Summary: 1 of 4. All on the ark escaped the destruction of the Flood. Divinely designed destruction can be escaped/avoided. But how? Escaping God’s designed destruction requires...
SUPPLANTING The LEGACY Of WICKEDNESS—Genesis 6:9—10:32
A—GOD’s REMOVAL STRATEGY—Genesis 6:9-22
Toward Removing the Legacy of Wickedness
B—GOD's DESIGNED DESTRUCTION-I—Genesis 7:1-24
C—SALVATION(Waiting for Normal)—Genesis 8:1-19
D—EXPERIENCING The VICTORY/Response—Genesis 8:20-22
E—POTENTIAL For RESTORATION—Genesis 9:1-19
F—SAME Ol’ SAME Ol’—Genesis 9:20-29
G—The NATIONS—Genesis 10:1-32
Northern California wildfires—From Sept. 21, 2017 thru Oct 20, 2017 There have been over 300,000 acres burned, with 42 known dead & 60 missing, & more than 6000 homes destroyed—100, 000+ people evacuated/
*A couple in Santa Rosa, CA—the Weavers—awoke in the middle of the night(Mon. Oct. 9, 2017) to discover their house was on fire. They were forced to evacuate immediately. Unfortunately their family pet dog Izzy(115lbs.) ran away in confusion before they could take the him with them! Once the fire danger was over, two brother’s-in-law walked miles back to the house, past police barricades, in order to take videos of the damage for the Weavers. They especially wanted to look for Izzy’s body so the mother-in-law would not have to recover it. The fire totally destroyed their home but as they came up one of the walkways, Izzy came bounding out to greet them, unscathed by the fire!
Likewise, God’s people can experience victory in the midst of destruction!
All on the ark escaped the destruction of the Flood.
All on the ark escaped God’s removal strategy(designed destruction).
Divinely designed destruction can be escaped/avoided.
How can we escape such an ordained destruction/removal?
4 keys to escape/victory in the midst of destruction.
4 keys to escape God’s designed destruction.
1— Escaping God’s designed destruction requires...
Appropriate MOTION(:1a, 5)
Explanation: (:1a) Move--When God Says Move
:1—“Then the LORD said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you & all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation.”
:5—“And Noah did according to all that the LORD commanded him.”[cf.--6:22]
Previously, YaHWeH—Noah’s God—had spoken to Noah regarding his involvement in the plan to rid the earth of man’s legacy of wickedness(6:13-21).
Noah had been faithful to do all that YaHWeH had commanded him to do.
Thus Noah had built the ark to God’s specifications.
He had collected the food(no meat per 1:29-30 & 9:3) necessary to sustain all the animals, as well as his family(6:19, 21).
Now YaHWeH again speaks to Noah but His words are directed to the imminent fulfillment of His design. The time has come for implementation/application of Noah’s preparations.
YaHWeH now tells Noah to enter the ark that he has built(6:18).
Noah’s call to enter the ark came at YaHWeH’s discretion.
If 6:3 pertains directly to the coming flood, then YaHWeH had previously granted mankind(including Noah) 120 yrs. for spiritual(preaching) & physical(building & loading) preparation. Then 120 yrs. had also been allotted for Noah to declare God’s righteousness in the world—verbally & thru his work of preparing the ark.
Because of Noah’s faithfulness to YaHWeH, his entire household was included in those who were invited to be saved from the coming destruction.
It is one thing to know the right thing to do...
But it is another thing entirely to enter into it!
It is an act of godliness to determine the right thing to do...to determine God’s will in a matter...
And it is an act of godliness to enter into the right thing!
“Come into”(See :7, 9)—awb bow’—Qal Imperative—1) To go in, enter, come, go, come in. 1a) (Qal)—1a1) To enter, come in, 1a2) To come—1a2a) To come with, 1a2b) To come upon, fall or light upon, attack(enemy), 1a2c) To come to pass, 1a3) To attain to, 1a4) To be enumerated, 1a5) To go. Strong—To go or come(in a wide variety of applications).
“Household”—tyb bah'-yith—1) House—1a) House, dwelling habitation, 1b) Shelter or abode of animals, 1c) Human bodies(figuratively), 1d) Of Sheol, 1e) Of abode of light & darkness, 1f) Of land of Ephraim; 2) Place; 3) Receptacle; 4) Home, house as containing a family; 5) Household, family—5a) Those belonging to the same household, 5b) Family of descendants, descendants as organized body; 6) Household affairs; 7) Inwards(metaph.); 8) (TWOT) Temple. Strong—A house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.).
Lk. 17:27-33—““They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, & the flood came & destroyed them all. Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire & brimstone from heaven & destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed. In that day, he who is on the housetop, & his goods are in the house, let him not come down to take them away. And likewise the one who is in the field, let him not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife. “Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, & whoever loses his life will preserve it.”