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Friday, February 17, 2017

AS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH...




"But of that day and hour no one knows,
not even the angels of heaven,
nor the Son, but the Father alone.
For the coming of the Son of Man
will be like the days of Noah.
For as in those days before the flood
they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage,
until the day that Noah entered the ark,
and they did not understand until the flood came
and took them all away;
so will the coming of the Son of Man be...
Therefore be on the alert,
for you do not know which day your Lord is coming."
(Matthew 24:36-42)

Hmm.



Here's what happened in Genesis 6:3-7:23

"Then the Lord said,
'My Spirit will not strive with man forever...
Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth,
and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart
was only evil continually.
The Lord was sorry that He had made man
on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart...
But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord...
Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God,
and the earth was filled with violence..
Behold, I , even I am bringing the flood of water
upon the earth to destroy all flesh...
But I will establish My covenant with you;
and you shall enter the ark...
The water prevailed and increased greatly upon the earth,
and the ark floated on the surface of the water...
So that all the high mountains everywhere under the heavens were covered...
and only Noah was left, together with those that were with him in the earth."


A few lessons learned as the mandatory flood evacuation were ordered:

"This is not a drill!" was broadcast.  However, it can be a drill for us in how we approach our lives.  Though we know how it ended with Noah, how God sent the rainbow and promised He would not destroy the whole earth with a flood again, that did not mean that never again would any flood occur, just not a global one.  I believe the Word of God that Noah and the flood really did occur.  But I also believe there is a bigger picture with the ark as the symbol of salvation.  The door of the ark did not stand open forever.  It was shut or they would have sunk.  Now is the day of salvation.  "My Spirit will not strive with man forever," is still a warning for today. 


The wickedness of man is great on the earth  It must still grieve God in His heart.  What?  You think we are the only ones with emotions?  God is love.  When that love is rejected and becomes evil, God is heartbroken.  Just as now under the evacuation advisory, we are told to be alert, ready to evacuate quickly again.  The danger is not over.  We must be ready.
 

We did not take the animals two by two, but trying to evacuate and find lodging with pets, even just one pet, has its difficulties.  One friend, a dog breeder, helped one of her dogs give birth in a hotel.  We stayed in a no-frills hotel, in a smoking room, because it was the last one available unless we wanted to drive around like crazy to find another.  It was luxury compared to what many had to go through sleeping in their cars or in crowded evacuation centers.  Several in our family had the flu, had kids throwing up in their cars, pets peeing on their laps because they could not stop in an effort to get out of dodge when what usually takes 30 minutes became 7 hours in a panicked gridlock.  You know it's a ghost town when not even Walmart is open.



Eventually, we went home then sought shelter with gracious family members up in the mountains watching the news on our phones.  We'll go home again, but will be on constant alert, with escape routes planned and the car packed.  Everything is put in perspective when the only thing that really matters is your family's safety.  (Oh, and as God told Noah to be prepared, a few things to eat are packed in the car as well.)  Even more than their earthly safety is the hope that they all will be safe in the ark of salvation.  A dam may break, a levee may break, a mighty river might gush in, but those things are just drills for the true issue at stake, our salvation. 


"For the coming of the Son of Man will be like the days of Noah...
Therefore, be on the alert."

*None of these photos are from current events.










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