Adam & Eve and the first drops of rain falling of the Flood.
1 In this dispensation of time we are still talking about world that was as sinful as it was beautiful.
a Matthew 24:36-37 (NIV) 36 "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
aa Noah’s Day looked like this: Genesis 6:5,11,12 ...'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. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.'
bb So the earth in the days of Noah was full of people who rejected God and walked after their own flesh and served their own interests.
cc And the earth was full of violence.
b Luke 17:28-30 ...'Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.'
aa Jude 1:7 ...'Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.'
bb And what about during Lot's day in Sodom? God's Word says that the people of Sodom had given themselves over to sexual fornication and 'strange flesh', which is homosexuality.
cc So Jesus is saying that the world in the end times would 'mirror' what it was like in the days of Noah and Lot. Do we have a world like that today? Absolutely!
c Not only do we live in a world full of violence and sexual immorality, including homosexuality.
aa These things have become the 'norm' with violence and sexual immorality being turned into ENTERTAINMENT!!
bb The world is now ENTERTAINED by the very things that God DESTROYED the world and Sodom for in Noah's and Lot's day!
2 Genesis 6:6 (NASB) 6 The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.
a Other translations word this passage like this . . .
aa (HCSB) 6 the LORD regretted that He had made man on the earth. . .(NIV) 6 The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, . . .
bb The Lord was sorry, regretted, grieved about creating humankind.
b This verse has puzzled us for a long time because God cannot change, nor can He be affected by sorry or other feelings which we do as people.
aa Numbers 23:19 (NASB) 19 "God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
bb 1 Samuel 15:29 (NASB) 29 "Also the Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind." (cf. Mal. 3.6; Js. 1.17)
c We can’t understand/conceive God except in human terms/human experience . . . the inspired writer is giving us the revelation in a way we could understand it.
aa God saw man’s wickedness, perversion, idolatry, sinfulness and it broke His heart.
bb Their sin meant they would have to pay the price and the punishment for sin has always been death (Rom. 6.23).
cc The only way punishment could be escaped was/and always be is through the grace of God, granted through sincere repentance.
B God goes to Noah to tell him that there was a flood coming that would destroy wicked humanity. Why Noah?
1 Genesis 6:9 (NASB) 9 These are the records of the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God.
Genesis 6:9 (KJV)
9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
a Righteous, Just, Perfect?
aa I didn’t think there was anyone who was righteous, perfect: Romans 3:10 (KJV) As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: