Summary: In examining the past graces of God we remember His Provision, Providence, and Plan for today and tomorrow!
Future Grace, Genesis 9:8-17
Some years ago several congressmen, who were devout Christians, were taking a walk one evening. Their conversation drifted to the subject of religion and the state of the world. They were not enthusiastic about the outlook and were just about to agree that the whole world was on the toboggan when they chanced to pass a little chapel. From within came the words of a familiar hymn: “There is a fountain filled with blood Drawn from Immanuel’s veins; And sinners plunged beneath that flood,
Lose all their guilty stains.
As his face lighted up, one said to the others, “As long as people get together and sing that song, there is hope for the world, after all.”
Today we will discuss that great flood which emanates from beneath the Cross of Calvary; that is, the flood of grace which flows crimson red; the blood of Jesus Christ! We will also look back to a parallel account in the Scriptures; the flood of Noah’s day. Upon examining the biblical account of both, I am compelled to believe that we will see plainly a parallel in God’s dealing with humanity.
Looking back to the flood of Noah reminds us that God is holy and deals with sin. He must deal with it as He can not look upon that which is impure or ugly in His sight. In the flood of Noah’s Day God washed away sin in a great deluge. The message of the Old Testament is not that God is vengeful and desires to destroy humanity. The message is that God must and always does deal with sin.
In the modern Church age – the dispensation of grace – God cleanses sin according to His mercy that has been poured out, flooding the earth, by the blood of Jesus Christ. Both our identification with Christ blood in His death, burial, and resurrection and the great flood of Noah’s day are symbolized in the washing of baptism as our sin is washed away according to God’s sovereign decree.
In baptism is found the fulfillment of God’s covenant with Noah that He would never again destroy the earth as He had done. Rather than again washing sin away in a great deluge that consumed the whole earth; God’s grace now covers the whole earth through Christ’s blood and we identify with that blanket of grace by faith in Christ; even as we identify with His in baptism.
The Lord flooded the earth in Noah’s day just as He floods it in ours!
Today’s message is one of parallels. In Genesis 6:9-12 it says, “This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth. Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways.” (NIV)
The Bible says that in the days of Noah people had abandoned worship of God in favor of violence and corruption. Are these days any less corrupt and violent than the days of Noah? Certainly corruption and violence reins upon much of the world today, just as in the days of Noah. And just as God dealt with the sin of the world in that day He is dealing with in ours.